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Podiatry Associates of Victoria
116-A Imperial Drive
Victoria, TX 77901

(361) 578-2777
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July 2024

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 00:00

Reasons to See a Podiatrist

Visiting a podiatrist can significantly enhance your foot health and overall mobility. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing, treating, preventing, and rehabilitating lower limb issues. This can include general foot conditions like bunions, calluses, and fungal infections, as well as more complex problems associated with diabetes and arthritis. If you have persistent foot pain, a podiatrist can provide effective relief through treatment and exercises tailored to your specific needs. Athletes, dancers, and runners benefit from a podiatrist’s expertise in managing sports injuries, such as sprains and fractures. Custom orthotics are another vital service provided by podiatrists. These specially designed shoe inserts can correct biomechanical issues, alleviate pain, and enhance walking or running performance. Podiatrists also offer essential footwear advice, helping individuals select the right shoes to support and improve their gait. Additionally, they perform minor surgeries for skin and nail concerns, such as ingrown nails and warts. By addressing foot problems early, podiatrists help prevent further complications, enhancing your quality of life and mobility. If you are suffering from foot, toe, or ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.


 

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Victoria, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Benefits of Air Casts for a Broken Foot

When facing a foot, ankle, or lower leg injury, patients often choose between a traditional hard cast and a modern air cast boot. An air cast boot, which encases the injured area in an air cushion within a hard plastic shell, offers several notable benefits. Primarily, it provides both stability and mobility. The adjustable air cells within the boot can be tailored for optimal comfort and support, reducing the risk of swelling. The boot's design also allows for limited movement, encouraging gradual weight-bearing and strength recovery. Unlike hard casts, air casts can be removed, which makes activities like showering easier. Additionally, the hard shell provides protection against impact, while the non-skid sole provides safety and stability. Air cast boots are versatile, suitable for minor injuries, and can be used as transitional support after a hard cast is removed. They are lightweight, customizable, and affordable. If you have a broken foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to see if an air cast is right for you. 

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Victoria, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2024 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Causes of Toe Pain

Toe pain can arise from various conditions, each requiring careful attention. Bunions, a common cause, involve a bony bump forming at the base of the big toe, leading to discomfort and swelling. Arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause joint inflammation and stiffness, affecting toe movement. Infections, whether fungal or bacterial, may result in redness, swelling, and severe pain. Injuries such as fractures or sprains often lead to immediate and intense pain, impairing mobility. Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, restricts blood flow to the extremities, causing pain, especially during walking. If you have toe pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Victoria, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Nerve Pain in the Foot

Experiencing nerve pain in your foot can impact your daily activities and overall quality of life. One common cause of such pain is Morton's neuroma, a condition where a nerve in the ball of the foot becomes swollen or thickened. This often results from wearing shoes that squeeze the toes together for extended periods, such as high-heeled, tight, or narrow footwear. Symptoms of Morton's neuroma can include a sharp, burning pain in the foot that intensifies with walking and a sensation of a small lump in the ball of the foot, typically between the third and fourth toes. Diagnosis usually involves a physical exam and may require imaging tests like ultrasound, X-ray, or MRI scans to confirm. Switching to shoes that allow ample room for the toes and reducing activities that exacerbate the pain may provide relief. If these measures are insufficient, special pads or devices to spread the toes, steroid injections, or in severe cases, surgery, may be recommended to alleviate symptoms. Persistent nerve pain should not be ignored, as early intervention can prevent further complications. If you are experiencing such pain, consulting a podiatrist is suggested for a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate treatment plan.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Victoria, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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