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Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge or corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, swelling, and potential infection. Typically affecting the big toe, ingrown toenails can result from a variety of factors. Improper nail trimming, such as rounding the corners or cutting them too short, increases the likelihood of ingrowth. Wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels can exert pressure on the toes, contributing to the development of ingrown nails. Additionally, injury or trauma to the toe, genetic predisposition, and underlying health conditions like fungal infections or diabetes can elevate the risk. Ignoring ingrown toenails can lead to complications, including infections that may require medical intervention. Seeking timely attention from a podiatrist for ingrown toenails can help alleviate discomfort and prevent potential complications. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer successful treatment options, which may include minor surgery for relief.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM of Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Experiencing numbness or tingling in your feet is not a sensation to be ignored, as it often indicates an underlying issue that requires attention. Common causes of foot numbness can include neuropathy, which can result from conditions such as diabetes, nerve injuries, or pressure on spinal nerves. Peripheral arterial disease, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and thyroid disorders are also potential contributors to neuropathy. Additionally, medication side effects, exposure to toxic substances like lead or alcohol, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, electrolyte imbalances, and vitamin deficiencies can affect nerve function, which may lead to numbness. Ignoring numbness, tingling, and a burning sensation in the feet may lead to further complications. By seeking timely evaluation and treatment, you can address the underlying cause of numbness and prevent potential long-term consequences, ensuring your mobility and overall well-being. If you are experiencing frequent numbness or tingling in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who is medically trained to manage this condition. 

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Abeer M. Foteh, DPM from Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Selecting the appropriate footwear is essential for a comfortable and effective power walking experience. Look for shoes specifically designed for walking, as they offer the necessary support and cushioning for prolonged activity. Opt for lightweight yet durable materials that allow breathability and flexibility, ensuring optimal comfort and performance. Consider shoes with ample cushioning in the heel and forefoot to absorb impact and reduce strain on the feet and joints. Look for a supportive midsole that provides stability and helps maintain proper alignment during each stride. Additionally, prioritize shoes with a roomy toe box to accommodate natural foot swelling and movement while minimizing the risk of blisters and discomfort. A supportive arch and a secure lacing system are also vital for a snug and stable fit. Take the time to try on different styles and brands, and pay attention to how each pair feels during walking movements. Investing in high-quality shoes that meet your specific needs can minimize the risk of discomfort or injury. Consult a podiatrist if you are seeking more information about what to look for while buying shoes.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Abeer M. Foteh, DPM from Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

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

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Sesamoiditis, a condition affecting the tiny sesamoid bones just below the big toe, can be a source of discomfort for many. The primary cause of sesamoiditis is repetitive stress on these small bones, often incurred during activities such as running and dancing, that involve increased pressure on the forefoot. Additionally, wearing high-heeled shoes or participating in sports that require frequent push-off movements can contribute to the development of sesamoiditis. Recognizing the symptoms, which include pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot, is vital for timely intervention. Diagnosing sesamoiditis involves a comprehensive examination by a podiatrist. Clinical evaluation, including assessing the range of motion and palpating the affected area, is key. Imaging studies like X-rays may be employed to visualize the sesamoid bones and confirm the diagnosis. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can diagnose and offer correct treatment for this condition.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM of Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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