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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Flip-Flops and the Feet

While flip-flops may signal the arrival of sunny summer days, they can also pose risks to foot health. These seemingly carefree shoes offer minimal support and protection, potentially leading to various foot problems. The lack of arch support and cushioning in flip-flops can alter the way people walk, causing them to grip the sandals with their toes, leading to strain and fatigue. This altered gait can also impact other parts of the body, potentially causing knee, hip, or back pain. If you opt for flip-flops, choose high-quality leather shoes that offer better support and durability. Ensure they fit well and reserve them for short periods or casual occasions. If you experience discomfort or have issues from wearing flip-flops, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for individualized treatment and advice on appropriate footwear choices for optimal foot health.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Scott Burdge, DPM from Advanced Ankle & Foot. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Katy, TX .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Foot and ankle pain can stem from a variety of sources, each with its unique challenges. Bruises often result from direct trauma, causing discoloration and tenderness. Puncture wounds, which may occur from stepping on sharp objects, can lead to infection if not properly treated. Injuries to ligaments and tendons, such as sprains and strains, are common, and typically result from overuse or sudden twists and turns, leading to swelling and pain. Dislocations, though less frequent, can occur from severe trauma, necessitating medical intervention to realign the bones. Retrocalcaneal bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa located at the back of the heel, often arises from repetitive stress or ill-fitting shoes, causing pain and swelling near the Achilles tendon. Addressing foot and ankle pain effectively requires identifying the specific cause and implementing appropriate treatments. If you have any type of foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Scott Burdge, DPM from Advanced Ankle & Foot. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Katy, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Saturday, 06 July 2024 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Relieving plantar fasciitis pain can be achieved through simple exercises that stretch and strengthen the foot. One effective exercise is the calf stretch, where you lean against a wall with one leg extended back and the other bent forward, stretching the calf muscles and reducing tension on the plantar fascia. The toe stretch involves sitting down and pulling your toes back toward your shin, helping to loosen the fascia. Rolling a tennis ball or frozen water bottle under your foot can massage and alleviate pain. Performing foot flexes by sitting with your legs straight and using a towel to pull your toes toward you can also provide relief. Consistently practicing these exercises can reduce pain and inflammation, promoting healing and preventing future flare-ups. If you have plantar fasciitis and are seeking additional effective foot stretches for relief, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist, who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Scott Burdge, DPM  from Advanced Ankle & Foot. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Katy, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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