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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
January 19, 2015
Category: Nail Problems
Tags: Toenail Care  

Care for your toes when a nail falls off!It’s official—Texas has some of the best beaches in the US! We’re pretty sure you already knew that, but did you know that when a toenail falls off, it is typically the result of either a traumatic injury or a fungal infection? Now, it won’t be too long until it’s time to really enjoy the Texan beaches, so let’s make sure you understand the proper nail care you need to avoid onycholysis (detached nail).

Onycholysis is the medical term that refers to a toenail that has separated from the nail bed and fallen off. The first signs of a possible detached nail is discoloration, which indicates that separation from the nail bed has occurred. After that, there is a loosening of the nail and substantial pain that results from it. Once the nail has separated, it will not reattach and a new nail will grow in its place. That process can take up to 18 months until it is completely grown back!

Nail care that you can take to prevent this issue in the first place includes:

  • Keep your feet, socks, and shoes dry. Fungus thrives in dark, warm, and damp environments, and wet feet meet all three of those criteria.
  • Do not tear or rip a nail that is partially torn. Doing so potentially exposes the sensitive skin under the nail and increases risk of infection.
  • Trim your toenails straight across in order to prevent ingrown nails from occurring. When you round off your nails, they can dig into the soft skin on the sides as they grow back. If the skin is punctured, it opens the door for infection to set in.
  • Make sure that your shoes are ½ inch longer than your longest toe. Proper-fitting shoes helps to prevent an array of foot issues, including detached nails.

When you do have a toenail that is falling off, bandage your nail to the nail bed, come in to our office as soon as you can, and we will take care of it for you!

No matter what toe, foot, or ankle issue you are experiencing, Houston Foot Specialists will get you back on your feet and resuming your normal activities—like heading for the beach— before you know it. Make an appointment with Aleisha Allen, DPM, and the friendly staff at Houston Foot Specialists by calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form today.

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
January 17, 2015
Category: Skin Problems
Tags: Blisters   Skin Care  

Help for when blisters form on your toes!In recent years, the organizers of fun runs have truly upped their game with regard to how much “fun” these runs can be. An excellent example is the Color in Motion 5K on February 21 at Sam Houston Race Park. As you run (or jog or walk) the course with your friends, you will be showered in safe, washable color powder that contributes to the party atmosphere. The Color in Motion 5K is a good time, but don’t let blisters put a damper on your fun!

If you have a blister that isn’t causing you pain, keep it intact. This will decrease the risk of infection that can potentially set in when that natural barrier against bacteria is broken. To protect it, loosely cover it with an adhesive bandage, or a porous, plastic-coated gauze pad for larger ones. Take steps to avoid putting pressure on the area, like using a donut-shaped moleskin.

When you have a blister that has popped, it is important to take measures to prevent infection. Begin by washing the affected area with gentle soap and warm water. Avoid using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the wound. Instead, smooth down the remaining skin flap, apply an antibiotic ointment, and then cover loosely with gauze or a sterile bandage.

Should you develop a bubble on your skin that is painful, large, or in an awkward position, you may need to drain it at home. To do so, start by washing the area thoroughly. Then sterilize a needle with rubbing alcohol. Use the sterilized needle to make tiny punctures along its edge. Let it drain, and then follow the same steps as you would for a popped blister.

Blisters can typically be treated at home without issue, but if you experience signs of infection—pus, swollen lymph glands, fever, red streaks that lead away from the bubble, increased pain or swelling, or red or warm skin around it—come in and see Aleisha Allen, DPM. In addition, if you live with diabetes and develop a blister on your foot, call us and we will get you in as soon as possible.

Don’t let blisters take the “fun” out of a fun run! If you are having trouble with a sore like this on your foot, come see Houston Foot Specialists. We can handle any foot or ankle problem you may be experiencing, so call our office at (713) 467-8886 or make an appointment online today!

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
January 07, 2015
Category: Sports Injuries
Tags: Flat Feet   Footwear   Running  

Run comfortably with flat feet2015 is young and, hopefully, your resolutions are going strong. If you have committed to a healthier lifestyle by improved physical fitness, keep it up! Studies continually show new benefits of exercising, and running is a popular way to stay active. Lacing ‘em up and hitting the track or trails is not only going to improve your physical health, it can also be quite therapeutic and help melt away the stress of daily life. If you are running with flat feet, though, you may experience discomfort that pulls you out of the serenity. Fortunately, your trustworthy Houston Foot Specialists is here for you!

When you have flat feet, the pain or discomfort you experience while running is not actually caused by your feet. Rather, it results from the biomechanical process your body adopts known as “overpronation.” Pronation refers to the rolling motion that naturally happens from the heel landing on the ground through the final push from your toes. Overpronation is when your feet roll too far inward. This causes your ankle, knee, and hip joints to try and compensate in an unnatural fashion, which results in pain and discomfort.

So how can we help? First, we can offer you a little advice—before you come see us, find out if a change in shoes improves the situation. Athletic shoe manufacturers have models that are designed to make running with flat feet less painful. Go to a running specialty shoe store and ask which ones may benefit your condition. Knowledgeable staff will be able to steer you in the right direction. A pair of shoes that were created to control motion, provide stability, and offer exceptional arch support might be what you need.

If a change of shoes isn’t sufficient, you likely will require special medical devices known as orthotics. Orthotics are prescribed, customized inserts that offer support and control motion, especially in regards to pronation. Aleisha Allen, DPM, will provide you with a pair that are crafted to precisely match the unique contours of your feet and correct any biomechanics that are causing you pain and discomfort.

You might benefit from a change in shoes, but orthotics created especially for you will definitely help your condition. When you need relief from the pain and discomfort that can result from running with flat feet, contact Houston Foot Specialists. Call (713) 467-8886 or schedule an appointment online today.

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
December 29, 2014
Category: Heel Pain

Help for heel pain in 2015!The New Year is practically upon us and it’s a time for renewal and resolutions. Many people use this opportunity to commit to becoming more active and improving their physical health. If this is you, Houston’s Commitment Day 5K is a fun way to start an active year. This run/walk kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and starts (and finishes) at Time Life Athletic at 815 Town & Country Lane. As you increase your physical activity levels in 2015, though, it is important to listen to your body and be aware of overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or stress fractures.

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that results from the inflammation of the thick tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot. The pain is particularly severe first thing in the morning, but also crops up following long periods of sitting or standing.

Fortunately, Houston Foot Specialists has some tips to help with your heel pain:

  • Stretch your fascia by propping your toes against a wall, while keeping your heel and arch flat so the toes stretch. Hold this position for a count of 10 and then repeat for a total of ten times. Perform this routine 3 or 4 times during the day.
  • After stretching, roll a frozen water bottle back and forth under your arch. Do not do this before stretching, however.
  • Freezing a golf ball and then rolling it under your foot is another technique that can help alleviate the inflammation that is caused by plantar fasciitis.
  • Treating a condition is not as desirable as preventing it in the first place, so the following tips can help you avoid this troublesome source of heel pain:
  • Keep a healthy weight so that you can decrease the stress you place upon your plantar fascia.
  • Choose footwear that has good arch support and shock absorbency, especially for all of you runners out there. Speaking of footwear choices, try not to wear high heels too frequently.
  • Stretch your arches before participating in physical activity.

We applaud everyone out there who will be taking steps to improve their overall health in the New Year and remind you that if you need expert care and treatment for foot and ankle issues, Houston Foot Specialists is here for you. Call us at (713) 467-8886 or schedule an appointment online today!

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
December 22, 2014
Category: Nail Problems

Keeping your toenails happy for the holidays!There are many prevalent themes of the holiday season, but the one that often springs to mind is “giving.” We all spend so much time picking out the perfect gifts for the people we care about, but have you given any thought to spending a little time on you? It doesn’t take much, but your body will know that it is appreciated when you give it some attention and care, especially your overworked feet, tired toes, and neglected toenails.

One of the ways to show your body how much you care is by paying attention to what you put in it. Foods that are rich in zinc, biotin, and vitamins C and B-12 will lead to happy, healthy nails. Zinc and vitamin C are antioxidants that protect your nails from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that harm cells and organs when they build up in your body. Biotin and vitamin B-12 strengthen your nails and prevent them from becoming brittle and breaking easily.

Eating well is certainly important, but there are other steps you can take for healthy feet and toenails. At the end of the day, pamper yourself with relaxing foot care. Wash your feet with soap and warm water, rub them to relieve tension, and examine your nails. If they need to be trimmed, cut them straight across without rounding them off.

As you are looking at your toes, make sure that your nails are not discolored, brittle, or dull. If you notice any of these conditions, it is possible that you have a toenail fungus. Should this be the case, make an appointment to see Aleisha Allen, DPM, and put that fungus to rest.

Preventing a fungal condition is clearly preferable to treating a fungal condition. In order to help prevent this situation, wash your feet regularly, wear sandals or shower shoes in public locker rooms and pools, and use antifungal spray on your feet and inside your shoes.

Having healthy, happy toenails will go a long way towards having your own happy holidays. If you live in the greater Houston, TX, area and need foot or ankle care, schedule an appointment with Houston Foot Specialists by calling (713) 467-8886.

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