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By contactus@houstonfootspecialists.com
November 23, 2015

Children's feet. Nothing changes your life like the birth of a child, especially if you are first-time parents. The experience can be a bit overwhelming, but resources like HoustonNanny.com help. This particular website has compiled a list of “100 of the best resources for Houston parents.” Whether you are looking for first-aid training, childcare, or shops for children’s toys and clothes, the site has you covered.

Of course, the primary concern when it comes to children is their health. This means understanding issues like pediatric flatfoot and knowing when it is cause for concern and when it isn’t.

When your child is young, particularly before the age of 3, it is not unusual for there to be a lack of foot arches. At this time in your child’s development, the arches either haven’t started developing or are obscured by pads of fat – which help provide stability as your young one learns how to walk.

After 3 years of age, your child may have a condition known as flexible flatfoot. The foot appears to be flat while the child is standing, but arches appear when he or she stands on tiptoes. This is not a particularly unusual occurrence and will often resolve itself around 8 years or so. Even when it doesn’t, there might not be any symptoms that cause issues or pain.

When symptoms of flat feet are present in children, they typically include:

  • Tenderness, cramping, or pain in the foot or leg.
  • The heel tilting up on its outside edge.
  • Changes or awkwardness in the gait cycle.
  • Withdrawing from sports and other physical activities that are normally enjoyed.

A case of flatfoot that doesn’t cause pain or any other symptoms will not require treatment. In instances where symptoms are present, the good news is that conservative care is often quite effective. This includes such methods as shoe inserts, custom orthotics, physical therapy, casting, and even simply a solid stretching regimen. Surgical procedures are sometimes used, but this is reserved for rare, severe cases.

If your son or daughter is experiencing pain on account of pediatric flatfoot, or even if you would simply like more information on the subject, contact Houston Foot Specialists. We offer first-class, compassionate care for any foot or ankle condition affecting your child, so schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX office by calling (713) 467-8886 or filling out our online form today.

By Dr. Aleisha Allen, DPM
November 17, 2015
Tags: Foot   care   child   childrens   kids   problems  

We aren’t going out on a limb by saying that most children here in Houston, TX are probably quite aware that the holiday season is coming up. Some are likely dropping hints, whether subtle or not, as to gifts they hope to receive. Popular choices for this season include everything from Play All Day Elmo to Disney’s Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa, to Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber.

We can safely guarantee something no one wants his or her son or daughter to get this holiday season, though, is one of the common child foot problems we often care for here at Houston Foot Specialists! Fortunately, a little knowledge about prevention and treatment goes a long way towards putting your mind at ease…any time of the year!

As we look at the various child foot problems that can arise, some tend to be more frequently seen than others, including:

Sever’s disease In spite of the name, this condition is not actually a disease, rather it is a matter of difference in growth processes for the heel bone (calcaneus), Achilles tendon, and the calf muscle. The growth plate located in the back of the heel typically reaches physical maturity first, which then creates excessive tension where the Achilles tendon connects to the bone. This can cause child foot pain, especially with physical activity.

Stress fractures These tiny cracks develop when fatigued muscles pass along an overload of physical stress to bones in feet, ankles, or lower legs. Stress fractures can be painful and typically require a child to refrain from favorite physical activities until the injury has healed.

Ingrown toenails Often occurring as the result of faulty nail trimming procedures, ingrown toenails can be a source of pain and infection risk. Some cases also develop when a child wears shoes that are too tight or drops something heavy on his or her foot.

Regardless as to which of these common child foot problems your son or daughter is experiencing, or if he or she is experiencing anything else in a foot or ankle, Houston Foot Specialists is ready to help. We offer an array of conservative, nonsurgical treatments that are often quite effective at relieving kids’ foot pain. Contact our professionals for more information today by calling (713) 467-886 or schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX office online.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
November 03, 2015
Category: Fractures
Tags: Fracture   broken   bone  

Houston, TX is home of one of the top children’s museums in the U.S. The award-winning Children’s Museum of Houston offers programs, activities, and events that are sure to inspire a lifelong passion for learning in the youth of our community. The love of learning is something quite common to most children, and it’s amazing to see when the flames of that passion are fanned by experiences at the children’s museum.

Unfortunately, something else that is rather common for most children is sustaining a broken bone at some time or another. Whether you are a parent or not, it is important to recognize when a bone fracture has occurred. This will allow you to have the injury properly treated, which will pave the way for a full recovery.

Identifying the injury is the first step. When the fracture is the result of a single, physically traumatic event, there will often be pain at the time of occurrence. This is typically worsened when pressure is applied to the area. For broken foot or ankle bones, the pain will make it quite difficult to support bodyweight and walk. This is the body’s natural response to prevent further damage from occurring.

Other signs that enable you to identify a broken bone include bruising in the affected area. There may be deformity in the foot or leg, which likely indicates a fracture that is more complicated in nature.

In some cases, a fractured bone pierces the skin from within and is known as an “open” fracture. Should you identify this particular condition, it is important to seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

If the first step is recognizing a bone fracture, then the second is having our professionals evaluate the condition. There are varying degrees of fractures and it is important that we determine the actual severity and nature of your injury, so we can ensure that everything is lined up and will heal correctly.

Whenever you experience foot or ankle pain, be sure to contact Houston Foot Specialists so you can receive the effective treatment you need. Either reach us online or schedule your appointment by calling our Houston, TX podiatrist at (713) 467-8886 today.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
October 13, 2015
Category: Fractures
Tags: Fracture   ankle   broken   aid  

Whether at the store, haunted house, or in your Houston and Dallas, TX neighborhoods, you probably see many Halloween decorations, including spooky skeletons. Maybe you don’t find them to be creepy—a bony hand emerging from the ground and grabbing an ankle is a terrifying thought, though!—but a broken bone can be scary. When you know the appropriate first aid for a broken ankle, the situation doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

The first step is to assess the situation. If there is bleeding or a protruding bone, the condition requires extra care. In the case of a bone that has broken through the skin, do not attempt to push the bone back into place. Instead, protect the injury by covering it with a clean bandage and seeking immediate medical attention.

If a broken ankle is bleeding, elevate the wound and apply direct pressure to the source with a cloth for about fifteen minutes. Replace the cloth if need be, then immediately seek the help of medical professionals.

For less complicated situations, first aid for a broken ankle should be initiated with the RICE protocol:

  • Rest. Keep your weight off it to protect the ankle from further injury.
  • Ice. Remember to wrap the ice or pack it in a thin towel first to prevent skin damage!
  • Compress. Make sure not to wrap the injured ankle too tightly, but this will help reduce inflammation.
  • Elevate. Another way to decrease inflammation and prevent blood from pooling in the area is to keep the affected foot raised above heart level as much as possible.

You may need to manage pain levels and further decrease inflammation with the use of over-the-counter medications. We can provide advice and dosage recommendations that are appropriate for you or your loved one, so check with our office first before taking or issuing pain medication.

After you have taken all the steps you can at home, be sure to schedule your appointment with Houston Foot Specialists as soon as possible so we can evaluate the extent of the injury and get you started on an appropriate treatment plan. When it comes to broken bones, treatment is necessary to ensure proper healing, so contact us by calling (713) 467-8886 for more information or to schedule a visit. You can also schedule your appointment with our Houston, TX office online today.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
October 06, 2015
Category: Surgery
Tags: Foot   Surgery   choice   decision   ankle  

With Halloween quickly approaching, it would be understandable if you have many questions for the holiday:  What am I going to wear this year? Do I have enough candy for trick-or-treaters? Which Halloween movie should I watch? We can try answering those for you—“Minion costume.” “Probably not.” “The Notebook.”—but we are simply better with questions related to foot and ankle surgery, including if it’s the right choice for you.

Undergoing surgery on your foot or ankle, or any other invasive procedure, is a major consideration. Here are some questions you may want to ask to decide if this is the best way of handling your condition:

  • Are there other ways to treat the issue? Do they work? In every case, our first choice is to use a conservative, nonsurgical approach to treating the condition. Now, the condition itself might not be completely resolved, but if sufficient relief from the symptoms is achieved, then surgery may be avoidable.
  • How much pain does the condition cause? Some conditions, like neuromas, only require a surgical procedure if they cause severe pain. In this instance, using an invasive procedure can provide the relief you need to go back to favorite pastimes and activities.
  • Is the condition progressive? A progressive condition, like a hammertoe, may continue to worsen if it is not treated. This can require surgery to fuse bones, cut ligaments or tendons, or even remove bone tissue to improve the situation.
  • Is restructuring necessary? Reconstructive surgery may be required to improve stability and function, prevent further deformity, and/or reduce pain. These procedures are often more complicated in nature and used for conditions where conservative care is simply not an option.

At Houston Foot Specialists, we can not only help you answer these questions, but will also provide the treatment you need to restore functionality and relieve painful symptoms. Our goal is to do so with conservative methods, but we are skilled and experienced in foot and ankle surgery when such procedures are necessary. Contact our Houston, TX office today to schedule your appointment by either calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form.

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