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Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

Toe Pain at Night

Some people experience pain, cramping, or numbness in their toes at night. Prolonged time on the feet, dehydration, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and mineral deficiencies can trigger this type of pain. Overexertion can drain minerals from the body through sweat and cause cramps in the toes. Wearing shoes that do not fit well can restrict blood flow to the toes. People over age 50 and women who have entered menopause can lose calcium in their bones, which can cause toe cramping during the night. Other medical conditions, including arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and gout, can result in the same symptoms. If you are experiencing persistent toe pain during the night, it is suggested that you seek counsel from a podiatrist who can evaluate what might be going on and provide appropriate treatment.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact our doctors of Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Oklahoma City, OK . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Skateboarding is a high-impact sport that can put a great deal of stress on the feet and put them at risk of injury. One of the main areas of the foot that takes a lot of pounding in skateboarding is the arch. For that reason having adequate arch support is an important concern for these athletes. Insoles with built-in arch support can help to distribute the weight evenly while reducing strain on the heel and ball of the foot. Because skateboarding includes jumping and landing, it is suggested by experts who are familiar with skateboarding to use shoe inserts that contain extra cushioning. Taking this precaution can help to reduce the likelihood of developing stress fractures and heel spurs. Shoe inserts with ample cushioning also help to reduce fatigue, allowing the athlete to continue the activity for longer periods without tiring. Skateboarding can also cause the feet to become hot and sweaty. To counteract this condition, it is beneficial to find insoles that keep the feet cooler and drier. Anyone who spends a great deal of time on a skateboard may be the perfect candidate for custom orthotics, which are fitted to the athlete’s foot structure. For more information on custom orthotics, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact our doctors from Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Oklahoma City, OK . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

Athlete's Foot in Swimmers

Athlete's foot is a particular kind of fungal infection that impacts the feet. When an individual has athlete’s foot, they may experience redness and flakiness at the site of infection, which is typically between the toes. Some groups of people might be more susceptible to athlete’s foot than others. For example, swimmers are one such group of people. The fungus causing athlete’s foot thrives in warm, moist environments, like the sides of pools and in shower areas of locker rooms. Additionally, since many swimmers walk around pool sides barefoot, they can easily pick up the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. If you are a swimmer that is looking to prevent the onset of athlete's foot, it is highly suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact our doctors from Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma.  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Oklahoma City, OK . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Toenail fungus is a common foot condition, and there is a remedy available that may benefit some patients. It is referred to as laser treatment, and it may be a promising option for this stubborn foot condition. It is done by using concentrated light that is aimed at the toenails which may help to eliminate the fungus, and prevent it from growing. Research has shown that the majority of patients will have little or no discomfort while getting this procedure done, and it is easily administered. There is generally no recovery time needed, and as the toenail grows, results may begin to be seen in approximately two months. There is a reduced risk of complications, which can make this treatment potentially safe for pregnant women and children to undergo. If you are interested in this type of treatment, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to make a correct decision.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with our doctors from Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Oklahoma City, OK . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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