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Diabetes can be really tough on your feet--even dangerous. Diabetes can cause nerve damage in the body’s extremities, causing a diabetic to lose feeling in their feet. Even the smallest of cuts, stepping on a thorn, or even a blister can result in a dangerous situation. With blood flow to the extremities lessened due to diabetes, any type of foot injury or laceration can quickly result in a very hard-to-heal situation. A podiatrist is a doctor that treats foot and ankle traumas. If you have diabetes and suspect that you need diabetic foot care, call Dr. Lisch at Diagnostic Foot Specialists of Victoria, Inc. today!
Bunions on the foot affect many people and are commonly treated by podiatrists. Bunions are usually a hereditary condition that is aggravated by shoes. These seemingly harmless bumps on the side of the foot can cause severe pain and are the most common reasons for visits to the podiatrist’s office. Symptoms can include swelling after wearing tight-fitting shoes, and soreness on the outside surface of the big toe. The presence of a bunion causes pain for patients when they are wearing certain shoes that are snug-fitting or during physical activity. Early treatment consists of limiting the pressure and rubbing of the area of the bunion, adjusting shoe gear, and fabrication of custom molded orthotics; it can sometimes lead to surgical removal in severe cases. We utilize the latest surgical procedures to correct this problem if surgery becomes your only option. The mini-tightrope procedure for correction of bunions is an example of a new procedure that reduces the recovery time after bunion surgery. Before the best treatment for you can be determined, it is necessary for your foot to be x-rayed and evaluated by Dr. Lisch. Call today for more information or to make an appointment, and let us help you become pain free.
Achilles tendon issues account for 11% of all running foot pain. The Achilles tendon is the very large, thick tendon running from the calf muscle on the back of the leg, into the back of the ankle, connecting at the heel bone. This large tendon provides power during the “push off” phase of walking or running. Pain in this region can make walking or running especially difficult and painful. When a patient complains of pain at the back of the ankle with different activities like running or walking, Achilles Tendonitis as diagnosed by a physical exam performed by a podiatrist can be alleviated. When it is diagnosed and treated early, it is usually very responsive to conservative treatment. Achilles tendonitis used to be considered an inflammatory condition. Now generally it is due to a loss of fibrous structure through degenerative tissue. If you have pain in the back of the ankle, please call Diagnostic Foot Specialists of Victoria, Inc. today. We can help you come up with a conservative treatment plan and get you back on the road in no time.
Stiffness of the big toe joint describes Hallux Limitus. The big toe helps us balance, and when one suffers from pain in the big toe, your balance can become an issue. Repeated jamming of the big toe via kicking an object, wearing shoes too tight, or even severe arthritis, can cause the condition to flare up. If big toe pain is left untreated, range of motion can be severely affected. Hallux limitus (or big toe pain) can be treated by using oral anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, or functional orthotics. Surgical intervention is sometimes an option also. If you suffer from pain in a big toe, please call our office today for treatment options.
A contracture of the toes (or toe) due to deformity or a muscle imbalance between the top and bottom tendons of the toe is a condition called hammertoes. The toes can be flexible or rigid, but when they are rigid, it is impossible to straighten the toe out by manipulating it. Depending on severity the treatment can be preventative, symptomatic, or curative. It is up to your doctor. If you think that you might have this condition, or are suffering from any type of toe pain, call Diagnostic Foot Specialists of Victoria, Inc. today. Dr. Lisch has access to the latest and greatest technology.
Pain at the bottom of the heel is a very common occurrence. It often occurs for no reason at all, but common causes are excessive walking on hard floors, improper shoe gear, and weight gain. Heel pain is most commonly caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis. This condition can also be referred to as heel spur syndrome. This type of heel pain is most commonly caused by irritation and or inflammation the plantar fascia in the arch of the foot. These symptoms usually occur after periods of prolonged walking or standing. If you believe that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or simply from heel pain, call Diagnostic Foot Specialists of Victoria, Inc. today. We can usually eliminate heel pain non surgically using the latest treatments available