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October 07, 2015
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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.  

March 26, 2015
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Ummmm…no. Frogs and Toads do not give people warts. Plantar warts are benign growths (not cancerous) that develop most commonly on the bottom of your feet caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV) — a common virus found in moist areas such as around swimming pools and locker rooms. Some people are more susceptible than others to HPV, and not everyone will develop plantar warts if they come into contact with the virus. People with breaks in the skin on the feet are at a higher risk for plantar warts.

Plantar wart

Symptoms of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts most often develop on the bottom of the foot — the heel or the ball of the foot — causing sharp, burning pain. They can appear as a single wart (solitary) or a cluster of warts (mosaic). Common symptoms may include:

  • Pain or discomfort when walking or standing
  • Hard growths with well-defined boundaries that may resemble a callus
  • Tiny black specks (clotted blood vessels) that often appear on the surface of the wart

Dr. Petty’s Tips for Preventing Plantar Warts

Most warts will eventually disappear with home care acid treatments such as 17% salicylic acid and do not require medical treatment. You can take steps to prevent, reduce the spreading, and treat plantar warts, which include:

  • Changing your shoes and socks daily
  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Avoid picking at warts as the virus may spread
  • Avoid direct contact with an individual who has plantar warts
  • Check your child’s feet periodically
  • Refrain from walking barefoot, especially in public areas like showers, swimming pools and locker rooms
  • Never ignore skin growths or changes in your skin

Without treatment, plantar warts can grow, spread and prompt new warts to grow as fast as the old ones disappear. If you can’t confidently identify a growth on your foot, visit Corsicana Foot & Ankle to ensure a correct diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment from our Corsicana office can decrease the risk of the wart spreading and multiplying.

By Dr. Petty
February 07, 2015
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Pregnancy and Foot Pain

Pregnancy brings with it changes both emotionally and physically. During pregnancy, it’s not uncommon for women to experience not only general body pains but also foot pains as well. We are going to discuss a  few of the most common foot related concerns seen at Coriscana Foot & Ankle.  Most foot pain problems usually crop up during the second and third trimesters but can occur anytime during pregnancy.  

One of the most common foot problems that occur during pregnancy is swelling of the feet known as edema.  Slight swelling during pregnancy is normal and usually subsides after giving birth.  Ankle and foot swelling  is most noticeable in the third trimester and usually worsens late in the evening, causing shoes and socks to become tight. Signs of concern that may be abnormal is increased swelling or temperature  in one leg compared to the other.

Another foot problem that can occur during pregnancy is heel and arch pain known as plantar fasciitis. This condition develops when the band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot called the plantar fascia becomes strained and inflamed due to increased the increased weight gain. It is important to perform calf and foot stretching exercises to keep this ligament stretched out to decrease the strain on this ligament.

The final foot problem we will discuss that is prevalent during pregnancy is ingrown toenails. Increased swelling in the feet causes shoes and socks to become tight and squeezes the skin around the nail causing it to inflame.

Dr. Petty’s Foot Tips for Pregnancy and Foot Pain

There are various remedies available to help minimize and alleviate foot pain during pregnancy. Most are aimed at decreasing swelling in the feet.

  • Take short breaks during the day and elevate your feet.  Try to elevate the legs and feet above the heart when possible to help reduce swelling.
  • Wear shoes that are soft and a size larger than normal. This allows a little extra room for swelling feet.
  • Wear seamless socks that do not constrict circulation or put pressure on the toenails.
  • Exercise or walk regularly to promote ciriculation in the legs and feet.
  • To prevent arch and heel pain, stretch daily, avoid going barefoot and wear a good supportive shoe when walking.

If foot pain persists, visit Corsicana Foot & Ankle or call for an appointment at 903-872-9910. We’ll work with you to find the best treatments for your foot pain. Pregnancy and pending motherhood should be a pleasant, enjoyable experience.

By Dr. Petty
January 12, 2015
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Tags: Orthotics  

Foot Orthotics: Who Needs Them?

Foot orthotics are devices designed to restore your natural foot function by controlling abnormal muscle imbalances. Many foot pain complaints such as heel pain, forefoot pain, knee pain, and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Orthotics help to re-align and hold the foot and ankle bones in their optimal position, thereby restoring natural foot function that is much more efficient.

Dr. Petty can prescribe orthotics for anyone with foot pain that are worn inside the shoe and that are custom made to your specific feet. They are crafted specifically for you and no one else; they match the contour of your feet precisely for a perfect fit and are designed for the way you move. Only custom prescription orthotics can accommodate your unique foot structure. Dr. Petty creates custom orthotics to treat a wide variety of foot pain problems such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain); bursitis; tendinitis; diabetic foot ulcers; and foot, ankle, and knee pain.

After a thorough examination, if orthotics are needed, Dr. Petty will capture a three-dimensional casting image of each of your feet. That image, as well as any measurements obtained during the visit to address specific foot abnormalities, is used to create a set of custom foot supports that will improve your foot movement and lead to more comfort and mobility.

There are two categories of prescription orthotics that Dr. Petty dispenses. Functional orthotics are designed to control abnormal foot motion and may be used to treat many types of foot pain problems extending to the knee. These devices are usually crafted from a semi-rigid material such as graphite and then softened with a padded leather top cover. Accommodative orthotics are softer and meant to provide additional cushioning and support and are used more in middle age feet and elderly or diabetic populations. They can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot, and other uncomfortable conditions.

If you have serious pain or discomfort and would like to walk pain free again, feel free to call Corsicana Foot & Ankle at 903-872-9910. Dr. Petty can examine your feet and ankles, prescribe custom made orthotics or suggest other treatments to improve your comfort and foot function.

By Dr. Petty
December 23, 2014
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What causes muscle cramps?

A muscle cramp is a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. Leg and foot cramps may have many different causes. Let’s discuss some of the main causes because it has been a frequent patient question at the Corsicana Foot Clinic.   foot pain

  • Dietary deficiency- Specifically minerals such as Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium.
  • Dehydration- Not drinking enough water daily.
  • Overuse of specific muscles- certain foot problems or worn shoes can contribute to this.
  • Medications such as diuretics, statins and steroids
  • Certain medical conditions such as kidney disease, thyroid disease and peripheral artery disease.
  • Sometimes they’re simply the result of your feet and legs being tired.

How to stop a muscle cramp

  • Stretch the calf muscle by straightening the leg and pulling your foot toward you. Try walking it off if possible.
  • Massage the muscle with your hand and apply heat with a heating pad or warm shower/bath.
  • Take off your shoes or socks, or anything else that might be constricting your foot or leg.
  • Do some simple stretches: a) flex your toes up and down or b) grab your toes and pull them towards you as far as you can, hold them a moment, then repeat until you feel the cramp passing.

How can you avoid muscle cramps?

  • Drink plenty of fluids or sports drinks, such as Gatorade, provide hydration and electrolytes.
  • Limit drinks with alcohol or caffeine. These can make you dehydrated.
  • Take a multivitamin supplement daily to insure you are getting the nutrients necessary for correct muscle function.
  • If you suffer from night cramps, stretch your calf muscles before going to bed.
  • If you are taking medicines that are known to cause leg cramps, ask your doctor if he may be able to prescribe a different medication. Do not just stop taking the medication.

Persistent leg or foot cramps may be a sign that there is something else going on in your body, such as poor leg circulation. If you keep on having cramps, you should see a doctor. Dr. Petty performs a simple in-office test to check circulation in the legs and feet. Please call the Corsicana Foot & Ankle at 903-872-9910 for an appointment.

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