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5 Healthy Foods for Managing Gout Nov 1st, 2022

If you have gout, a painful type of arthritis, you know that the swelling it causes in the joint of your big toe can cause burning, sensitivity, and extreme pain. Our board-certified providers at Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers offer specialized care to help you manage this troublesome condition.  Our...

When Can I Exercise After a Sprained Ankle? Oct 1st, 2022

You’re in good company if you’re struggling with a sprained ankle. Researchers estimate about a third of all sports medicine injuries are ankle sprains, which makes them the most common musculoskeletal injury.  When you have a sprained ankle, it’s important to ensure it heals properly if you want to avoid...

All About Diabetic Foot Ulcers Sep 1st, 2022

If you have diabetes and want to experience the best quality of life possible, part of managing your condition means taking care of your feet. This is because diabetes increases your risk of serious foot complications, including developing diabetic foot ulcers.  The board-certified providers at Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers...

How to Prevent Shin Splints Aug 1st, 2022

Shin splints may not be life-threatening, but for over 3 million Americans, they cause problems that interfere with your quality of life. The soreness, swelling, and tenderness shin splints cause make carrying out everyday activities a pain. And if not treated, shin splints can develop into a stress fracture.  At Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers,...

Am I a Candidate for Total Ankle Replacement? Jul 1st, 2022

Do you struggle with significant pain or lack of mobility due to disease or injury in your ankle? You may wonder if a total ankle replacement (arthroscopy), or TAR, is right for you. This amazing surgery can restore your mobility and end your pain, but not all people with ankle issues are...

Total Ankle Replacement: All Your Questions Answered Jun 1st, 2022

A total ankle replacement (total ankle arthroplasty) is surgery to treat arthritis or other issues of the ankle joint. It works to restore your mobility and eliminate pain by replacing damaged or diseased bone and tissue and replacing them with prosthetic implants. Board-certified surgeons, Ryan N. Lawrence, DPM, and Joe T. Southerland, DPM,...

5 Steps to Speed Recovery After Total Ankle Replacement May 1st, 2022

For some patients with ankle arthritis or significant ankle damage, a total ankle replacement is the best option for restoring function and easing pain. At Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers in Texas, one of the most common questions our patients ask is about the length of recovery.  Our board-certified surgeons,...

Regain Pain-Free Movement With Total Ankle Replacement Apr 1st, 2022

Your ankle may be small, but this complex joint plays a major role in your ability to stand, walk, run, turn, and twist on your feet. Three main bones come together and are held in place by your tendons and ligaments, and the cartilage between these bones helps keep your...

Achilles Tendonitis vs. Plantar Fasciitis: Which Do I Have? Mar 2nd, 2022

Pain in your heel or foot can make even the most simple tasks, like getting from the bedroom to the bathroom, a struggle. Two of the most common causes of this type of pain include Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, but it’s not always easy to tell which one is...

How Laser Therapy Can Eradicate Toenail Fungus Feb 1st, 2022

Here in Texas, we’re never too far away from sandal and open-toe shoe season. If toenail fungus and the yellow, thick, crusty nails it brings has you too embarrassed to show off your tootsies, now is the right time to start treatment.  At the Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers offices...

How to Prepare Your Home for Your Ankle Replacement Recovery Jan 5th, 2022

There’s no doubt that ankle replacement surgery can significantly improve your quality of life. This procedure, called an ankle arthroplasty, involves the removal of damaged bone and tissues from your damaged joint and reconstruction using prosthetic components.    At the Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers offices in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas,...

Tips for Easing Bunion Pain Dec 8th, 2021

If you have a bunion, you know this small bony mass on the side of your big toe can cause major pain. And this pain can severely limit your quality of life, making everyday tasks, like walking or buying shoes, painful and challenging.  The bunion experts at Arlington/Mansfield Foot &...

5 Treatments for Tendon Pain Nov 2nd, 2021

November is here and with it comes the start of the holiday season. Unfortunately, the pain, swelling, and irritation tendonitis causes can put an end to your holiday preparations and plans. The good news is that with effective treatment, you can end your tendon pain instead.     At Arlington/Mansfield Foot &...

How High Heels Affect Nerves in Your Feet Oct 6th, 2021

Do you find yourself choosing high heels more often than you wear flats or supportive footwear? Wedges, pumps, and stilettos may be great for your style, but if you wear any type of high heels frequently, they could be affecting the nerves in your feet.    The board-certified providers at Arlington/Mansfield...

5 Common Signs of Osteoarthritis Sep 6th, 2021

Did you know that about 33 million adults in the US have osteoarthritis (OA), making it the most common joint disorder in America? In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that in less than 20 years, more than one quarter of adults in America will be...

Can You Break an Ankle Without Realizing It? Aug 5th, 2021

Your ankles may be small, but they have a big job, helping you stand, balance, and move. Made up of three bones, ligaments, and tendons, there are countless ways to injure this important joint — which is why it’s one of the most commonly injured joints in the United States. ...

Common Causes of Shin Splints Jul 14th, 2021

Pain and discomfort are your body’s way of drawing attention to a problematic area. If you’re experiencing a dull or throbbing ache along the inside of your shins, you may have a condition called medial tibial stress syndrome — more commonly referred to as shin splints.  At Arlington/Mansfield Foot &...

Who Gets Plantar Warts? Jun 20th, 2021

Summer in Texas means bare feet, swimming pools, and fun by the shore. But along with sandals and exposed tootsies comes an increased risk of developing plantar warts.   Unsightly plantar warts can not only make you self-conscious about your feet, but they can cause pain and discomfort as well. Wondering...

The Link Between Uric Acid and Gout May 5th, 2021

Are you suffering from the burning pain gout brings? Did you know the foods and beverages you consume could be making your pain worse? Certain foods and beverages trigger an increase in your body’s production of uric acid, a waste product found in your blood.  The board-certified podiatrists at Arlington/Mansfield...

EPAT Treatment for Tendonitis Apr 1st, 2021

Your tendons connect your bones and muscles, helping your body move and function smoothly. When one of these bands of tissue and collagen is damaged or injured, you can develop tendonitis, a painful condition that may cause: A dull ache around the affected joint Heat, swelling, or redness around the...

When a Broken Toe is Cause for Concern Mar 7th, 2021

It may not be life-threatening, but injuring a toe can be a big pain! If you stubbed or bumped your toe and think it may be broken, it’s hard to know when to seek help and when to wait it out at home.  As part of our comprehensive line of...

Can Hammertoes Be Halted? Feb 7th, 2021

Hammertoe is a condition that causes an abnormal bend in the toes, most often in your second toe. Imbalanced muscles cause the end of your toe to dip down, giving your foot a claw-like appearance.    Though the condition may not cause any symptoms when it begins, most people experience pain,...

Step Into the New Year With Custom Orthotics Jan 1st, 2021

Your feet may be small when compared with the rest of your body, but they have a big job to do. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what’s involved in your line of work, even simple tasks, like standing and holding your body weight or walking, put stress...

The Dangers of Untreated Ankle Injuries Dec 1st, 2020

Whether it’s a recent injury or an old one, an untreated ankle injury can mean problems down the line. The experienced ankle specialists at Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers, provide accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plans for patients with ankle injuries in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas. Take a moment to...

Warning Signs of Tendonitis Nov 4th, 2020

Are you struggling with a sore ankle or foot? Most active people are used to a few aches and pains, but athletes and weekend warriors are more likely to develop tendonitis.  This condition involves the irritation or inflammation of a tendon, the thick cords of tissue that connect your muscles...

What Causes Toenail Fungus? Oct 4th, 2020

Are your toenails crusty, thick, or crumbly, and yellow or brown in color? While unsightly toenails can be embarrassing, they’re not merely a cosmetic condition. Onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, causes your toenails’ appearance to change and can spread to your feet causing athlete’s foot.     At Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers,...

How to Tell the Difference Between an Ankle Sprain and a Fracture Sep 3rd, 2020

Did you know ankle injuries are one of the most common bone and joint injuries for athletes, weekend warriors, and those of us just walking through different daily activities? Many people assume it’s easy to tell the difference between a fractured bone and a joint sprain, but sprains and fractures...

What To Do About Warts Aug 12th, 2020

Although almost everyone is likely to have a wart at some point or another in their life, warts can be embarrassing — both to have and to discuss with your doctor. It’s especially frustrating when you don’t know how to get rid of one of these bothersome bumps.    The board-certified...

How to Prevent Athlete’s Foot This Summer Jul 15th, 2020

Summer has arrived and with sandal season comes time off work and school, days by the pool, lake, or beach, and picnics in the park. But if you get tinea pedis, or athlete’s foot, this summer, you could end up too preoccupied about your tootsies to enjoy the sand between...

5 Benefits of Wearing Supportive Flats Jun 11th, 2020

Women have long sacrificed comfort for fashion — especially when it comes to shoes! But wearing fashionable high heels can cause more than an evening of discomfort. They could cause permanent damage to your feet and toes.   At Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers, we treat women of all ages in...

Dietary Changes for Managing Gout May 11th, 2020

Did you know that you could be having a gout flare-up if your big toe swells? Gout is a type of arthritis that usually affects the health of the joint of your big toe. The experienced podiatrists at Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers are skilled at diagnosing gout and helping...

Why You Should Never Ignore Diabetic Foot Ulcers Mar 1st, 2020

If you’re one of the more than 100 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes, you might not be focused on how the disease affects your feet. But each year, 230 Americans undergo amputation due to diabetes every single day. What’s more? Over 85% of those amputations are due to...

Risk Factors for Developing Shin Splints Feb 1st, 2020

Do your shins hurt after exercise, walking fast to catch up with colleagues, or simply being on your feet all day? If so, you’re not alone. The problem could be shin splints, a condition affecting over 3 million Americans every year.  At Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers, we understand the...

Best Treatment Options for Plantar Warts Jan 1st, 2020

When you develop a painful growth on the bottom of your foot, finding the root cause of pain becomes your number one priority. It’s likely you’ll also want immediate solutions for quick pain relief. In many cases, it’s a plantar wart that’s causing that intense foot pain. The experienced podiatry...

5 Good Habits to Prevent Tendonitis Dec 1st, 2019

Inflammation can be a good thing. When you have a bacterial infection or get attacked by a virus, your body sends white blood cells and other substances to the area to fight the foreign intruders.  On the other hand, inflammation hurts. For instance, certain types of arthritis are associated with...

Getting Active Again After an ACL Injury Nov 1st, 2019

Your joints are designed to do a lot of amazing things: bend, hinge, pivot, twist, and rotate. But, they're not designed to do two of those things at once. All that movement could lead to problems, like an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).  Our team at Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers...

Living With Plantar Fasciitis Oct 1st, 2019

If the first steps you take in the morning are anything but pleasant because of foot pain, you may be living with plantar fasciitis. While the pain might decrease as you move about, it’s likely to return after lengthy periods on your feet or whenever you stand up.  Thankfully, there’s...

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Feet? Sep 1st, 2019

The numbers surrounding diabetes are eye-opening — almost 10% of the population in the United States has diabetes, and this number is increasing by 5% each year. It’s little wonder that the medical world is calling diabetes a national (and global) crisis. And one of the more insidious side effects...

How to Keep an Ankle Sprain From Becoming Chronic Instability Aug 2nd, 2019

Your ankle bears all of the weight of your body, and it’s a joint that’s used every single day.  While a sprained ankle may seem like a minor injury, if it’s left untreated or is not treated properly, it can all too easily lead to chronic instability.  This is not...

Summertime Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy Jul 12th, 2019

It’s summertime, and that means it’s time to break out the bathing suits and sandals. But not so fast. Have you noticed that your feet start to ache by the end of the summer? Or maybe you notice that your feet get injured more often during the summer months.  Just...

5 Helpful Tips for Selecting the Right Orthotics for You Jun 21st, 2019

Did you know that many aches and pains throughout your musculoskeletal system can be traced to problems with your feet? Functional problems or misalignment in your foot and ankle can lead to misalignment elsewhere. The result? Pain and instability. You don’t need to live with this pain. There are treatments...

5 Nonsurgical Ways To Alleviate Bunion Pain May 9th, 2019

Unless you live your life on the couch, you need to spend some time on your feet each day. And if a bunion has formed, you may start to experience persistent or intermittent foot pain. Wearing shoes may be uncomfortable due to a protrusion or callous. You don’t have to...

Different Types of Ankle Fractures and Treatment Options Apr 19th, 2019

Consider the size of your feet in relation to the rest of your body, and you realize that your entire support and mobility rests on a pair of very small appendages. And making the connection are your ankles, which facilitate your every step, allowing you to walk, run, jump, and...

Identifying When Your Ingrown Toenail Requires Medical Attention Mar 27th, 2019

Pain and swelling around your toe and the inability to wear certain shoes might be signs of an ingrown toenail. It’s a common condition that you can sometimes take care of at home. But if the pain becomes unbearable, or you can see an infection in the tissue around your...