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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Obesity, a prevalent health concern worldwide, exerts a profound influence on foot structure and function in adults. The increased body weight places excessive pressure on the feet, altering their biomechanics and leading to various structural changes. One notable effect is the flattening of the arches, known as pes planus or flat feet, due to the increased load-bearing capacity required to support the body. This condition can contribute to foot pain, fatigue, and discomfort while walking or standing for prolonged periods. Additionally, obesity may worsen existing foot conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis, further compromising foot health and mobility. Furthermore, the accumulation of fat tissue in the feet can result in swelling, inflammation, and decreased flexibility. Addressing obesity through lifestyle modifications, including diet, exercise, and weight management, is essential for mitigating these structural changes and alleviating associated foot problems. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain due to excess weight, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Dr. Douglas Webb from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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

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Friday, 05 April 2024 00:00

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, quietly lurks in the shadows of our nails, often unnoticed until it progresses to more severe stages. In its infancy, this fungal infection may exhibit subtle signs that easily escape attention. One common indicator is a slight discoloration of the nail, typically appearing as a yellow or white spot beneath the tip. As the fungus infiltrates deeper into the nail bed, the nail may become thickened or brittle, making it prone to crumbling or flaking. Additionally, affected nails may develop a distorted shape or exhibit a foul odor. Although these symptoms may seem inconsequential at first glance, they serve as crucial warning signs of an underlying fungal infection. Recognizing and addressing toenail fungus in its early stages is paramount for successful treatment. Consulting a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and personalized management strategies can halt the progression of the infection and restore nail health. If you begin to see signs of toenail fungus, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist sooner rather than later who can effectively treat this condition.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Douglas Webb of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection affecting the skin of the feet. This condition thrives in warm, moist environments, making it particularly prevalent among athletes, hence its name. The fungus responsible for athlete's foot, known as dermatophyte, thrives in communal areas such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and showers, where it can easily spread through direct contact with infected surfaces or through sharing of towels and footwear. Additionally, individuals who wear tight-fitting shoes or frequently sweat excessively are at a higher risk of developing athlete's foot due to the conducive environment it provides for fungal growth. The characteristic symptoms of athlete's foot can include itching, burning, and stinging sensations between the toes or on the soles of the feet. In some cases, the infection may lead to the development of red, scaly patches or blisters. Athlete’s foot can be a stubborn foot condition. If you have developed this ailment, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can guide you toward the best methods for relief and treatment.

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 Dr. Douglas Webb from Texas.  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 one of our offices located in Alvin and Webster, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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