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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
February 23, 2015
Category: Bunions

Bunion Surgery MythsHere at Houston Foot Specialists we don’t need to bring in the experts from the Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” to lay some common misconceptions about bunion surgery to rest. We’ll let those guys tackle historical warfare and blow random objects up while we educate you about this particular surgical procedure. Our Houston, TX office understands that patients may have concerns, but we are here to help!

Myth #1: Bunions Just Return Anyhow

It is possible that a bunion will return, but it is not a particularly likely scenario if you make changes and follow instructions. Most patients are satisfied with the outcome from the procedure and go forward without recurrence. When bunions do return, it is often on account of a biomechanical function that we can help to correct with the use of orthotics.

Myth #2: Intense Pain

Bunion surgery is simply not any “more” painful than surgeries for other ailments. There will be a certain degree of discomfort or even pain with any invasive medical procedure, but we create a plan to help with that and if followed, will keep any discomfort to a minimum.

Myth #3: Unsightly Scars

Some people believe that this procedure leads to unsightly scars that will mar the foot. We will discuss the surgery in advance and you can learn more about where the location of the incisions and what size you can expect. Incisions are kept at a minimum and this means surgical scars will be, too.

Myth #4: Casts and Crutches for Months

Depending on the nature of your bunion, recovery from the surgery may simply entail wearing a surgical shoe for up to six weeks. The nature of some modern procedures can allow for protected walking at only two weeks postoperatively.

Myth #5: Not Necessary

Some people may think that surgery for a bunion is unnecessary, but when this deformity causes pain and affects your ability to perform daily tasks, it might be what you need. We will first attempt to treat the condition conservatively. When those effort are not enough, then we look to surgery as the answer to your problem.

If you are looking for a Houston-area foot doctor who has the expertise and skill to deftly handle your bunion surgery, then you need to see Aleisha Allen, DPM. Contact our office by calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form to make an appointment today.

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
February 17, 2015
Category: Bunions
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

Investigate the facts about bunion surgeryIf you are looking for something fun to do in Dallas, TX, whether you happen to be a resident or are taking a trip to the Big D, an Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure will provide about 3 hours’ worth of entertainment. Following in the footsteps of The Amazing Race, your team will solve clues and complete challenges while learning about the great city. Should you happen to be one of the many who suffer with painful bunions, however, this might not sound like the best time.

Bunions are frequently treated via conservative, nonsurgical methods, but sometimes it is necessary to have a procedure performed to correct the situation. Before we get to that point, we will try such measures as pads, splints, or orthotics. Sometimes well-fitting shoes that have a wide, deep toe box will help prevent the pain and discomfort that may accompany this toe deformity.

When other options have been exhausted, it is time to consider bunion surgery. You will know that we have reached this point when the symptoms—pain, unusual shape of your big toe—are severe. In this instance, “severe” means that the pain and discomfort is limiting your everyday activities, including wearing reasonable shoes (not high heels) or being able to simply walk a couple of blocks.

Other indicators that bunion surgery may be necessary include chronic swelling and inflammation that do not improve with medication or rest and toe stiffness that impedes your ability to bend and straighten your toe.

To recap, you may need surgery if:

  • Other treatment options fail
  • Severe pain limits your daily activities
  • There is chronic inflammation and swelling
  • Toe stiffness prevents bending and straightening

Houston Foot Specialists is one of the premier podiatric practices in all of Texas. We are based in Houston, but patients come from as far as Dallas to receive the expert foot and ankle care, including for difficult bunions, that we provide to our patients. When you need a highly-skilled foot doctor to ease your pain and get you back to doing things you love to do, come see Aleisha Allen, DPM, and the friendly, professional staff at our office. Give us a call at (713) 467-8886 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today.

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
February 13, 2015
Category: Diabetes

Diabetic Foot Care TipsIn a large city like Houston, volunteer opportunities abound for anyone who wishes to make a difference in the community. Houston Foot Specialists understands the importance of diabetic foot care for the lives of those who have diabetes, so we suggest reaching out to the American Diabetes Association to volunteer your time. They are looking for everything from camp counselors to individuals willing to do general outreach, awareness, and education, and you can make a big difference in the lives of those with this disease.

Perhaps you are one of those individuals who are afflicted with diabetes and simply need help managing your condition. Well, as Houston foot specialists, we know a thing or two about diabetic foot care and can help you avoid potentially dire situations that can arise if you aren’t careful. With this in mind, here are some steps you should take:

  • The first step when it comes to your foot care is to inspect your feet every day, including the bottoms. Check for blisters, cuts, swelling, and spots. Should you observe anything unusual, call us right away to make the earliest appointment possible. If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, have a loved one help or use a mirror.
  • Wash your feet with mild soap and warm (not hot!) water daily. After they are clean, dry them thoroughly, especially between your toes. This will help prevent fungal infections.
  • Prevent the dangers that can accompany dry skin—cuts, infections—by moisturizing the tops, bottoms, and heels. Do not apply lotion between your toes, though, because that can create a welcome environment for fungus and bacteria.
  • Always wear socks and shoes. Walking barefoot or in sandals opens the possibility of suffering from a cut or abrasion that may become infected.
  • Come to our office as soon as possible following any injury or if you see anything unusual. Early treatment is essential for deterring larger problems.

If you live with diabetes, you should already have a plan to come in and have your feet examined by a foot specialist at least once a year. If you aren’t committed to doing so, start now. Aleisha Allen, DPM, and the caring staff at Houston Foot Specialists want you to be at your healthiest and will create a comprehensive diabetic foot care plan with you. Contact our office by calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form today.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
February 05, 2015
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Nerve Pain   Neuropathy  

Relief for nerve pain in your feetBefore you know it, flowers will be in bloom as spring makes a grand entrance in our Houston region. Don’t let issues stemming from neuropathy keep you from enjoying this time of year, though! It would be a shame to let burning pain in your feet get in the way of traveling along the Azalea Trail on March 6-8 and taking in the magnificent pink, purple, yellow, red, and white flowering shrubs.

Neuropathy is often explained as a condition resulting from nerve damage, particularly in your feet. This condition often accompanies diabetes, but may also be caused by trauma, ill-fitting footwear, or even as a side effect from medication. You should certainly make an appointment with Houston Foot Specialists when you experience burning pain, tingling, or numbness in your feet, but there are some tricks you can take to alleviate the symptoms at home:

  • Take a walk. It may seem counterintuitive to exercise when you are experiencing pain, but doing so will improve blood flow to the nerves in your foot, potentially restoring them back to a healthy condition.
  • Pass on the beer. Too much alcohol is toxic for nerves, especially those that are already damaged. Limit yourself to a total of four drinks per week to help with the condition.
  • Soak your feet. Warm baths are proven to promote blood flow for the skin of your legs and feet and are also good at reducing stress, which can make neuropathy pain more tolerable.  Please be sure to check the temperature of the water with a thermostat or your hands before placing your foot in the water.  
  • Use chili pepper for pain. This treatment trick will take some time before you realize the benefit, but capsaicin, an active ingredient in chili peppers, can lead to improvement in nerve pain. You can purchase creams with capsaicin in them and apply a couple of times a day for the best results.

When foot and ankle issues like neuropathy are keeping you from appreciating all the beauty that nature has to offer in the spring, come visit our Houston office and we will put you on the road to recovery. Schedule an appointment with Aleisha Allen, DPM, by calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form today.

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
January 27, 2015
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: heel Pain    Footwear   Valentine's Day  

Don't let heel pain ruin Valentine's Day!Take heed, guys – Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Fortunately for you, Houston has a wide range of options for celebrating with your sweetie. You can both get decked to the nines for a reservation at Da Marco, keep it casual and have some fantastic pizza at Dolce Vita, or witness true disappointment while bringing your date to Taco Bell. After your respective dining experience, it is time to make some magic on the dance floor…as long as heel pain isn’t slowing you down.

Houston has a bevy of dance clubs waiting for you to shake it like a Polaroid picture, but when you are dealing with heel pain, that is the last thing you want to do. Something that doesn’t help the situation, or may even be the cause of it, is your choice in shoes.

The good news is that a proper-fitting pair of shoes not only helps the problem, but it may even be able to stop it before it starts. (How’s that for a Valentine’s Day gift?) When you are picking out your footwear, follow these tips to leave the pain behind:

  • Wear the appropriate footwear for whatever activity you are doing. Just because you can play basketball in a pair of loafers doesn’t mean you should do it.
  • Choose shoes that fit well in the front, back, and sides. Ill-fitting shoes are the major culprit in a variety of conditions that hurt worse than a broken heart.
  • Make sure that you purchase shoes that have solid arch support and are slightly raised in the heel. Also, you need to look for models that have rigid sides, shock-absorbent soles, and supportive heel counters.
  • Don’t be too sentimental…about your shoes! Old, worn-out shoes are a common cause of heel problems. Replace your shoes when you need to, especially with regard to running shoes.

When you suffer from heel pain, it’s time to see the experts at Houston Foot Specialists. We will provide an accurate diagnosis and provide an effective treatment plan so you can join your honey on the dance floor. Call our Houston office at (713) 467-8886 or schedule an appointment with Aleisha Allen, DPM, online today.

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