Wednesday, 21 September 2022 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

There are different ways in which an individual may injure their achilles tendon, the tendon that runs from the calf muscle to the heel bone in the lower leg. For example, an individual can tear or rupture their Achilles tendon when it is strained or stretched beyond its limits. There are several signs of an Achilles tendon injury to be aware of. Namely, you might experience pain when walking up staircases because the Achilles tendon essentially enables you to lift your heel off of the ground. In the same vein, you could experience difficulty trying to stand on the tips of your toes. Additionally, if you have an Achilles tendon injury, you might notice different types of pain. You can experience sharp pain at the back of the ankle or leg. Snapping or cracking sounds might be heard if you have experienced some kind of Achilles tendon injury. If you suspect that you have developed this kind of injury, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist, a foot care specialist. 

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Nola Sole Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Flat feet, medically known as pes planus, occur when the long arch of the foot has not developed properly. Children are born with flat feet, but usually develop healthy arches by the age of five. Some people are genetically inclined to have flat feet. Others develop them as a result of a condition, such as diabetes, a stroke, or rheumatoid arthritis. Weight gain and standing for long periods of time can cause discomfort if you have flat feet, but most people do not experience pain from this condition. Wearing shoes with good arch support and cushioning in the heel can be a plus, if you have flat feet. A number of stretching and strengthening exercises can help to relieve any heel pain caused by flat feet. If being on your feet is a requirement of your job or lifestyle, wearing orthotics may be a good option. A podiatrist can assess the extent of the condition and prescribe custom shoe inserts to address it. For more information about flat feet and how they can be treated, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Nola Sole Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Many people develop arthritis in the feet, and it may be more prevalent in the toes. It is often a result of worn cartilage as this may cause the bones to rub together. Inflammation may occur as well as pain. Toe arthritis may happen from having gout, a past toe injury, obesity, or possibly from genetic reasons. Additionally, women who frequently wear high heels may have an increased risk of getting toe arthritis and this may be due to limited room in the toe area of the shoes. One of the first symptoms of arthritis in the feet or toes is pain. It can range from an achy sensation to a stabbing feeling when trying to move the feet. This can be followed by the feet or toes becoming stiff and it often hurts when walking. In more severe cases, a popping or clicking sound may be heard and this happens from the deterioration of the cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones. If you have this type of pain in your feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if you have developed arthritis and offer you the correct treatment options.

 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Nola Sole Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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

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