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December 2019

Monday, 30 December 2019 00:00

Where Does a Bunion Develop?

Many people who enjoy the sport of running are aware of the importance of having a strong lower body. Additionally, when proper running shoes are worn, it may be possible to prevent foot conditions that can include bunions. This is considered to be a deformity, and may hinder running enjoyment and performance. It can occur as a result of wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, and have inadequate room for the toes to move freely in. This may cause the big toe to move toward the other toes, and the bone may protrude on the side of the big toe. This can lead to pain and discomfort, and larger shoes may need to be worn that can accommodate the bunion. If you have developed a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition, and offer advice about the correct shoes to wear.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Eugenio Rivera of Calo Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Bellaire, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

There are many ways to prevent falling in the home. Research has indicated that falling can be a common occurrence among elderly people, which is why it is important for them to implement steps to better prevent this from occurring. It is beneficial to walk at a slower pace, in addition to wearing shoes that fit properly. These types of shoes can include footwear that has a non-slip sole, closed toes, and a cushioned heel area. It may also be helpful to discard older rugs that may have become worn, and to secure any existing rugs to the floor. Many patients also find it useful to install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, which may help in maintaining balance. Additionally, it is wise to have regular eye exams and to improve the lighting in the house in order to help prevent tripping over any potential falling hazards. If you would like general knowledge on the dangers of falling, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide information about how falling can affect the feet.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Eugenio Rivera from Calo Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Bellaire, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 16 December 2019 00:00

What is the Plantar Fascia?

The medical condition that is known as plantar fasciitis is generally accompanied by severe pain and discomfort in the heel. It is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, and if this condition becomes severe, it may become difficult to walk. This band of tissue is located on the bottom of the foot, and its function is to connect the heel to the toes. Additionally, a healthy plantar fascia may prevent the formation of flat feet, as well as provide stability as the patient walks and runs. Inflammation of this portion of tissue can be caused by being overweight, or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Effective treatment methods may consist of taping or massaging the foot. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to help diminish the pain from plantar fasciitis. If you are suffering from this ailment, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the best treatment option for you.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Eugenio Rivera  from Calo Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Bellaire, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 09 December 2019 00:00

Can Flat Feet Cause Pain?

The medical term that is known as flat feet refers to feet that have an absent or low arch. The majority of babies are born without an arch, however it will generally develop as they enter their teenage years. This condition is noticeable when the foot lies completely on the floor. The foot will naturally turn inward in order to grip the floor, which may cause pain and discomfort. The Achilles tendon may become affected as a result of the position of the heel, and this may lead to difficulty with walking. Many patients have found relief when orthotics are worn, which may provide the support that is needed as daily tasks are completed. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly evaluate your condition, and recommend the best treatment option for you.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Eugenio Rivera from Calo Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Bellaire, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 02 December 2019 00:00

Yoga Poses May Help to Strengthen the Toes

The overall feeling of your body may be improved by properly stretching your feet. It is an effective method of keeping them flexible, which can make daily activities easier to accomplish. A popular stretch for the sole of the foot is practiced when a tennis ball is used. It can be placed under the foot and rolled back and forth. This may be helpful in massaging specific pressure points that are located in the bottom of the foot. A yoga pose that is referred to as mountain pose, can be beneficial in keeping the toes strong. This is performed by standing with your weight evenly distributed on both feet, and gently lifting the toes up while keeping the rest of the foot on the floor. Strong ankles can be maintained when the foot is pointed and flexed, which may help to increase mobility. If you would like additional information about the benefits of stretching the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Eugenio Rivera from Calo Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Bellaire, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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