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By Aleisha Allen DPM
November 25, 2014
Category: Skin Problems
Tags: Blisters   Running   Prevention  

Proper shoes and socks prevent blisters!You will be hard-pressed to find a better way to jumpstart your holiday season than participating in the 4th Annual Rudolph 5k Fun Run, Dasher 10k, and Cupid 1k on Saturday, December 6. You choose which distance works best for you, but each course winds through CITYCENTRE and allows you to enjoy all of the cool Christmas decorations on display. This Houston fun run helps support “Firefighters Helping Firefighters” and lets you get a workout at the same time. While you train for, and participate in, the Rudolph, Dasher, and Cupid races, your Houston Foot Specialists want to remind you to be careful for blisters or any pain while running!

Blisters are the result of friction between your skin and another surface, which many times is the shoes you wear. As your foot, for example, rubs against the side of your shoe, the upper layers of your skin can become irritated. In an attempt to provide protection, a fluid-filled bump forms—a blister is born. You first line of defense? Socks! These act as a barrier to the friction, so it is wise to spend time finding quality pairs that adequately protect your feet.

Moist skin is more conducive to the formation of blisters, so it is also a good idea to wear moisture-wicking socks that help keep your feet dry. In addition, it is also important that your running shoes fit properly. Shoes that are too loose, too narrow, or too shallow all create conditions that potentially lead to blistering. Other ideas to reduce your risk include using foot powders and spray antiperspirants on your feet, applying a thin layer of Vaseline all over them, not removing calluses the week of a race, and covering problem areas with bandages.

Whether you are facing pain or irritation on account of blisters or would simply like more information from an expert podiatrist, contact Houston Foot Specialists at (713) 467-8886 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Aleisha Allen today, so you’ll be ready to get out and run.

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By Aleisha Allen DPM
November 18, 2014
Category: Ingrown Toenails
Tags: Footwear   Ingrown Toenails  

Prevent ingrown toenails by giving your toes some room!We all know that Cinderella left her glass slipper on the stairs at the ball while dashing to the carriage before it turned back into a pumpkin at the final stroke of midnight. Then the handsome Prince went around the kingdom in hopes of finding the rightful owner. Several wannabe princesses tried to cram their feet into the delicate slipper and were disappointed to find out that the fit was too tight. Well, they should have considered themselves fortunate for not ending up with an ill-fitting slipper—those ladies could have developed highly painful ingrown toenails!

Many people are aware of the fact that a key culprit to ingrown toenails is poor nail-trimming skills, but few realize that choice in footwear, especially with regard to size, can also lead to this condition. When you are purchasing new shoes—or trying on glass slippers—make sure that the fit is comfortable for your feet. Shoes that are too short or too tight can create toe pain from nails becoming ingrown. Instead, find a pair that has plenty of room in the toe area (without being too loose) and walk around in them to be sure they fit and feel right for you.

If you are experiencing toe pain, check for such symptoms as: swelling around toenail edges, pink or red coloring, and/or liquid or pus discharges (which no princess—or prince—ever wants to experience). Should you observe any of these signs, schedule an appointment with the Houston Foot Specialists. We can determine if infection has set in and identify what treatment you will need. If you suspect that poor-fitting footwear has led to ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Aleisha Allen in Houston, TX, by calling (713) 467-8886 today.

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By Aleisha Allen DPM
November 13, 2014
Category: Bunions
Tags: Bunions   Foot Deformity  

Adolescents may develop bunions too!Teenagers are usually on the go with a great number of things keeping them busy—school, extra curricular interests, sports, friends, and more. Sometimes the pressures of life can be a lot to handle for a young one but it can be even more frustrating when a foot problem is the one thing keeping them from enjoying their activities. If there is a bump on your child’s foot by the big toe joint, it is likely an adolescent bunion. If so, it is important to maintain proper health care so the problem doesn’t get worse.

Bunions are a common foot deformity and often believed to be a problem reserved for older people. The truth is that teens can get them too and they can turn problematic and painful if not addressed. A leading factor that causes this deformity to develop is having an inherited foot structure that makes one prone to the condition. Faulty mechanics can impact the way the foot handles and distributes weight and the big toe joint can be adversely affected. When the joint becomes compromised over time, the big toe can begin to lean inward, causing the joint to stick out. Another factor is wearing shoes that are too small and/or tight, particular in the toe box. Growing kids and young ladies who wear high heel shoes on a regular basis could be increasing their risk for bunions.

Parents, any complaints of foot pain should always be checked into. Foot pain is never normal and should not be assumed to be simple growing pains. If you see a bump on your child’s foot, swelling around the base of the big toe, or if they complain of pain while wearing shoes or during activity, bring them in to be evaluated by De. Aleisha Allen. We can evaluate his or her gait, walking alignment and joint mobility. We may take an X-ray to confirm a bunion diagnosis and the extent of the joint damage. Surgery is rarely necessary but intervention and prevention are both important to ensure the problem is caught quickly before it worsens.

If you have any concerns about your child’s foot health or see the signs of an adolescent bunion starting, contact Houston Foot Specialists for an appointment with Dr. Aleisha Allen. You can reach our office in Houston, TX by calling 713-467-8886.

By Dr. Aleisha Allen | Houston, TX
November 05, 2014
Category: Diabetes

It doesn’t take much to injure your foot. Perhaps a new pair of running shoes caused a little blister, or stepping on a sharp toy hiding in the carpet left a small cut in the bottom of your foot. Many of us would give a shrug of the shoulders, use an adhesive bandage, and wait until it cleared up in a couple of days. However, a wound, big or small, can be a serious problem in diabetic feet. It can quickly develop into a non-healing ulcer, so we want to offer some wound first aid tips that you can do at home before you make it into our office for a full evaluation.

If you sustain a puncture wound, the first step is to stop the bleeding with a clean cloth or bandage. If the puncture is deep and the bleeding does not stop, or if there is debris in the wound that cannot be removed, call us right away for immediate care or present to your nearest Emergency Room.   

If not, rinse it with clean water once it has stopped bleeding, and clean the area around the injury with soap. Do not use hydrogen peroxide to cleanse the wound due to its toxic effects on the surrounding healthy tissue.  Next, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and cover the wound with a bandage to keep bacteria out. With a more superficial wound, these steps should be sufficient until you can make an appointment with Houston Foot Specialists, as long as your tetanus shots are up to date.

Keep a close eye on the injury. If you notice any signs of infection such as warmth, swelling, drainage, or redness, call us to be seen right away. Even if it appears to be healing, you should keep your appointment so we can ensure there isn’t further damage under the skin that you can’t see.

The same steps apply with a small cut, scrape or blister—keep the area clean and covered, and possibly free from weight until you can be seen at our office. Protecting feet is crucial when you have diabetes. We do not waste time treating an injury in diabetic feet, and you shouldn’t either. Neuropathy and poor circulation can highly complicate your foot health, and even the most minor events should be evaluated and treated to protect your foot health. Contact Dr. Aleisha Allen at Houston Foot Specialists if you have an injury or any concerns. You can reach our office in Houston, TX by calling (713) 467-8886 today. 


By Aleisha Allen DPM
October 29, 2014
Tags: Sever's Disease  

Prevent Sever’s Disease with the Right ShoesMost 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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