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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

Wounds that Don't Heal Need to be Checked

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

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Heel Spurs

A condition referred to as a heel spur is typically caused by repetitive stress placed on the foot. Gradually, a small protrusion forms on the bottom of the heel, and often produces severe pain. As a result, walking may become difficult, which may affect the gait. Research has shown that it is suggested to stop the activity that has caused the heel spur to develop, followed by implementing proper treatment methods. These may consist of injections that to provide relief, in addition to performing stretching techniques that may help in maintaining an accepted level of comfort. Surgery may be an additional option for permanently removing the heel spur and improving the general mobility of the entire foot. Most patients experience heel pain which typically precedes a proper diagnosis, and should not be ignored. Please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information on how to properly treat heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Kellvan Cheng from Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main conditions spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in North Dallas, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet.

Want to wear open toe shoes again? ...Special occasion? Vacation? ...You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails.

Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

What is Gout?

Severe pain that is experienced in the big toe can often be an indication of a condition referred to as gout. Swelling generally accompanies this type of ailment, and is typically caused by an excess of uric acid in the blood. The onset of gout is usually sudden, and when uric acid lodges in the joints of the big toe, the result is often this uncomfortable condition. Ingesting certain foods may be the cause of additional uric acid in body, and these may include excessive alcohol, red meat, and seafood. There may be other factors such as any injuries to the joints in the foot, taking certain medications, or undergoing chemotherapy. Diagnosing this condition properly will aid in the treatment of gout. It’s suggested to speak with a podiatrist if you would like additional information about gout.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kellvan Cheng from Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

Types of Flat Feet

The condition referred to as flat feet occurs when the natural arch in the foot is absent. This typically becomes known when pain is experienced while standing for prolonged periods of time. Fallen arches is another term for this ailment and most babies are born with this condition. It generally disappears by age 3, although a small percentage of adults will endure discomfort associated with flat feet. There are several types of flat feet, including the most common which is typically referred to as “flexible flat foot.” This is evident when the arches appear only when the foot is lifted, and disappear when the foot is flat on the ground. Additionally, a flat foot condition referred to as short Achilles tendon may be experienced. The purpose of the Achilles tendon is to connect the calf muscle to the heel. If the tendon is not long enough, the heel may lift off the ground earlier than it should, and may possibly cause pain while walking. If you would like additional information about flat feet, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist for proper treatment options.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Kellvan Cheng from Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 North Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 00:00

Heel Pain Can be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning?

Diabetic patients have an urgent need to take proper care of their feet, and this may possibly discourage serious foot conditions from occurring. The body’s healing process is often slowed because of diabetes, and research has shown it's important to treat minor cuts daily to possibly prevent infections from developing. Sores, blisters or cracked skin can be additional ailments that may occur as a result of being diabetic and should be treated appropriately. There are several preventative measures that may be executed which will not only feel good, but may aid in the prevention of foot ailments forming. These may include washing the feet in warm water and thoroughly drying the feet, before utilizing a moisturizing lotion to soften the skin. Additionally, when the nails are trimmed straight across, the likelihood of developing ingrown toenails may diminish because the nails won’t be cutting into the corners of the skin. A consultation with a podiatrist is suggested to learn about proper treatment and preventive techniques for diabetic feet.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Kellvan Cheng from Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 00:00

Reminder - When was the last time...

Custom orthotics (shoe inserts) should be replaced periodically. They need to fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles.

One of the first ways to tell if poor circulation exists in the feet is by the numbness and tingling that is often experienced. More severe examples may be a cold feeling that develops in the feet in addition to possible cramping. Poor circulation may be a symptom of vascular disease which often occurs with blocked arteries. When this occurs, the blood is not carrying adequate amounts of oxygen to and away from the heart, and this is often noticed in the feet. The development of sores on the feet may be a sign that poor circulation exists, and may have difficulty in healing properly. You may also notice a slower growth pattern in your toenails If you feel you may have poor circulation in your feet, speaking with a podiatrist is recommended.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Kellvan Cheng of Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness  or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 00:00

Advanced Laser Therapy for Heel Pain

Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy is an advanced, safe, and effective way to treat heel pain.

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