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How Post-Traumatic Arthritis Affects the Feet Nov 8th, 2021

When you get hurt, you expect to have a little downtime as your body heals the affected area. But your injury might not be temporary. After a traumatic injury to your feet, especially a dislocation or fracture, you can develop post-traumatic arthritis. And that can leave you with ongoing discomfort. ...

Different Types of Neuropathy: Symptoms and Treatment Oct 11th, 2021

You rely on your nerves to carry signals to and from your brain. But if those nerves get damaged, as is the case with neuropathy, they can send the wrong signals. This can leave you living with stabbing pain, muscle weakness, and other problematic symptoms.  Here at North Central Texas...

5 Signs Your Child has a Medical Foot Problem Sep 8th, 2021

The ability to run freely is a hallmark of childhood. As a parent, you want to ensure your child can enjoy their early years, exploring and taking it all in. While you might not immediately think of it, that means protecting their growing feet.  Samantha Childers, DPM, Ricky Childers, DPM,...

When is a Podiatrist Necessary for an Ingrown Toenail? Aug 8th, 2021

Ingrown toenails are a common problem, especially among those that wear tight or ill-fitting shoes. Knowing when you can wait for the problem to self-correct and when to see a podiatrist can save you a lot of stress and pain when it comes to your feet.   At North Central Texas...

Is PRP Right for Me? Jul 14th, 2021

Science and research are constantly giving us new information and methods of treatment for an increasing variety of injuries. In recent decades, a treatment called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy began to be used to aid in recovering from certain injuries and surgical procedures. Originally used for blood transfusions to those...

Common Causes of Bunions May 19th, 2021

Bunions: They’re more than just an aesthetic issue. You may have noticed a slow development of your bunion over time, but weren’t sure what it was. Not only can it get in the way of wearing your favorite pair of cute shoes, but it can also become painful and make...

Understanding Toenail Fungus Apr 21st, 2021

Summer is on its way, and that means breaking out your sandals and hanging out with friends and family by the pool. But if you have toenail fungus, this time of year may make you feel self-conscious about your feet. Your once favorite flip-flops may now be the source of...

Could Your Ankle Pain Stem From Your Achilles Tendon? Mar 1st, 2021

Your feet and ankles play a crucial supporting role in everyday life. They take on enormous amounts of stress every time you get up and move around. This is especially true if you live an active lifestyle, like an athlete or a dancer does. Staying active is important for your...

Recognizing the Signs of a Stress Fracture Feb 4th, 2021

Living an active life is important for health and longevity. Whether you’re training for a marathon, or simply taking daily walks, your feet do the brunt of the work. This is why it’s crucial that you take care of them and pay attention to how they’re feeling, both before and...

Can Hammertoes Be Halted? Jan 19th, 2021

Dealing with hammertoe can be frustrating and painful. While it’s not dangerous, per se, it can lead to other issues that exacerbate the condition if left untreated. Hammertoe can have several causes, some as simple as the kind of shoes you wear, while others are more complicated, like genetics. Whatever...

Common Causes of Pain in the Balls of Your Feet Dec 9th, 2020

Are you noticing sharp pains in the balls of your feet? Does it feel like you perpetually have a pebble in your shoe, even though there’s nothing there? You may be experiencing metatarsalgia, a common foot ailment that causes inflammation in your metatarsal bones. You may be wondering how that...

Put your best foot forward Nov 25th, 2020

When you see two podiatrists together, it usually means something is afoot. In the Childers’ case, it could just mean date night. Samantha Childers and her husband, Ricky, are both podiatrists who have recently opened up their second practice location in Roanoke. After spending 15 years in San Francisco, many...

Signs Your Child Has Sever’s Disease Nov 9th, 2020

No parent is happy when their child is in pain. Seeing your child struggle while playing their favorite sport or experiencing pain while walking is tough. You may not realize it, but your child could have Sever’s disease. This condition sounds scary, but luckily, it’s quite treatable. At North Central...

Are Bunions Avoidable? Oct 8th, 2020

Your feet do so much for you — when you work hard, your feet work harder. Feet take the brunt of the abuse from our activities, whether it’s certain movements, working, or what we wear. At North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, with offices in Decatur and Roanoke, Texas, we...

Is That a Heel Spur — or Plantar Fasciitis? Sep 1st, 2020

Are you experiencing new pain or discomfort in your heel and you’re not sure what’s causing it? After doing some light research, you may have come to the conclusion that you could have plantar fasciitis. Or perhaps it’s a heel spur. Our staff at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle,...

5 Unexpected Benefits of Custom Orthotics Aug 11th, 2020

Have you ever been shoe shopping and wondered if those inserts you see displayed next to the socks would work well for you? While they may provide some arch support and extra cushioning, they aren’t likely to help with more serious issues, such as pain from plantar fasciitis or problems...

Learn About Our Brand New PADnet Machine Jul 27th, 2020

More than 10 million Americans are living with peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. People of all ages can be affected by PAD, but it’s more common in people who are 65 and older. This circulatory disease narrows arteries, which in turn reduces blood flow to your limbs, and could reduce...

Are Your Aging Feet Getting Flatter and Causing Pain? We Have Relief Jun 16th, 2020

Our feet have such a small surface area, yet are tasked with holding up our bodies day in and day out. They help us get from place to place, and stabilize us when we want to stand still. We may often forget how much they do for us and how,...

Why Does My Nail Fungus Keep Coming Back? May 4th, 2020

Are you dealing with stubborn nail fungus that just doesn’t seem to go away and stay gone? However frustrating it may be, the good news is, you’re not alone! Nail fungus is very common, with an estimated 3 to 12 percent of the population being affected. It isn’t always easy...

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Ankles to Prevent Sprains Apr 9th, 2020

In just one day, as many as 25,000 people in the United States sprain their ankle. A sprain occurs when you stretch or tear the ligaments in this joint. You can do this during a competitive game of soccer, but it can also happen from taking a misstep off a...