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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.   

March 26, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: warts  

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
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: pregnancy  

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.

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