Blog Archive

Do All Bunions Require Surgery? Nov 1st, 2019

Does your big toe point toward your second toe? Do you have a big lump on the outside of your foot at the base of your big toe? If so, you have a bunion!  The medical name for a bunion is hallux valgus, and though lots of people develop bunions,...

Living with Plantar Fasciitis Oct 1st, 2019

At Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Richard Nichols and Dr. Joseph Harvey treat patients with plantar fasciitis nearly every day. When you get out of bed, stand up, and immediately feel pain in your heel, you may have plantar fasciitis. Luckily, there are treatment options, and there are some...

When Are Swollen Feet Indicative of a Problem? Sep 1st, 2019

There are many reasons your feet may swell, ranging from simple gravity to heart failure. With such a range of possible causes, you may wonder whether your swollen feet are cause for concern.  Mild concern  Swelling in your feet, ankles, and lower legs is called edema, and it’s quite common....

How To Know If You Have Peripheral Nerve Damage Aug 1st, 2019

If you have diabetes, chances are you’ve heard about peripheral neuropathy, but you may not know much about it. How do you know if you have it or not? This post explains what peripheral neuropathy is, who is at risk of developing it, what symptoms you might experience if you...

Flat Feet Are More Than Just a Foot Problem Jul 3rd, 2019

The lack of an arch, known as having flat feet, is a relatively common problem. Approximately one out of every five people has flat feet. Often, people with flat feet don’t have any problems, but sometimes, issues with your ankles, knees, hips, or lower back can develop.  Types of flat...

How Often Should You Replace Your Running Shoes? Jun 1st, 2019

Although the average price of running shoes hasn’t changed much in the last decade, it’s still quite an investment, at about $115-145. Depending on how many miles you run, replacing your shoes could present a significant expense. There’s some disagreement about how often you should replace your running shoes, as...

A Strong Foundation: Treat Your Feet Right With Proper Shoes, Exercise, and Professional Care May 5th, 2019

You probably don’t think about your feet too often, unless you have a problem. Just for a moment, consider everything your feet accomplish for you throughout the day. Feet support your body weight, absorb the shock of each of your steps whether you’re walking or running, traverse over all kinds...

Why a Board-Certified Podiatrist Is Best Equipped To Treat Feet and Ankle Issues Apr 1st, 2019

Most industries and professionals have specific training that practitioners must have, and trade organizations that uphold certain standards. For example, attorneys must pass the bar exam administered by the state where they practice in order to be considered in good standing. Beauty professionals, electricians, and bartenders are all required to...

Texting While Walking: It’s More Dangerous Than You Think Mar 1st, 2019

“He’s so clumsy he can’t walk and chew gum at the same time!” It’s an old joke, but distracted walking is becoming an increasingly concerning problem -- of course, the problem is more often texting and walking than chewing gum and walking. Expert organizations from the American Academy of Orthopaedic...

When Should Your Child See a Podiatrist? Feb 1st, 2019

There are several reasons you may want to have your child’s feet examined by an expert. For example, if you have any reason to think that your child’s foot doesn’t look normal, a podiatrist can either diagnose a growth problem or assure you that everything is fine. If your child...

How Bad Are High Heels for Your Feet? Jan 15th, 2019

About 77% of women wear high heels for special occasions like weddings, and about half of American women wear heels to parties and out to dinner. If you have a pair or two of heels that simply complete your look, you aren’t alone. The problem, of course, is that they...

Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy: Could I Benefit From This? Dec 5th, 2018

At Alliance Foot & Ankle, we work hard to stay up-to-date on evolving science and new treatments that may help you. Regenerative stem cell therapy has been used during surgical procedures for many years, but recently it’s uses have expanded and include multiple common foot and ankle issues. How regenerative...

The Effects Diabetic Neuropathy Can Have on Your Feet Nov 9th, 2018

You may not realize that having diabetes poses a real threat to your feet, but it’s true. Neuropathy is a dysfunction of one or more of your peripheral nerves and usually causes numbness or weakness. Chronically high blood glucose levels can damage your peripheral nerves, causing dysfunction. Most often, diabetic...

6 Reasons You Shouldn't Ignore Your Bunions Oct 26th, 2018

The knobby protrusion on the side of your big toe, medically known as hallux valgus and commonly referred to as a bunion, is more than a cosmetic concern. Bunions aren’t a form of callus or corn; they’re a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTJ). The MTJ forms the union between...

Top 5 Effective Ways to Treat Hammertoes Sep 10th, 2018

At first, you’ll barely notice a hammertoe and your symptoms may be so mild you won’t even think of scheduling an appointment here at Alliance Foot & Ankle in Grapevine and Keller, Texas. But waiting to get treatment is a mistake. Over time, a flexible but odd-looking hammertoe turns into an...

How Meds Can Affect Your Feet Aug 14th, 2018

Despite their unobtrusive nature, our feet are imperative to our well-being. When your body is not functioning optimally problems with your feet are often the first indication that something is wrong. Today, with almost everyone taking some form of pharmaceutical, it’s important to be aware of the affects drugs can...

Tips for Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers Aug 9th, 2018

Tips for Preventing Diabetic Foot UlcersIf you have diabetes, it’s important to take care of your feet. Uncontrolled blood sugar can damage the nerves in your feet and legs, making it difficult for you to feel sensations like pain, heat, or cold. Research shows that adopting habits to reduce the...

5 Tips to Keep Your Kids’ Feet Safe This Summer Jul 30th, 2018

Summertime comes with long-awaited fun for kids of all ages, from sporting events to playgrounds, pools, and beaches. While going barefoot and wearing flip flops is safe in some situations, it’s important to wear appropriate footwear for different activities. The experienced podiatrists of Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists in Grapevine...

PRP: A Non-Surgical Solution for Plantar Fasciitis Jun 19th, 2018

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, with about 10% of American adults experiencing it at some time. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that stretches from the base of your toes to your heel. Each time you take a step, the plantar fascia...

How to Choose the Best Running Shoe for You May 18th, 2018

May is National Runners’ Month — the perfect time to head outside, enjoy the weather and get some exercise. But do you have the right shoes? If you’re unsure which type of running shoe is best for you, you’re not alone. There are dozens of brands with different features, and...

How High Cholesterol and Your Achilles Tendons Are Linked Apr 19th, 2018

It appears that what’s bad for the heart is bad for the tendons. Cholesterol is essential to your health but having too much in the blood spells trouble for your heart. Most people know that high cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease. However, did you know that it also...

Ingrown Toenails: Home Versus Professional Remedies Mar 28th, 2018

An ingrown toenail can be the result of an injury or something that can occur naturally as your toenail grows. In some cases, ingrown nails can be successfully treated at home without having to see a doctor. However, there are other times when seeking the help of a professional, like...

What Happens if Athlete’s Foot Is Left Untreated? Feb 9th, 2018

At any given time, between 3% and 15% of the population has athlete’s foot. The clinical name for this common condition is tinea pedis, and it’s caused by a fungus. Although untreated athlete’s foot isn’t fatal, it may become such an annoyance that it affects your daily life.How do you...

What is EPAT? Jan 23rd, 2018

PRE-FABRICATION VERSUS CUSTOM ORTHOTICS Jan 17th, 2018

Orthotics are custom shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern; generally called arch supports. Orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. They are worn under your heel and the arch of your foot and they do more than just provide support. Orthotics...

Are High Heels and Foot Pain Related? Jan 17th, 2018

For most women, high heels are a closet staple. Nothing is better for celebrating a special occasion or looking your best than sporting your best, pointiest, highest pair of stilettos. Unfortunately, as fashionable as they are, these shoes are also one of the main causes of foot pain for women....

Signs, Symptoms and Causes of Bursitis Jan 17th, 2018

Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa. A busa is a fluid-filled sac found in various locations on the body where friction between tissue occurs. These sacs help reduce this friction between tissue and prevent pain. Prolonged, excessive pressure is the most common cause of bursal inflammation, although injury can also...

You Don’t Have to be Old to Have Arthritis in Your Feet and Ankles Jan 17th, 2018

Arthritis is characterized by inflammation of the lining and cartilage of a joint. When a joint becomes inflamed, it can cause swelling, pain, redness, and warmth. It is estimated there are presently around 40 million people suffering from arthritis in the US. Typically, arthritis targets those over 50 years of...

Can Bunion Pain Be Treated Without Surgery? Jan 17th, 2018

Bunions are bumps that may develop on the side of the large toe joint. These bumps are usually caused by an imbalance of the muscles and tendons which pull at the joint. This pull is typically determined by your foot type and may be genetic, meaning if your parents have...

Why It’s Important for Runners to See a Podiatrist? Jan 17th, 2018

The human foot is comprised of 112 ligaments, 33 joints, and 26 bones, as well as a whole network of nerves, blood vessels and tendons. All of these pieces work together to help a person walk or run. Running is fast becoming one of the most popular types of exercise,...

Your Summer Flip Flops May Be Damaging Your Feet Jan 17th, 2018

Now that summer is here, you’re probably spending your time by the pool, cooking out and soaking up the sun in your favorite pair of flip flops. But did you know that flip flops can be one of the top foot pain causes? While these sandals keep your feet cool...

What Diabetics Need to Know About Foot Care and the Perfect Shoe Jan 17th, 2018

Your shoes can make all the difference in the world, especially for diabetics.  Preventing diabetic foot pain is important for those suffering from this condition, but it is also important to take proper care of your feet. Diabetics are vulnerable to having foot problems since the condition inhibits the flow of blood...

Do I Need to be Concerned if My Child Has Flat Feet? Jan 17th, 2018

When someone is said to have flat feet, it simply means their feet have no arches. The concern is because the arch helps make the foot stronger. Most of the time individuals who have flat feet overpronate, which means they roll the feet inward too far. This can make them...

HEEL PAIN!!!!!!  Jan 17th, 2018

Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to help alleviate the pain. Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes,...

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF ORTHOTICS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU  Jan 17th, 2018

If you have an obvious imbalance that causes such symptoms as flat feet or high arches, or if you have external misalignments such as "knock knees", "bow knees", in-toeing, or out-toeing then you are probably a good candidate for orthotics. If you participate in an activity that places stress on your feet or if...

WHAT ARE ORTHOTICS?  Jan 17th, 2018

Custom-made foot supports known as orthotic devices that are worn under your heel and the arch of your foot are referred to as orthotics. These devices are molded to be anatomically matched to your foot and they do more than just provide support. Orthotics are designed to realign your foot to a neutral or...

MOST CONDITIONS FOR FOOT & ANKLE PAIN CAN BE TREATED CONSERVATIVELY Jan 17th, 2018

In our office, we are concerned with treating your feet as conservatively as possible. That is to say, we want to treat you without using surgical means if we can. Our main goal is to get your feet back to normal. We generally can accomplish this by using simple treatments such as stretching, wrapping, or...

STEP BY STEP Jan 17th, 2018

You take about 15,000 steps in one day, sometimes more! Throughout your lifetime you will walk about 75,000 miles. These miles that you walk should leave you with feet that are comfortable and healthy, not painful and aching. However, the simple fact is that, for most of us, at some point, our feet will...

THERE IS NO REASON TO CONTINUE TO SUFFER FROM HEEL PAIN, EVEN IF IT DOESN'T HURT ALL THE TIME Jan 17th, 2018

The natural state of your feet and ankles, and heel sis is comfortable and healthy. Your feet will carry you over 75,000 miles in your life and that's a long distance to travel. Just like your automobile, you need to occasionally do some preventative maintenance on your feet. Our feet and ankles are such marvels of...

HEEL PAIN DOESN'T HAVE TO SLOW YOU DOWN Jan 17th, 2018

Heel pain or plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a band of connective tissue that inserts in the bottom of the heel. That connective tissue extends from the heels out to the toes Initially, this band becomes irritated and then it becomes inflamed. Most of our patients tell us that the pain is most severe...

5 SIMPLE STEPS TO HAVING HEALTHY FEET AND ANKLES Jan 17th, 2018

STEP 1: Choose Comfortable Shoes It may sound simple, but the type of shoes we wear greatly affect how our feet feel. Always choose shoes that fit the purpose of whatever activity you are engaging in. When you are exercising or running be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable and provide support. If...

TO BE OR NOT TO BE ORTHOTICS Jan 17th, 2018

There are all kinds of things that can be put into the shoes and people wonder are those pretty much the same as orthotics. What is the difference between over-the-counter kinds of things you can slip into your shoes? A good analogy that I give my patients is reading glasses. some people don't see very...

OBESITY IS AN EPIDEMIC IN OUR SOCIETY Jan 17th, 2018

A lot of times when you go and see your family doctor, the doctor tells you that you need to lose weight, and the first thing they recommend is exercise, which has increased the incidence of heel pain. Besides heel pain, we see a lot of tendonitis. We have a large presence in the...

WHAT IS A PODIATRIST Jan 17th, 2018

A podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist and we do everything beginning with issues with the skin, lesions, different types of diseases all the way down to bony deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, heel pain and trauma.The vast majority of my patients usually come in because they have foot pain and are having...

REMEMBER YOUR FEET NEED CARE AND MAINTENANCE TOO! Jan 17th, 2018

The most powerful tool you have to understand is why you have foot and ankle pain, what can be done to treat it and the best steps you can take is information. Knowing what is happening and what to do is "THE KEY" to alleviating the problem.Your feet are some of the hardest working...