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Posts for: September, 2015

September 09, 2015
Category: joint pain
Tags: foot pain   joint pain   arthritis  

There are several types of arthritis affecting the feet and toes. The feet has over 30 joints making it a prime location for arthritis. Normal wear and tear is just one of the reasons why the feet is the most common place for arthritis to develop. After all, the feet is responsible for supporting our weight and cushions the force of high-impact activities such as running and jumping.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints in our feet. It causes inflammation and destroys the cartilage. Swelling makes simple movements such as walking or standing painful. Inflammation irritates surrounding nerves giving the sensation of pain.

Gout is more commonly found in men than women. This is largely due to lifestyle habits rather than physical differences. Leading causes of gout includes heavy drinking, eating too much meat and overweight problems.

Rheumatoid arthritis can cause foot deformities. It can lead to crippling foot problems making it difficult if not unbearable to move the feet. Foot and toe deformities include the formation of hammertoes, claw toes and bunions.

Treatment options and management of foot arthritis is easier when diagnosed early. This is why visiting a podiatrist is recommended when the first signs of arthritis is observed. Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.

Do you have arthritis?

Morning stiffness – foot joints that are hard to move in the morning. It can be a sign of degenerative arthritis that starts from a few minutes and goes on for a few hours as the disease progresses.

Numbness and tingling – inflammation affect surrounding nerves that can cause a burning or tingling sensation.

Pain – stiffness is usually accompanied by pain. Inflammation in the joints can irritate surrounding nerves. It can also damage tissues and cartilage.

Joint stiffness – this is usually begins with the small joints. As the condition progresses it moves to other joints.

Swelling- this is a clear indication of inflammation in the joints.

Limited range of movement – arthritis affects our foot joints which is responsible for normal foot movement.

Arthritis is a debilitating disease that can have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life. A quick visit to a podiatrist could give you more information about the effects of arthritis and its treatments.

At Corsicana Foot and Ankle located in Corsicana, Tx, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment call 903-872-9910.  

The prospect of losing a player due to a foot injury looms heavy in the minds of NBA teams. This is true for  prized 76er’s center Joel Embiid who is again to miss the entire NBA season due to a foot injury. The player was diagnosed with a Navicular bone injury, the same bone he broke last year, affecting the arch of the foot.  This is the second time in as many NBA seasons that the player sill be forced to sit in the sidelines.

Foot injuries has forced many NBA players to cut their careers short. Houston’s Yao Ming for example was unable to continue with his NBA career due to chronic foot injuries. In fact, it is the same type of foot injury that ended Yao Ming’s relatively short NBA journey.

Foot injuries are not uncommon in NBA players or other athletes. Many of these athletes were able to fully recover from their injuries and resume their careers. Zydrunas Ilgauskas for example underwent three foot surgeries but was still able to play for ten more seasons. At 21, the team is also hoping that Joel Embiid would be able to fully recover from the foot injury and finally play in the NBA.

Navicular Bone Injury

The Navicular bone is located at the mid-foot near the foot arch. Like most of the bones and joints located in the feet it is responsible for supporting our weight and absorbing the impact of walking, running and jumping. The stress of our weight bearing down on our feet is magnified when we participate in high impact activities.

A stress fracture or complete fracture occurs when the Navicular bone is exposed to pressure beyond its structural capacity. Navicular stress fractures in particular are hard to detect and could only be diagnosed with X-rays, CT scans or MRI. Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders and injuries.

Treating Navicular Bone Injury

Treatments for Navicular bone injury varies according to the severity of injury. Less severe conditions such as stress fractures may require splints or avoiding weight bearing and high impact activities until the bone is fully healed. For those with severe bone conditions, a cast is placed on the feet for a period of six months. If swelling or tenderness is noticed upon cast removal, another two weeks for healing is recommended.

At Corsicana Foot and Ankle located in Corsicana, Tx, we specialize in helping people with foot injuries.  To schedule an appointment call 903-872-9910.   

September 09, 2015
Category: women's feet
Tags: women's feet   high heels  

Wearing high heels can be considered both as a sport and an art. Imagine wearing high heels all day and without breaking a sweat. The problem with high heels is that this was not designed for supporting the feet. In fact, it goes against the normal contour of the feet.

Women who wear high heels are at high risk for developing foot injuries. The toes are especially at risk because high heels shift the stress of carrying weight to the toes. But this should not discourage women from wearing high heels. With proper foot care avoiding foot injuries is possible. Even simply taking your high heels for a few minutes can give your feet that much needed break.

When pain and discomfort persists even after removing your high heels then this can already be a sign of foot injury. Consult a podiatrist for chronic foot pain. Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot injuries.

Regular Foot Massages

A gentle foot massage at the end of the day can help release built-up stress on the feet. It helps soothe tired and aching foot muscles. It improves blood circulation to the area. This ensures that your feet gets much needed nutrients to repair damaged cells. Pay special attention to your toes and ankles. An injury can be suspected when this become sensitive or painful to touch.

Shifting Your Center of Gravity

Wearing high heels makes you lean forward. This is evident in the added pressure to the toes as load bearing is transferred to the area. Try to correct this by shifting your center of gravity backwards and away from the toes.

Maintain Toe and Ankle Mobility

Toes and ankles may become rigid through constant wearing of high heels. Foot exercises should be done to strengthen the toes and ankles. Promote toe and ankle flexibility by performing toe bends and curls. Better foot strength helps your toes and ankles compensate for additional stress that wearing heels bring.

The best solution for preventing high heels is giving your feet a break once in a while. Whether it’s removing high heels for a few minutes at the office or shifting to foot friendly shoes once in a while.

At Corsicana Foot and Ankle located in Corsicana, Tx, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment call 903-872-9910.  

September 09, 2015
Category: sports injuries

One of the major responsibilities of the feet is supporting our body weight. The feet are composed of load-bearing structures that are capable of withstanding the stress of running, jumping or most sports activities. But, it too has its limits and when we go beyond what is was designed for, foot injuries happen.

Sever’s Disease

This is a painful heel condition found in child athletes. Feet development occurs during our childhood years. And an injury may occur when these are subjected to repeated abuse from sports activities before it is fully developed. The heel growth plate is one of the last structures in the feet to mature. And child athletes are at high risk for developing heel injuries because of this.  

Athletes Foot

Anybody can have athlete’s foot but this is more common among athletes because of certain practices. Athletes often have to take showers in training rooms or public showers. An infection can occur when bare feet is exposed to wet surfaces. 

Sore Feet

A hard day of training often results to sore feet. While most athletes dismiss this as part of their profession, pain and soreness that don’t go away with medication and rest should be consulted with a podiatrist. Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people suffering from sports related foot injuries.


Fractures are commonly caused by breaks in load bearing bones in the feet. High risk areas include the heel, ankle, navicula and metatarsal bones. Stress on these foot structures are multiplied often to its breaking point through repeated high impact activities. This is why warm-ups and foot strengthening exercises should be done before athletes progress into more difficult activities. 

Ankle Sprains

Sports require explosive movements that demand strength and flexibility. A quick change in direction places huge stress on the ankles causing sprain. When it is overstretched beyond its limit, this is injured causing pain and inflammation.

Tingling Feet

That tingling sensation in your feet can be caused by poor circulation or nerve damage. While it might only be a cause of inconvenience it can already be a symptom of an underlying disease. This includes peripheral neuropathy or Raynaud’s disease. 

At Corsicana Foot and Ankle located in Corsicana, Tx, we specialize in helping people with foot injuries.  To schedule an appointment call 903-872-9910.   

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