Patient Education - Understanding Your Condition

Here at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, we know how important it is for you to understand any foot or ankle condition you may experience, especially if it causes pain and gets in the way of your daily activities. We want you to be as informed as possible so you know when to see our expert podiatrist—Keith McSpadden, DPM—and what foot care steps you should take before your appointment.

Useful, Understandable Information

We do not expect you to go out and earn an advanced medical degree just to understand our content, so our goal is to put it in terms that make sense for you. Sure, we could lull you to sleep by talking about subchondral sclerosis and avascular necrosis, but you’d probably rather learn that Freiberg’s disease is rare, can be found in females ages 12-18, and causes forefoot pain.

Common Foot and Ankle Conditions

There are some conditions we treat more often than others, these include:

Sports Injuries

There are many other benefits to being active and participating in sports, but the main one is a healthy body. The downside of physical activity is the potential for getting hurt. Fortunately, most sports injuries—like sprains, stress fractures, turf toe, and Achilles tendinitis—have preventative measures to decrease the risk and are successfully treated when they do happen.

Ankle Sprains

Some may think that ankle sprains only happen to athletes, but this one of the most common injuries for anyone, anywhere. All it takes is something like a slight misjudgment about a curb or step and then your foot twists further than it should. When the ligaments that connect your ankle bones are stretched beyond their limits, you will experience pain and inflammation.

Plantar Fasciitis

Some people have a hard enough time getting out of bed in the morning anyhow, but it becomes even more difficult when you are greeted with sharp, stabbing heel pain that accompanies the first steps of the day. This is likely caused by plantar fasciitis, a common overuse injury.

Skin and Nail Conditions

Fungal nails, athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails, and plantar warts are conditions that can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and even painful. Learn more about how to prevent them and what kind of treatment methods are available for you.

Foot Deformities

Foot deformities—like bunions, hammertoes, flatfoot, and high arches—are caused by either an inherited foot structure or external factors. Understanding why these conditions develop can help you prevent them, and knowing your treatment options will help you choose a plan that works for you.


Whether on account of overuse or a traumatic event, bone fractures can affect your feet and ankles. It helps to know the difference between a stress and a compound fracture, as this makes a difference in first aid and how we will care for your injury.

Comprehensive Foot Care

Not all injuries and ailments are equally common, but we will restore your feet to their natural, healthy condition. North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute is capable of handling a wide range of foot and ankle issues, including:

Understanding your condition is a big step in being able to get the help you need, but don’t forget the next one – contacting our office for an appointment! Put your foot and ankle issues behind you by calling our Cedar Park, TX office at (512) 593-2949 or our Round Rock office at (512) 960-4290 today.