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Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

Foot Relief From Wearing High Heels

Many women enjoy wearing high heels. They can feel taller and the shape of the legs may be enhanced. Despite the aesthetic benefits that may come from wearing high heels, there is often a physical price to pay. Blisters can develop, and the feet may become swollen. Blisters act as a natural Band-Aid, and will protect the raw skin as the healing process occurs, so they should not be punctured. The feet will typically feel better when they are soaked in warm water, and this may be beneficial in relaxing sore foot muscles. Many patients enjoy receiving foot massages, which can also be helpful in reducing existing foot pain. If you would like additional information about how wearing high heels can affect the feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Rebekah Fontenot, DPM from First Step Foot and Ankle Center LLC. Our doctor 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 office located in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

How Can Diabetes Affect the Feet?

Patients who are diabetic are often concerned about how this condition can affect their feet. It is common to develop neuropathy, which can cause a loss of feeling in the feet. This can lead to the inability to feel bruises, cuts, or wounds on the feet. It may cause an infection, and if it is not promptly and properly treated, this may result in toe or foot amputation. Diabetes occurs when the blood sugar levels in the blood become elevated, but it can potentially be controlled by implementing healthy lifestyle changes. These can include eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and refraining from eating foods and drinks that have a high sugar content. It is beneficial to perform a daily foot check, as this is helpful in noticing any cuts that may have developed. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Rebekah Fontenot, DPM from First Step Foot and Ankle Center LLC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

Is My Toe Mildly or Severely Fractured?

A common injury that many patients can endure is a broken toe. This can be the painful result of a heavy object falling on the toe, or from stubbing the toe against a piece of furniture. Common symptoms that are generally associated with a broken toe include severe pain, swelling, and bruising. If the fracture is severe, the bone may dislocate and protrude from the skin. If the toe is mildly broken, relief may be found by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This is referred to as buddy taping, and may provide the necessary stability as the healing process takes place. If you suspect that you have a broken toe, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you treatment options.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Rebekah Fontenot, DPM from First Step Foot and Ankle Center LLC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

Stretches May Help Heel Spurs

A small growth in the heel bone is often referred to as a heel spur. These are bony protrusions that may cause severe pain and discomfort, and can be associated with foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon injuries. Some patients find it beneficial to perform specific stretches and exercises that may diminish a portion of the discomfort. An effective stretch consists of raising up on the toes while placing a tennis ball between the ankles, and gently squeezing. Additionally, it may help to roll a tennis ball on the sole of the foot while seated. Mild relief may be found when correct shoes are worn, and it is suggested to refrain from wearing high heels or flip flops. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Rebekah Fontenot, DPM from First Step Foot and Ankle Center LLC. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Houston, TX . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

What Is a Foot Osteotomy?

An osteotomy is a type of surgery that removes parts of a bone in your foot. The bone is then reshaped to relieve pain and pressure from a deformity or injury. Some conditions that may require this surgery are fractures, bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet. Prior to undergoing an osteotomy, the doctor will take X-rays of your foot to diagnose your condition and plan the surgery. The purpose of osteotomies are to relieve pain, improve alignment and walking, and reduce the likelihood of arthritis. This type of surgery is done while you are under anesthesia. After the surgery, you may be required to use crutches to keep weight off of your foot. For more information about osteotomies, and to find out if surgery may be an option for you, consult with a podiatrist. 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Rebekah Fontenot, DPM of First Step Foot and Ankle Center LLC. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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