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October 07, 2015
Category: adult flat foot

A flat foot is a foot deformity that happens when the middle of the feet fails to form an arch when standing. Although this can be found in children with developing feet, its presence in your adult years should be a cause of concern.

Most people with flat feet live their lives without experiencing pain or any symptoms. Non-surgical treatments are available for treating flat feet. And medical intervention is only advised when it causes pain or discomfort.

The danger with flat foot is it can be a symptom of a foot injury or an underlying disease. You can go ignoring flat foot not knowing that this could be your body’s sign that something is seriously wrong with your body. A podiatrist can identify if your flat foot is due to another medical condition. Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in foot care and treating foot disorders.

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)

Most cases of acquired adult flat feet can be traced to PTTD. The posterior tibial tendon runs from the muscle in the calf and runs through the bones in the inside of the foot. Its main function is to support the foot arch when walking. If the tendon becomes damaged, the arch of the feet collapses.  

Risks for developing PTTD increases with age. Other factors include obesity, diabetes and hypertension.  Those suffering from flat foot due to underdevelopment during childhood increase their risk for PTTD. This is because flat feet exposes people to injury when participating in high impact sports activities such as running and tennis.


Swelling and tenderness caused by arthritis can lead to extreme pain for people with flat feet. Arthritis does not only damage the cartilage in joints but also surrounding structures such as the ligaments that support the feet. The medical condition does not only cause inflammation but can also lead to deformities.


Peripheral neuroma is just one of the complications of diabetes. It results to the loss of sensation in the extremities including the feet. This can make it difficult or impossible for diabetics to detect pain when the arch collapses. Structures in the feet can be severely damaged without the diabetic feeling any pain.

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.  

October 07, 2015
Category: diabetes
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Diabetes can lead to serious foot conditions. While small wounds or cuts on the feet may not be a major alarm for many, this can quickly turn out to be an ugly infection for diabetics. But infections are just one of the complications that diabetics have to face.


Diabetes can lead to nerve damage in the extremities which includes the feet. Diabetics suffering from neuropathy may experience a lack or total absence of sensation. This makes it possible for people to develop a cut or wound in their feet without knowing it.

Proper foot care for diabetics include visually inspecting the feet regularly. This can be done upon reaching home and removing your shoes.


Diabetics are more likely to suffer from calluses or thick dry skin on their feet. Their skin may not be able to replace dead dry skin because of impaired circulation. Nutrients are not able to reach the skin efficiently.  Calluses if not managed properly can develop into ulcers or open sores. Weakened immune system in the feet may not be able to treat this properly.

Consult a podiatrist for recommended callus treatments. Don’t attempt to use blades to cut or reduce thick skin areas. Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in foot care and treating foot disorders in diabetics.

Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers are often the result of wearing poorly fitting shoes. This is commonly seen at the bottom of the big toe, side of the feet or at the ball of the feet. This can become infected and require the help of a podiatrist. Foot ulcers may require cleaning or removal of infected tissues.

Diabetics with foot ulcers are advised to rest their feet to avoid infection from spreading deeper. Depending on severity, the podiatrist may advise the use of a cast or special shoe to avoid infection from spreading.

Poor Circulation

The blood is responsible for bringing much needed nutrients to the cells of the body. It also contains white blood cells to fight infection. High sugar levels in the blood can damage small blood vessels that supply blood to the feet.

Managing your blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels are a must for diabetics. Switching to a healthier lifestyle which includes good eating habits and quitting cigarettes can prevent foot complications from diabetes. 

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

October 07, 2015
Category: warts
Tags: plantar warts  

Plantar warts are abnormal skin growths that are commonly located at the bottom of the feet. These warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus or commonly referred to as HPV. These warts can also be found in children. Contrary to everyone’s belief, not all warts are malignant. Plantar warts do not cause nor is an indication for cancer. Plantar warts eventually disappear after a year or two. However, plantar warts may cause can be a source of irritation or pain. Requiring the expertise of a podiatrist for treating the condition.

There are two kinds of plantar warts:

  • Solitary wart – this involves the appearance of a single wart. Over time it usually grows in size and even increase in number.
  • Mosaic warts – a group of warts in close proximity with each other. This type of wart is harder to treat compared to its solitary counterpart.

Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in diagnosing and treating plantar warts. Consulting with a podiatrists is recommended for any abnormal skin growth in the feet.

What do plantar warts look like?

Plantar warts can be described as soft or grainy growths that appear at the bottom of the feet. It may appear individually or in clusters. This are usually small, but some plantar warts grow bigger than usual. Due to the pressure of walking, these plantar warts look flat compared to palmar warts that stick up above the skin. This pressure thus causes plantar warts to grow inward beneath the hard, thick layer of the skin.

How do you get plantar warts?

Plantar warts can be easily transmitted. It can spread directly by personal contact or indirectly when a person with plantar warts uses a public shower without wearing shoes. This is transmitted to the next person when their feet comes in contact with the floor. There is also a much higher risk of being infected if a person has a skin breakage or wound.

A person’s risk of getting plantar warts varies. Those with weak immune systems are more susceptible of acquiring plantar warts compared to those with a healthy immune system.

Diagnosis and treatment

Podiatrist are medical foot experts who are best qualified for diagnosing and treating people with plantar warts. This makes it essential that you consult with these health professionals if you believe that you are suffering from plantar warts.

Even though most plantar warts eventually clear up on its own, this could be a source of embarrassment and pain for many. Podiatrists are specialists who can provide treatment for this skin condition. Removing plantar warts can be done through laser therapy, cryotherapy or surgery.

At Corsicana Foot and Ankle located in Corsicana, Tx, we specialize in diagnosing and treating plantar warts.  To schedule an appointment call 903-872-9910.  

October 07, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Heel pain in children can be caused by Sever’s disease or calcaneal apophysitis. This condition is characterized by the inflammation of the heel growth plate. The feet undergoes many changes during our childhood years. Rapid bone growth and development happens but the heels do not develop as quickly.

Wearing shoes with good foot support at the foot bed and heels is an easy way to prevent Sever’s Disease. This is advised especially for children who actively participate in sports and other strenuous activities. Sever’s disease usually goes away as the feet and heels becomes fully developed.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is a foot condition in children caused by the inflammation of the developing heel growth plate. This can be seen child athletes or children who actively participate in activities that expose the heels to repeated abuse. It is common among children aged 8 to 14 years who have still to develop their heel growth plates completely.

It is not clear how Sever’s disease develops but this is most likely caused by repeated trauma to the developing heel growth plates. This can be compounded by not wearing footwear without proper support. Children who are overweight are also at high risk for developing Sever’s disease.

Visit a podiatrist for more information about Sever’s disease. Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in helping children suffering from Sever’s disease.

Symptoms of Sever’s Disease

This foot condition causes severe pain at the back of the heel. This can be aggravated by flexing the ankles or by pushing the feet down. Swelling and tenderness in the heel area can be seen in those suffering from severe cases. 

Possible Causes of Heel Pain in Children

Although heel pain is commonly traced to Sever’s disease, it can also be caused by other foot conditions. And this is where the services of a podiatrist becomes invaluable. The foot specialist can help identify possible causes and create a treatment regimen. Causes of heel pain include overuse injuries, fractures and tendo- Achilles bursitis. 

What you should do:

Children with heel pain should immediately stop any activities that involve heavy foot movements. Wearing shoes that provide foot and heel support is also advised. Using a heel cup or foot insert helps absorbed extreme stresses on the heels. You can also use an ice pack to relieve pain in the heels.  Pain medications and Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs can also reduce inflammation in the heel area.

Consult a podiatrist if heel pain persists even after treatment.

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

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