Common Foot Problems Among Children

Understanding your child's foot problems is important for early detection and intervention. Sever’s disease, medically known as calcaneal apophysitis, usually affects children ages eight to 14, especially those who are physically active. It is caused by inflammation of the heel growth plate and aggravated by repetitive stress from sports participation. Ingrown toenails in children often result from wearing ill-fitting shoes paired with improper nail cutting. Treatment from a podiatrist and proper shoe fitting changes may be necessary. Intoeing, characterized by walking with inward-turned feet, may require stretching exercises or casting under the guidance of a podiatrist. Metatarsus adductus is a congenital foot deformity that causes the front half of the foot, or forefoot, to turn inward, but typically resolves itself without treatment. However, regular visits to a podiatrist for monitoring are suggested. Pediatric flat feet, while common in babies and toddlers, may warrant intervention to ensure proper arch development if the arch fails to appear with growth. Plantar warts, caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, can be painful and affect mobility. If your child has any of these conditions, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for periodic exams and treatment as needed. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Terri Quebedeaux, DPM of Agave Podiatry . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Venous Ulcer Care

Venous ulcers are open sores that often occur on lower legs and feet, due to poor blood circulation. Symptoms of venous ulcers include pain, swelling, and discolored or hardened skin around the ulcer. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can help care for venous ulcers by offering treatments aimed at healing the wound, preventing infection, and improving circulation. This may involve cleaning and dressing the ulcer and prescribing compression therapy to reduce swelling and enhance blood flow. There may also be suggested lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and elevating the legs to improve circulation. If you are struggling with wounds on the lower legs or feet it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to get treatment and prevent future ulcers.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Terri Quebedeaux, DPM from Agave Podiatry . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Treatment for Stiffness in the Big Toe

Stiffness in the big toe, medically known as hallux rigidus, usually develops due to arthritis, especially in adults between 30 and 60 years old. This stiffness in the big toe is often found to be the result of past sports injuries. Symptoms can worsen over time, leading to persistent pain, difficulty in wearing shoes, and changes in the way you walk. Treatment options include non-surgical approaches, such as modifying footwear, adjusting activities, and using medications to manage pain and inflammation. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. One option is cheilectomy, where bone spurs are removed to improve joint movement. Another surgical option is arthrodesis, which involves fusing the joint to reduce pain. These procedures aim to alleviate symptoms and improve big toe function. Given the complexity of hallux rigidus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and the appropriate treatment recommendations. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Terri Quebedeaux, DPM of Agave Podiatry . Our doctor 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 offices located in Seguin, LaVernia, Gonzales, and Lockhart, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Causes and Symptoms of Charcot Foot

Charcot foot is a progressive condition that affects the bones and joints in the feet and ankles. It poses significant risks for people with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. One primary cause of Charcot foot is diabetes that exceeds ten years. Further, autonomic neuropathy leads to abnormal bone formation, while sensory neuropathy causes a lack of sensation in the feet that makes them susceptible to trauma. Symptoms of Charcot foot include warmth, redness, and painless swelling in the affected foot. The bottom of the foot may become rounded, also known as rocker bottom, caused by the collapsed bones. Left untreated, Charcot foot can lead to severe complications, including foot ulcers and limb loss. Treatment includes total contact casting, which limits weight bearing for up to three months, as well as necessary wound care. If you have symptoms of Charcot foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Terri Quebedeaux, DPM from Agave Podiatry . Our doctor 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 our offices located in Seguin, LaVernia, Gonzales, and Lockhart, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Why Live with Pain and Numbness in Your Feet?

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Causes of Chronic Cold Feet

Finding the cause of cold feet is important for both comfort and overall health. While environmental factors may contribute to occasional coldness in the extremities, persistent cold feet could indicate underlying issues. One major issue is poor circulation, often linked to heart conditions, sedentary lifestyles, or smoking. Iron-deficiency anemia is another common cause of cold feet, necessitating dietary changes and supplementation. Diabetes, particularly types 1 and 2, can lead to cold feet from nerve damage, underscoring the importance of blood sugar management. Further, hypothyroidism, peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud’s phenomenon, and arteriosclerosis can all contribute to cold feet. If you are experiencing recurrent cold feet or associated symptoms, like numbness or tingling, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment options. 

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Terri Quebedeaux, DPM of Agave Podiatry . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

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 offices located in Seguin, LaVernia, Gonzales, and Lockhart, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Dealing with Acquired Flat Foot

Dealing with acquired flat feet, also known as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, or PTTD, requires looking into its causes and symptoms. PTTD is an acquired, progressive disease of the foot and ankle that is seen commonly in middle-aged patients. When the tibialis posterior muscle or tendon weakens or stretches, it may no longer support the foot's arch. This leads to arch collapse and discomfort, including midfoot tenderness, arch pain, and ankle swelling. Symptoms may also include difficulty standing on the toes and foot weakness. Treatments involve both conservative and surgical options depending on the severity of the condition. Wearing custom foot orthotics in your shoes and immobilizing the foot in a short-leg cast or boot to allow the tendon to heal properly may be needed. In severe cases, surgery may be required. If you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to acquired flat feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist today for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Terri Quebedeaux, DPM from Agave Podiatry . 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 offices located in Seguin, LaVernia, Gonzales, and Lockhart, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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How Diabetes Can Affect the Feet

Diabetes, characterized by high blood sugar levels, can severely affect your feet. Nerve damage, caused by high blood sugar levels, may lead to a lack of sensation, making it difficult to detect minor sores, cuts, or other foot injuries. Reduced oil and sweat production can cause skin issues and abnormal pressure on bones, muscles, and joints. Compromised blood vessels and immune systems, also the result of raised blood sugar, further increase the risk of infection. These can escalate to serious diabetic complications, like ulcers and gangrene. In the most severe cases, amputation of a toe, foot, or lower leg is required. Regular foot examinations by a podiatrist are important for early detection and treatment of any issues. These foot doctors are medically trained to provide specialized care and interventions to manage foot problems caused by diabetes. If you notice any abnormalities or injuries on your feet, it's suggested that you make an immediate appointment with a podiatrist.

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 Terri Quebedeaux, DPM from Agave Podiatry . 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 offices located in Seguin, LaVernia, Gonzales, and Lockhart, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Benefits of Custom Orthotics for Older Adults

Many older adults have foot and ankle problems that affect their daily activities, balance, and quality of life. These issues, like dry skin, reduced joint movement, and weak feet, often lead to foot deformities, pain, and difficulty walking. Ankle-foot orthoses, or AFOs, are commonly used to help with these problems by supporting joints and improving stability. Custom-made orthotics align the foot, reduce pain, and encourage more physical activity. They can help improve balance and possibly reduce the fear of falling as well. If you are an older adult and are experiencing foot problems, or have a desire to prevent age-related foot conditions from interfering with life, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss if custom-made orthotics are the right choice for you. Custom-made orthotics can lead to better balance and more activity, especially for those who wear them consistently.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Terri Quebedeaux, DPM from Agave Podiatry . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Seguin, LaVernia, Gonzales, and Lockhart, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Ankle Fractures Can Involve Tendons and Nerves

Ankle fractures are common and often result from twisting or slipping. Understanding ankle anatomy can help diagnose and treat injuries. Ligaments, tendons, nerves, and arteries are involved. Podiatrists assess ankle injuries by checking for swelling, bruising, and weight-bearing ability. Treatment involves stabilizing the ankle with splints, reducing pain and swelling with rest and elevation, and managing discomfort with pain relievers. Severe injuries, such as dislocations or open fractures, require immediate medical attention. Proper care promotes faster healing and reduces long-term complications. If you have injured your ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to obtain a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Terri Quebedeaux, DPM from Agave Podiatry . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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