Items filtered by date: September 2023

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00

Amniotic Band Syndrome and Infant’s Feet

Amniotic band syndrome is also known as congenital constriction ring or constriction band syndrome. It is a rare condition encompassing various abnormalities. During pregnancy, damage to the lining of the amniotic sac leads to the formation of string-like structures called strands, which entangle the developing fetus and restrict blood flow, resulting in various birth abnormalities. This can often affect the arms, legs, and feet. The exact cause of this syndrome is unknown, but it typically occurs when the amniotic sac lining tears during pregnancy. It can be due to random factors or specific environmental influences, such as abdominal trauma or certain medical procedures. Symptoms can vary widely, with some babies born with minor deformities and others with severe and life-threatening defects, including limb malformations. Diagnosis is often made at birth, as amniotic bands are challenging to detect on regular ultrasounds. Treatment varies based on severity and may include supportive care, surgery, and rehabilitative therapy to help affected infants lead healthy lives. If you have a child born with amniotic band syndrome and their feet are affected, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist and begin treatment as early as possible.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Health Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Rogers, AR or Berryville, AR. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2023 00:00

The Many Benefits of Foot Spas

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we often neglect our feet despite their vital role in keeping us mobile. Foot spas offer a soothing retreat for your hard-working feet, and the benefits extend far beyond relaxation. First and foremost, foot spas provide immediate relief from stress and fatigue. The warm water and massaging action soothe tired muscles, easing tension throughout your body. Additionally, foot spas can promote better circulation. The blood is stimulated to the feet and lower limbs, aiding in the removal of toxins and reducing swelling. This can be particularly beneficial for those individuals with circulation issues. Foot spas can also alleviate foot pain and discomfort. Whether it is due to a long day of standing or a specific foot condition, the combination of heat and massage can provide relief from common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis or arthritis. Lastly, regular foot spa sessions can enhance overall foot health by softening calluses and promoting better nail care. These indulgent treatments offer a multitude of benefits that go well beyond a momentary pampering session. If you would like more information about the benefits of foot spas, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Health Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Rogers, AR or Berryville, AR. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2023 00:00

Understanding the Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are painful foot problems, and can disrupt your daily life, leading to discomfort. Understanding the causes behind them is crucial for prevention and effective management. A common culprit is improper toenail trimming. Cutting nails too short or rounding the edges can encourage them to grow into the skin. Tight-fitting shoes or socks can also compress the toenails, increasing the likelihood of inward growth. Trauma, such as stubbing your toe, also can distort the nail's growth pattern. Additionally, inherited factors and genetics can predispose some individuals to ingrown toenails. Infections and fungal conditions can further exacerbate the problem. It is essential to maintain proper nail care, wear well-fitting footwear, and address any foot issues promptly to reduce the risk of ingrown toenails and enjoy pain-free feet. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with relief and treatment options.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Health Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Rogers, AR or Berryville, AR. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 08 September 2023 00:00

Let the Expert Treat Your Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Foot Blisters

Blisters, those tiny pockets of annoyance that can develop on the feet, are often the result of friction, heat, and moisture conspiring against our skin. Blisters form as a protective response, shielding the delicate layers of skin beneath from further damage. Ill-fitting footwear, especially new shoes that have not been properly broken in, are common culprits. Extended periods of walking, running, or any repetitive motion can exacerbate the friction, triggering blisters. Additionally, sweaty feet trapped in damp environments provide the ideal environment. The symptoms are tender, swollen patches of skin filled with clear fluid, which may eventually rupture, leaving raw skin exposed. While prevention through comfortable footwear and moisture-wicking socks is key, understanding the causes and symptoms equips you to treat blisters promptly and prevent their unwelcome intrusion. If you frequently develop blisters on your feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with additional prevention techniques.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Health Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Rogers, AR or Berryville, AR. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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