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Podiatry Associates of Victoria
116-A Imperial Drive
Victoria, TX 77901

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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Swelling in the feet and ankles can signal underlying health issues that may need attention. Edema, or fluid buildup, is a common cause of swelling, particularly in older individuals. Gravity contributes to this condition, making the lower body areas more prone to noticeable swelling. Causes of foot swelling include excessive weight, blood clots, infections, and venous insufficiency. Among other causes are injuries, surgeries, and certain medications like antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, hormones, and steroids. Lifestyle factors, such as long flights, as well as prolonged standing and hormonal changes during pregnancy can also trigger swelling. Some cases of edema can be managed with leg elevation, exercise, a low-salt diet, and wearing support stockings. However, it's extremely important to seek medical attention if swelling is severe, accompanies shortness of breath or chest pain, or doesn't improve with self-care measures. If you're experiencing persistent swelling in the feet or ankles, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam. This foot doctor will conduct a thorough exam and may recommend diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Victoria, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Pregnancy is a time of profound physical changes, and foot pain can be a common discomfort experienced by many expecting mothers. Several factors contribute to foot pain during pregnancy, including weight gain, hormonal changes, and the body's altered center of gravity. As the uterus expands and the baby grows, additional pressure is placed on the feet, leading to swelling and discomfort. Hormonal changes, particularly increased levels of relaxin, can loosen ligaments and joints in the feet, making them more susceptible to strain and injury. Furthermore, changes in posture and gait due to the shifting center of gravity can put added stress on the feet, leading to pain and fatigue. Additionally, pre-existing foot conditions, such as flat feet or overpronation, may become more problematic during pregnancy. While foot pain during pregnancy is often temporary and resolves after childbirth, supportive footwear, practicing regular foot exercises, and elevating the feet can help alleviate discomfort and promote foot health. If you have developed foot pain during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with effective relief tips.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Heel pain is a frequent concern, often associated with conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that occurs when the thick band of tissue under your foot, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. This commonly results from daily activities like running, standing for long periods, or wearing improper shoes. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can help treat plantar fasciitis and relieve pain in multiple ways. Podiatrists may recommend specific stretching exercises to release tightness in the plantar fascia or they may customize orthotic inserts to support the foot. In some cases, they may suggest anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections aiming to reduce pain and inflammation. With proper guidance from a podiatrist, heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis can become more controlled. If you are suffering with heel pain or conditions such as plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to find a treatment best fit for your specific condition.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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