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Monday, 14 September 2020

People who are interested in helping patients with abnormalities of the foot and ankle may want to pursue a career in podiatry. Doctors in this specialized field treat conditions that include hammertoe, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. Mandatory schooling consists of completing a four-year undergraduate degree pertaining to medicine. Afterwards, a course is started in podiatric college, which will take four years to complete. The qualified student achieves the title of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and then a residency that generally takes three years to complete can begin. Podiatrists have the choice to begin an independent practice, become part of a group practice, or may start a career working in hospitals. Research has indicated that podiatry is a fast growing field of medicine, and it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can help you to determine if this is a correct career choice for you.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact Dr. Martin Sloan from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

 

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Tuesday, 08 September 2020

If you are a runner or know any runners, then you are likely no stranger to running injuries. Ankle injuries, such as strains and sprains, are very common among athletes. Fortunately, there are measures that you can take to prevent injury. Strengthening the ankle can potentially help you avoid injuries to the ankle joint. You may want to try some simple exercises, such as doing ankle circles, calf raises, and shin raises. Another area that you can improve on to decrease your risk of injury is balance. Work on your balance by practicing balancing on one leg at a time for one minute. When you run, avoid running on uneven surfaces, as these place more stress on your joints, and unforeseen hazards, like holes or tree roots, can make you trip or roll your ankle. It is also important to wear the appropriate shoes. Opt for running shoes that are supportive and fit your foot well. Finally, make sure that you take breaks regularly, giving your legs time to rest and recover. For more information on preventing ankle injuries, speak to your podiatrist today.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Martin Sloan of Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 31 August 2020

A fungal nail infection, also known as onychomycosis, is a common condition that affects up to 10% of all Americans. There are several risk factors for developing this condition. Wearing tight footwear can crowd the toes and cause them to become moist and warm. This creates the perfect conditions for fungus to thrive in, so try to avoid this by wearing wider, open-toed shoes. Exercise might cause repetitive minor trauma to the nail, allowing fungus to invade. Communal showers and other public areas like locker rooms and pools increase your risk of exposure to fungus, so make sure to not walk barefoot in these places. Finally, various diseases, such as diabetes and AIDS that can weaken the immune system, make it easier for fungal nail infections to occur. If you have a fungal nail infection, it is recommended that you seek medical treatment from a podiatrist.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Martin Sloan of Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

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