Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the underside of the heel bone, often causing pain and discomfort, especially when walking or standing for long periods. They typically form in response to strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot. Heel spurs are commonly associated with conditions like plantar fasciitis or repetitive stress injuries. Factors such as obesity, wearing unsupportive shoes, and having high arches or flat feet can also contribute to the development of heel spurs. Symptoms may include sharp pain in the heel, especially during the first steps in the morning or after a long period of rest. There are numerous options when it comes to treating or preventing the formation of heel spurs. Rest, stretching exercises, orthotic inserts, injections, or surgery in more severe cases may be necessary. If you are experiencing symptoms of heel spurs, it is suggested you seek professional evaluation and treatment from a podiatrist to ensure your pain is alleviated and your health is protected.

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 one of the podiatrists from Ark La Tex Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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 condition's 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 offices located in Shreveport and Bossier City, LA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

High ankle sprains, prevalent among athletes, are distinct from traditional ankle sprains due to the affected ligaments. These injuries typically occur during sudden twists or impacts that force the foot upwards, straining the ligaments connecting the two lower leg bones, the tibia, and fibula. These are unlike common ankle sprains, which involve the ligaments on the sides of the ankle. The injury causes pain, swelling, and instability, hindering mobility and performance. Sports that involve rapid changes in direction or jumping, such as basketball, soccer, and football, pose a higher risk. Factors like insufficient warm-up, wearing improper footwear, and fatigue exacerbate the likelihood of injury. Timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, including rest, compression, and elevation, are critical for recovery and prevent long-term complications in athletes. If you have suffered an ankle sprain during a sporting activity, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine which type of sprain it is, and treat it accordingly.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of the podiatrists from Ark La Tex Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Cold feet are often more than just a discomfort. They may be a sign of poor circulation, which is a condition where the blood flow to the extremities is inadequate, and often affects the feet. This issue can be caused by various disorders, including peripheral artery disease, or PAD. This condition reduces blood supply due to narrowed arteries. Diabetes can also damage blood vessels over time and result in poor circulation. Cold feet could also indicate Raynaud's disease, a condition that causes small blood vessels to tighten up or spasm, limiting blood flow under certain conditions. To address cold feet and poor circulation effectively, it is important to get to the root cause of the problem. If you frequently have cold feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can assess your symptoms, help pinpoint the underlying cause, and recommend appropriate treatment. 

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 one of the podiatrists of Ark La Tex Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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 Shreveport and Bossier City, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 29 May 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.

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