Podiatrist - Houston
1140 Business Center Drive Suite 510
Houston, TX 77043
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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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1140 Business Center Drive
Houston, TX 77043