Podiatry Blog
By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES OF HOUSTON
April 19, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

How your podiatrists in Houston, TX, can help with bunions

If you have noticed a large bony bump on the side of your big toe, chances are that you have a bunion. These foot deformities are caused Bunionsby the friction of toes rubbing against the inside of shoes, a presence that causes continual irritation, and eventually, bunion formation.

For those of you with bunions, there is good news is: the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston offer several effective treatments to relieve bunion pain and get rid of the condition altogether! With several convenient office locations in Houston and Woodlands, Texas, we are here to help you and your feet feel better!

 

More about Bunions

Bunions are a common problem. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over half of the women in the United States have suffered from them! If you have a small bunion, there are a few things you can do to get relief. You can try:

  • Placing an ice pack on the bunion several times during the day
  • Using padding or inserts inside your shoes
  • Taping your foot and toe to support the bunion
  • Switching to wider, more supportive shoes
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication

Large bunions can cause severe pain, so it’s best to seek out professional treatment from a podiatrist if you have one. At Podiatry Associates of Houston, your podiatrist will perform a comprehensive examination of your foot so as to determine the level of bone involvement. Your podiatrist will also develop an individualized treatment plan which may include:

  • Custom-fit padding to reduce friction
  • Custom-fit footwear to reduce irritation
  • Custom-fit orthotics to stabilize your toe
  • Removing corns or calluses on your feet
  • Exercises and physical therapy to increase mobility
  • Night splints to help realign your toe and foot
  • Surgery to remove the bunion and realign your toe

If you suffer from bunion pain, get some help from your podiatrist! You and your feet deserve the best treatment, so just pick up your phone and call the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston in Houston, Texas. Get relief from bunion pain by calling now!

Chimney Rock: (713) 666-0287

Memorial City: (713) 467-1299

Katy: (281) 579-0186

Willowbrook: (832) 912-7792

Woodlands: (281) 849-9891

By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES OF HOUSTON
February 25, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sports injuries  

Have a sports injury? Sports injuries are injuries that occur while you exercise or play sports. The most common sports injuries are Sport Injuryfractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, and Achilles tendon injuries. Led by Dr. Jorge Matuk, Dr. David Blumfield, Dr. Douglas Hansen, and Dr. Adi Schroit Akerman, Podiatry Associates of Houston (offices in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX) offers a full range of podiatric services. Read on to find out how your podiatrist can help with your sports injuries.

Immobilization- Immobilization can reduce muscle swelling, pain, and muscle spasms. prevent further damage by reducing movement. For example, a cast or splint may be used to immobilize your injured foot, ankle or leg while you heal. Sometimes splints are used immediately following an injury due to inflammation of the affected area. After the inflammation goes down, then a full cast might be applied to the injured limb.

Physical Therapy- Physical therapy is sometimes used to treat sports injuries. Your treatment program may include hands-on therapy, and therapeutic exercises, in which you gradually strengthen the muscles. You may also work into stretching exercises, done on a daily basis. Hands-on therapy or treatments like electrical stimulation and ultrasound can help reduce pain and restore joint and muscle function. Such therapies also prevent pain from returning.

Steroid Injections- Corticosteroid injections, also called steroid injections, are often used to treat sports injuries because they work quickly to reduce swelling and pain. The injections usually comprise a numbing medicine and corticosteroid medication. You can get corticosteroid injections at your podiatrist's office. Corticosteroid injections are only given by healthcare professionals.

Surgical Procedure- Your doctor may recommend surgery for your injury if your symptoms are severe. Most sports injuries do not require corrective treatment, but severe sports injuries such as badly broken bones may require surgical treatment. This may include an operation to fix the bones with wires, screws, plates, or rods. Certain other injuries may also require surgical treatment.

Life always offers you another chance to get yourself back on track. It's called today. Call one of Podiatry Associates of Houston's offices to schedule an appointment- Chimney Rock: 713.666.0287; Memorial City: 713.467.1299; Katy: 281.579.0186; Willowbrook: 832.912.7792; Woodlands: 281.849.9891. We will get you back in the game in no time!

By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES OF HOUSTON
December 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Is heel pain happening to you more often than you would like?

Is heel pain making it impossible to lace up those sneakers and go on your morning run? If so, then you may want to read on to find out what’s going on, how to treat this problem and when it’s time to turn to our Houston podiatrists for medical care.

The two most common causes of heel pain are inflammatory conditions known as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Usually, you can tell which one is causing your symptoms by the location of your pain. For example, if you are experiencing pain in the bottom of your heel then it’s most likely caused by plantar fasciitis. If the pain is located above the heel then it might be Achilles tendonitis.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Heel spurs
  • Bursitis (inflammation of the joints)
  • Achilles tendon rupture (this is considered a medical emergency)
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
  • Certain types of arthritis (symptoms will appear gradually over time)

When You Should See a Doctor

If you’ve never experienced heel pain before it’s important that you turn to a foot care specialist in Houston who will be able to properly diagnose the issue and provide you with the best course of action. If plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis is causing your heel pain these two problems will often just go away on their own with proper at-home care and rest.

Of course, it is important that you seek medical attention right away under these circumstances:

  • If you are experiencing severe pain or swelling near or around the heel
  • If you are unable to bend your foot
  • If your heel pain is the result of an injury
  • If your pain is accompanied by a fever
  • If you also notice numbness or tingling in the affected heel

It’s also a good idea to visit a foot doctor if your heel pain doesn’t seem to get better with at-home care, if it keeps getting worse or if it’s difficult or painful to put weight on the foot.

Don’t let heel pain bench you or affect your daily routine. If heel pain isn’t responding to at-home care then it’s time to turn to our foot and ankle specialists offering comprehensive care to the Chimney Rock, Memorial Park, Katy, Willowbrook and Woodlands, TX, areas. Call Podiatry Associates of Houston today.

By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES OF HOUSTON
October 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Treatment  

What your podiatrists in Houston, Texas want you to know

Bunion TreatmentBunions can be very painful and having a bunion can limit your ability to walk, stand, and enjoy your life. So, what can you do about a bunion? The podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston want to share the facts about bunions and how to relieve bunion pain. They have four convenient office locations in the Houston area including Chimney Rock, Katy, Memorial City, and Willowbrook, Texas to help heal your feet.

A bunion appears as a large, bony bump on the side of your big toe. Bunions are much more common in women because women often wear shoes that are too narrow, crushing the toes. High heels add to the problem by pushing the toes forward, putting even more pressure on them. The continued friction and pressure of your big toe pushing against the inside of your shoe causes a bunion.

If you are experiencing bunion pain, there are some simple tips you can follow which may provide relief. You can try:

  • Switching to wider shoes with more room for your toes
  • Taping the bunion to add more support
  • Placing pads or inserts inside your shoes

For larger bunions causing significant discomfort, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Professional treatment for a bunion can get you back on your feet quickly. Some common professional treatments to treat bunion pain, reduce or eliminate bunions include:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear to provide support
  • Night splints to help realign your foot and toe joint
  • Physical therapy and stretching to increase flexibility and mobility

In cases of severe bone deformity, your podiatrist may suggest bunion surgery to realign your toe and foot. Your podiatrist may suggest removing some of the bone and tissue in your toe or fusing your toe joints to surgically straighten your big toe and foot.

Your podiatrist can help you deal with bunion pain and regain your mobility. All it takes to get help is to call the podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston, with offices in Chimney Rock, Katy, Memorial City, and Willowbrook, Texas. Call today!

By PODIATRY ASSOCIATES OF HOUSTON
August 21, 2018
Category: Podiatry

Arthritis can quickly affect your quality of life and cause problems performing simple, everyday tasks. Depending on its location, arthritistotal ankle recovery can even cause issues walking and standing. Treating severe ankle arthritis often requires a total ankle replacement. However, understanding your options and when a total ankle replacement becomes necessary can help you take action to overcome your condition and get back on your feet. Find out more about total ankle replacement and what it could mean for you with Podiatry Associates of Houston with four Houston locations in the Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, and Willowbrook, TX, areas.

When is a total ankle replacement necessary? 
Your doctor will suggest a total replacement if the pain from your arthritis begins affecting your daily life and the tasks you perform throughout the day. When the pain is no longer managed by over-the-counter medications or a brace, your doctor may suggest surgery. As with any operation, there are certain risks to undergoing total ankle replacement, but the procedure is generally considered safe and effective after about 25 years of use.

What can I expect from a total ankle replacement? 
The surgery itself takes about two and a half hours, during which you will be completely asleep with the help of general anesthesia. Your doctor will make several small incisions on the front and side of the ankle, then replace the ankle’s joint. After your procedure, you will stay in the hospital for up to three days to recover. You may leave once you can safely walk with crutches or a walker. You will receive medications to manage your pain and undergo physical therapy to ensure that your ankle replacement works properly and strengthen the muscles around it.

Total ankle replacement in Houston, TX 
If you think you could benefit from a total ankle replacement, you should consult with your podiatrist to ensure that this is the best form of treatment for you. For more information on arthritis or total ankle replacements, please contact your podiatrist at Podiatry Associates of Houston with four Houston locations in the Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, and Willowbrook, TX, areas. Call 713-666-0287 to schedule your appointment at the Chimney Rock location, 713-467-1299 to schedule your appointment at the Memorial City location, 281-579-0186 to schedule your appointment at the Katy location, or 832-912-7792 to schedule your appointment at the Willowbrook location today!





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