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July 2021

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

Parts of a Running Shoe

If you are a runner looking for the ideal pair of shoes that best fit your specific needs, it may help to have an understanding of the different parts of a running shoe and what they do. The “upper” is any part of the shoe above the sole. When shoe shopping, you should look for shoes with an upper that is smooth and shaped like your foot. The “ankle collar” is the wrap at the top part of the shoe opening. Its function is to hold the heel in place. You should look for an ankle collar that prevents your heel from slipping and sliding and doesn’t irritate the back of your ankle. The “toe box” encompasses the area between the laces and the front of the shoe. Look for a toe box that allows your toes to flex and spread out, without rubbing against it. To learn more about how to find the right running shoes, please consult with a podiatrist.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Maria Buitrago, DPM from Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. 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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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 00:00

Caring For a Heel Injury at Home

Heel pain is one of the most common problems seen by podiatrists. Most heel injuries respond well to conservative treatments and home care methods. If you have injured your heel, it is important to rest the affected foot to avoid putting pressure on the injured heel. Reducing your activity level will help prevent pain while you recover. Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can relieve pain and inflammation. Putting an ice pack wrapped in a towel on your heel for 10 to 20 minutes every few hours can decrease swelling. Your podiatrist may also suggest footwear modifications, orthotics, and stretches to help you recover. For more information about what to do if your heel is injured, please consult with a podiatrist.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Maria Buitrago, DPM of Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. 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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Thursday, 15 July 2021 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

A small percentage of people worldwide develop toenail fungus. Research has indicated the amount of people who are afflicted with this type of fungus can increase as the aging process occurs. Common symptoms many people experience with toenail fungus can include yellowed and brittle nails, and in severe cases, the nail may turn black and fall off. This ailment is caused by a fungus that lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, and is considered to be contagious. These types of areas can include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and surrounding areas. Research has indicated the chances of developing toenail fungus may diminish when appropriate shoes are worn while in these types of environments. If you have symptoms of this type of fungal infection, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can discuss what the best course of treatment is for you.

For more information about treatment, contact Maria Buitrago, DPM of Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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

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Any type of cut on the foot is considered to be a wound. Some are more serious than others, and minor wounds can be treated with surgical tape closures. If the wound is deep, a proper diagnosis can be performed, which generally means having an X-ray taken. This is useful in determining if there is a piece of glass or a rock that was stepped on, and has lodged in the foot. If stitches are needed, it is beneficial to keep the affected area dry in order to help to accelerate the healing process. Wounds that are deep may bleed, and this may lead to a possible infection developing. It is important to notice if the wound changes color, or if the foot becomes numb or weak. If you have a wound on your foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Maria Buitrago, DPM from Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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 care needs.

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Thursday, 01 July 2021 00:00

Can Stretching the Feet Help Flat Feet?

Patients who have soft tissues in their feet may be prone to developing flat feet. It may come from having weak arches, and pain may be noticed while running. Research has shown there may be specific stretches and exercises which can be performed daily that may help flat feet. These can consist of raising and lowering the toes while keeping the foot lying flat on the floor and spreading the toes as wide as possible. These can be practiced alternately, and it can help to perform this several times. An effective stretch can begin with lying on your back, and scrunching the toes toward the floor. This can help to strengthen the muscles in the overall foot. If you would like more information about how to perform stretches for flat feet, please confer with a podiatrist who can recommend the best stretches for you.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Maria Buitrago, DPM from Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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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