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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 00:00

Sources of Heel Pain

The two main causes of heel pain are heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs are bony projections that form at the bottom of the heel bones. They are very common, and in most cases, they aren’t noticeable. Heel spurs cause heel pain in approximately 5% of people who have them. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Both conditions share similar risk factors, such as repetitive athletic stress, obesity, tightness in the calf muscles, and high arches. Both conditions also have similar treatments, including resting and icing the affected foot, changing footwear, and performing foot stretches. Imaging studies, such as X-rays, can be helpful in differentiating between the two conditions. For more information about heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, speak with a podiatrist today.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Rebekah Fontenot, DPM of First Step Foot and Ankle Center LLC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please 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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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:00

Types of Running Shoes

Understanding the type of running shoe that is best for you is key in helping prevent future injuries. There are three primary types of running shoes. Neutral running shoes offer extra midsole padding for those with high arches. Stability running shoes are designed to distribute impact for those with low or flat arches. Motion control running shoes have extra support for those with flat feet as well. There are a variety of methods to assess what kind of shoes are needed. Placing your foot in water and stepping to analyze the foot print can help to determine whether or not you have low, normal or high arches. Checking your gait type to see what part of the foot touches the ground as well as checking the treadwear on your running shoes can help in indicating what type of shoes you need. If you have further questions about picking the right running shoe, consult with a podiatrist for help.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, 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.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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, 14 September 2020 00:00

How to Prevent Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. It can cause redness, flakiness, peeling, or cracking of the skin on the feet and may also itch, sting, or burn. Fortunately, this type of infection can be prevented. Fungus thrives in moist environments, so always thoroughly dry your feet after getting them wet, especially between the toes. Choose well-ventilated or moisture-wicking shoes and socks to help keep your feet dry. You can also use a powder on the feet everyday to keep them dry. People often catch the fungus that causes athlete’s foot from walking barefoot through wet areas, so when walking through a public area like a locker room or pool, wear water-proof shoes or flip-flops. If you suspect that you have athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Rebekah Fontenot, DPM from First Step Foot and Ankle Center LLC.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Why Do the Bottoms of My Feet Hurt?

If the bottom of your feet are experiencing pain, it could be because you’ve developed plantar warts. A common symptom of plantar warts is experiencing tenderness when putting pressure on the soles of your feet, or feeling a discomfort or pain while walking. Plantar warts appear as circular, flat, depressed spots that can appear yellow-ish in color and may have a black dot at their centers. They are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. This virus thrives in warm, moist environments such as swimming pools and locker rooms, so it’s important to wear proper footwear in these locations to help with preventing its spread. For more information on how to treat plantar warts, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Rebekah Fontenot, DPM from First Step Foot and Ankle Center LLC. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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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