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By Podiatry Associates of Houston
May 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Do you recall when your Grandmother complained about her bunions? While a sore, reddened bony bump at the base of the big toe bunionsoften happens as we age, younger people get bunions, too--even athletes and children. And, they're nothing to joke about because these toe joint problems cause significant pain and impair walking and other activities of daily living. That's why Dr. David Blumfield, Dr. Michael Mineo, Dr. Jorge Matuk and Dr. Maria Buitrago at Podiatry Associates of Houston ask anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of bunions to get a podiatric evaluation right away.

How bunions happen

Bunions in Houston are a biomechanical problem, says the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Heredity may factor into their formation; in other words, you may have inherited your grandmother's foot structure! However, having an occupation where you stand on your feet constantly or wearing shoes that are too narrow or provide inadequate support are often the culprits in bunion formation and flare-up of symptoms. The APMA says that women are much more likely than men to develop bunions.

What your podiatrist looks for and suggests

If you suspect you have a bunion, your podiatrist will ask you about the location and severity of your symptoms and what aggravates and relieves them. in addition, the doctor will visually inspect your foot to see how your toes move. He or she may take X-rays of the area of concern. Sometimes blood tests are ordered to rule out health conditions such as gout.

With a confirmed diagnosis, your foot doctor may advise:

  • Padding the joint to relieve pressure and friction
  • Custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts, to ensure proper joint alignment when you walk
  • Night time splints
  • Stretching exercises
  • Removal of calluses and corns which can develop due to the friction between the bunion and your shoe

In severe cases, a surgical procedure called a bunionectomy may be warranted.

Contact the Office

If you are experiencing some of the symptoms discussed here, please don't wait. Contact Podiatry Associates of Houston right away for a one-on-one consultation with one of our foot doctors. Call at one of these offices: Chimney Rock (713) 467-0287, Memorial City (713) 467-1299, Katy (281) 579-0186 or Willowbrook (832) 912-7792.

By Podiatry Associates of Houston
March 31, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sports Injury  

Are you anxious to get back on your feet after a sports injury? Returning to your activity too soon can delay healing and even worsen sports injuriesyour problem. Dr. David Blumfield, Dr. Michael Mineo, Dr. Jorge Matuk and Dr. Maria Buitrago in Houston, TX, explain how to handle your sports injury.

Take it easy

Your body often does a remarkable job of healing itself if you give it enough time. Often, a week or two of resting and limiting the time you spend on your feet may be all you need to do to recover from your injury. Over-the-counter pain medications and ice will reduce inflammation that can worsen pain.

When rest doesn't solve your problem

Although rest can be very effective, it's not the ideal solution for every foot or ankle injury. If you have severe pain, bleeding or a clearly broken bone, you'll need to receive treatment immediately after your sports injury. You may need stitches, a boot or cast, or even surgery if you have a fracture or other severe injury.

A sprained ankle may seem like a minor injury, but if your pain doesn't improve after two weeks, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment at one of our Houston area offices. A walking boot or crutches may be needed to take pressure off your ankle and allow healing to occur. You may also benefit from physical therapy sessions if the muscles that support your ankle joint are weak. Although surgery isn't usually required, it may be needed if your ankle has become unstable due to your injury.

Achilles tendon problems are very common in athletes. If you experience pain or stiffness in your heel, don't ignore it. Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of your Achilles tendon, can eventually cause a rupture in the tendon if you don't stay off your feet. Ruptures can also occur suddenly if you're involved in an activity that involves running or jumping. Immobilizing your foot and ankle in a cast or brace, in addition to using a heel lift and participating in physical therapy, can be helpful. In some cases, you may also need surgery.

Heel pain is also common if you have retrocalcaneal bursitis. Steroid injections, physical therapy or ultrasound treatment may help decrease your pain and help you get back to your sport or activity.

Proper treatment is essential when you suffer a sports injury. If you're probably isn't getting better, call Podiatry Associates of Houston in Houston, TX, at one of these offices: Chimney Rock (713) 467-0287, Memorial City (713) 467-1299, Katy (281) 579-0186 or Willowbrook (832) 912-7792.

By Podiatry Associates of Houston
February 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain and arch pain is commonly caused by inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is this inflammation of the heel painconnective tissue known as the plantar fascia. This connective tissue stretches from the base of the toes down the arch of the foot to the heel. At Podiatry Associates of Houston in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy and Willowbrook, TX, with the help of Dr. David Blumfield your arch or heel pain can be resolved once and for all.

Causes of Heel Pain

This occurs when the foot rolls inward constantly when walking or running. This causes the foot to flatten, lengthens the arch and puts added strains on the plantar fascia itself. Over a period of time, this causes inflammation and then heel pain.

Some risk factors leading to heel pain include:

  1. Age
  2. Intense activity
  3. Genetics
  4. Overweightness/Obesity
  5. Certain jobs (on feet for extended period of time)

A podiatry office in the Houston area can offer an in-depth heel consultation that provides treatment options for your heel pain. The most successful treatment plan for heel or arch pain is one that is customized for each particular patient.

Treatment Options for Heel Pain in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy and Willowbrook

Firstly, rest is the best treatment option as it allows the inflammation to reduce in the foot. Other conservative measures such as anti-inflammatory medications, stretching and icing has helped some patients. However, in more severe cases, orthotics and physical therapy may be necessary. For the most extreme cases, a treatment method known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment may be used to treat your heel pain.

Podiatry Associates of Houston with the help of Dr. Blumfield can offer you a thorough consultation that seeks to provide pain relief. For more information on our heel pain treatment options, call one of our Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy and Willowbrook, TX, podiatry offices in the Houston area today.

By Podiatry Associates of Houston
December 07, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Find out how to manage your bunion symptoms and when to know whether surgery is necessary.

Many people have bunions, but catching it early is key to preventing the issue from getting worse. Of course, symptoms can still arise with a bunion. If pain or other problems are making it difficult to just go about your daily tasks, our Houston, TX, podiatrists have the answers for how to ease bunion issues and keep your feet feeling their best.

Examine Your Shoes

One reason you could be dealing with a bunion in the first place is because you have poorly fitted shoes that don’t give your toes room to wiggle and move. If your feet feel bunched up whenever you put on your shoes, this could certainly make your condition worse. Always make sure you are wearing the right size. If you aren’t sure what size shoes you should wear, it’s a good time to see someone for a proper fitting.

While our Houston foot doctors may recommend avoiding heels whenever possible, if you love your heels and hate to part with them, then it is strongly encouraged that you give your feet frequent breaks from wearing heels. For example, wear sneakers when traveling to and from the office.

Ice Your Foot

If you are dealing with pain and swelling around the bunion, these symptoms can be absolutely miserable. Fortunately, icing the joint can help to ease both of these problems. Always wrap an ice pack in a towel before placing over exposed skin. Apply the ice for up to 15 minutes before removing. You can do this a couple times a day to provide relief.

Medications

OK, so taking medications for your bunion symptoms can be a bit trickier. If you are only experiencing minor discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers should provide the relief you need. Of course, if you are experiencing more serious or persistent pain, it might be time to talk to our foot specialists in Houston about prescription pain relievers. In patients with severe pain, steroid injections can sometimes be the best way to alleviate swelling and discomfort caused by bunions.

Wear a Bunion Pad

If you find that your bunion rubs against your shoes and causes irritation, then it’s time to purchase a bunion pad. These can easily be found at your local drugstore and can be applied over the bunion to protect it from further discomfort, particularly when wearing shoes.

While these measures can certainly go a long way to managing your bunion symptoms it will not actually remove or eliminate the bunion. The only way to truly get rid of a bunion is through surgery, which isn’t often recommended unless the problem is severe enough or if other treatment options haven’t worked.

If you are dealing with severe bunion pain that is affecting your daily life, then it’s time you turned to Podiatry Associates of Houston right away for the treatment you deserve to get back on your feet again.

By Podiatry Associates of Houston
October 10, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Has your life become less active due to chronic ankle pain? A total ankle replacement may ease your pain. Dr. David Blumfield, Dr. ankle replacementMichael Mineo, Dr. Jorge Matuk, Dr. Maria Buitrago and Dr. Douglas Hansen--your Houston, TX podiatrists--explain when an ankle replacement is a good treatment option.

When is ankle replacement surgery needed?

Ankle replacement surgery is typically performed if you suffer from ankle arthritis. Arthritis can develop gradually over the years due to normal wear and tear on your joints or may occur years after you experienced an ankle injury. The problem occurs when the cartilage at the ends of the bones in your ankle joint wears away. Cartilage helps your bones move together smoothly and painlessly. When it disappears, every step you take can be painful. Surgery is usually needed when other treatment methods, such as medication and physical therapy, no longer help.

What is an ankle replacement?

During surgery, the cartilage at the end of the tibia and talus bones are replaced with metal on polyethylene bearings. In the past, the only option for people who have arthritis was to fuse the ankle bones together. While this procedure did help, it reduced the range of motion in the joint. Ankle replacement surgery offers an innovative way to reduce pain, improve the function of the joint and provide more motion than fusion surgery.

Am I a good candidate for ankle replacement surgery in Houston?

Your doctor will determine if ankle replacement surgery is a good choice for you after evaluating your ankle and reviewing test results. The surgery may be recommended if:

  • You are in good health.
  • Your ankle isn't misaligned or deformed or is only slightly deformed.
  • Your talus bone is healthy.
  • You have good blood flow to your leg.
  • You don't have neuropathy or an infection in your ankle.
  • You are not overweight.

Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for ankle replacement surgery? Call Dr. Blumfield, Dr. Mineo, Dr. Matuk, Dr. Buitrago and Dr. Hansen--your Houston, TX podiatrists--today!





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