Foot and ankle care by our board-certified podiatrist for adults, children and infants
If you suffer from foot or ankle pain, it may be time to schedule an appointment with an ADC podiatrist. Our doctors specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and preventive care of foot and ankle problems for patients of all ages in the Austin area.
- Foot & ankle trauma
- Bone fractures, joint dislocations, tendon / ligament ruptures, joint repair
- Reconstructive foot & ankle surgery
- Sports medicine
- Sprains, tendonitis, fasciitis, joint capsulitis, shin splints
- Diabetic foot assessment, maintenance, ulcers, infections,
- Diabetic foot surgery
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Endoscopic plantar fasciotomies
We provide treatment for the following:
- Puncture wounds, lacerations
- Flat and high-arch feet
- Pediatric foot deformities
- Heel pain
- Neuromas (pinched nerve or nerve tumor)
- Ingrown nails
- Plantar warts
- Soft tissue masses
- Bunions, hammertoes
- Skin conditions of foot & ankle
Common Foot Conditions in Runners
Blisters: When to “Pop” and “Not to Pop”
Caused by friction in the shoe
Recommend: Spence inserts and non-friction socks Epsom salts and lukewarm water soaks (2 tbsp per gallon of water. Soak for 15 min daily and cleanse the affected area with hydrogen peroxide. Dry feet especially between toes: apply topical antibiotic cream (ex. Neosporin) to affected area and cover with a dry bandage.
Nail problems: Ingrown Toenails: Caused by shoe pressure. improper trimming of the nail and “genes”
Recommend: Epsom salt soaks (like above). Trimming the nails following the curvature of the nail. (OK to trim the sides a bit). Red, hot swollen and pus - see a doctor
Bruised toenails: Caused by continuous bumping against the shoe
Recommend: keep the nails trimmed short. Trim to “normal nail”. Use Epsom salt soaks.
Nail fungus: Caused by above
Recommend: keep nails trimmed short. Tea tree oil (nutrition section at store). Apply 1 drop under nail daily. White vinegar (straight) soaks 10 min daily for l month, then 2x a week, if extensive. You may need to consult a doctor for medication.
Calluses: Caused by friction in the shoe
Recommend: Spenco inserts and non-friction socks. Bag Balm at store (apply to area of callus only before bedtime and wrap feet in Saran wrap overnight). In the morning, use pumice stone to remove callus in shower. Use l-2 x a month.
Morton's neuroma: Caused by nerve being pinched between two knuckles. Often described as numbness/tingling or sharp shooting pain (frequently shooting out of two toes), or feeling of ‘walking on a pebble’ or a bunched up sock.
Recommend: wider shoes (with wider toe box). If does not improve, see a doctor. May need orthotics or an injection.
Tendinitis: (Inflammation of the tendon): Caused by overuse injury, sometimes underlying improper biomechanics.
Recommend: RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevate).
Take any NSAID (non steroid anti-inflammatory medication (ex. Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Naproxen) - *Tylenol is not one! If it does not get better see a doctor.
Plantar fascitis: (Heel spur syndrome or stone bruise) caused by the falling arch. Pain in the heel (on the bottom) frequently 1st step in the morning or when getting up after prolonged periods of sitting.
Recommend: stretching the heel cord. Anti-inflammatory meds, orthotics and/or more stable shoe (ex. Motions control shoe with medial roller bar)
Stress fracture: Caused by overuse injury. Doing “too much too soon”.
Ankle sprain: Very common injury. Most heal on their own.
Recommend: RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevate). Take any NSAID. Activity to tolerance. Use an ankle brace. Ankle strengthening exercises (ex. Alphabet spelling). For bruising, extensive swelling, see a doctor.
Shin splints: Caused by overuse injury, “doing too much too soon”, training errors, improper shoes, and/or improper terrain.
Recommend: cut miles by half. Go back to 103 rule (increase 103 per week), cross training with swimming and cycling. Likely need orthotics. If pain persists the following day, see a doctor. Caution: may develop into a stress fracture – DO NOT RUN THROUGH IT!
Orthotics: Over-the-counter: Birkenstock inserts (custom made/prescription. Done in the office).
Recommend: New Balance or Saucony.
If the shoe is “working” don’t change it!