An ankle sprain is certainly not something that’s easy to ignore. It’s a common foot ailment treated by the podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America in Grove, OK, and Bentonville, AR. Though you should wait for an official word from your foot doctor, there are a few clear signs of an ankle sprain to look out for.
Common Causes of a Sprained Ankle
A sprained ankle can happen after one isolated injury, or it can develop over time due to constant stress on your foot. Here are a few common ways that patients sprain their ankles:
- Jumping high and landing on the foot in an unnatural way.
- Turning suddenly in another direction, as is common in tennis.
- Falling to the side while wearing high heels, causing the ankle to twist out of position.
- Running and exercising often in non-supportive footwear (like flip flops or poorly made sneakers).
Indication of an Ankle Sprain
Ankle sprains are more common in people who have problems with ankle instability. Here are a few clear indications that you may have a sprain:
- Pain and throbbing around the ankle bone.
- Unusual swelling and redness.
- Discomfort when stepping down on the foot, which may cause you to limp slightly.
- A bruise on the ankle.
Healing a Sprained Ankle
It’s not a good idea to continue to walk, run, or exercise on a sprained ankle. It’s best to get treatment from a Grove or Bentonville foot doctor as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common ankle sprain treatments that your podiatrist may suggest:
- Ankle and foot wrapping with compressive bandages.
- Splinting the ankle so that it doesn’t move and has a better chance to heal.
- Icing the ankle regularly to ease bruising and swelling.
- Foot elevation and rest.
- Ankle exercises and physical therapy.
- Surgery to repair ligaments in serious cases.
Visit Your Foot Doctor for Immediate Treatment
A sprained ankle could turn into something worse if you continue to put too much pressure on it. It’s best to give it a chance to heal and get better with help from a foot doctor before resuming normal activities. Call (918) 787-6893 for the Grove, OK, office or (479) 224-6411 for the Bentonville, AR, office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bryan M. Sheehan.
Is your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it just too painful to handle anymore? Dr. Bryan Sheehan of Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville, AR, and Grove, OK, can help you!
Ingrown toenails, which are also known as onychocryptosis, are a result of:
- Someone not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially the big toes
- If you decide to wear shoes that are too tight or short, resulting in crowded
- Repeated trauma or injury to your feet or fungus infections
- Heredity or poor foot structure
What is an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails are when your toenails penetrate the skin in the corners or sides of your feet, which may result in infection. Ingrown toenails may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, but if you don't get them looked at by your Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK foot doctor, your toes may become sore, red, and infected. Your skin may even start growing over the ingrown toenail.
Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix:
- Soak the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and try to keep your feet clean.
- Wear shoes that give your toes more space to move and try to avoid socks.
- Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection.
- If your ingrown toenail is suffering from an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed. The procedure is known as partial nail plate avulsion. Your doctor will inject your toenail with an anesthetic and cut out the ingrown.
If you are going to take any medication to treat your ingrown toenail, make sure to contact your foot doctor.
For more information on Ingrown Toenails in Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK, contact Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America by filling the contact form on the website or calling today!
A wart is a skin growth that looks very distinct, odd, and can be embarrassing for patients to deal with. It is a relatively common skin problem that can be treated by your foot doctor Dr. Bryan Sheehan at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK. Find out what to do about warts on the feet and how to prevent them in the future.
What Causes Warts?
Many people believe that you get warts from touching frogs and other scaly animals. However, that’s a myth. Warts actually come from a virus that can be spread from skin to skin contact. It is most often contracted when there’s an open cut or wound. Anyone who comes in contact with a wart or the virus that causes them can contract this annoying but relatively harmless skin condition. Warts often develop on the feet, which is why it’s a problem that’s commonly treated by podiatrists.
What to Do?
If you have a wart, you should immediately cover it up to stop it from spreading to other areas of the body or to other people. Wash it first, and definitely avoid picking at it. Don’t use a razor on or near a wart because if you use the item again it can transfer the virus to another place on the body. See your Bentonville, AR or Grove, OK foot doctor about the wart if it doesn’t go away promptly with over the counter treatments or if it causes a rash of new warts to form. The wart can be removed or treated with a prescription product that will work faster.
A skin wart is certainly not a problem that you want to reoccur. Here are some tips to avoid getting them in the future:
- Keep your hands clean and moisturized.
- Treat, clean, and cover cuts on the feet promptly.
- When clipping toenails, be careful not to cut tiny tears in the skin.
- Protect your feet by wearing flip flops when walking in public areas.
- Avoid sharing socks with someone who has a wart.
Have Warts Treated by a Foot Doctor
If you believe you have a skin wart on your foot, treatment is available at Ankle and Foot Centers of Mid America. Call the Bentonville, AR office today at 479-224-6411 or the Grove, OK office at 918-787-6893 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bryan Sheehan.
How your podiatrist in Bentonville and Grove can help your feet
As you get older, you may have noticed your feet getting tired and feeling worn out. That’s because your feet are changing, just like the rest of you. Your body and your feet require more maintenance than they did when you were younger. Dr. Bryan Sheehan at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America wants to share the facts about how you can take care of your aging feet. He has two convenient office locations in Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK to help you and your feet.
Some of the changes your feet will go through as you age include:
- Thinning skin, which makes your feet more prone to sores and blisters
- Stiffening joints, which can reduce mobility in your toes and ankles
- Flattening arches, which causes your feet to widen and lengthen
You can help your feet cope with aging by following a few simple steps each day. You should try to:
- Do a foot exam and look for any injuries or skin conditions
- Cleanse and dry your feet thoroughly
- Apply a thick moisturizing lotion or cream, or antifungal if necessary
- Bandage any sores, blisters or injured areas
- Trim toenails short and straight across, with no rounded edges
- Do arch stretches and ankle movements to increase flexibility
- Wear socks that wick moisture and wide, comfortable shoes
- Avoid going barefoot
- Elevate your feet whenever you can
As you age, you are also at higher risk of medical conditions which can affect your feet such as:
- Osteoporosis, which increases the risk of stress fractures
- Weight gain, which can result in plantar fasciitis
- Arthritis, which can cause joint and bone pain
- Diabetes, which increases your risk of diabetic ulcers and neuropathy
The foot problems associated with medical conditions are best treated by a podiatrist like Dr. Sheehan. He offers a full range of services to help you get relief from issues like diabetic ulcers, neuropathy, plantar fasciitis, and other problems. For a complete listing of treatments, please visit the services page on the website at http://www.sheehanthefootman.com/services.html
If aging is hurting your feet, it’s time to seek out the services of an expert. Call Dr. Bryan Sheehan at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America or visit one of his two office locations in Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK. Call today and protect your feet!
Spending more time on foot care is particularly important if you have diabetes. Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK foot doctor Dr. Bryan Sheehan of Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America explains why diabetic foot care is crucial and shares a few tips that will help you avoid infections.
How does diabetes increase the risk of infections?
Uncontrolled diabetes can make your feet feel number due to nerve damage. If you can't feel your feet, you won't notice if you get a cut or sore. Diabetes may also be responsible for reduced blood flow to your feet. Because of circulation problems, healing takes longer and your risk of tissue death rises. If you have diabetes, you may also have a higher-than-normal risk of developing bone infections.
What can I do to prevent infections?
There are two steps you can take to ensure that you don't develop an infection:
Perform Self-Exams: Taking a good look at your feet at least once a day can help you identify problem areas, such as blisters, red spots, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails and sores.
Take Corrective Action: If you do notice a blister or red spot, applying a bandage or cushion over the blister or red spot will help prevent the blister from breaking or the spot from becoming a blister or open sore. It's also important to change the shoes you wear if a particular pair rubs against your foot. Orthotics, special shoe inserts custom designed to fit your foot, can help reduce pressure that causes red spots or blisters.
When Should I Call the Foot Doctor?
When you have diabetes, even minor foot problems can quickly become major infections. If you're concerned about a corn or callus, it's best not to try to remove it yourself. Instead, call our Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK offices to schedule an appointment. Ingrown toenails also should not be handled at home. If you notice any of these warning signs, call us as soon as possible:
- Black skin
- Red streaks on your foot
- Open wounds
- Abnormally pale or blue skin
- Tingling or numbness
- A burning feeling in your foot
- Complete lack of sensation in your feet
Protect your feet with daily self-exams and regular podiatric care. Call Bentonville, AR, foot doctor Dr. Bryan Sheehan of Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America at the Bentonville, AR, office (479) 224-6411 or Grove, OK, office (918) 787-6893 to schedule your appointment.
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