Foot Specialists of Tyler
5826 New Copeland Rd
Tyler, TX 75703


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Posts for: January, 2013

January 23, 2013
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People call a doctor of podiatry for help diagnosing and treating a wide array of foot and ankle problems. Please contact our office if you experience one of the following:

·         Persistent pain in your feet or ankles.

·         Changes in the nails or skin on your foot.

·         Severe cracking, scaling, or peeling on the heel or foot.

·         Blisters on your feet.

There are signs of bacterial infection, including:

·         Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.

·         Red streaks extending from the affected area.

·         Discharge or pus from an area on the foot.

·         Foot or ankle symptoms that do not improve after two weeks of treatment with a nonprescription product.

·         Spreading of an infection from one area of the foot to another, such as under the nail bed, skin under the nail, the nail itself, or the surrounding skin.

·         Thickening toenails that cause discomfort.

·         Heel pain accompanied by a fever, redness (sometimes warmth), or numbness.

·         Tingling in the heel; persistent heel pain without putting any weight or pressure on your heel

·         Pain that is not alleviated by ice or over-the-counter painkillers (such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen).

·         Diabetics with poor circulation who develop Athlete's Foot.

January 15, 2013
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·         Avoid shoes that have seams over areas of pain, such as a bunion.

·         Avoid shoes with heavy rubber soles that curl over the top of the toe area (such as seen on some running shoes), because they can catch on carpets and cause an accidental fall.

·         Flat shoes (with a heel height of one inch or less) are the healthiest shoes for your feet. If you must wear a high heel, keep to a heel height of two inches or less, limit their wear to three hours at a time, and take them off coming to and from an activity.

·         Laced, rather than slip-on shoes, provide a more secure fit and can better accommodate insoles,orthotic devices, and braces.

·         Look for soles that are shock absorbing and skid resistant, such as rubber, rather than smooth leather.

·         Shoes should be made of a soft material that has some give.

January 04, 2013
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Your feet are one of the most overlooked body parts when it comes to exercise. As you exercise, pay attention to what your feet are telling you.

Consult your physician before beginning any fitness program. This includes a complete physical and foot exam. This is especially important for those who are overweight, smoke, or haven't had a physical exam in a long time.

Proper fitness requires wearing the right clothes and shoes. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored and loosely woven clothing in hot weather and several layers of warm clothing in cold weather.

The American Podiatric Medical Association stresses the importance of foot care in exercising. People don't realize the tremendous pressure that is put on their feet while exercising. For example, a 150-pound jogger puts more than 150 tons of impact on his feet when running three miles.

Improper foot care during exercise is a contributing factor to some of the more than 300 foot ailments, according to the APMA.

The following are common ailments caused by improper foot care during exercise:

  • Athlete's foot;
  • Blisters;
  • Corns and calluses; and
  • Heel pain (including heel spurs).