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 Bare Footwear Safe?

    From aqua shoes to FiveFingers styles to minimalist varieties, bare footwear is becoming a popular fad. There are opposing opinions, however, as to the safety of wearing these trendy types of running shoes. The theory behind them is that people have been running for millions of years, historically barefoot or in simple shoes like moccasins or sandals. Some feel that modern day running shoes provide too much control and cushioning, reducing the ability of foot muscles and tendons to strengthen naturally. Opposing views suggest that foot and ankle injuries can be prevented by choosing running shoes with strong stability and support. As of today, the jury is still out on what’s best for the health of your feet.

    If you are not sure, you should visit Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS before you make any purchases. A foot examination may help you decide if bare footwear is right for you. Call (512) 328-8900 or visit the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Texas today.

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  • How do I know if my athletic shoes fit?

    There are four specific qualities you want to look for when fitting athletic shoes: size, shape, stability, and style. As to size, you should have around ½ in of space between tip of your longest toe and the shoe when standing up. The shape of the shoe should match your foot shape, with enough space for your forefoot and toes, adequate arch support, and proper heel width. If you have hammertoes, bunions, flat feet or high arched feet, these qualities are especially important. A good shoe will provide stability and motion control to help with balance. Lastly, the style of the shoe should fit the sport in which you are involved. If your feet are uncomfortable or in pain during or after sports, it is likely that one of these qualities are missing.

    We are experts in treating athletic foot problems. If you need help finding the right athletic shoe, contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS by calling (512) 328-8900.

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  • What are some of the most common running injuries?

    Common running injuries can keep you out of the race, but there is help available. There are many conservative treatments that address Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis—two of the most common. While blisters are typically resolved at home with time and care, if you notice signs of infection, it’s best to seek help right away. Ankle sprains and stress fractures may not seem serious, but continuing with your workout can lead to ongoing, chronic pain that could sideline you permanently. Seek treatment for any foot pain that doesn’t resolve in a day or two.

    Don’t take matters into your own hands. Instead of waiting to see if your feet feel better on their own, make an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today at (512) 328-8900. You can also request an appointment online. We can also discuss prevention tips and shoe recommendations to keep your feet in great running condition.

  • How is intoeing in children treated?

    When parents teach their child how to walk, they may notice an inward turning of the feet. They may think they know the best way to correct the problem based on how their child is walking. However, intoeing treatment is based on the underlying diagnosis.

    Metatarsus adductus is typically seen in young infants and most often corrects on its own. If rigid and persistent, casting and prescription shoes are used, and early treatment is important.

    Tibial torsion is a turning in of the tibia. It also typically resolves on its own by the age of 5. If the condition continues past the age of 8, surgical treatment will likely be necessary to put the bone in its proper place. Conservative options are not effective for this condition. In some cases, the femur bone (thighbone) turns, and the course of treatment is similar to that of tibial torsion.

    Don’t take chances with your children’s feet. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today at (512) 328-8900 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

  • How do you treat tarsal tunnel syndrome?

    Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) can be treated through a variety of conservative methods if addressed quickly. Never ignore pain in your feet and ankles, because loss of feeling or tingling and burning can be symptoms of a serious problem such as a compressed nerve. After a complete evaluation and diagnosis, anti-inflammatory medications or injections may be recommended. Custom orthotics are often used to decrease stress on the affected tibial nerve. Of course, putting your feet up and resting is another vital piece of the puzzle.

    If symptoms persist, or if you have let them go on unaddressed, a surgical procedure such as a tarsal tunnel release may be necessary. Amazingly, the ligaments will reattach as they heal, providing relief and strengthening your foundation. At Houston Foot and Ankle Specialists, foot surgery expert Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS is here to treat tarsal tunnel syndrome and help you find relief from your discomfort. Dial (512) 328-8900 today, or request an appointment online.

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  • What causes tarsal tunnel syndrome?

    Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) is caused by feet that are flat and feet that are swollen due to diabetes, arthritis, or other diseases. Cysts, bone spurs, varicose veins, and injuries such as sprains are also related to the compression of the tibial nerve, which results in TTS.  The tibial nerve is found within the tarsal tunnel. The tunnel extends between the inner bone of the ankle and a grouping of ligaments known as the flexor retinaculum.

    If you are experiencing loss of feeling, a tingly sensation, or sharp pain in your foot, TTS may be the culprit. There are noninvasive treatments available, however, early intervention is key to success. Help is just a phone call away at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS offer effective treatment for nerve related foot and ankle pain. Call (512) 328-8900 today and find relief. Online appointment requests are also available.

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  • What should I expect from bunionette surgery?

     If your bunionette, also known as a tailor’s bunion, is causing daily pain and affecting your mobility, surgery may be recommended. At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, you can expect on-site treatment that is tailor made (pun intended) for your feet. This foot deformity affects the joint near the small toe, and surgical intervention is used to remove the section of bone that is protruding due to misalignment. If necessary, the affected bone will be repositioned as well. 

    After surgery, you will be given specific aftercare instructions that typically include a period of staying off of the affected foot, protecting it with a boot or surgical shoe, and elevating it. Healing times can range from three weeks to twelve weeks, depending on the procedure that is used. Swelling may remain beyond that.

    Surgery, even if it’s on the small toe, isn’t a small matter. It’s important that you trust your feet to the Austin experts in foot surgery—Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS . Find relief today! Schedule an evaluation by calling (512) 328-8900 or visiting us online.

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  • Why does the ball of my foot hurt?

    Metatarsalgia is most likely the cause of your ball of the foot pain, and there are a variety of reasons that you might be suffering from it. Whether the problem is attributed to poor shoe choices, an increase in weight, a stress fracture, arthritis, a deformity (such as a bunion or hammertoes), or a high arch, something has changed the way that your feet work. The result is excessive stress on the ball of the foot.

    Resolving your pain will mean getting to the source of the problem. While it may be helpful to rest and ice your feet, it will be most effective to determine the exact cause. Don’t spend time guessing when you can have all of your questions answered, and find the treatment that will resolve your ball of the foot pain. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS provide excellence in podiatry at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Call (512) 328-8900 today, or visit us online.

  • How does laser treatment for toenail fungus work?

    Laser treatment for toenail fungus gets to the root of the problem—fast! In fifteen minutes, you’ll enjoy the benefits of fungus-killing focused light that will bring healing to your unsightly nails. Creams, lacquers, and oral treatments are hit and miss. They may or may not reach the source of your crumbling, yellowing nails. In fact, topical nail applications simply can’t get to the hard-to-reach nail bed.

    Enjoy safe, pain-free treatment for your fungal toenails with Blue Shine Laser Therapy. This laser uses light to reach the source of your infection. In as few as 6-9 months, you can expect a new, healthy nail in place of the old, infected one—now that’s a solution that works.

    If toenail fungus has you hiding your feet, it’s time to take action. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900 today to learn more about laser treatment for toenail fungus. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS looks forward to helping you end the embarrassment of fungal nails.

  • My child has flat feet. Do they need to be treated?

    Children’s flatfoot is common and doesn’t usually affect mobility. Most babies are born with a fairly flat arch. The midfoot tightens and adjusts as small children learn to walk. Even then, the arch usually isn’t visible until the child is five or six. Occasionally children never develop much of an arch. Typically this isn’t a problem unless their flat feet are causing them pain. Usually treatment involves shoe changes or orthotics for support, or physical therapy that stretches out strained tissues and builds up strength to support feet.

    If your child’s feet are in pain, then you should seek treatment from specialists like Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS. They will evaluate your young one’s lower limbs and help you determine the best way to eliminate the discomfort. Contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists for an appointment or more information by calling our Austin office at (512) 328-8900 or visiting our online contact page.