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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
March 24, 2015
Category: Heel Pain

Be careful when running with heel pain!When you live with the heel pain that accompanies plantar fasciitis, it can be tough when you want to make a difference by participating in fun runs that raise money for worthy causes. One such example is the Superhero Heart Run Houston 5K. This event gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of children born with congenital heart defects (CHD). By participating in Houston, TX on March 29, you can be a hero for the brave little ones with CHD by helping raise awareness for the cause. We want to help all you potential superheroes out there by not letting a heel issue stand in your way of saving lives.

Contrary to how you may feel, it is possible to stay active with plantar fasciitis and, when done carefully, it can actually help the condition. When your plantar fascia becomes inflamed and leads to heel pain, it is typically a result of overtraining, neglecting stretches, or doing too much hill running.

If your condition stems from overtraining, the first step you need to take is to cut back on the mileage for the time being and then proceed by not increasing your distances more than 10 percent per week.

Take a second and consider your stretching routine. (You do have one, right?) Does it include a proper focus on your calf muscles? Stretching your calves is essential, because your Achilles tendon connects to the bottom of the calf muscle and the heel. If your calves are tight, the tendons pull with greater force against the heels and ultimately lead to greater strain on your plantar fascia.

In addition to cutting back your mileage and stretching your calves, incorporate rest days into your workout program to avoid overtraining. If you have flat feet or high arches, you may need arch supports or orthotics to stay active while avoiding injury.

When you develop heel pain, come in and see us at Houston Foot Specialists. We will give you an accurate diagnosis and the treatment you need, so that you can get back to running pain-free. It is our goal to see that you are able to participate in events like the Superhero Heart Run and support worthwhile causes like creating awareness and support for CHD. Schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX office by calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form today.

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
March 16, 2015
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Top Ways to Manage Your Plantar Fasciitis Pain at HomeSpring is here! This time of year presents a perfect opportunity to embark on a new running program to improve your physical fitness and make you feel alive. Running offers a wide array of benefits, but if you aren’t careful, you may end up experiencing heel pain due to a condition known as plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is marked by a shooting pain in the bottom of your heel first thing in the morning. The pain is often at its worst in your first few steps of the day. It is also typically triggered when you take steps after sitting or standing for long periods.

If this sounds like the condition that you are dealing with, here are some tips to help you manage your heel pain at home:

  • Stretch – The best treatment for this ailment is a stretching regimen that targets your calf muscles, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia. Contact our office to find out which stretches we recommend to help improve your condition.
  • Ice – Whether done traditionally (holding cloth-covered ice on the affected area), or as a massage, icing your injury will help reduce inflammation and pain. An “ice massage” is simply a matter of freezing a paper cup full of water and then rolling it over your plantar fascia for five to seven minutes.
  • Cross training – While you are recovering from plantar fasciitis, replace running with low-impact activities like swimming or bicycling. After you are fully recovered from the ailment, continue to keep these low-impact activities as part of your workout routine. It will help to prevent injuries, provide greater overall fitness, and keep exercising interesting.
  • Weight management – Getting down to, and maintaining, a healthy weight is essential for a variety of physical benefits, including decreased risk of foot and ankle injury.

  • Footwear – When you purchase shoes, pick supportive models with low-to-moderate heels, shock absorbency, and good arch support. Make sure that you buy new shoes before your old ones no longer cushion and support your feet. Runners should replace them after around 500 miles.

These tips can certainly help you to manage your heel pain at home, but first come in and see the professionals at Houston Foot Specialists. We can provide an accurate diagnosis of what’s causing your discomfort and establish an effective treatment plan just for you. Contact our Houston, TX office today by calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form.

By Aleisha Allen, DPM
March 10, 2015
Category: Bunions
Tags: Bunions   Bunionettes  

Are you getting your springtime running in?One of the cool things about living in Houston is that the city boasts a variety of enticing options for those who love to exercise in the great outdoors. Terry Hershey Park is a great choice for runners who will appreciate the fact that the miles are marked and drinking water is available along the way. Even with such ideal considerations for an early springtime run, those who are dealing with bunions or bunionettes may have enough discomfort or pain to pass up everything the park has to offer and stay at home instead.

The caring staff at Houston Foot Specialists do not want you to stay homebound due to pain that accompanies these protruding bumps by your big or little toe. We want you to be mobile and enjoy your favorite activities. Managing the pain that can accompany a toe deformity will go a long way towards helping with that. Some of the steps you can take include:

  • A change in your footwear can make a huge difference. Finding pairs of shoes that offer a wide, deep toe box will help keep your bunion or bunionette from rubbing against the inside, which is a common cause of irritation and pain.
  • Along the same lines as choosing shoes with wide toe boxes, also be sure to avoid high stiletto styled heels and models that have pointed toes.
  • Bunion and bunionette pads can help reduce the pain when placed over the affected area.
  • As with many injuries or conditions, ice is a useful tool for reducing your levels of pain and inflammation. Be sure to wrap the ice in a thin towel instead of placing directly on your skin, as doing so would cause damage to the tissue.
  • Check with our office first, but nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also be used to control pain and inflammation in the affected area.

Sometimes at-home treatment methods for bunions and bunionettes aren’t enough and you need an orthotic device or injection therapy. The good news is that we can help with that!

When you reach the point that the pain or discomfort is simply too much, give our office a call. We have the expert foot specialists to help with any condition you may be experiencing. Simply reach us at (713) 467-8886 or use our online form to request an appointment today. Also, don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter for the latest news and tips!

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
March 03, 2015
Category: Bunions
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

Is a bunion stopping you from hiking?Dallas, TX offers an array of outdoor activities to help keep residents and visitors physically active. The city has over 21,000 acres of parks, so there are plenty of places to play soccer or ultimate Frisbee with friends. For those who need a little solitude, there are excellent hiking options at Katy Trail and Santa Fe Trail. When you experience pain or discomfort from a troublesome bunion, though, spending time in the great outdoors may be the last thing you want to do.

If conservative treatments just aren’t enough to ease your pain, maybe now you are contemplating a bunion surgery to resolve the condition and provide the relief you need. It is important to understand exactly what is entailed with regard to every step, especially recovery from the procedure, before making that decision.

The main thing you should know about your recovery is that it will take time. A full recovery takes an average of five months, but this doesn’t mean that you will be laid up for the entire duration. The first two weeks after the procedure will require wearing a cast or surgical boot to protect your affected foot and keep your stitches dry. Once the boot or cast is removed, you will likely need crutches to assist in keeping your bodyweight off of the recovering foot. We will also provide a brace for added support.

Gradually, you will be able to start placing some weight on the foot, but it is important that you keep off your feet as much as possible. Icing your foot at this time can help to speed up the healing process and reduce inflammation in the area. Three to four weeks after the surgery, you should be able to drive.

Entering any invasive medical procedure, including bunion surgery, is not a decision you should make lightly. It is important to have as much information as possible, preferably from a foot doctor like Aleisha Allen, DPM, who has ample experience in the field. Here at Houston Foot Specialists, we have the experience to get results for you and will let you know exactly what to expect. If you live in the Dallas, TX area and suffer from the pain or discomfort of a difficult bunion, contact our office at (713) 467-8886 or schedule an appointment online. Let us restore your foot to its normal, pain-free condition today!

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By Aleisha Allen, DPM
February 23, 2015
Category: Bunions

Bunion Surgery MythsHere at Houston Foot Specialists we don’t need to bring in the experts from the Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” to lay some common misconceptions about bunion surgery to rest. We’ll let those guys tackle historical warfare and blow random objects up while we educate you about this particular surgical procedure. Our Houston, TX office understands that patients may have concerns, but we are here to help!

Myth #1: Bunions Just Return Anyhow

It is possible that a bunion will return, but it is not a particularly likely scenario if you make changes and follow instructions. Most patients are satisfied with the outcome from the procedure and go forward without recurrence. When bunions do return, it is often on account of a biomechanical function that we can help to correct with the use of orthotics.

Myth #2: Intense Pain

Bunion surgery is simply not any “more” painful than surgeries for other ailments. There will be a certain degree of discomfort or even pain with any invasive medical procedure, but we create a plan to help with that and if followed, will keep any discomfort to a minimum.

Myth #3: Unsightly Scars

Some people believe that this procedure leads to unsightly scars that will mar the foot. We will discuss the surgery in advance and you can learn more about where the location of the incisions and what size you can expect. Incisions are kept at a minimum and this means surgical scars will be, too.

Myth #4: Casts and Crutches for Months

Depending on the nature of your bunion, recovery from the surgery may simply entail wearing a surgical shoe for up to six weeks. The nature of some modern procedures can allow for protected walking at only two weeks postoperatively.

Myth #5: Not Necessary

Some people may think that surgery for a bunion is unnecessary, but when this deformity causes pain and affects your ability to perform daily tasks, it might be what you need. We will first attempt to treat the condition conservatively. When those effort are not enough, then we look to surgery as the answer to your problem.

If you are looking for a Houston-area foot doctor who has the expertise and skill to deftly handle your bunion surgery, then you need to see Aleisha Allen, DPM. Contact our office by calling (713) 467-8886 or using our online form to make an appointment today.

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