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December 2021

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 00:00

Understanding Charcot Foot

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when there are damaged nerves in the extremities, including the feet. This neuropathy can lead to the weakening of the bones in the foot, which is often known as Charcot foot. When these bones weaken, fractures in the foot can be worse, and bones in the joints can collapse. Ultimately, Charcot foot can disable the foot by causing it to become deformed and potentially require amputation. Some symptoms of Charcot foot include a warmness to the touch of the foot, redness, swelling, and pain. Diabetic patients should also be more aware of Charcot foot because the neuropathy that often goes hand-in-hand with diabetes can lead to this condition as well. Patients who are struggling with neuropathy, or believe that they have Charcot foot, should consult with a podiatrist for a proper assessment of their condition. 

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Christopher Hendrix from Bartlett, Tennessee. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis and Bartlett, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 21 December 2021 00:00

How to Ease Foot Pain While Pregnant

Pregnant women often deal with various foot-related issues because of the added weight when carrying a baby. One of the most common foot-related issues during pregnancy is swollen feet. This occurs when there is an excess of fluid that builds up and travels down to the feet. Because of this, raising and elevating the feet as much as possible, as well as wearing wide comfortable shoes, can help reduce the swelling. Arch pain is another common issue in pregnancy and can be eased by stretching the feet in the morning as well as after exercise. Ingrown toenails may also develop during during pregnancy, and they are another reason why wearing wide shoes is important. Pregnant women who get ingrown toenails or are struggling with other foot-related issues and pain may wish to consult with a podiatrist for suggested treatment options.    

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Christopher Hendrix from Bartlett, Tennessee. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis and Bartlett, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 18 December 2021 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 00:00

Exercises for an MTP Sprain

If you have sprained one of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joints in your foot your podiatrist may suggest that you do gentle exercises to help your recovery. Gentle stretches can help to keep your muscles and ligaments flexible. One simple stretch is a great toe extension. To do this exercise, sit down and place your affected foot over your other knee. With one hand, grasp the heel. With your other hand, gently pull your big toe backwards. You should feel a stretch along the bottom of your foot. Hold this stretch for 15-30 seconds and repeat several times for best results. To find more stretches and determine which ones may be right for you, please consult with your podiatrist. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Christopher Hendrix from Bartlett, Tennessee. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis and Bartlett, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 December 2021 00:00

Stress Fractures Occur in the Feet or Ankles

Stress fractures in bones are tiny cracks which occur over time. They are caused by frequent, repetitive force being applied to the bone. Athletes that participate in high impact sports – such as track and field, soccer, tennis, basketball, gymnastics, and cheerleading – can be at greater risk of developing a stress fracture in their feet and ankles. This is especially true if the intensity of the activity increases suddenly. Stress fractures can cause dull pain in a specific area that worsens with activity and gets better with rest. If you believe you may have a stress fracture in your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you stop the activity and make an appointment with a podiatrist. Along with a physical examination, the podiatrist may need to look at various imaging tests, including X-ray, ultrasound, bone scan, CT scan, or MRI, which is highly effective in detecting fracture lines. These will help in making a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Christopher Hendrix from Bartlett, Tennessee. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis and Bartlett, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Thursday, 02 December 2021 00:00

Why Is My Ankle Aching?

Ankle pain can have many possible causes. Ankle sprains, which occur when a ligament in the ankle is overstretched or torn, are one of the most common ankle injuries. An ankle sprain can happen while playing sports, exercising, or even just twisting the ankle when stepping off of a curb. Another potential cause of ankle pain is tendonitis. The ankle contains three tendons: the Achilles tendon, the peroneal tendon, and the posterior tibial tendon. When one of these tendons becomes inflamed, it results in pain, swelling, and tenderness in the ankle. Ankle arthritis, flexor retinaculum strain, and tarsal tunnel syndrome can also cause ankle pain. If you are suffering from a mysteriously aching ankle, please seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Christopher Hendrix from Bartlett, Tennessee. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis and Bartlett, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Thursday, 02 December 2021 00:00

What Is a High Ankle Sprain?

Although ankle sprains are a common type of sports-related injury, “high” ankle sprains are less likely to occur than common ankle sprains lower in the ankle. A high ankle sprain occurs when ligaments above the ankle joint, which hold the tibia and fibula bones together, become injured. Unlike common ankle sprains where the ankle typically rolls inward, high ankle sprains usually involve a forceful rolling out of the ankle, which may happen during certain contact sports. This can cause the ligaments to become damaged and fail in their duty to keep the tibia and fibula from spreading too far apart. While common ankle sprains usually present pain lower in the ankle, high ankle sprains can cause radiating pain from the front of the ankle upward. There may also be bruising and difficulty in bearing weight. To diagnose a high ankle sprain, a podiatrist will conduct an examination, which may include doing a fibular compression test, where the tibia and fibula are squeezed together at various points on the leg to check for radiating pain. X-rays may also be needed to distinguish a high ankle sprain from a fractured bone or other condition. If you believe you may have suffered a high ankle sprain, make an appointment with a podiatrist right away to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Christopher Hendrix from Bartlett, Tennessee. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis and Bartlett, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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