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By Dr. Snowden
October 02, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Have you been wondering why your heels hurt? Austin and Lakeway, TX, podiatrist Dr. Joseph Snowden discusses several causes of heel heel painpain and explains what can be done to ease your pain.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis becomes more common as you get older, but can also occur if you're overweight, are a runner or wear shoes that don't adequately support your foot. The pain starts when the plantar fascia, a tough band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel, becomes inflamed. Special exercises can stretch the fascia, reducing pain. Wearing splints at night and prescription shoe inserts can also be helpful.

Heel spurs

Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the bottom of your heel, causing pain with every step you take. If you've had plantar fasciitis, wear shoes that don't fit well, are overweight or participate in an exercise that involves running or jumping, you may be more likely to develop heel spurs. Over-the-counter pain medications can reduce pain and inflammation associated with heel spurs. If pain continues, you may benefit from physical therapy, corticosteroid injections or even surgery in severe cases.

Retrocalcaneal bursitis

The retrocalcaneal bursa is a fluid filled sac at the back of your heel that permits the smooth movement of your Achilles tendon. It can become inflamed due to overuse injuries, arthritis, gout or shoes that don't fit well. Staying off your feet and taking over-the-counter medications are important if you have the condition. Orthotics, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy or ultrasound treatment offered by your podiatrist may be recommended if rest doesn't help your pain.

Achilles tendinitis

Inflammation is also the cause of Achilles tendinitis, a condition that affects the tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel. Flat feet, tight leg muscles or participating in activities that include running, jumping or pivoting increase your risk. If rest doesn't improve your pain, schedule an appointment with our Lakeway or Austin offices. Depending on the severity of your problem, you may benefit from heel cups, walking boots, physical therapy, cortisone therapy or ultrasound or shockwave therapy.

Don't let heel pain take over your life. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Snowden by calling (512) 458-3549 for the Austin office or (512) 458-3549 for the Lakeway office.

By Dr. Snowden
August 01, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Get control of your toenail fungus with professional treatment options available through an experienced podiatrist. If left untreated, toenail toenail fungusfungus can permanently damage the toenails or even spread to the surrounding skin. Untreated toenail fungus can cause additional problems for individuals with diabetes or other conditions that weaken the immune system. If you do have toenail fungus, it is important to get control of it by seeking treatment. Toenail fungus is treated by Dr. Joseph Snowden, your Austin area podiatrist.

Causes of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus can develop due to several possible factors. Certain medical conditions involving circulatory problems or a weakened immune system, such as diabetes or a history of athlete’s foot, can increase the risk of developing toenail fungus. An injury to the toenail plate can also result in the development of a fungal infection. Some of the signs of toenail fungus include:

  • Yellowish nails
  • White spots on the nails
  • Loose nails
  • Brittle nails
  • Unusually thick nails
  • Oddly shaped nails

Treatments Options

There are several different treatment options of toenail fungus in Austin, TX. The type of treatment that is right for you will depend on the type of toenail fungus you have. Treatment options include nail lacquers, topical creams, antifungal medication or removal of infected toenails. Your podiatrist can help you determine which treatment option is right for you.

Prevention of Toenail Fungus

Whether you have never had toenail fungus or want to avoid getting it again, there are various steps you can take to prevent toenail fungus from developing. Preventive measures include:

  • Keeping the feet clean and dry.
  • Maintaining good hygiene.
  • Regularly checking the toes and feet for signs of infection.
  • Wearing sandals or flip flops when walking through public locker rooms and showers.
  • Wearing sandals or flip flops when walking in public pool areas.
  • Using a talcum foot powder to keep the feet dry.
  • Wearing footwear that fits properly with enough room for the toes to move.
  • Wearing moisture wicking socks.
  • Regularly disinfecting nail clippers and home pedicure tools.

If you have signs of a fungal infection on the toenails, you can get control of your toenail fungus with treatment from an experienced podiatrist such as Dr. Snowden. For treatment of toenail fungus in Austin, TX, schedule an appointment with Dr. Snowden at either the Austin or Lakeway, TX office by calling (512) 458-3549.

By Dr. Snowden
May 22, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Pain  

What your foot doctor in Austin, Texas wants you to knowfoot pain

If you suffer from foot problems, you know how they can affect your quality of life. The good news is there are several effective treatments to help heal even the most stubborn foot problems. Dr. Joseph Snowden wants to share some facts about common foot problems and their treatments. He has two convenient office locations in Austin, and Lakeway, Texas to help heal your feet.

Plantar fasciitis is a very common foot problem, occurring when the thick band of tissue running across your heel, called the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. Sharp pain radiates from your heel to your shin, causing difficulty walking. You can get plantar fasciitis if you have overpronation when you walk, are overweight, stand or walk on hard surfaces for long periods of time, or if you play high impact sports or run.

Common professional treatments for plantar fasciitis include icing the area, prescription strength anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, custom-made orthotics, and other treatments.

A bunion is a large bony bump next to your big toe which can be very painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. Bunions are caused by toes getting forced out of alignment by shoes that are too narrow. The big toe gets forced sideways, causing the toe joint to protrude.

Common professional treatments for bunions include cortisone injections around the bunion to decrease swelling and pain, custom-fit orthotics and footwear, night splints, physical therapy, and possibly surgery to remove the bunion.

Toenail fungus is another common problem you can easily get from public pools and showers because fungi thrive in moist, warm places. You can also get toenail fungus if you wear shoes and socks that lock moisture in. Dr. Snowden can treat toenail fungus by laser nail treatment. Laser treatment works by heating the fungus and killing it. Laser nail treatment is comfortable so you won’t need anesthetic.

Foot problems are common, but that doesn’t mean they have to take over your life. If you have stubborn foot issues, it’s time to make an appointment to see an expert. Call Dr. Joseph Snowden with offices in Austin, and Lakeway, Texas. He will help you get back on your feet, so call today!

By Dr. Joseph Snowden
April 04, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunion  

Worried that you may have a bunion? Podiatrists offer a variety of treatments that will help ease your pain. Dr. Joseph Snowden in bunionsLakeway and Austin, TX, shares information about bunions and discusses treatment options.

A painful bump

A bunion develops when the joint at the base of your big toe enlarges, causing a bump to appear. Bunions occur due to a misalignment of the bones in your foot. Although you can take steps to prevent them from getting worse, they won't just go away. If the bunion worsens, your big toe may begin to lean toward your other toes, which may increase your pain and make it even more difficult to find shoes that fit.

Bunion symptoms

If you have a bunion, you'll notice pain and redness over the bump that may worsen when you walk or stand. You may also notice numbness or a burning sensation in the area or might find it harder to move your toe. If your toes overlap, corns and calluses can form on your toes.

Effective home care treatment methods

Reducing inflammation in your foot will help decrease your pain. Shoe choice is particularly important when you have a bunion. High heels or tight shoes will increase pressure on your toe, which not only causes pain but may also worsen your bunion. Cushioning your bunion with pads and removing corns and calluses can also increase your comfort.

Podiatric treatment

If home care doesn't ease your pain, it's a good idea to make an appointment at Dr. Snowden's Austin or Lakeway offices. After examining your foot, he may recommend that you do special exercise to prevent the joint from becoming stiff. Reducing pressure on your foot and changing the alignment of your bones can be helpful. High-quality custom shoe inserts called orthotics are molded to fit your foot and help reposition it when you stand or walk. Night splints may also be recommended to realign your joint.

If these conservative measures don't help, you may benefit from surgery. During surgery, your bunion and inflamed tissue in your foot will be removed and your bones will be realigned.

Bunion pain doesn't have to change your life. Call Dr. Joseph Snowden at (512) 458-3549 to schedule an appointment at his Austin or Lakeway offices.

By plantar-fasciitis
January 30, 2017
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

When it comes to heel or arch pain, Dr. Joseph Snowden, your Austin and Lakeway, TX, podiatrist at Snowden Podiatry, may have the plantar fasciitisanswer. Plantar Fasciitis is caused by inflammation in the bottom of the foot, in particular, the plantar fascia, a connective tissue that starts at the base of the toes and travels to the arch of the foot to the heel bone. Dr. Snowden can help determine the cause of your heel pain.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

One of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis is overpronation. As one walks, the foot can roll inward, which flattens the foot and lengthens the arch. This puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over a period of time, this can cause inflammation and then pain.

Other causes include:

  • You have high arches
  • You walk or run for long periods of time on hard surfaces
  • You’re overweight
  • You have tight calf muscles and/or Achilles tendons
  • You wear shoes that don’t fit or are old

Austin podiatrists such as Dr. Snowden can help treat your Plantar Fasciitis symptoms. Some of the most common include stiffness, pain and increased pain at night. Pain can occur anywhere on the foot with most of it being on the underside of the heel. Pain is typically worst first thing in the morning. Also, sudden stretching tends to make the pain worse too.

How Your Austin and Lakeway Podiatrist Can Help Treat Your Plantar Fasciitis Pain

At Snowden Podiatry, patients are diagnosed with a foot x-ray. Dr. Snowden can treat plantar fasciitis with stretching or orthotics. The first step toward treatment is to simply rest, allowing the inflammation to reduce itself in the heel and/or arch. It’s important to note that there is no single treatment for the condition that works for every patient. To schedule a consultation with your Austin and Lakeway, TX, podiatrist, Dr. Snowden, call (512) 458-349 today.





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