Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

The abductor hallucis muscle, positioned along the inner border of the foot, is pivotal for big toe movement and upholding the medial longitudinal arch. Yet its pain is often overlooked or misdiagnosed, as it can resemble conditions like plantar fasciitis. Overuse, sudden activity increases, and foot trauma may contribute to abductor hallucis pain. Risk factors such as flat feet, inadequate footwear, and excess weight also make this muscle more vulnerable. People experiencing abductor hallucis pain may notice accompanying symptoms, such as swelling or bruising, especially following traumatic injuries. There may be tenderness when touching the affected area, and they might feel tight bands within the muscle upon palpation. Additionally, muscle tightness can cause sensations of tingling or numbness in the foot. If you have foot pain on the inner part of your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This 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

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It commonly affects the foot and ankle, causing significant discomfort and mobility issues. Symptoms of foot and ankle osteoarthritis often include pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion. These symptoms may worsen over time. Contributing factors to the development of osteoarthritis consist of joint wear and tear, previous sprains or fractures, and abnormal foot structure. If you are experiencing persistent foot pain or discomfort, seeking help from a podiatrist is essential. This foot doctor can conduct a thorough evaluation, including a review of your medical history, physical examination, and possibly imaging studies like X-rays or MRI scans to accurately diagnose foot and ankle osteoarthritis. If you have developed osteoarthritis in the feet or ankles, it is suggested that you meet with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

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

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Metatarsal fractures encompass a variety of injuries, from acute trauma to stress fractures in the five long bones of the feet. Acute metatarsal fractures occur suddenly, often due to forceful impact, like dropping a heavy object on it or sports-related incidents. These fractures can be open, where the skin is broken, or closed, and may be displaced, requiring realignment and stabilization by a podiatrist. The fifth metatarsal bone is particularly prone to acute fractures, commonly occurring at various points along its length. Stress fractures, on the other hand, develop gradually from repetitive pounding, resulting in hairline cracks that may be difficult to detect. However, they still require proper diagnosis and treatment to prevent worsening symptoms. Recognizing the signs of metatarsal fractures and seeking timely medical attention from a podiatrist is important. If you suspect a metatarsal fracture or experience midfoot pain it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. 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 one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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