Charcot Foot

Physicians at Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialists collaborate with local medical manufacturers to reconstruct their patient’s Charcot foot by using an external fixator. This surgery will help prevent further infection, pain, difficulty walking and ultimately limb loss.

Charcot is a sudden softening of the bones and collapsing of the joints of the feet. This occurs from trauma or prolonged walking and causes major difficulty with everyday life. Charcot is caused by neuropathy (severe nerve damage), which results in decreased sensation and an inability to feel temperature, pain, or trauma to the foot.

The symptoms of Charcot are acute warmth, redness, swelling, and pain in the foot. If you or someone you know may have any of these symptoms, please call Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist for a consultation at 901-309-7700.

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Vionic Free Shipping Promo

With Memorial Day fast approaching, it is time to think about our favorite summer shoe – the sandal.

Give your sandals a little test.

Do your sandals fit your foot well? Your foot should never hang over the edges of your shoe. If so, you need to rethink the size of your sandals. Are your sandals made of quality materials like a nice, soft leather? Leather can reduce the chance of blisters and irritations. Make sure your sandals can gently bend. This does not mean it should fold in half. Your sandals need a gentle bend so that they move well with your foot, but no shoe should ever be able to fold in half.

If your sandals are over one year old and show significant wear, they need to be discarded!

Make your feet happy. Buy your feet a new pair of comfortable sandals from Vionic shoes. Their sandals are designed with Othaheel Technology and help with heel and arch pain. Free shipping through MSFAS is being offered with the following promo code: MDEQ46T at vionicshoes.com!

Help your feet have a safe and healthy summer with a new, sturdy pair of sandals.

MSFAS Raises Nearly $100k For Diabetes Research

Mr. Nick Herbstrith, Dr. Ami Herbstrith, Dr. Julie Kate Webster and Dr. Chad Webster attended JDRF’s Promise Ball, Saturday, May 9th as Dr. Julie Kate Webster was acknowledged for her continued support through the annual Sugar Run, which has raised nearly $100,000 for diabetes research.

Mid-South Foot & Ankle is a proud supporter of diabetes research. Our doctors are dedicated to lessening the effects of diabetes on the feet and ankles as well as preserving limbs.

MSFAS and Vascular Access Centers Collaborate to SAVE LIMBS and LIVES

On April 29th, Dr. Christian Smith had the pleasure of speaking and presenting a lecture about diabetic foot problems, poor circulation, and treatment options to the Mid-South Nephrology Nursing Association. The presentation was a collaboration between MSFAS and Ryan Deedy from Vascular Access Centers.

Diabetes is the number one reason for non-traumatic limb loss in the United States. Statistics show that if a person loses a limb it shortens their life expectancy considerably.

MSFAS doctors have years of experience and are working everyday to treat and save limbs and lives.

If you or a loved one has a wound or poor circulation to the feet or ankles, please make an appointment immediately. Our doctors and caring staff would love to see you and take care of any complications you may have!

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Ingrown Toenails

What causes them?
Ingrown toenails are most common in the big toe, and occur most often from poor-fitting footwear. This is because tight shoes can put pressure on the nail, and force them to grow downwards instead of growing outwards.

They can also occur from direct trauma, such as in dropping a heavy object on your toe. Some people are more prone to getting ingrown toenails simply because their nails tend to grow in curved.

How can they be prevented?
One of the best ways you can prevent ingrown toenails is cut your toenails straight across, without rounding out the corners. When cutting your toenails, it is important to make sure that you do not cut your toenails too short, as this can also increase the chance of developing an ingrown toenail.

Wearing appropriate-fitting shoes, like those with a wide toe box, will also help prevent ingrown toenails by preventing the deforming pressure on the nails that can lead to ingrown toenails.

What are the signs and symptoms?
Most patients with ingrown toenails report pain on the sides of the toenail where it digs into the skin. This may be accompanied by swelling, redness, and discharge if infected.

How are they treated?
Treatment for ingrown toenails depends on its severity. For some patients, simply removing a portion of the offending nail will solve the problem. This must be done correctly, however, or it will likely come back. For this reason, when toenails are ingrown it is best to leave this to a professional. For more severe cases, more of the nail might have to be removed and a chemical can be used to make sure that portion of nail will not grow back.

If left untreated, ingrown toenails will usually not resolve on their own, and can lead to infection; for this reason, if you think you might have an ingrown toenail, make an appointment with MSFAS.