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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
July 28, 2015
Category: General
Tags: Pregnancy   Feet   edema   swollen  

Since its publication in 1984, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” has been the seminal book on pregnancy for millions of mothers-to-be. Written that year by Heidi Murkoff—and updated several times with new revisions—the book is a source of information and comfort for an estimated 93% of pregnant women who turn to guides. Even if you don’t pick up a book, there are certainly things you expect during those months of waiting, like random food cravings, emotional roller coaster rides, and the always fashionable “baby bump.” What you might not expect, however, is swollen feet from edema.

Edema is a condition often accompanying pregnancy that results in puffy feet. In addition to swelling, you can also experience skin that is stretched, shiny, or capable of retaining a dimple when you press on it for a couple of seconds. The condition is often mild, but it still can cause discomfort in your feet and ankles.

Fortunately, you can find relief from the discomfort with the following tips:

  • Move around. When your feet are uncomfortable, moving around may seem like the last thing you want to do, but this can actually be quite helpful. As you move and use the muscles in your legs and feet, excess fluid that has built up can be pumped back up toward your heart. If you need assistance with specific exercises, just let us know and we will be glad to help.
  • Elevate your feet. Keeping the swollen feet above the level of your heart at various points during the course of the day can help. Even better is propping your feet up on pillows when you sleep at night.
  • Get a foot rub. Massaging the problem area with firm pressure and strokes towards your heart may help guide the excess fluid out of the feet and ankles. If you’ve ever needed a reason for your partner to give you a good foot rub, this certainly qualifies.
  • Wear compression socks. These are designed to maintain pressure on the feet and ankles, which should prevent excessive levels of fluids from building up.

If puffy feet are getting you down, contact Houston Foot Specialists today and we will help. Our office can provide additional information and tips, or any foot or ankle care you might need, so give us a call at (713) 467-8886 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
July 22, 2015
Category: Surgery
Tags: Neuroma   Surgery   Recovery  

For many people, almost nothing is as thoroughly planned out as their wedding. The options for florists, pastry chefs, and venues for ceremonies and receptions is almost staggering for couples performing their nuptials in Houston, but knowing what to expect and planning ahead can help make your special day more pleasurable. In a similar fashion, knowing what to expect from neuroma surgery recovery can help you make plans to help the whole procedure go more smoothly.

Expectations for recovery from a neuroma surgery can vary a bit based upon such factors as the actual procedure used, the severity of the condition, and how quickly you normally heal. Typically, if the incision was made on the bottom of the foot you will need to use crutches for up the first three weeks after the procedure. In cases where the incision was on the top, you can expect to keep a gauze dressing on the area for roughly 10-14 days. During this period, it is best that you keep the foot dry to prevent the risk of infection.

Activities will need to be limited and it is best to keep the foot elevated as much as possible. We may prescribe a post-operative shoe for limited walking, but this might take up to three weeks following the surgery before it can be worn comfortably.

Neuroma surgery is the same as any surgical procedure in the fact that there are possible complications that can arise. These include excessive swelling, delays in healing, continued pain, and even infection. As a note, swelling, pain, and delayed healing are most commonly attributed to walking more than we recommend during the recovery period. It is always important to heed doctor instructions when recovering from a surgical procedure, and this is no exception.

When you suffer from the pain and discomfort that often accompany a neuroma, it can help to know that you have experts working for you. Here at Houston Foot Specialists, that is exactly what you will find—skilled professionals who not only have the know-how, but also keep your health and wellbeing at the center of everything they do. Schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX office and receive the first-class care and treatment you need. Call (713) 467-8886 or use our online form to contact us today.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
July 14, 2015
Category: Foot Problems
Tags: Neuroma   Surgery   Pain   morton's  

Our great city has so much to offer with regard to experiences and things to do. When you have incredible options like exploring the Houston Museum District and checking out any of the 18 different institutions—including The Museum of Fine Arts, which is one of the nation’s largest art museums—you don’t want something like forefoot pain holding you back. Here at Houston Foot Specialists, we can provide the treatment for this condition, but it’s important to understand that it may take neuroma surgery to truly alleviate your pain.

When you experience abnormal tingling sensations, burning pain, or numbness in your forefoot, it is rather likely that you have a Morton’s neuroma. Additionally, you may periodically feel as though you have a pebble in your shoe or sock, when there isn’t anything in there. This happens as a result of injury, irritation, or pressure on one of your nerves found in the front of your foot.

Nonsurgical treatment for this condition includes wearing foot pads or arch supports, using ice massages, taking the anti-inflammatory medication we prescribe, and simply resting or reducing activities for a period of time. These might help the situation for a while, but there is a chance you will need surgery as well.

We only consider nerve surgery after exhausting the nonsurgical treatments, or in some cases where the pain is quite severe. This is an outpatient procedure, which means you do not have to stay overnight, and typically takes less than half an hour. In this process, we remove the affected nerve, which is often successful in fixing the problem. It is important to understand that there is a chance your affected toes may become permanently numb afterwards, but we will discuss this as you evaluate your options.

If it sounds like a Morton’s neuroma is the possible explanation for those strange sensations or the sharp, shooting pain you’ve been experiencing in your feet, come in and talk with our experts. We can offer a diagnosis and then create an effective treatment plan for you. As we evaluate your particular situation, it might turn out that neuroma surgery is the best option. Should this be the case, you can find comfort in the fact that you are always in good hands here at Houston Foot Specialists. Contact us by calling (713) 467-8886 or schedule your appointment at our office online today.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
July 07, 2015
Category: Nail Problems
Tags: Fungus   fungal   nail   tips   prevent  

Fungal nails is a rather unpleasant condition. It causes discoloration, brittleness, and leaves your toenails crumbly. Besides, no one wants to think about the fact that he or she has fungus growing on his or her body. Fortunately, you can do several things to prevent fungal nail infections and reduce your risk of having to deal with this problem.

It is important to know that treatment options are available if you have an existing case. Here at Houston Foot Specialists, we help patients who are affected with toenail fungus. Of course, you would rather prevent the condition than need to treat it, so use the following steps to help keep your nails fungus-free:

  • Wash your feet daily. Use a mild soap and warm water to wash away any microorganisms, including the fungi that can wreak havoc on your toenails. Be sure to get all areas of your feet, especially the soles and between the toes.
  • Keep them dry. After showering or bathing, dry your feet thoroughly. Fungi thrive in warm and damp environments, which can describe a foot that hasn’t been dried completely and then is stuck inside a sock and shoe. If any of your activities during the course of the day cause your feet to become damp, take appropriate measures to dry them again.
  • Change your socks. In addition to wearing clean socks daily, have a change of socks handy if you know that your feet are going to become sweaty or damp. This is especially important to keep in mind if you will be working out or suffer from hyperhidrosis – a condition that causes excessive sweating.
  • Protect your feet. Since fungi and bacteria are more likely to be found in warm, damp environment, wear shower shoes or sandals on the decks of indoor pools, in gym locker rooms, and when using communal shower areas.

These prevention methods can be quite effective, but keep in mind that a fungal nail infection will not go away on its own. If you already have one, it will need to be treated. Home care, which typically entails the use of over-the-counter antifungal products, may prove to be successful for mild cases. If you require stronger treatment, like prescription medication or laser therapy, Houston Foot Specialists is here to help. Schedule your appointment online or give us a call today at (713) 467-8886.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
July 01, 2015
Category: Nail Problems
Tags: Fungus   Toenail   nails   fungal  

No one wants to know that they have fungus growing on their body. The thought alone is enough to make most people shudder. When it comes to toenail fungus, understanding the risk factors enables you to take the appropriate measures to prevent this from happening to you.

Anyone who has toenails could potentially suffer from this condition, but risk factors that increase the odds of developing fungal nails include:

  • Frequent or heavy sweating. Fungal conditions are directly related to damp feet, so individuals who sweat often or perspire heavily have a heightened risk.
  • Damp or humid work environments. When a job exposes an individual to humid, damp environments on a frequent basis, he or she faces greater odds of developing a fungal infection.
  • Being male. Men tend to be more predisposed to this condition than women, which is often a result of career choices. Jobs that require substantial physical demands—which typically leads to sweaty feet—are more frequently filled with males.
  • Old age. The additional years’ worth of exposure to fungi, coupled with reduced blood flow, makes it more likely that an older person will have developed nail fungus than someone who is younger.
  • Medical conditions. Diabetes, circulatory issues, and weakened immune systems make it harder for the body to fight off infection.

If any of those factors applies to you, fear not! They don’t guarantee that you will get a fungal infection, only that you are more likely. That’s a key distinction. Knowing that you have a greater risk means that you can direct your attention to preventative measures like:

  • Keeping your feet dry.
  • Choosing socks that wick away moisture – like those made from nylon, polypropylene, and wool.
  • Wearing clean socks every day.
  • Wearing shower shoes or sandals in public places like gym locker rooms, pool decks, and communal showering areas.

The preventative methods for keeping toenail fungus at bay can certainly decrease your odds of developing an infection, but it is difficult to eliminate all risk. Should you develop a case of fungal toenails, Houston Foot Specialists can provide the care and treatment you need. Simply contact our Houston, TX office by calling (713) 467-8886 or schedule your appointment online and we will get started on restoring your nails to their natural, healthy condition.

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