Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition affecting the ball of the foot, commonly between the third and fourth toes. It occurs when the tissue surrounding one of the nerves leading to the toes thickens, causing sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot. Symptoms often include a sensation of standing on a pebble, tingling, or numbness in the toes. The pain may worsen with activities like walking or wearing tight shoes. Patients often describe a feeling of something being caught in the shoe or a persistent discomfort in the forefoot. Identifying and addressing these symptoms early can help manage the condition and prevent further complications. If you are experiencing any of the above sensations, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat Morton’s neuroma.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Houston Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Gout is a form of arthritis characterized by sudden, intense pain, often in the big toe, but it can affect other joints as well. The pain is typically described as sharp, throbbing, or excruciating, making even the lightest touch unbearable. In addition to the pain, affected joints often become swollen, red, and warm to the touch. These symptoms can come on suddenly, often at night, and can last for several days or even weeks. During a gout attack, movement of the affected joint is extremely painful, and the skin around the joint can appear shiny and stretched. Some individuals might also experience a lingering discomfort even after the severe pain subsides, along with decreased mobility in the joint. Chronic gout can lead to persistent pain and can cause damage to the joints over time. If you have pain in your big toe, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Wearing high heels can be fashionable, but they often come with the price of foot and ankle pain. The design of high heels forces the foot into an unnatural position, placing excessive pressure on the ball of the foot and causing the toes to be cramped together. This can lead to a range of issues, including blisters, calluses, bunions, and hammertoes. The elevated heel also alters the body's alignment, putting additional strain on the ankles, knees, and lower back. High heels can also contribute to developing plantar fasciitis, where the ligament running along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and painful. Ankle sprains are more likely due to the instability caused by the narrow heel base. To minimize these risks, it is important to choose high heels with proper support and cushioning, limit the time spent wearing them, and perform regular foot stretches and exercises to maintain flexibility and strength. If you experience foot or ankle pain after wearing high heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, 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.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Wednesday, 26 June 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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