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Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

As the foundation for your body, the feet provide both support and balance. It can be key to know the anatomy and function of the foot, as well as its shape, in order to be able to tell if it has become altered by a deformity or disease. The foot can be divided into various sections such as the forefoot which contains the toes and bones, the midfoot which forms the foot’s arches, and the hindfoot which forms the heel and ankle. All together the foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. The average American walks on average about 5,900 steps per day. All that walking a person is able to achieve is due to all of those bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments at work. To get educated on the health of the feet, make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as you can.


 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from San Antonio New Step. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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

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Monday, 08 July 2019 00:00

Plantar warts are small growths that appear on the heels of the feet. Pressure may make the warts grow inward beneath a thick layer of skin called a callus. Plantar warts are caused by HPV. The HPV virus is able to enter the body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of the feet. Some signs and symptoms of plantar warts include lesions on the bottom of the foot, callused skin where a wart has grown inward and pain or tenderness when walking or standing. Children and teenagers are considered to be the most at risk to get plantar warts.  Although plantar warts are not considered to be a health concern, you should still see a podiatrist in order to have the warts removed.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from San Antonio New Step. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Monday, 01 July 2019 00:00

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is located in your body’s own blood. It is responsible for clotting the blood and it also contains growth factors necessary for healing damaged tissues of the tendons and ligaments. Athletes in the MLB and NFL are widely treated with PRP for foot and ankle injuries such as chronic tendon injuries, Achilles injuries and heel pain. The treatment for PRP is done similarly to a blood test. A small amount of blood is drawn from the arm and is then placed in a centrifuge. The plasma portion is separated and placed into a syringe for injection into the injured part of the body. This allows for the healing process to speed up and for patients to return to their physical activities right away. PRP is also considered a viable option for patients that have pain associated with tendinitis in the Achilles, plantar fasciitis and other common foot and ankle injuries. If you feel PRP would be the right treatment for you, see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact one of our podiatrists of San Antonio New Step. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

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

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Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

Vascular diseases are complications that take place in lower extremity wounds such as in the foot and ankle. They are also leading factors in the occasional amputation of these lower extremities. Vascular screenings have shown to be an efficient option in identifying any potential lower limb vascular diseases. When giving a vascular exam, there are a couple of things to look for. First, a visual inspection is done of the wound to note the presence or absence of any tissue loss, as well as the color of the foot and any sign of soft tissue atrophy. Comparing any present color changes in the extremities is a key indicator to the severity of the lesion. It is also vital to check skin temperature for the blood flow rate, as this is another reliable marker to the severity of the wound. This is assessed by lightly palpating the skin with the back of the hand and comparing sites from one extremity to another. There are a couple of different vascular exams that a podiatrist can perform to determine the severity of these ailments. These include blood pressure testing, recording the volume of the pulse and non-invasive testing to determine pressure in the limbs and toes.  If you feel that you exhibit any signs of vascular disease in your feet or ankles, it is vital that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with one of our podiatrists from San Antonio New Step. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

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

 

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