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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
December 15, 2014
Category: Foot Health

There is always room for improvement and this time of year we use resolutions to try and improve in various facets of our lives. There are a lot of good ones out there (“I am going to quit smoking.” “I will lose 20 pounds.” “No more dating losers.”), but we have one that you might not have thought of on your own: “This year I will practice better general foot care.”

Given that they are all the way down there, it is easy to lose sight of your feet (especially when they spend so much time covered by socks and shoes), but good foot care habits will help keep you healthy. Knowing that you are healthy is important to us! With this in mind, we offer you some simple tips to help make sure you are taking care of your feet:

  • Wash and dry your feet carefully, especially before going to bed. Take the time to dry between your toes.  Dirt and moisture on your feet can lead to irritation and possibly even infection. Take some time to wash with soap and water, and then dry them thoroughly so germs don’t have anywhere to thrive.
  • Cut your toenails straight across in order to prevent ingrown toenails. It may be tempting to round them off, but a straight cut works best.
  • Buy and wear properly-fitting shoes. When you are buying shoes, make sure you hit the stores in the late afternoon or early evening hours. Your feet actually swell during the course of the day and it is essential that you not wear shoes that are too small. Ill-fitting footwear can potentially lead to bunions, hammertoe, and other ailments you’d rather not deal with.
  • Fight fungus as soon as you realize there is something wrong. When over-the-counter treatments, whether they are sprays, powders, or lotions fail, you should come in and let us treat.
  • Come see Houston Foot Specialists as soon as your realize you have a foot or ankle problem. The earlier we can address an issue, the more effective treatment will be.

As we head into the New Year, we wish the best for you and your loved ones. If you find yourself facing pain or discomfort due to a foot or ankle issue, even if you practice good general foot care, call our office at (713) 467-8886 and make an appointment with Aleisha Allen, D.P.M. today!

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
December 11, 2014
Category: Achilles

Preventing an Achilles RuptureThey say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and at Houston Foot Specialists, we believe “they” are onto something. The road to recovery from an Achilles rupture can be long and arduous, especially if surgery was required. If you are participating in, or training for, one of the wide array of Houston fun runs this holiday and winter season, you need to remain vigilant about this condition. Here are some tips for you that will help avoid a rupture in the first place.

We should all remember from gym class that it is important to stretch properly before participating in any form of athletic competition or training, and this certainly holds true with regards to your Achilles tendon. In order to do this properly, you will need to stretch your calf so you feel a good pull, but do not go to the point of where you are experiencing pain. It is important not to bounce during a stretch. Calf-strengthening exercises will help lead to strong muscles and tendons that can more easily absorb force and not become ruptured.

Another solid tip for the prevention of Achilles rupture is to mix up your exercises. Yes, there is a lot of benefit in running, but you should add some biking, swimming, or even walking, exercises that are low-impact into your workout routine. In addition to being safer on your Achilles tendons, doing so will also provide greater overall conditioning.

As you start up, or get back into, a workout routine, don’t push yourself too far too quickly. Remember that you need to build up in order to give your body time to adjust to the new regimen. So start slowly, with an easy pace or using lighter weights, and then gradually progress. As a rule of thumb, increase your distance, duration, or frequency of training by less than 10 percent every week. This will really help your body become acclimated to your program.

Following these tips will help you to avoid an Achilles rupture, but we are here for you in case you do experience a pop or snap and then immediate sharp pain in the back of your ankle and lower leg. Should this happen, contact Houston Foot Specialists and schedule an appointment with Dr. Aleisha Allen. Call us at (713) 467-8886 for this, or any other foot and ankle problem you might experience.

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By Aleisha Allen DPM
December 04, 2014
Category: Bunions
Tags: Bunions   Home Care  

The holiday season is upon us and this means shopping, holiday parties, more shopping, and simply a lot of time spent on your feet. We fully understand that you want to look your best at holiday festivities, and this will likely entail squeezing your feet into cute, fashionable pumps that have narrow, pointed toes. (Well, it will for the ladies, anyway!) We know that you are going to look fabulous at your parties, but keep in mind that doing so puts you at risk for developing bunions. So, as a little holiday gift to you from Houston Foot Specialists, we offer these simple at-home bunion care tips to help you out when you come home with sore feet.

Using nonprescription medication like acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs will help alleviate the pain and discomfort that bunions can cause. (Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these are appropriate for you, as they are not recommended for some people.) Icing the impacted joint for 10 to 20 minutes, with a thin cloth between the skin and ice, will also decrease any discomfort. Bunion pads, arch supports, and custom orthotics can redistribute your weight and take pressure off your big toe while you are hitting the stores and finding the perfect gifts for loved ones. Keep in mind that Houston Foot Specialists is always here to help you find the perfect support for your toes!

As a preventative measure, we recommend that you make sure to do your shopping and holiday prep in comfortable shoes that offer plenty of space for your toes. If you can keep the amount of time spent in the tight, fashionable pumps to a minimum, it will help prevent bunions from being triggered. Also, if you are able to keep up a workout routine during this crazy time of year, consider activities like swimming or bicycling to keep pressure off your big toe if a bunion has formed.

Following these at-home bunion care tips will help give you one less thing to worry about this holiday season. Maybe Houston Foot Specialists can’t take all of the stress of the season off of you, but we can help you take the stress off your feet. If you have a problem bunion, or any other foot or ankle issues, call our Houston, TX, office at (713) 467-8886 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Aleisha Allen today

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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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