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Foot Pain Diagnosis – What is Causing Your Foot Pain?

If you are experiencing foot pain, diagnosis is the first step toward treatment and relief. A wide range of injuries and conditions can cause foot pain, but one thing is certain – pain is an indication that something is wrong. Don’t ignore it. Common Causes of Foot Pain According to the 2012 National Foot Health Assessment, 78 percent of adults have experienced foot pain or problems serious enough to interfere with their lives in one way or another. At the time of the study, conducted for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health, 54 percent of people interviewed were currently suffering with foot pain and 59 percent of them reported seeing a foot specialist for diagnosis and treatment. The most common ailment causing foot pain and problems is ankle sprain, followed by blisters, calluses, foot fatigue, cracked skin, and athlete’s foot. Ingrown toenails, swelling, plantar fasciitis, and corns are among other frequently reported foot ailments, with women reporting those conditions more than men. At Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas, we see common conditions such as tendonitis, nerve entrapment, and bone spurs causing heel pain, and conditions such as bunions, hammer toe, and metatarsalgia that cause forefoot pain. Conditions causing midfoot pain include bone spurs, arthritis, and Lisfranc sprain or fracture, and rearfoot pain is often due to conditions such as cavus foot, flat feet, bursitis, or equinus. Conditions causing chronic ankle pain range from Achilles tendonitis to tarsal tunnel syndrome. Foot and ankle pain is also often cause by trauma, including sports injuries. Common pediatric foot problems range from ingrown toenails and juvenile bunions to Sever’s Disease, a painful bone...

What Is A Bunion? What Causes Bunions? Get Answers

Patients often ask our podiatrists, “What is a bunion?” They have heard about bunions, and are experiencing the pain of one at the time, but are unsure what bunions actually are and why they develop. Although some medical professionals have debated what causes bunions, all agree they can be an extremely painful foot problem that needs treatment. What is a Bunion? A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a deformity that progressively develops at the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). When the first metatarsal bone in the foot, the one joined to the big toe at the joint, pushes outward with the joint and the big toe turns inward toward the other toes, it causes a deformity or bunion. The deformity appears as a bump on the outside of the toe. Pressure placed on the misaligned joint causes the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that surrounds the joint and functions as a cushion between the bones, to become inflamed. Pain occurs. What Causes Bunions? Some believe the primary cause of bunions is tightly fit, narrow-toed shoes pushing the big toe inward. Others believe a hereditary factor puts people at a higher risk for developing bunions and tightly fitted shoes increase the likelihood. Both hereditary factors and shoes that push bones in unnatural positions can lead to bunions, as can other factors. For instance, if you have flatfeet or excessive pronation you could develop bunions. A foot injury may also make you more prone to bunions. Symptoms of Bunions The first sign of a bunion is a solid bump forming on the outside of the big toe at the base....
Ultrasound Guided Partial Plantar Fasciectomy

Ultrasound Guided Partial Plantar Fasciectomy

When non-operative treatments for chronic heel pain fail, your foot doctor may recommend surgery for plantar fasciitis. Ultrasound guided partial plantar fasciectomy (USGPPF) is a minimally invasive foot surgery technique that uses the patient’s own blood to repair damaged or degenerative plantar fascia tissue in the heel. A high resolution diagnostic ultrasound is used to accurately locate and remove the diseased tissue then replace it with growth factors harvested from the patient’s blood. This procedure occurs through a small, needle-like device while the patient is under general anesthesia for a short amount of time. The patient is encouraged to limit the amount of standing or walking for a few days following the procedure. Regular activity is generally resumed within a few weeks. If you have questions about this minimally invasive foot surgery for plantar fasciitis or would like to schedule an appointment with a foot doctor at Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas, please submit the form...
Endoscopic Decompression of Intermetatarsal Nerve

Endoscopic Decompression of Intermetatarsal Nerve

Endoscopic decompression of intermetatarsal nerve is an endoscopic technique used for Morton’s neuroma treatment. Morton’s neuroma, or Morton’s entrapment, is an entrapment of a small nerve in the foot. During this technique, two small incisions are made on the foot, one to isolate the ligament and the other for surgeon visualization via the use of a scope. Once properly visualized, the foot and ankle surgeon is able to release the entrapped nerve. This procedure is done in an outpatient setting. Patients are allowed to fully bear weight immediately after surgery as tolerated and return to comfortable shoes the next day. This minimally invasive foot surgery technique allows for faster recovery when compared to the open technique. If you have questions about Morton’s neuroma treatment or would like to schedule an appointment with a foot doctor, please contact us....
Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy

Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy

When non-surgical methods for treating plantar fasciitis fail, endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) is the preferred procedure. EPF is a minimally invasive, endoscopic technique used to release extreme tension of the plantar fascia. An endoscope provides clear visualization of the inferior surface of the plantar fascia, allowing the surgeon to release tension in the medial band. Following the procedure, a sterile dressing is worn for approximately 3-5 days, then the patient is generally allowed to wear comfortable shoes as tolerated. If treatments, such as stretching, taping, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy, fail and minimally invasive foot surgery is indicated, the endoscopic approach to treating plantar fasciitis is superior to conventional open procedures as it significantly minimizes surgical trauma, resulting in an earlier return to regular activities and few complications. To schedule an appointment at Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas, or if you have questions about treating plantar fasciitis, please submit the form...
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