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By contactus@glenbeededpm.net
December 28, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: diabetes   Nerve Pain   Neuropathy  

Nerve pain is one of the many common symptoms diabetics suffer from. An estimated 50% of diabetic patients develop nerve damage over the course of their diabetes. Nerve pain, or neuropathy, can develop in four forms: peripheral, autonomic, radiculoplexus, and mononeuropathy. Of the four, peripheral neuropathy is the most common and is associated with tingling and burning in the extremities. The longer a patient is diabetic, the higher his or her risk for nerve damage.

Aside from neuropathy and paresthesia, several nerve complications can ail the feet. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit Dr. Glen A. Beede of Fort Worth. Dr. Beede can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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

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By contactus@glenbeededpm.net
December 21, 2015
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: foot pain   Foot Surgery   Fracture  

David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins will reportedly be off the ice for an indeterminate amount of time due to an injury. The injury in question was identified as a “non-displaced fracture” after a second set of X-ray scans. The fracture seemed to occur as a result of a shot that hit Pastrnak’s foot during a game against the Arizona Coyotes. Boston general manager Don Sweeney stated, “The initial X-rays were normal. We waited for swelling to go down. The symptoms were still persisting, so we went to have a more definitive CT scan. And it did reveal a small non-displaced crack in an awkward location, so we have to give him some time.”

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary. If you are struggling with a foot or ankle condition, talk to Dr. Glen A. Beede of Fort Worth. Dr. Beede can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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By contactus@glenbeededpm.net
December 14, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Shoes   Weather  

Residents residing in southern states such as Florida are more likely to develop plantar warts on their feet due to the warmer weather. While plantar warts are not particularly dangerous, they are still very contagious. Luckily, plantar warts are easy to prevent. When in public showers, locker rooms, and pool areas, be sure to wear slippers to protect the bare feet and minimize walking barefoot. Shoes should be cleaned regularly, and it is important to avoid sharing shoes with another person especially if he or she has had plantar warts.  

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, please see podiatrist Dr. Glen A. Beede of Fort Worth. Dr. Beede will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

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

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By contactus@glenbeededpm.net
December 07, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   High Heels   Shoes  

Recent studies have showed that a number of health problems can stem from the feet being subjected to great amounts of pressure for long periods of time. High heels are one of the many sources of such pressure, and a recent BuzzFeed video has reported that even a 1-inch heel can put “22 perecent more pressure on the ball of the foot than flat shoes”. A 3-inch heel inflicts a 76 percent increase in pressure. High heels can be the source of conditions such as calluses, bunions, ingrown toenails, and Achilles tendon strains, plantar fasciitis, and ankle sprains.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Glen A. Beede of Fort Worth. Dr. Beede will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads. 

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

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By contactus@glenbeededpm.net
November 30, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters   Exercise   Running  


Two Michigan area college students ran 60 miles over 3 days to help raise money for the Susan. G. Komen breast cancer fund. Running 20 miles a day, the two girls and their mothers raised over $7,000 between them in order to participate in the race, which ended each day at a campsite before waking up to finish the next 20 miles. “Before I did the walk, I wasn’t aware of how much I could actually do,” Madeline Michels said. “Even if you just start a 5k here designated to breast cancer, then that can make a difference in the statistics.”

Untreated blisters can worsen and make mobility extremely difficult and painful. For quality blister treatment, see Dr. Glen A. Beede of Fort Worth. Dr. Beede will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

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

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