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Keep Your Feet Healthy So You Can Stay Active

Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

A Painful Arthritic Condition Called Gout

Gout, often called the disease of kings, is a form of inflammatory arthritis that has plagued humanity for centuries. It is commonly caused by excess uric acid crystals in joints, primarily targeting the big toe. Uric acid is a natural byproduct of purine metabolism, but when levels become excessively high, crystals form and lead to intense pain, inflammation, and swelling in the affected joint. Gout attacks, also known as flares, can be sudden and excruciating. Various factors contribute to gout, including genetics, dietary choices, obesity, and other medical conditions. Lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and medications are commonly employed to manage and prevent gout. Gout attacks can interrupt daily activities. If you have this painful condition, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this ailment successfully.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Jeffrey Parrett, DPM from Parrett Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Identifying Symptoms and Root Causes of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, can cause discomfort and frustration for those affected. The symptoms often include itching, burning, and stinging sensations in the affected areas, generally between the toes or on the soles of the feet. Skin peeling, blistering, and dryness may also occur. This condition is primarily caused by various types of fungi, thriving in warm, damp environments such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and shared showers. Direct contact with the fungi through contaminated surfaces or by sharing shoes, towels, or socks can facilitate its spread. Additionally, individuals with sweaty feet or those who wear tight, closed toe shoes for extended periods are at higher risk. Maintaining proper foot hygiene, wearing breathable footwear, and keeping feet dry can aid in prevention and mitigate the symptoms of athlete's foot. Athlete’s foot is treated by a podiatrist, and it is suggested that you visit this type of doctor who can effectively treat this condition.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Jeffrey Parrett, DPM from Parrett Podiatry.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Morton’s Neuroma Symptoms and Treatment

A network of plantar digital nerves in the feet supply sensory signals to the forefoot and toes. Problems arise when these nerves encounter compression, which can occur when the toes are consistently pressed together, effectively obstructing the pathway for these nerves. Such compression often causes a condition known as Morton's neuroma. This may be the result of wearing high heels that force body weight onto the ball of the foot. When the plantar nerves become entrapped, their ability to efficiently transmit signals is affected. This leads to symptoms, including sharp, burning, or tingling sensations in the forefoot and toes. Individuals with Morton's neuroma may also experience numbness or the feeling of having a pebble or foreign object in their shoe. Morton's neuroma can be effectively managed in several ways. Start with footwear that has cushioning and provides adequate room for the toes. Custom orthotics can also help alleviate pressure on the affected area. In more severe cases, corticosteroid injections or surgical intervention may be recommended. If you suspect you are suffering from Morton's neuroma, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Jeffrey Parrett, DPM of Parrett Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Alternative Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungal infections, known as onychomycosis, are typically treated with antifungal medications. This type of infection is hard to cure. A complete cure of toenail fungus is considered an eradication of the fungus and a healthy-looking toenail. Lasers are being used to treat these infections and are being considered as an alternative treatment worthy of consideration. This may be particularly true among older patients, or those with health conditions that make traditional antifungal medications unsuitable or ineffective. If you have toenail fungus and it is not responding to antifungal medicines, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether laser treatment may be correct 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 Jeffrey Parrett, DPM from Parrett Podiatry. 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 Waxahachie, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Choosing the Perfect Running Shoes

Selecting the right pair of running shoes is an important decision for both seasoned runners and beginners. The perfect running shoes provide not only comfort but also reduce the risk of injuries. To find the best fit, it is helpful to know your foot type. They can be flat, or have a normal or high arch. Knowing this helps determine the right level of arch support you need. It is beneficial to consider what terrain you'll be running on. Different types of running shoes are designed for road running, trail running, or a mix of both. It is also helpful to assess your gait, whether you overpronate, which is rolling inward, or supinate, which is rolling outward. Always try on running shoes in the late afternoon or evening when your feet tend to be slightly larger. Ensure there is a thumb's width of space between your longest toe and the shoe's end. Walk or jog in the store to gauge comfort and fit. Lastly, don't compromise on quality or comfort for style, and it is important to prioritize function above all else. By taking these factors into account, you can confidently choose the best running shoes that suit your unique needs, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable running experience. If you would like additional information about how to choose running shoes that are best for you, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist. 

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Jeffrey Parrett, DPM from Parrett Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

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

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See Your Podiatrist Regularly If You Work On Your Feet

Do you work on your feet all day and find your feet in pain? Don't go to work in pain each day. Your foot pain can be treated, and we can help.

Sever’s Disease Is a Common Foot Condition in Growing Kids

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a prevalent heel condition that mainly affects children and adolescents during their growth spurts. Contrary to its name, it's not an actual disease, but rather an overuse injury characterized by inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone, or calcaneus. Sever's disease generally strikes during the pre-teen and teenage years when the heel bone is still developing. The rapid growth of bones and muscles can lead to tension and stress on the heel's growth plate, resulting in pain and discomfort. This pain is typically experienced in the back of the heel, especially during activities such as running, jumping, or walking. Sever's disease is more common in active youngsters, particularly those involved in sports with repetitive impact on the heel. While it can be painful and frustrating, it is generally a self-limiting condition that tends to resolve once the growth plate fully matures. If your child has heel pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Sever’s disease. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Jeffrey Parrett, DPM from Parrett Podiatry. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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Children’s Foot Posture

Children’s foot posture refers to the positioning and alignment of the feet when a child is standing, walking, or engaged in other weight bearing activities. It is an essential aspect of overall lower limb and musculoskeletal health and can affect walking patterns, such as pigeon toes, tiptoeing, and out turned feet. Foot posture is typically described in terms of three main categories. The first one is normal foot posture, in which the foot maintains a neutral alignment. Second is flat feet, and the entire sole lies flat on the ground. Finally, high arched feet exists when an individual has abnormally high arches. Children’s foot posture develops from birth to eight years of age. If sensory systems in a child’s brain provide incorrect or unclear information, there can be inefficient muscle patterns and delayed gross motor skill development. For children with joint hypermobility, where joints are overly flexible due to elastic ligaments, the brain compensates using muscles to stabilize the joints. This imbalance in muscle strength can lead to alignment issues, muscle fatigue, and posture control problems. To understand the mechanics of your child’s foot development, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can examine your child’s feet and address any emerging issues.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Jeffrey Parrett, DPM of Parrett Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Exploring Laser Treatment for Neuropathy

Neuropathy is a nerve-related condition causing tingling, numbness, and pain, and can greatly diminish the quality of life. In the realm of medical advancements, laser treatment emerges as a ray of hope for those grappling with neuropathic discomfort. Laser treatment for neuropathy involves the application of specific wavelengths of light to targeted areas. These photons penetrate the skin, stimulating cellular activity, and promoting circulation. This process prompts the release of endorphins, natural pain relievers that provide relief from neuropathic symptoms. By fostering cellular repair and reducing inflammation, laser treatment can aid in restoring nerve function and minimizing discomfort. This approach is non-invasive and offers a promising alternative to traditional therapies. If you are experiencing neuropathy that affects the feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you consider if laser treatment is the right approach for you.

MLS Laser Therapy is a successful alternative for treating any pain you may be experiencing related to certain podiatric conditions.  If you are interested in MLS Laser Therapy, consult with Jeffrey Parrett, DPM from Parrett Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

MLS Laser Therapy

Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy is a patented, FDA-cleared technology that helps relieve pain and inflammation from a number of podiatric conditions, including:

  • Heel Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Wounds
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuromas

MLS Laser Therapy is an ideal alternative to surgery and prescription medication, as it has no negative side effects and encourages accelerated healing. Among its many clinical benefits, MLS Laser Therapy also:

  • Reduces swelling due to bruising or inflammation
  • Blocks pain
  • Reduces formation of scar tissue
  • Improves nerve function

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

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