Items filtered by date: September 2020

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 00:00

What Can Cause Achilles Tendon Pain?

There are multiple conditions that can cause pain in the Achilles tendon, a tough band of tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon, and tends to have a quick onset and pain that may last up to six weeks. Achilles tendinosis is a degeneration of the tendon and is noninflammatory. It is often caused by overuse. Paratenonitis is an inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the Achilles tendon. Insertional Achilles tendinopathy is the inflammation and subsequent degeneration of tendon fibers that insert on the back of the heel bone. If you are experiencing pain at the back of the ankle or in the lower calf, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Houston Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Kingwood, Humble, Mont Belvieu, Spring, and Conroe, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:00

Wounds on the Feet may Heal Slowly

Foot ulcers can be a common occurrence in diabetic patients. This type of wound generally heals slowly, which may be a result of elevated blood glucose levels, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia. Proper wound care and management can consist of eliminating existing pressure from shoes that are worn. Some patients find it helpful to wear special footwear or therapeutic boots. Keeping the wound clean is beneficial in accelerating the healing process, and it may help to moisturize the surrounding area. Improving circulation is also said to promote faster healing as well as diminish pain. If you have wounds on your feet, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can recommend the appropriate treatment methods and help prevent infection.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Kingwood, Humble, Mont Belvieu, Spring, and Conroe, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Rheumatoid arthritis or RA, is an autoimmune condition that can affect joints throughout the body. It often affects the joints of the feet and ankles. The most common joints in the feet and ankles affected by RA are the smaller joints of the toes, the joints of the forefoot, the subtalar joint between the two tarsal bones of the foot, and less commonly the ankle joint. Signs of RA in your feet include soreness, warmth and swelling of one or more joints that lasts for several days, joint erosion, joint instability, and pain. RA could also cause painful fluid-filled sacs or nodules to develop on the feet. For more information on the signs and symptoms of RA in the feet and what you can do to treat this condition, speak with a podiatrist today.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Kingwood, Humble, Mont Belvieu, Spring, and Conroe, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Foot Problems Associated with Flip-Flops

Flip-flops are popular summer footwear for their ease and comfort, but did you know that wearing flip-flops can be detrimental to your foot health? Because of their generally flimsy structure and lack of cushioning, wearing flip-flops can lead to a variety of foot problems. Plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, can be caused by wearing flip-flops as they do not provide arch support. Tendinitis, inflammation or irritation of the tendons located on either side of your ankles, is another common condition that can be caused by flip-flops. Flip-flops create instability in your ankles when you walk, which makes an injury more likely. Metatarsalgia, pain in the bottom of the foot, can also be caused by wearing flip-flops, as these completely flat shoes do not cushion your feet from the pounding and pressure exerted on your joints as you walk. If you are experiencing foot problems, it is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Kingwood, Humble, Mont Belvieu, Spring, and Conroe, TX .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 04 September 2020 00:00

Why Live with Pain and Numbness in Your Feet?

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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