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    What Is a Plantar Wart?

    Last updated 2 days 8 hours ago

    Plantar warts are benign growths on the feet caused by infection with human papillomavirus, also called HPV. Although harmless, plantar warts can be extremely contagious. They may be passed from person to person, as well as transmitted indirectly via handling or touching common surfaces. Plantar warts are common among young children, who may touch playground or school items that have been handled by a child with an HPV infection. Swimmers are also at higher risk for HPV infection and the formation of plantar warts because they may pick up the virus from showers or pool decks if protective footwear is not worn. Plantar warts will disappear on their own; however, you should take care not to walk barefoot to avoid spreading the virus to others. If you are concerned about plantar warts or have questions about other aspects of your foot health, contact your podiatrist to schedule an appointment.

    Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Sugar Land offer treatment for plantar warts, athlete’s foot, foot and ankle injuries, and more. Contact us by calling (832) 532-1197 to discuss your needs with an experienced podiatrist. You can find more information about foot health on our blog.

    Why Flat Feet Are Bad for Your Health

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Flat feet occur when the arch of the foot is too low while in a standing position. Although the foot naturally flattens somewhat when it bears weight, flat feet retain little or no arch at all, putting the entire sole of the foot into contact with the ground. Flat feet are a common cause of foot, ankle, leg, and back pain due to insufficient support of the body’s weight during standing or movement.

    Chronic Muscle Strain

    Flat feet are not as proficient at keeping the body stable as feet that have a normal arch. As a consequence, people with flat feet are at a higher risk of developing chronic muscle strain as the muscles of the body are forced to compensate for the foot’s lack of stability. While your body may be able to adapt to your foot’s lack of support during everyday activities, when you increase your activity level by even a small amount, it can cause significant pain and muscle strain.

    Leg and Back Pain

    Normal feet are designed to keep the entire lower body in the proper configuration when you stand or walk. Flat feet do not provide the same foundation for healthy posture. As the foot collapses toward the ground, the lower legs tend to rotate inward. This inward rotation can affect the entire leg, including the hips, leading to long-term leg and back pain.

    Musculoskeletal Problems

    Flat feet are a common cause of general musculoskeletal pain and problems. Your body’s balance begins in the feet; when the feet do not provide proper support, it can raise your risk for joint problems caused by poor posture and unnatural gait. Individuals with flat feet could be more likely to experience injury or pain in the feet, ankles, knees, or hips.

    Treatment options for flat feet range from custom orthotics to minimally-invasive foot surgery to correct the arch. If you’d like to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of flat feet, contact your Sugar Land podiatrist by calling Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists at (832) 532-1197 or click on our convenient web contact form. 

    What to Do When You Have a Loose Toenail?

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Toenails are designed to protect the toes from injury and impact. However, toenails can become loose for many reasons. This condition often affects runners, tennis players, and other athletes. If you have a loose toenail, cut the nail back to avoid catching it on your footwear. The toe can also be bandaged to keep the nail in place. Check out this video to learn more about the causes and treatments of a loose toenail.

    Healthy feet are essential for a healthy body. If you have foot pain, toenail problems, or other foot concerns, contact your podiatrist at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling (832) 532-1197. Our Sugar Land podiatry practice offers comprehensive foot care, including minimally-invasive treatments. Click through our website to learn more about us!

    A Patient's Guide to Morton's Neuroma

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Morton’s neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of your foot. Those with Morton’s neuroma most frequently experience pain, discomfort, or numbness in the ball of the foot between the third and fourth toes. The treatment options for Morton’s neuroma may vary depending upon your condition and its cause—contact your podiatrist to find out more about how you can eliminate pain associated with Morton’s neuroma.

    What Causes Morton’s Neuroma?

    Morton’s neuroma refers to abnormal growth of the nerve tissues leading to the toes, often in response to irritation or injury of the foot. Trauma or repeated stress to the foot may cause damage or irritation of these nerves, resulting in pain and discomfort. Increased pressure on the balls of the feet and toes while wearing high heels has also been associated with the development of Morton’s neuroma.

    What Are the Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma?

    The symptoms of Morton’s neuroma are primarily pain and discomfort in the toes or ball of your foot. Patients suffering from this condition often describe the feeling of standing on a pebble or fold in their sock. Pain, tingling, burning, or numbness of the toes may also occur as a result of Morton’s neuroma.

    What Are the Treatments for Morton’s Neuroma?

    Your podiatrist will evaluate your symptoms to determine the best solution for your foot pain. In most cases, non-invasive treatment methods are sufficient to relieve the symptoms of Morton’s neuroma. Orthotic inserts, arch supports, and shoes with a roomier toe box and little to no heel can relieve pressure on the nerves of the foot, allowing them to heal. If these treatments yield unsatisfactory results, injections or surgery may be suggested.

    If you have questions about foot pain or other aspects of your foot health, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling (832) 532-1197. We offer treatment for a full range of foot conditions including Morton’s neuroma, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and sports or work injuries. Check us out on the web to read more about the causes of foot pain.

    Could ESWT Cure Your Plantar Fasciitis?

    Last updated 29 days ago

    EWST, or extracorporeal shockwave treatment, is a treatment option to relieve foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament connecting the heel bone to your toes becomes injured or irritated, causing pain that can limit your ability to walk or perform daily activities. EWST utilizes shockwaves in the form of sound waves to treat the inflamed ligament, reducing swelling and eliminating pain. The treatment works by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes through targeted application of these shockwaves. While EWST is safe and effective for most patients, talk to your podiatrist if you have a pacemaker or are taking medications that affect blood clotting. The side effects associated with EWST are minor, and may include temporary discomfort, bruising, swelling, or redness in the treated area.

    Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists offer EWST as a convenient in-office procedure for the treatment of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. You can find out more about this effective treatment solution by calling (832) 532-1197. Visit us on the web to explore our full range of surgical and non-surgical treatment options to relieve plantar fasciitis and other sources of foot pain.

Why Choose Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists?

At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are dedicated to providing the very best in podiatry and general foot care in the Sugar Land and Houston areas. Our practice takes pride in the qualities that set us apart, including the use of advanced technology and surgical techniques, on-site diagnostic testing, and personalized patient care.

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