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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Causes and Treatment for Foot Drop

Foot drop, a condition that affects one foot and impedes the ability to walk normally, can stem from various causes. Most commonly, foot drop results from peroneal nerve injury, often linked to sports injuries or surgical incidents, like hip or knee replacements. Spinal problems, such as slipped discs, may also compress the peroneal nerve, as can prolonged leg crossing, kneeling, or squatting. Peripheral neuropathy from diabetes can damage nerves and weaken muscles, potentially leading to foot drop. Extended immobility, such as hospital stays, can cause muscle weakness, including those governing foot movement. The main symptom of foot drop is a marching gait that requires a higher lifting of the knee with each step to allow the toe to clear the ground. Addressing foot drop can involve customized exercise regimens to strengthen and stretch leg and foot muscles. Devices, including braces, splints, or shoe inserts may help to promote foot stability and reduce fall risks. Electrical nerve stimulation aids nerve activation, which may be beneficial for stroke or multiple sclerosis patients. Surgery may be considered in cases of permanent foot drop, involving joint fusion for stability or nerve repair and grafting to restore function. For a clear idea of how to manage foot drop, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact David Carmack, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Reasons to Visit a Podiatrist

Our feet are our body's foundation, and taking proper care of them is important for our overall well-being. A podiatrist, who is a specialized foot and ankle doctor, can provide essential care and expertise for a range of foot-related issues. Firstly, chronic foot pain, especially if it persists for an extended period, is a clear indicator that it is time to consult a podiatrist. They can diagnose the root cause and recommend appropriate treatment. Ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, and fungal infections are common problems that podiatrists can address effectively. Foot injuries, such as sprains or fractures, also require professional evaluation from a podiatrist to ensure proper healing. Additionally, it is wise for individuals with diabetes to have regular check-ups with a podiatrist to prevent and manage diabetes-related foot complications. Overall, visiting a podiatrist is essential for maintaining the health and functionality of your feet, ensuring you can stay active and pain-free. If you have pain in your feet for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you visit this type of doctor who can properly diagnose and treat foot pain.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact David Carmack, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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Wednesday, 18 October 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, can be a persistent and unsightly problem. However, staying vigilant and proactive can help you maintain healthy toenails. One of the primary prevention strategies is maintaining good foot hygiene. Regularly wash your feet with soap and water, ensuring to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Keep your toenails trimmed and cut them straight across to prevent debris buildup. Opt for breathable footwear and moisture-wicking socks to reduce the risk of fungal growth in damp environments. If you visit public pools or locker rooms, it is helpful to wear shower shoes that can minimize contact with potentially contaminated surfaces. Additionally, avoid sharing personal items such as nail clippers or shoes with others. Lastly, manage underlying health conditions, as problems like diabetes or weakened immune systems can increase susceptibility to toenail fungus. If you have toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist for effective treatment methods and additional prevention strategies.

For more information about treatment, contact David Carmack, DPM of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Recovery From Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that can greatly improve the quality of life for anyone with ankle pain and discomfort. This procedure involves making small cuts around the ankle and looking inside the incisions with an arthroscope to identify and correct issues. Recovery time can vary from person to person, but generally, patients can expect a few weeks to a couple of months for a full recovery. The first week or two may involve some discomfort and limited mobility. Most patients can resume driving within a few weeks after surgery, but it's important to consult with your podiatrist beforehand. Returning to work and sports activities may take longer, often between four to eight weeks or more, depending on the nature of your job or the intensity of your sport.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with David Carmack, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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


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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Consideration of Orthotics

Orthotic shoe devices are inserts made of various materials consisting of rubber, leather, or plastic that are placed inside shoes. They serve to stabilize the foot in a neutral position and provide cushioning to reduce impact. Custom-made orthotics can be beneficial for individuals with unique foot shapes or excessive pronation, which is an inward rolling of the foot. Investing in well-constructed athletic shoes with good arch support and heel cushioning, along with softer arch supports and heel cups, can also help to alleviate foot discomfort and absorb shock. If you suffer from foot pain and would like to see if orthotics may help you, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a consultation.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact David Carmack, DPM from Texas. Our doctor 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 Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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