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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. It is estimated that 25% of the people who have this disease don’t even know it! If you do, it’s a smart idea to learn about the benefits that exercise can provide and then create a workout plan that works for you.
Didn’t think that diabetes and exercise could go hand-in-hand? Well, let us assure you that this is a great way to manage your condition and even improve some of the related issues you may experience as a result of the disease. Don’t forget that other essential actions include performing a daily foot inspection and protecting your feet with diabetic socks and shoes!
Before we discuss using exercise to improve your condition, we need to cover a few considerations for your safety:
Once you are ready to proceed, use the following tips to guide you:
If you live with diabetes, you should already have a diabetic foot care plan in place. Need one? Then contact Houston Foot Specialists today! Our professionals are here to help you manage your diabetes, so call us at (713) 467-8886 or use our online form to schedule your appointment at our Houston, TX office.
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It’s easy to take treasures in our backyard for granted, but the Houston Zoo is ranked top-10 nationally, houses over 6,000 animals, and provides a great opportunity for spending quality time with your children. When you have a young child who has a gait abnormality, you may be hesitant at the thought of walking around all day. Well, there may not be as much to be worried about as you might think!
In case you are unfamiliar with the term, gait simply refers to an individual’s manner of walking. If you take a moment to think about walking, there are a lot of moving parts that make mobility possible —52 bones, 66 joints, and over 200 muscles, ligaments, and tendons—and that’s just in your feet! This creates many opportunities for variance in foot function from person to person.
A common concern for parents is when they recognize either in-toeing or out-toeing in their child. These terms refer to conditions where a young one’s toes either point inwards or outwards. This can be concerning for parents because they expect feet to point forwards. Let us start by assuring you that it is fairly common for a toddler to have either of these conditions when they start taking steps.
In-toeing can happen as the result of a couple different root causes. For the most part, the condition will resolve itself in time and treatment is unnecessary. Bracing, splints, and casting do not help, and, in some cases, even disrupt normal growth and development. In a similar manner, there is often no need of treatment for out-toeing.
There is typically nothing to be worried about with these gait abnormalities, but if your child hits 3 years of age and the condition has not improved, call our office for an appointment. Also, bring in your son or daughter if:
Whenever you have questions regarding your child’s foot development, contact Houston Foot Specialists. Our Houston, TX office is prepared to help you and your loved ones with any foot or ankle issues that arise. Simply give us a call today at (713) 467-8886 or use our online form to request your appointment.
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There are many advantages to living in, or near, a major city like Houston, TX. One of those is the resources available for almost any role you may find yourself in, including “parent.” For all of you moms out there, the Motherhood Center is a fantastic resource that provides sleep coaching, nannies, and parenting classes (to name a few of their services). However, when you notice that your toddler is out-toeing as her or she starts walking, then Houston Foot Specialists is the resource you need.
The first thing we can do is put your mind at ease. Similar to in-toeing, toeing out is often a part of normal development and typically does not present any long-term impact for your child.
This condition is observed as your child’s feet turning out when he or she walks and likely stems from body positioning in the womb. As a child ages, this condition goes away. Another potential cause is flat feet. When a child’s foot arches have not developed yet, his or her feet will appear to turn outwards. Given that arches do not begin to form until age 3, this is normal and no need for concern.
It is important to know that out-toeing has no effect on your child as he or she plays or starts to walk. If it seems that your son or daughter falls frequently, let us assure you that this simply a part of the learning process and not the result of this temporary condition.
The Motherhood Center can certainly provide valuable services and support for you in a variety of ways, but when it comes to your child’s foot health, Houston Foot Specialists is the smart choice. Our goal is to ensure that you and your family have optimal health when it comes to your feet and ankles. Plus, we can ease any concerns about your child’s tendency to toe out.
If you want to ensure that your child is on a normal trajectory with regard to development, or your son or daughter needs expert pediatric foot care, contact our Houston, TX office. Call us at (713) 467-8886 or use our online form to request an appointment today.
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On May 2 at 9:00 AM, the divas will be dashing on Sam Houston Parkway! Join Houston’s Diva Dash 2015 wearing bling, tutus, and boas—but leave off the diva-esque high heels—or even running shoes that are simply too tight in the front—so you don’t risk neuroma pain.
This condition involves the tissue around a nerve in your foot putting pressure on it so it thickens. It typically happens in the forefoot, between the third and fourth toes, and will cause any of a variety of sensations, including numbness, pain, burning, or tingling.
When it comes to home relief for your swollen nerve, some remedies that might be beneficial include:
Home remedies for neuroma pain can provide temporary relief, but they do not replace the professional care you need from an accredited foot doctor. If you live in the Dallas, Houston, or Austin, TX communities and experience pain or discomfort from this condition, contact Houston Foot Specialists today. We will accurately diagnose your condition and create an effective treatment plan for you. Simply call us at (713) 467-8886 or take advantage of our online form to request an appointment with our office.
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It’s normal to hear the word “stress” and think about endless to-do lists or tight, anxiety-inducing deadlines. April is National Stress Awareness Month, a time to consider the effects that stress has on your emotional and mental state of health. Keep in mind that stress also refers to physical force, such as when shoes pressure the backs of your heels and cause Haglund’s deformity. Heel pain is a key symptom of this condition, but stretching exercises may provide relief.
There are a variety of nonsurgical treatment methods for the pain caused by this bony bump, including icing the area, wearing heel pads, and shoe modifications. Another conservative treatment option is using stretches to alleviate tension in your Achilles tendon. One nice part of this technique is that you can start doing it today in the comfort of your own home. Here are some stretches that can help:
Sometimes you need more than a stretching program to find relief from the heel pain caused by Haglund’s deformity. When this is the case, make an appointment to see our caring staff at Houston Foot Specialists. Receive the effective treatment you need by calling (713) 467-8886, or use our online form to request an appointment at our Houston, TX office today!
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1140 Business Center Drive
Houston, TX 77043