Podiatry Blog
March 16, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Nerve Pain  

Your podiatrists in Woodlands, and Houston, TX, can help when you have nerve pain.

If you’ve ever suffered from nerve pain, you know how it can affect your life, especially when the nerve pain is in your feet. Nerve pain, also called neuropathy, commonly affects diabetic patients. The good news is, your podiatrist can help you and your feet feel better.

Your podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston offer comprehensive foot and ankle care, including treatment for diabetic nerve pain. We have several convenient office locations in Woodlands, and Houston, TX, to help you get relief from nerve pain.

Your nervous system can be impaired as a result of diabetes, including the nerves in your feet. You may feel a loss of sensation in your feet, which can result in you not feeling pain. People who suffer from diabetic neuropathy are more prone to injuring their feet and not realizing it.

Because of the increased risk of injury, people suffering from diabetic neuropathy are advised to:

  • Always wear protective, comfortable shoes, and don’t go barefoot
  • Don’t use very hot water, electric blankets, or walk on hot surfaces because you can burn your feet and not feel it
  • Check your feet often for sores, blisters, or cuts
  • If you have open injuries, apply antibiotic cream and bandage the area to guard against infection

When you have diabetes, you should seek out the help of your podiatrist regularly, especially when you suffer nerve pain. Your podiatrist can help you get pain relief by recommending:

  • Topical medications or pain-relieving patches
  • Oral medications including anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, or anticonvulsants
  • Wearing an electrical device like a TENS unit which can block pain signals
  • Anesthesia injections to block nerve pain
  • Surgical options for relief of severe nerve pain

To find out more about the causes and treatment of nerve pain, talk to the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston. You can reach us at one of our convenient locations in The Woodlands, and Houston, TX, by dialing the following numbers:

Chimney Rock: 713.666.0287
Memorial City: 713.467.1299
Katy: 281.579.0186
Willowbrook: 832.912.7792
Woodlands: 281.849.9891

Call now, and get relief from nerve pain!

March 15, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Replacement  

An ankle replacement from your podiatrists in Woodlands, and Houston, TX, can get you on your feet again.

If your ankles are weak and unstable, it can be a scary experience. You might be unable to move if your ankles don’t form a firm foundation underneath you to carry your weight. Ankle instability can be caused by a number of issues, but the good news is, your podiatrist is an expert at ankle replacement surgery.

Your podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston offer a wide range of services to care for your feet and ankles, including ankle replacement surgery. We have several convenient locations in Woodlands, and Houston, TX, so don't hesitate to contact us.

How Does Ankle Replacement Surgery Work?

You may need an ankle replacement if:

  • You have fractured your ankle from an accident or injury
  • Your ankle is infected from an injury or medical condition
  • Your ankle has degenerated from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

Before your ankle surgery, you will be given a sedative. If you have chosen general anesthesia, you will be asleep throughout the procedure. If you have chosen spinal anesthesia, you may be awake, but you won’t feel anything below your waist.

Ankle replacement surgery works by replacing the damaged cartilage and bone in the ankle joint with a prosthetic ankle joint. Then, you will need to wear a splint or cast and should elevate your ankle to decrease swelling. You will need to avoid placing weight on your ankle for a short time and use crutches to help you walk.

You will also see a physical therapist who will provide an exercise plan which will help you gain more ankle strength and flexibility. After ankle replacement surgery, you can expect increased range-of-motion, flexibility, stability, and better mobility.

To find out more about how ankle replacement surgery works and what it can do for you, call the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston. You can reach us at one of our convenient locations in the Woodlands, and Houston, TX, by dialing the following numbers:

Chimney Rock: 713.666.0287
Memorial City: 713.467.1299
Katy: 281.579.0186
Willowbrook: 832.912.7792
Woodlands: 281.849.9891

Call now, and get back on your feet!

November 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Discover the simple strategies that will have you easing your bunion symptoms in no time.

If your family has a history of bunions, then chances are fairly good that this is something that you’ll also develop gradually over the years. While bunions can be a real nuisance, our Houston, TX, podiatrists offer up solutions and strategies to reduce bunion pain and to prevent the bunion from getting larger.

Here are some simple ways to treat bunions without resorting to surgery:

Get Exercising

No, we don’t mean exercise in the traditional pound-the-pavement sense. We mean therapeutic exercises for your feet that can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the bunion. Everything from toe circles and toe curls to rolling a tennis ball under the arches of your feet every day can help ease foot pain and stiffness.

Conquer the Pain

The main goal of bunion treatment is to manage bunion pain successfully without having to resort to surgery. The best way to do this is by turning to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications that you can simply purchase over the counter. Along with pain meds, you may also want to apply an ice pack to the bunion for up to 15 minutes at a time to reduce pain and swelling.

Provide Protection

Since a bunion causes the joint at the base of the big toe to jut out, this makes it more likely that it will rub against shoes when walking or running. Over time, this can lead to a painful callus. To prevent this from happening you may wish to apply a non-medicated pad over the bunion before slipping into your shoes.

Choose the Right Shoes

One of the first things our Houston podiatrists will recommend when it comes to caring for bunions yourself is making sure you are wearing the appropriate footwear. Shoes that have high heels or pointed toes are going to bunch up your toes and make your bunion pain worse. It’s important that you get properly fitted for any shoes that you wear and that you toss out worn shoes that won’t provide you with the cushioning and support you need.

Podiatry Associates of Houston is happy to provide you with the treatment you need to manage your bunions properly. We have offices in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, Willowbrook, and Woodlands, TX, to better serve you. To schedule an appointment with us to discuss your bunion treatment options, call us at (713) 666-0287, (713) 467-1299, (281) 579-0186, (832) 912-7792, or (281) 849-9891.

November 20, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sports Injury  

Know when to see a podiatrist for your sports-related foot and ankle injuries.

You probably don’t think about it often, but your feet are a crucial part of being physically active. While exercise is incredibly good for health and wellbeing, it can also take quite the toll on your feet and ankles. It’s important to recognize what sports injuries and symptoms warrant seeing our Houston, TX, podiatrists for treatment.

What are the most common sports injuries?

While our Houston podiatrists see a lot of sports injuries day in and day out at the office, there are some fairly common ones that are worth noting. For one, ankle sprains make it to the top of the list. In fact, about 25,000 Americans sprain their ankles every day!

Along with sprained ankles, we also see,

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Turf toe and broken toes
  • Shin splints

How do I handle a sports injury?

It’s important that you take time to rest and that you don’t rush back into playing any sports until you have had time to heal. This may only take a couple of days, depending on the type and severity of your injury. Along with rest, it’s important to ice, elevate and apply compression. While you will want to avoid most physical activities, you may choose to stretch or perform certain therapeutic exercises that can help improve mobility and functionality in the feet and ankles.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you don’t see pain and inflammation going away within 24 hours of rest and home care, then it’s time to see one of our podiatrists. It’s also important that you see a podiatrist right away if,

  • You are dealing with severe pain or swelling
  • You can’t put weight on the injured foot
  • You notice changes in the structure or shape of your foot or ankle
  • You heard a snapping or popping sound at the time of injury
  • You notice numbness, weakness or tingling in the foot or ankle

Podiatry Associates of Houston provides treatment and care to patients dealing with everything from sports injuries to arthritis in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, Willowbrook and Woodlands, TX. If you need to schedule an evaluation with us for a sports-related injury, call (713) 666-0287 for the Chimney Rock office, (713) 467-1299 for the Memorial City office, (281) 579-0186 for the Katy office, (832) 912-7792 for the Willowbrook office, or (281) 849-9891 for the Woodlands office.

By Podiatry Associates
October 09, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Healthy feet and ankles will take you anywhere you need to go. This is particularly true if you play sports. All that running, pivoting, turning, twisting, and jumping you do in various sports would be virtually impossible if you have unhealthy ankles and feet. However, it’s not just those sweat-inducing and fast-paced sports that require cooperation from your ankles and feet. Even leisure sports or walking could become immensely uncomfortable or painful with an injured ankle or foot.

Here at Podiatry Associates in Houston, TX, our podiatrist, Dr. David Blumfield, treats various sports injuries to ensure that our patients can play and move without pain.

How We Treat and Manage Sports Injuries of The Ankles and Feet

Whether you’re dealing with blisters, Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, overuse injuries, hammertoes, or foot and ankle fractures, tears, or sprains, your treatment plan will be built around the specific nature and extent of your condition.

For instance, for mild ankle sprains, patients may only need OTC anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications to combat swelling. These may likewise be combined with wrapping, resting, elevating, and icing the injured ankle until patients are ready for rehabilitation. On the other hand, moderate to severe ankle injuries might need more potent pain relief and orthotics, such as a walking boot or brace for immobilizing the ankle to aid in healing the damaged ligaments.

Rarely, for individuals with severe injuries or repeated ankle injuries, they might require surgical intervention for repairing significantly torn or stretched tendons as well as restoring joint stability. Put simply, regardless of your condition or sports injury, your podiatrist in our Houston, TX, office will likewise spend time assessing your feet and ankles’ structure, activity and sports habits, and footwear.

All these will give us the information we require for developing your rehab and physical therapy plan that will help you recover safely and faster, with reduced chances of injury recurrence. We will likewise guide you on safe and proper home exercises and techniques that will aid in keeping your feet and ankles healthy.

The Importance of Custom Orthotics

One of the most useful preventive and treatment tool podiatrists use for managing all kinds of foot and ankle injuries is custom orthotics. These can come in the form of shoe inserts, cushions, paddings, braces, and casts, and essentially reduce a person’s pain by supporting and, in some cases, correcting various structural irregularities.

Every single orthotic device is crafted from an impression of the injured ankle or foot and with durable material that could provide you long-lasting and potent pain relief and support.

For Advice, Concerns, or Questions About Sports Injuries, Speak to Us

Arrange an appointment with Dr. David Blumfield here at Podiatry Associates in Houston, TX by calling us today!

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