Answers to Your Austin Foot & Ankle Injury Questions

If you have questions about foot and ankle injuries in central Texas, the Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists has the answers. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to treat your injury and get you back to the activities you love. Call us today if you have been injured.

 

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  • How does neuropathy and nerve compression relate?

    Patients come to see us for treatment when nerve issues affect their lower limbs. Our doctors are specifically trained and experienced to provide relief from the symptoms these issues cause, but we can also explain the relationship between neuropathy and nerve compression so patients better understand the problem.

    Neuropathy is essentially a general term used to describe nerve damage or problems. This can be caused by various sources, including diabetes, infections, exposure to toxins, and physical trauma.

    Nerve compression is a more specific issue experienced in isolated nerves, particularly where a nerve is either compressed or constricted in its fibrous tunnel. This happens solely as the result of external pressure on the nerve.

    Both can cause the same symptoms, which include numbness, tingling, burning, stabbing pain, ulcers (open sores), curling of toes, cramping, and weakness or loss of stability in the lower limbs.

    Our nerve experts here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists will accurately diagnose the condition for you and then create an effective treatment plan to relieve existing symptoms and keep you safe from further problems. Call us at (512) 328-8900 and we can provide further information or assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of our highly-skilled podiatrists.

  • Why is my foot dragging?

    We would need to see you in person for an accurate diagnosis, but a foot dragging along the floor usually means a condition known as foot drop. Drop foot is actually more of a symptom, one which can develop in response to several underlying anatomical, muscular, or neurological conditions.

    In many cases, the root cause of the dragging foot is a nerve injury, particularly with the peroneal nerve, which is responsible for controlling the muscles used to lift the foot. This nerve can become damaged in response to trauma, injury, and other circumstances which constrict it.

    If you have developed a condition in which one or both of your feet are dragging along the floor with every step, come see Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists and have one of our skilled, knowledgeable podiatrists provide the care you need. For more information on this subject, or to schedule an appointment at our Austin, TX foot doctor office, either give us a call at (512) 328-8900 or fill out our online form today.

  • What is lower extremity nerve pain?

    To understand what lower extremity nerve pain is, it helps to break down the condition into two parts – lower extremity and nerve pain. Lower extremity is simply a more sophisticated way to say “foot.” Nerve pain requires a bit more explanation.

    The human body relies on several systems, including the nervous system. This system can be thought of as the communication center in the body. The brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) communicate with an intricate grid of nerves (peripheral nervous system). The peripheral nerves collect information, which is processed by the brain.

    One form of information processed in the brain is physical sensation. This is a basic survival mechanism used to take actions like recognizing that you are stepping on a coal that is hot and then removing your foot quickly. For this to happen, the body relies on peripheral nerves. If these nerves are damaged, due to diabetes or other conditions for instance, it can result in painful sensations. When this happens, you need the treatment we provide.

    Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900 to find out more information about this form of nerve pain and the advanced treatment options we have to relieve it for you.

  • What common nerve conditions affect the foot and ankle?

    There are several common foot nerve conditions we treat for patients, including neuromas, neuropathy, foot drop, and peroneal nerve dysfunction. Some of the symptoms to know for these conditions include physical sensations of tingling, burning, or pain. When nerves are damaged, they can also become numb and are unable to send any signals to the brain. With foot drop and peroneal nerve dysfunction, there are often functional symptoms, such as inability to hold the affected foot up and the toes dragging while walking.

    No matter which of these common nerve conditions are affecting your lower limbs, you can find the treatment you need at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. We are staffed with highly-educated, skilled, and experienced foot doctors who are ready to provide exceptional foot care services for you. Whether you’re in West Lake Hills, the North Loop, or any surrounding areas, contact us today by calling (512) 328-8900 and we can assist you in scheduling an appointment.  You can also request an appointment online.

  • What foods should I avoid with gout?

    Gout is a painful arthritic condition, commonly felt in the big toe, that can be triggered by eating foods high in purine content. Your body breaks down those purines into uric acid during digestion, but too much uric acid (either from overconsumption or from kidneys that are unable to filter the acid effectively) can lead to painful gout episodes.

    If you struggle with gout, foods you should cut out of your diet include:

    • Alcohol
    • Anchovies
    • Asparagus
    • Consommé
    • Herring
    • Meat Gravy
    • Mincemeat
    • Mushrooms
    • Mussels
    • Organ meats (e.g. liver, kidney, heart, etc.)
    • Sardines
    • Seafoods
    • Sweetbreads

    Foods that should be limited to only small, occasional portions inculde:

    • Cauliflower
    • Dried Beans
    • Dried Peas
    • Fish
    • Lentils
    • Oatmeal
    • Red Meats
    • Spinach
    • Whole Grain Cereal
    • Yeast

  • Is wearing high heels really bad for your feet?

    High heels can impact the health of your feet in the form of calluses, bunions, blisters and ingrown nails. “Are high heels bad for feet?” is a fairly common question women ask at our office. Some women wonder this after spending extended periods in stylish stilettos. Others have heard that high heels cause bunions and are curious about the connection.

    There is debate in the medical community over whether shoes cause bunions and bunionettes or not. At the very least, it is safe to say that they can contribute to making the condition worse. Other problems high heels can contribute to, or even cause, include ingrown nails, calluses, and blisters.

    Additionally, high-heeled footwear can affect Achilles tendons, shorten muscle fibers, and reduce the range of motion in ankles. These factors all can play a role in a host of foot and ankle conditions that may ultimately cause pain or impede an ability to perform favorite activities.

    All of this said, wearing high heels on special occasions is probably not the worst thing in the world, but be sure to place the emphasis on “special.” For additional information on the effects of high heels or to receive expert foot care, contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists online or by calling (512) 328-8900.

  • What are the signs of skin cancer?

    Spotting signs of skin cancer early is vital to treating this possibly dangerous condition. Basal cell carcinoma appears as a waxy or pearly bump, or brownish-colored flat lesion. Squamous cell symptoms include a red, firm nodule, or flat lesion with a crusty surface. Change is the most important thing to look for when spotting melanoma. A new mole or a difference in size, shape, or color of an existing one is a sign to seek treatment. Remembering ABCDE will help you to recognize symptoms quickly.

     

    A – asymmetry (one half is different than the other)

    B – border is irregular (edges are blurred or ragged)

    C – color (variations in color)

    D – diameter (larger than the size of a pencil eraser)

    E – evolution (changes in size, shape, color, and symptoms such as itchiness, tenderness, and bleeding)

     

    You should check yourself regularly, and if you notice any of these signs, contact our Austin, TX office right away. Stop skin cancer before it becomes serious. Make an appointment with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS by dialing (512) 328-8900.

     

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  • What is the difference between a fracture and a sprain?

    Essentially, the difference between a fracture and a sprain is what type of tissue the injury affects. Fractures happen to bone tissue, often as the result of a traumatic incident. Sprains involve damage to soft, connective tissue (ligaments) which are extended beyond their intended range from excessive motion.

     

    These two injuries are often confused because they have similar symptoms and causes. Both are frequently the result of participation in athletic competition or practice, but they can also happen due to tripping on uneven ground.

     

    Pain, bruising, and swelling are common symptoms for both fractures and sprains, as is difficulty walking on the affected foot or ankle. First aid procedures, like the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) can help to alleviate the symptoms of either injury, but you need a professional diagnosis and treatment plan for best healing.

     

    Whenever you or a loved one suffers from a foot or ankle injury, reach out to our experts here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Discover for yourself how our patients benefit from our commitment to constantly redefine excellence in podiatry. Call our Austin, TX office today at (512) 328-8900 or use our online form to schedule your appointment.

  • Are there ways to treat nerve pain?

    When you are experiencing nerve pain, it can seem like a hopeless situation. We are happy to inform you that there are ways to treat nerve pain. Traditionally, conservative options like medications and therapies have been available. These have had a certain degree of success, but advancements in technology have now provided a new option – Neurogenx treatment.

    Neurogenx is an innovative, FDA-approved method of combining electrical and chemical therapies to decrease pain, improve balance and stability, and even lead to better sleep. This process entails electronic signal treatment (EST) and a low-dose anesthetic. If you would like additional information, our specialists will be happy to provide it for you.

    Don’t let nerve pain disrupt your life! Here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists we offer various treatments, including Neurogenx, to provide the relief you need. If you are ready to put the pain to rest, contact our Austin, TX office by either calling (512) 328-8900 or using our online form to schedule your appointment today.

  • What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat decompression sickness in scuba divers, but has many other applications, too: serious infections, air pockets in your blood stream, burns, gangrene, radiation injury, skin flaps at risk for tissue death, and treating wounds that won’t heal. That last one is something we foot doctors see quite often, so oxygen therapy is a helpful treatment option.

     

    It consists of breathing in a chamber where the air pressure is three times higher than normal. This increases the ability of your lungs to absorb oxygen and send it through your body to help fight bacteria and increase the amount of growth factors and stem cells that are available to you for healing. The treatment is typically done in a hospital outpatient center.

     

    There are slight risks associated with this treatment, such as injury to the middle ear, temporary eyesight changes, and the possibility of lung collapse or seizures, but it is generally considered to be a safe treatment.

     

    At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists we pride ourselves on having referral access to effective technology and knowing how to use it. Trust your foot problems to us and be assured of the highest quality of care you might expect from expert podiatrists. Call us at (512) 328-8900 today for an appointment.