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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
October 13, 2015
Category: Fractures
Tags: Fracture   ankle   broken   aid  

Whether at the store, haunted house, or in your Houston and Dallas, TX neighborhoods, you probably see many Halloween decorations, including spooky skeletons. Maybe you don’t find them to be creepy—a bony hand emerging from the ground and grabbing an ankle is a terrifying thought, though!—but a broken bone can be scary. When you know the appropriate first aid for a broken ankle, the situation doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

The first step is to assess the situation. If there is bleeding or a protruding bone, the condition requires extra care. In the case of a bone that has broken through the skin, do not attempt to push the bone back into place. Instead, protect the injury by covering it with a clean bandage and seeking immediate medical attention.

If a broken ankle is bleeding, elevate the wound and apply direct pressure to the source with a cloth for about fifteen minutes. Replace the cloth if need be, then immediately seek the help of medical professionals.

For less complicated situations, first aid for a broken ankle should be initiated with the RICE protocol:

  • Rest. Keep your weight off it to protect the ankle from further injury.
  • Ice. Remember to wrap the ice or pack it in a thin towel first to prevent skin damage!
  • Compress. Make sure not to wrap the injured ankle too tightly, but this will help reduce inflammation.
  • Elevate. Another way to decrease inflammation and prevent blood from pooling in the area is to keep the affected foot raised above heart level as much as possible.

You may need to manage pain levels and further decrease inflammation with the use of over-the-counter medications. We can provide advice and dosage recommendations that are appropriate for you or your loved one, so check with our office first before taking or issuing pain medication.

After you have taken all the steps you can at home, be sure to schedule your appointment with Houston Foot Specialists as soon as possible so we can evaluate the extent of the injury and get you started on an appropriate treatment plan. When it comes to broken bones, treatment is necessary to ensure proper healing, so contact us by calling (713) 467-8886 for more information or to schedule a visit. You can also schedule your appointment with our Houston, TX office online today.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
October 06, 2015
Category: Surgery
Tags: Foot   Surgery   choice   decision   ankle  

With Halloween quickly approaching, it would be understandable if you have many questions for the holiday:  What am I going to wear this year? Do I have enough candy for trick-or-treaters? Which Halloween movie should I watch? We can try answering those for you—“Minion costume.” “Probably not.” “The Notebook.”—but we are simply better with questions related to foot and ankle surgery, including if it’s the right choice for you.

Undergoing surgery on your foot or ankle, or any other invasive procedure, is a major consideration. Here are some questions you may want to ask to decide if this is the best way of handling your condition:

  • Are there other ways to treat the issue? Do they work? In every case, our first choice is to use a conservative, nonsurgical approach to treating the condition. Now, the condition itself might not be completely resolved, but if sufficient relief from the symptoms is achieved, then surgery may be avoidable.
  • How much pain does the condition cause? Some conditions, like neuromas, only require a surgical procedure if they cause severe pain. In this instance, using an invasive procedure can provide the relief you need to go back to favorite pastimes and activities.
  • Is the condition progressive? A progressive condition, like a hammertoe, may continue to worsen if it is not treated. This can require surgery to fuse bones, cut ligaments or tendons, or even remove bone tissue to improve the situation.
  • Is restructuring necessary? Reconstructive surgery may be required to improve stability and function, prevent further deformity, and/or reduce pain. These procedures are often more complicated in nature and used for conditions where conservative care is simply not an option.

At Houston Foot Specialists, we can not only help you answer these questions, but will also provide the treatment you need to restore functionality and relieve painful symptoms. Our goal is to do so with conservative methods, but we are skilled and experienced in foot and ankle surgery when such procedures are necessary. Contact our Houston, TX office today to schedule your appointment by either calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form.

By Dr. Aleisha Allen, DPM
September 28, 2015
Category: Surgery
Tags: Foot   Surgery   heal   rehab  

The Texas Department of Transportation is committed to providing information on road construction projects in and around Dallas, TX to enable citizens to determine the best routes. To help facilitate the flow of communication about the flow of traffic, they established the Keep It Moving Dallas website. In the same way that you sometimes adjust travel plans due to highway projects, our foot specialists may adjust treatment plans to account for conditions that require surgery.

While our goal at Houston Foot Specialists is to always treat your foot issues using conservative care, sometimes this is simply not possible. Some conditions that may require the use of surgical procedures for your best chance at healing include:

  • Ingrown toenails. For mild or moderate cases, nonsurgical treatment might work just fine. When the same toenail consistently becomes ingrown, we will likely need to remove the nail surgically and take measures to ensure that it doesn’t grow back.
  • Tendon issues. When a tendon is damaged or needs to be either lengthened or shortened, a surgical procedure will likely be necessary to improve functionality or treat an acute injury (like a ruptured tendon).
  • Bunions. Conservative care might help alleviate symptoms, but the condition itself can only be corrected through surgery. A procedure that removes or excises a bunion is known as a bunionectomy, and we may use this if nonsurgical methods do not provide relief from pain and stiffness.
  • Hammer toes and related deformities. In the same manner, nonsurgical treatment may address problematic symptoms, but surgical procedures are the only way to restore hammertoes, claw toes, and mallet toes to their natural positioning.
  • Neuromas. A neuroma can cause tingling, burning sensations, and pain in the ball of the foot or between the toes. When conservative options do not provide enough relief, we can remove the enlarged, inflamed nerve to treat the condition.

Whenever you experience foot or ankle pain, your body is telling you there is a problem that needs to be addressed. In many such cases, conservative care can be used to alleviate symptoms and enable you to perform daily activities. When a surgical procedure is necessary, the professionals at Houston Foot Specialists have the experience and skill to effectively get the job done.

Contact our Houston, TX office today by calling (713) 467-8886 or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment and find the relief you need.

By Dr. Aleisha Allen, DPM
September 22, 2015
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Feet   Surgery   Recovery   flat  

Reaching a goal is a great feeling. Big or small, it feels nice to accomplish something and “check it off” so you can move forward. Sometimes, however, you put so much energy into getting to a particular milestone—earning a degree, moving to a new home, etc.—you don’t always know what to do next. Getting to your flatfoot surgery is a big deal. Once you’ve finally had the procedure, though, you’ve got the healing process to go through. Surgery isn’t the end; it’s the start of the next step: getting better. Your surgery recovery takes time, but it’s worth it when it fixes a problem.

Exactly how long it will take to regain your foot strength and return to your normal activities will depend on the type of flatfoot procedure and how extensive the correction had to be. In general, though, the healing process is the same. Your foot will be in a special splint or cast to keep it still while things heal. You’ll need to avoid putting weight on your foot while you wear this. Otherwise you could undo the correction and damage the foot further.

After several weeks on crutches, your foot will be switched to a different splint or cast that can accommodate some weight. You’ll slowly begin reapplying pressure to that limb and carefully walk again. After a little while of transitioning weight back onto that foot, you’ll be able to switch to wearing special, supportive shoes. Many people still need orthotics or ankle braces.

Most people also benefit from physical therapy. Walking and weight-bearing physical therapy can’t begin until your foot has healed enough, of course, but once it does you work at slowly regaining your strength. This will help you get back to walking normally and being able to perform regular activities.

Because a flatfoot reconstruction is such a big deal for your foot, it’s really important that you follow through with your recovery completely. Our team here at Houston Foot Specialists will help you make sure you have everything you need to succeed after flatfoot surgery. If you have questions, concerns, or are ready to prepare for that next step in your flatfoot healing, contact our Houston office online or by calling (713) 467-8886.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
September 15, 2015
Category: Foot Problems
Tags: Feet   Surgery   flat   reconstructive   reconstruction  

When a star football player like our Houston Texans’ Arian Foster goes down with an injury, it forces the team to consider taking a new approach with regard to game planning. We certainly hope that Arian is able to successfully recover from his groin surgery and help the Texans compete in AFC South, but the coaching staff has to be ready to make adjustments. When we at Houston Foot Specialists create treatment plans for our patients, we sometimes need to do the same. The goal is to always address foot and ankle conditions with conservative care, but sometimes surgical procedures, like flatfoot reconstruction, are necessary to eliminate symptoms.

Calling an “audible” and deviating from our game plan depends on how you are responding to conservative treatments for flat feet such as custom orthotics, stretches, icing, and medication. For a majority of patients, a combination of these methods is sufficient for treating symptoms like arch pain, feet that are easily fatigued, and difficulty doing daily activities.

If your feet are not responding as they should to nonsurgical care, and symptoms continue to be a problem, we will discuss flatfoot reconstruction. In such cases, a combination of surgical procedures for flatfeet may be needed to fully treat the condition, including repairing tendons and ligaments and correcting any bone deformities that contribute to the flatfoot condition.

Don’t suffer from painful flatfoot symptoms – find the care you need here at Houston Foot Specialists! We’ll start treatment with conservative, noninvasive methods, and only discuss surgical options if other treatments don’t help. Contact us today by calling our Houston, TX podiatry office at (713) 467-8886 or simply fill out our online form to schedule your appointment.

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