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Ennis, TX 75119
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By contactus@ennistempdomain.com
April 22, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Stress Fractures  

Stress fractures are a very common painful condition effecting the feet seen at Ennis Foot & Ankle. Many times this condition is difficult to detect and under treated. This is because stress fractures don’t typically occur from an injury or trauma, as with a sprain, but rather from repetitive stress on the foot. 

Stress fractures are tiny, hairline breaks in the bones. They can occur in any bone, but most often afflict the weight-bearing bones of the foot. Active people are especially susceptible to stress fractures but we have treated stress fractures in people of all ages. Stress fractures frequently results from over training and activities such as running, basketball, and walking.  People with abnormal foot structure or weakened bones are also be more vulnerable to suffer a stress fracture.

Stress fractures may come on gradually and may not present obvious symptoms at first, Symptoms may persist for an extended period of time before the diagnosis of a stress fracture is even made. Pain is the primary symptom of a stress fracture. This pain usually worsens with activity and is relieved with rest and elevation of the foot. Swelling often occurs in the area of the stress fracture with prolonged activity but this may be absent.

The most common symptoms of stress fractures include:

  • Pain with activity usually relieved with rest
  • Swelling at the site of the fracture
  • Tenderness and swelling at a point on the bone

How Stress Fractures Treated:

Treatment for stress fractures are aimed at taking the pressure off the foot. Rest, icing the foot three times a day x 20 minutes and elevation are recommended as an initial treatment. It is important to  minimize weight bearing activities until the pain has improved. Other treatments may include immobilization of the foot with a surgical shoe, footwear modifications with padding, orthotic devices and anti-inflammatory oral medications.

Prompt diagnosis is essential to prevent further damage and improve recovery time as stress fractures tend to get worse and may even lead to a complete bone fracture if not treated right away. Dr. Petty will examine your foot or ankle, take a digital x-ray to determine if there is a break or crack in the bone, and recommend an appropriate treatment plan to get you back on your feet comfortably. Call us today at (972) 875-3668.

By contactus@ennistempdomain.com
March 26, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
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Ummmm…no. Frogs and Toads do not give people warts. Plantar warts are benign growths (not cancerous) that develop most commonly on the bottom of your feet caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV) — a common virus found in moist areas such as around swimming pools and locker rooms. Some people are more susceptible than others to HPV, and not everyone will develop plantar warts if they come into contact with the virus. People with breaks in the skin on the feet are at a higher risk for plantar warts.

Plantar wart

Symptoms of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts most often develop on the bottom of the foot — the heel or the ball of the foot — causing sharp, burning pain. They can appear as a single wart (solitary) or a cluster of warts (mosaic). Common symptoms may include:

  • Pain or discomfort when walking or standing
  • Thick, scaly skin that often resembles a callus
  • Hard, flat growths with well-defined boundaries
  • Tiny black specks (clotted blood vessels) that often appear on the surface of the wart

Dr. Petty’s Tips for Preventing Plantar Warts

Most warts will eventually disappear with home care acid treatments such as 17% salicylic acid and do not require medical treatment. You can take steps to prevent, reduce the spreading, and treat plantar warts, which include:

  • Changing your shoes and socks daily
  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Avoid picking at warts as the virus may spread
  • Avoid direct contact with an individual who has plantar warts
  • Check your child’s feet periodically
  • Refrain from walking barefoot, especially in public areas like showers, swimming pools and locker rooms
  • Never ignore skin growths or changes in your skin

Without treatment, plantar warts can grow, spread and prompt new warts to grow as fast as the old ones disappear. If you can’t confidently identify a growth on your foot, visit Ennis Foot & Ankle to ensure a correct diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment from our Ennis office can decrease the risk of the wart spreading and multiplying.



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