Babies are born with flat feet and it is rare that they encounter problems. Some notable issues can arise however if the young child cannot engage in activities such as walking and running. If you notice your child is awkwardly engaging in these activities or if they start to complain of pain in their feet, legs, or knees, it is important to have the child examined by a podiatrist like Dr. Applegate.
Ankle sprains can occur during common activities such as playing, running, dancing, or just walking down the sidewalk. Many times and ankle sprain can be confused with an ankle strain. If you are suffering from an ankle sprain, consider scheduling an appointment at Texas Foot and Ankle Specialists. We are conveniently located adjacent to the La Centerra outdoor shopping center across from Cinco Ranch High School in the Katy area of west Houston.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in the clinics of foot and ankle specialists. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
Plantar warts are benign growths that develop on the bottom of your feet, and are caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV). This is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body. Some people are more susceptible than others to HPV, and not everyone will develop plantar warts if they come into contact with the virus. Individuals with weak immune systems or damaged skin on the feet are also at a higher risk for plantar warts.
The big toe joint is very important in the gait cycle. The great toe is able to stabilize the arch in midstance and is critical for a functional gait and normal arch functioning. When the bone behind the big toe, the 1st metatarsal, is elevated, such as is seen in flatfeet, the range of motion of the great toe is decreased. An abnormal length of the first metatarsal bone can also cause a stiff big toe joint. The clinical name for this condition is Hallux Limitus.
A ganglion cyst is a benign tumor or “lump” that commonly occurs on both feet and hands. It arises in association with either a joint or a tendon both of which have tissue which produce fluid similar to what is found in a ganglion cyst. They are often associated with an injured tendon or arthritic joint. Sometimes they develop on their own.
The achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body and is made up of two muscles: the gastrocnemius and the soleus. Tightness in the achilles tendon (called equinus) can lead to pathology usually manifesting as pain in the tendon about 2-6cm above its insertion into the back of the heel (Non-insertional Achilles tendinitis) or at the insertion itself (Insertional Achilles tendinitis).
The following are some of the ways patients have described the pain from a neuroma: “It feels like I’m stepping on a pebble,” “I feel like my sock is wadding up under the ball of my foot,” “I feel a burning pain between my toes,” and sometimes “my 3rd and 4th toes are numb – is it diabetes?”