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Most parents can attest to the impact children have on the pocket book. As children get older there are field trips, sports lessons, private classes, extra curricular events, books and school supplies, and more to pay for. If you are a parent, how much time do you spend looking for the right footwear for your child? Sever’s disease is a common foot problem among young ones, especially those who are in sports, but if you protect children’s feet with the right shoe, you may be able to head off this condition.
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons reminds us that a child’s feet can grow up to two sizes in six months. That can happen quicker than you realize, so you need to be paying attention to how your child’s shoes fit. Blisters, ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses can occur if shoes are too small. If your child is wearing hand-me-down shoes or a pair that is worn out, this also increases the risk for heel pain.
Sever’s disease is a painful heel injury that occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel becomes inflamed. Sometimes the heel bone can grow faster than attached muscles and tendons (such as the Achilles) and cause them to become overstretched and tight. This often happens during a growth spurt, and your child is particularly at risk if he or she is involved in sports that put a lot of pressure on the lower extremities, such as track, basketball, soccer, and gymnastics.
You can prevent this condition by providing your child with good-quality shoes that fit well. Look for a style that has shock-absorbent soles, which will take some pressure off the heel, and avoid a shoe that is especially heavy. We can also provide heel pads, heel lifts and special shoe inserts called orthotics that can offer extra cushioning for the heel and reduce the strain on the Achilles tendon.
If you have concerns about your child’s foot health or notice an abnormal decrease in his or her activity level, contact Houston Foot Specialists in Houston, TX for diagnosis and treatment. Some conditions left untreated can cause problems later in life. Call Dr. Aleisha Allen for an appointment today at (713) 467-8886.
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The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is providing the perfect backdrop for two days of Halloween fun. Take your family and do some trick-or-treating in “nature’s neighborhood” for their ArBOOretum event on October 25-26, 2014. If you work on your feet all day, though, walking all over a nature center might not be your idea of a good time. You may not have a choice but to be on your feet for hours on end, but we can give you some great tips on how to protect your feet from injury and soothe the aching that creeps in at the end of the day.
Let’s start with some measures you can take to soothe the aches and pains. First, ask your doctor if it is safe to take an anti-inflammatory medication, as this will help with swelling and pain. Second, take a seat and roll your foot over a cold water bottle. This icing technique will soothe the muscles in the arch of your foot. You can do this for 20 minutes, several times a day. Next, cross one foot over the other knee and grab your toes. Gently pull them toward you to stretch the plantar fascia, which is the main ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot. It is a place vulnerable to wear and tear, and stretching will help prevent tears and injury. Finally, take a break from any high-impact activity after work and just rest with your feet elevated to reduce swelling.
To protect your feet from future problems, first make sure you are wearing the best shoes possible. While your outfit or uniform may look best with a pair of high heels, your feet will rebel. Opt for a well fitting shoe with great support and cushioning. We can also provide you with a pair of custom orthotic inserts that can further cushion your feet and keep them supported all day long.
You can’t always just change jobs when your feet hurt, but we can help you stay pain and injury free. Contact Houston Foot Specialists if you have nagging foot pain—call Dr. Aleisha Allen at (713) 467-8886 for an appointment at our Houston, TX office.
Called, “The best way to brighten your life,” the Color Me Rad 5K is coming to Houston, TX, and you will not want to miss out on this one. Runners start decked all in white, but as the race starts off with color bombs and cannons, you will immediately find yourself in a different world. Each section of the race explodes a new color so by the end, you will officially be speckled with every hue of the rainbow. While this may sound like a blast, bunion pain is one deterrent that may keep you out of the race.
Bunions are an extremely common deformity, but whether they are minor or severe, they can present problems for a runner. This condition is usually thought to occur from wearing ill-fitting shoes, but it actually stems from an inherited foot structure prone to developing bunions. Shoes can simply add to the problem and make the bony bump appear quicker and worsen faster.
Unfortunately, it is not a simple process to just get rid of a bunion. If you love to run, there are few things you can do, though, to manage bunion pain or prevent it from occurring in the first place. One option is taping your big toe and foot in a normal position before putting your shoes on. This can help your feet properly absorb the impact each time they strike the ground. Second, special padding provided by a podiatrist placed over the bony bump will protect it from rubbing against the inside of your shoes. Third, your shoe choice is essential – look for a neutral shoe with a wide toe box and consider adding a custom orthotic.
For footwear suggestions and treatment options for painful bunions, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Aleisha Allen at Houston Foot Specialists. Make an appointment today by calling our Houston, TX office at (713) 467-8886.
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The term, “Put your best foot forward,” is often used when giving advice to someone going for an interview or starting his or her first day on a job. Many people go to great lengths to make this happen, such as participants in the show, Extreme Makeover. The makeovers usually don’t focus on feet, but there is a growing trend involving cosmetic foot surgery among those who truly want to look their best head to toe.
If you are wondering what types of foot plastic surgery could really be done, you may be surprised at the procedures some people are asking for. “Toe-besity” is a term that has been heard and refers to the notion that toes are too large. Women are having re-shaping procedures to make their toes more slender. Other trends in foot beautification involve laser treatments for permanent hair removal, filler injections to make wearing high heels less painful, and getting toes shortened and/or removed so they fit better in tight pointy shoes.
You only have one pair of feet to last you a lifetime and there are serious risks involved with cosmetic foot surgery. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society warns against it entirely due to complications like “permanent nerve damage, infection, bleeding, scarring, and chronic pain when walking.” There are many things you can do to take care of your feet and make them look healthier and more beautiful that don’t involve going under the knife.
If you have foot pain or an unsightly problem that bothers you, contact Dr. Aleisha Allen at Houston Foot Specialists. We can evaluate your concerns and provide you with safe and effective treatment options. Call our Houston, TX office at (713) 467-8886 to make an appointment today.
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Staying at the top of your game, as the U.S. Olympic athletes try to do, can take a toll, and sports injuries can happen in an instant. Snowboarder Shaun White has battled a sprained ankle and jammed wrist, and ultimately he is withdrawing from the slopestyle event to hopefully avoid a more serious injury. Freestyle skier Hannah Kearney has conquered a torn knee ligament, a concussion, and broken ribs to work her way back to the top, but unfortunately skier Lindsey Vonn’s knee injury is keeping her out of the Olympics entirely.
Being an athlete is risky, as the high demands of most sports put a lot of stress on the body. While some sports injuries are unavoidable, there are several things you can do to help prevent the unthinkable from happening, particularly with regard to your feet. While an Olympic athlete has been training for years in preparation, you need to ease into training slowly if you are starting a new sport or wanting to go the next level. Your muscles need time to be conditioned, and doing too much too soon is a recipe for getting injured.
Build muscle strength by increasing training gradually, and cross train in different activities to maximize your potential. Warm up before and stretch after any activity. Stretches for your calves, arches and Achilles tendon are beneficial. Keep your feet in shape with various foot exercises as well. Pick up marbles with your toes while watching TV, or walk on your heels and then toes for a minute at a time each. Depending on your foot structure, orthotics can be inserted in your athletic footwear (including ski boots) to prevent pain.
At Houston Foot Specialists, we have a strong relationship with our active patients. We can help you manage any foot pain you may be having so you can stay in top shape. Contact Dr. Aleisha Allen for treatment or if you have any concerns about your foot health. Call our office in Houston, TX at (713) 467-8886 today.
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