Tuesday, 12 October 2021 00:00

You may have seen or heard of over-the-counter shoe inserts in the form of insoles, heel liners, or arch supports. While they do provide minimal cushioning, none of these inserts are designed to fit to your individual feet, nor can they correct any particular gait or structural issues. Custom orthotics prescribed and fitted by a podiatrist are specifically designed to improve your body’s biomechanics (how it moves). Orthotics can help reduce pain, adjust an abnormal gait, compensate for a congenital foot deformity, create more support for your feet, and help distribute weight more evenly across your feet. If you live with any type of foot pain or discomfort, or have ambulatory issues, check with a podiatrist to see if custom orthotics can help your particular condition.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, 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.

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 Shreveport, Bossier City, and Natchitoches, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 07 October 2021 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 00:00

Plantar warts are skin growths on the bottom of the foot that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Although these warts are not dangerous and typically go away without treatment, this can take several months or even years. Waiting for the warts to disappear on their own may not be a desirable option if the warts are painful or if they spread. Plantar warts can be easily spread by touching them and then touching another part of your body. You should seek medical care if the warts are painful or showing signs of infection, such as increased swelling, pain, warmth, redness, or pus drainage. Podiatrists use a variety of treatments to remove warts more quickly. These include topical medications, cryotherapy, laser therapy, and surgical removal. If you have foot warts that are bothering you, please consult with a podiatrist.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of the podiatrists from Ark La Tex Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021 00:00

Foot ulcers are red, crater-like wounds—often bordered by callused skin—that typically occur on the soles and sides of the feet. They sometimes can form on the tips or tops of the toes as well. Foot ulcers can range from shallow, surface lesions to wounds deep enough to expose tendons, ligaments, and even bones. Foot ulcers can be a common occurrence in people with diabetes, and the associated condition of peripheral neuropathy and peripheral artery disease— making them difficult to feel, detect, and heal. Other circulation disorders such as atherosclerosis and Raynaud's phenomenon increase the risk of foot ulcers developing. People with these conditions should examine their feet daily and get professional wound care if they spot something irregular. A podiatrist can provide proper treatment for a foot ulcer to help avoid infection. If you believe you may have a foot ulcer, seek the care of a podiatrist.

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

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