Thursday, 13 June 2024 00:00

Custom-made orthotics can be a good solution for individuals with diabetic foot problems. Diabetes often leads to complications such as peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation, which can result in foot ulcers and Charcot arthropathy if not addressed promptly. Ulcers are open sores that can become infected, while Charcot arthropathy involves the weakening of the bones in the foot, leading to fractures and deformities. Custom orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts that provide support and redistribute pressure on the feet. They can help alleviate pain, prevent the formation of ulcers, and provide stability to avoid fractures. By offering a precise fit tailored to an individual's unique foot structure, custom orthotics reduce pressure points and enhance comfort. Knowing when to try custom orthotics can be challenging. Signs can include persistent foot pain, noticeable changes in foot shape, and previous foot ulcers or infections. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you seek professional advice from a podiatrist. 

Custom orthotics and shoe inserts are not just for cushioning the soles; they are about supporting the foundation of our body - our feet. The advantages extend far beyond immediate relief from discomfort. These personalized solutions, that Our doctor can prescribe, can significantly impact a person’s posture, alleviate pain in various parts of the body, and even enhance athletic performance.

As we lace up our shoes each day, having the right support can make a world of difference. Custom orthotics are like tailored suites for our feet, offering a bespoke solution to address our unique biomechanical needs. They provide stability where it is lacking, correct imbalances, and ensure that every step is a confident and pain-free one. 

Custom orthotics and shoe inserts offer long-term health benefits. By addressing issues such as overpronation or underpronation, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, etc. orthotics can help prevent injuries and mitigate the progression of existing conditions. It’s an investment not just in the present, but in the future health of your feet and consequently, your overall well-being. 

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Incorporating targeted stretches and strengthening routines into your running regimen is a good way to maintain foot health and prevent injuries. Toe stretches involve gently pulling your toes back to stretch the muscles and ligaments along the sole of your foot and toes, promoting flexibility and reducing the risk of strains or cramps during runs. Plantar fascia stretching entails leaning forward to stretch the arch of your foot, to alleviate tension in the plantar fascia, which is a common source of heel pain in runners. Ankle alphabet exercises promote mobility and range of motion in the ankle joint by tracing the alphabet with your toes, helping to reduce the risk of ankle sprains or strains. The marble pickup exercise enhances the intrinsic muscles of the foot, improving their strength and coordination to prevent common running injuries such as metatarsalgia or Morton's neuroma. Incorporating these and other exercises into your routine strengthens your feet, reduces the risk of running-related injuries, and allows you to enjoy your runs with confidence and longevity. If you are experiencing persistent discomfort or have concerns about your foot health, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Richard Galperin, DPM of Texas. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Laser treatment for fungal nails offers a promising solution to combat the persistent infection that plagues many individuals. While its cost may vary depending on factors such as location and severity of the infection, it is often deemed a worthwhile investment in restoring nail health. Beyond financial considerations, the cosmetic implications are significant. Fungal nail infections can cause unsightly discoloration, thickening, and brittleness, affecting individuals' self-confidence and social interactions. Laser therapy aims to eliminate the infection and improve nail appearance, addressing both functional and aesthetic concerns. However, despite its effectiveness, recurrence remains a common challenge. Fungal spores can linger in shoes and socks, potentially leading to reinfection post-treatment. Combining laser therapy with preventive measures like proper foot hygiene and footwear sanitation is essential in minimizing the risk of recurrence. If you have toenail fungus and are seeking viable treatment methods, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist to discuss if laser treatment is appropriate for you.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Richard Galperin, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

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

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Wednesday, 29 May 2024 00:00

If you're experiencing ankle pain, you may be suffering from an ankle injury. Sprains, fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and Achilles tendon ruptures are just some examples of potential ankle injuries. Don't wait for care for an ankle injury, as it may worsen over time. We can help!

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Cuboid syndrome is a condition where the cuboid bone, located on the outer side of the midfoot, becomes partially dislocated or misaligned. This often occurs due to injury or repetitive strain. Athletes are more likely to get cuboid syndrome than other groups because their activities, such as running or jumping, put significant stress on the foot's complex structures. This is especially true for those in sports requiring sudden changes of direction or explosive movements. Symptoms of cuboid syndrome may include intense lateral foot pain, redness, and swelling. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can treat cuboid syndrome through manual manipulation to realign the bone, along with rest, compression, and elevation to reduce inflammation. Additionally, the use of taping techniques and custom orthotics may help stabilize the cuboid bone and prevent recurrence, allowing athletes to return to their activities with reduced risk of further injury. If you suspect cuboid syndrome, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible. 

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Richard Galperin, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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

 

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Symptoms of a broken toe typically involve immediate and severe pain at the site of the injury, which might worsen when the toe is moved or pressure is applied. Other common symptoms include swelling, bruising, and a visible deformity if the break is severe, such as the toe appearing at an abnormal angle. If the skin is broken during injury, there's also a potential for infection. Treatment for a broken toe depends on the break's severity and the fracture's nature. Treatments such as rest, elevation, and buddy taping are often sufficient for minor fractures. Sturdy and comfortable shoes are important to protect the toe during healing time. More severe cases, such as those involving a displaced bone or multiple breaks, may require a podiatrist to realign the broken bones. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary. Podiatrists may also recommend wearing a cast or a special walking boot to immobilize the toe during healing. Regular follow-ups are needed to ensure proper healing and prevent long-term complications. If you suspect a broken toe, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist promptly for evaluation and treatment. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Richard Galperin, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

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