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Diabetes: Now What?

By Mark Whitesides, DPM As of 2020, nearly 27 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. If you are one of these people, Southwest Austin Foot & Ankle Clinic can help answer the questions you might have about taking care of your feet. We can also help you avoid many of the serious issues that can occur in your feet as a result of diabetes. First, you will want to make sure that you are following up with your family physician as well as the other specialists that will be involved in your care. This team should include a podiatrist, a cardiologist, an optometrist, and other medical specialists as directed by your primary care physician. All of these ...

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Heel Pain: It’s Not Always Plantar Fasciitis

By Dr. Michelle Vi Nguyen I recall sitting across from my clinical instructor at a circular table for my “Introduction to Podiatric Medicine” class during my second year of podiatry school. We were taking turns individually reviewing clinical vignettes when he locked eyes on me: “Michelle! 53 year-old male, 2 weeks after a total hip replacement starts rehab. He develops heel pain shortly after his first therapy session. Diagnosis?” With my most excited voice, I exclaimed, “PLANTAR FASCIITIS!” Oh boy… I was humbled by the stern lecture that followed. If you type “heel pain” into any search engine, I guarantee at least one link will lead to a page on plantar fasciitis. As podiatrists, we see heel pain patients every ...

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Ingrown Toenails: The Tiny Dagger in Your Piggy

By Dr. Kim L. Dao As summer comes to a close, and we transition from sandals to closed-toe shoes, it’s good habit to remember that foot health is still important whether your feet are visible or not. Ingrown toenails are a common podiatric problem, most typically affecting the big toes. Ingrown toenails occur when the edges of the nails protrude and grow into the surrounding skin, resulting in irritation, redness, and in some instances, infection. Infections can sometimes be cleared up temporarily by aggressively clipping the offending side, sometimes in conjunction with a topical or oral antibiotic. However, as the nail edge grows back, there is a likely chance of recurrence of the condition. At the early stage of irritation, ...

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Healthy Summer Feet – Tips for Staying Healthy!

Who doesn’t love the thought of running barefoot in the grass, remembering the carefree days of childhood? Or throwing on cute summer flip-flops and heading to the pool? Summer brings lots of opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure, so we want to prepare you with some tips on how to keep your feet healthy and pain-free all summer long. Cheap, flimsy flip-flops are only appropriate shoes to get to and from the pool or beach, but they are not appropriate for any significant amount of walking! If you must wear flip-flops, be sure to find ones that have arch support and protective cushioning. Substitute your flip-flops for more substantial sandals such as Birkenstocks that will give your foot more support! Supportive sneakers should ...

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Healthy Summer Feet: Fungal Toenails!

We hear it all the time at our office: “My toenails are the ugliest nails ever!” “Why are my toenails so crumbly?” “They’ve gotten so thick and gross that I can’t cut them!” “My toenails are discolored and don’t look normal anymore!” Oh, the dreaded issue of fungal toenails! The proper name for this problem is: onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis). Who has it? Lots of folks – young, old, men and women. Why do they get it? Hard to say, exactly. People can be genetically pre-disposed to it, weakened immune systems can make folks more susceptible to it, or you might contract it from the shower at the gym. But at the end of the day, if you have it, you want ...

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“What Is A Podiatrist?”

“What is a podiatrist, anyway? Ooh, I know! You take care of children?” We hear this question a lot in our office. And nope, that’s a pediatrician. What is a podiatrist? Here is some great information from our friends at the American Podiatric Medical Association about podiatrists: What is a Podiatrist? A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM), a physician and surgeon who treats the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Why Should I See a Podiatrist? Feet are complex anatomical structures, all-in-one stabilizers, shock absorbers, and propulsion engines that are instrumental to overall health and well-being. They require expert care. Be sure you’re seeing the most qualified health-care professional to treat your feet by looking for the ...

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Now Open in Dripping Springs!

Southwest Austin Foot & Ankle Clinic opened at the Southwest Medical Village in 2014, with the goal of providing compassionate care for all foot and ankle problems. In this Oak Hill location, we have grown quickly in just three years while serving the greater Austin community’s podiatric needs. So, when we got the chance to replicate this opportunity by joining the Dripping Springs Medical Village in 2018, we jumped at the chance! Dripping Springs is one of the fastest growing areas in Texas and has been historically underserved by medical specialists like podiatrists! We are proud to be the first podiatry group to set up full time office space in Dripping Springs and are thrilled to offer our brand of ...

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