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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  • Is it safe to get a pedicure with a fungal nail infection?

    You absolutely can get a pedicure with a fungal infection, but it is important to honestly address the situation with the salon ahead of time. When doing so, find out if the salon has the proper sterilization practices and necessary tools to handle fungal nails. Keep in mind that you may be asked to bring in your own polishes and tools.

    If you find yourself wondering whether it is safe to get a pedicure while having fungal nails, it might be time to look into treatment options to eradicate the fungus and restore your nails to their natural, healthy condition. Our practice offers laser therapy using the HyperBlue 1530, which is an FDA-approved machine, to eliminate toenail fungus at the source. This is a safe, effective, and painless procedure to clear up your nails. We also offer other treatment methods for dealing with this embarrassing condition.

    Schedule an appointment with our Austin, TX office by calling (512) 328-8900 or use our convenient online form. Start taking the steps to healthy, clear nails today!

  • What are remedies for treating warts at home?

    There are various methods of treating warts at home, with varying rates of success. Home remedies that people use include rubbing garlic on them, applying a paste made of castor oil and baking powder, and soaking warts in pineapple juice, but these techniques are not effective. Others believe that using duct tape can help clear up these growths, although evidence does not support this practice.

    A better approach to at-home care for warts is to buy over-the-counter products, especially those containing salicylic acid, or using cryotherapy. Something to keep in mind when trying these approaches is that treatment will take time and reapplications. Do not expect the warts to clear up overnight.

    Even better than using over-the-counter products is coming in and receiving expert wart treatment from Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. We are Austin’s top podiatry clinic and will provide the right procedures to clear up any warts you may have on your feet. We consistently exceed expectations and redefine what it means to provide podiatric care for our patients. Call us today at (512) 328-8900 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today.

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  • Why does my second toe hurt?

    When you experience pain in your second toe, there are a variety of possible root causes. One of the potential explanations for your pain and discomfort is a rare condition known as Freiberg’s disease. This ailment is marked by dull pain behind the second toe, in the ball of the foot, which becomes worse with walking. There may be swelling and redness in the affected area. The metatarsophalangeal joint (where the toe meets the foot) often becomes stiff and results in limping.

    This condition may not cause pain or issues for the patient, or it may resolve spontaneously on its own. When this is not the case, conservative treatment methods are often successful, especially if the disease is diagnosed in early stages. Surgery is often unnecessary, but remains an option for atypical, stubborn cases.

    Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists place a strong emphasis on constantly raising your bar for expectations in podiatric care…and then exceeding them. Whether your issue is Freiberg’s disease, or any other foot or ankle condition, we will provide an expert diagnosis and administer effective treatment for you. Contact our Austin, TX office by either calling (512) 328-8900 or scheduling with our online form today.

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  • Is blood sugar all I need to monitor with diabetes?

    When it comes to monitoring diabetes, most people know that blood sugar (glucose) levels need to be carefully tracked. There are, however, other things to take into consideration that should be given attention, too.

    Checking your feet on a daily basis is important to catch problems before they get worse. Look for signs of excessively dry skin, calluses, and foot ulcers—these can put you at risk for infection and serious complications.

    In addition, it is important to monitor blood pressure. This should be the same in your arm as it is down by your feet. If it is significantly lower in the foot, this means that you are experiencing circulation issues that need to be addressed.

    You should also maintain a healthy weight by exercising regularly and eating a proper diet.

    If you need further help with regard to the important act of monitoring diabetes, the experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are here for you. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS are Austin, TX, can help with all of your diabetic foot care needs. Call us at (512) 328-8900 to schedule an appointment today!

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  • How Do You Treat Post-Static Dyskinesia?

    We treat post-static dyskinesia (meaning impaired movement after being at rest) in various ways, once we have determined what is causing your discomfort. Early morning heel pain when you first step out of bed is most often due to plantar fasciitis—inflammation of or damage to the ligament under your arch.

    RICE therapy (rest, icing, compression, elevation) can help bring down swelling and soreness, and stretching exercises can help recondition the ligament and reduce the damage to the heel from the ligament pulling on it too tightly. For persistent pain, we can try injection therapy using medication, extracorporeal shockwave therapy using energy waves, or cryotherapy using low temperatures. Once the pain has subsided, we will evaluate the biomechanical issues causing your plantar fasciitis and design custom orthotics to correct them.

    Try this: before you get out of bed, raise your leg and pull the toes toward you with a looped towel. Then trace the alphabet with extended toes, and alternately curl the toes downward and stretch them out. Finally, stand for a moment before that first step, and your pain may not be so bad. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Texas at (512) 328-8900 for more helpful hints.

  • How do I know if my ankle is sprained?

    If you twisted or rolled your foot, check these ankle sprain symptoms to see if you have serious damage. Start with the pain. Did it start right after the injury? How bad is it? If the ankle starts to swell right away, you may have sprained it. If so, your body will rush blood to the area, which will likely cause it to turn red and feel a bit warm. Touch the outside (or inside) of your ankle to see if there is tenderness when you press on certain areas.


    If the pain is very severe—enough that you can’t bear any weight on it—or if there is much swelling, you need to have it seen right away. Numbness in your foot or toes is an even more worrying sign. Keep weight off, elevate your foot, and come to our office as soon as you can. We can take X-rays to see if any bones are broken, locate any serious nerve damage, and determine how bad the sprain is. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900 to set up a time. We practice excellence in podiatry and will treat your feet with the greatest care.

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  • What is post-static dyskinesia?

    Post-static dyskinesia is a medical term referring to pain that occurs after a period of rest. It is often associated with heel pain, specifically plantar fasciitis. This condition is characterized by an inflammation of the fibrous band of tissues that run from your toes to your heel on the bottom of your foot. The inflamed band shortens and tightens when not in use—such as when you sleep or sit for a long period of time. Then, when you rise and try to put weight on your foot, it pulls on your heel, causing a stabbing pain.  This will subside as you walk around and the tissues loosen up, however, the relief is only temporary—pain will return again following a restful state.

    If you are experiencing early morning heel pain, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis or another associated condition. It’s best to get your foot looked at by Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS. Call (512) 328-8900 for an appointment, or stop by our Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists office in Austin, TX. We can determine why you are feeling discomfort and treat the problem accordingly, so you can start your day out right!

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  • Do trauma patients with diabetes have higher complication risks?

    Conditions associated with diabetes can put you at a higher risk of complications. This is especially true if you are a trauma patient who has just undergone surgery. Because the disease affects blood circulation, diabetic patients have a more difficult time fighting off infection. As a result, they remain in the hospital longer and require more aggressive antibiotics. Strict guidelines must be put in place for managing glucose levels that can otherwise cause additional problems. Other risk factors include how advanced the patient’s condition is, and if they are suffering from peripheral vascular disease, a blood flow problem often associated with diabetes. Extra care must be taken of diabetic trauma patients to nullify these complication risks.

    If you would like more information or have any questions, contact Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS at (512) 328-8900. You can also visit Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Austin, TX, or find us online.

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  • What are the benefits of orthotics?

    From pain relief to biomechanical corrections, there are many benefits of orthotics for those with foot problems. An orthotic device slipped into your shoe can redistribute weight and reduce pressure in bothersome areas. This helps to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by conditions like plantar fasciitis, for example.


    Orthotics also provide additional support for arches and ankles, increasing stability and possibly even preventing falls in older people. Podiatrists can even make custom orthotics that mold to your unique feet and address your specific problems. Although they will eventually provide additional comfort, orthotics shoe inserts do take some getting used to. There will be a period of “breaking-in” time, but once you get used to them, you’ll be amazed at the difference they make.

    Learn more about the benefits of orthotics from Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900 or visit our Austin, TX, location.

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  • What are the causes of plantar fibroma?

    Ouch!  Is that what you say every time you take a step? You could be suffering from plantar fibroma—a painful, fibrous knot in the arch of your foot. The causes of plantar fibroma are not clear, but podiatrists agree upon several viable reasons that could play a part in the development of the condition.

    If you are a runner or participate in similar activities that involve repetitive impact, this can cause trauma to the plantar fascia—the ligament stretching the length of the bottom of your foot. This in turn can result in thickening and tears of that ligament, thus explaining the pain that you are feeling. Another possibility is that you are genetically predisposed to develop the condition. In addition, blood pressure or anti-seizure medications are believed to have a direct effect on the disorder as well.

    To find out more, call (512) 328-8900 to talk with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS of the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Texas.
     

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