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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 00:00

Do your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately?

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:00

Utilizing Exercises to Help Treat Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are bony protrusions that can be caused by calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel bone. They can be very painful to live with. There are some exercises that may help with the pain; it is recommended, however, that you ask your podiatrist if exercising is right for you. The towel exercise is done by trying to grip a towel on the ground with your toes and bringing it closer to your body while keeping your feet in place. Another good foot exercise is a belt stretch. Utilizing a belt, lay on your back with your legs extended and grab each end of the it while placing the middle on the bottom of your feet. Pull the belt towards you while you push against it. Rolling a tennis ball under your foot is a good way to stretch and relax the muscles. A water bottle works in a similar way, and a frozen water bottle can help provide additional relief. Following these exercises—in addition to practicing a healthy diet, wearing comfortable shoes, and losing weight if you are overweight—can all help provide relief from heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Douglas Webb from Texas. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main conditions spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Alvin and Webster, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 18 December 2017 00:00

Taking Proper Care of Foot Wounds

Knowing how to take care of a wound on your foot is important, especially if you are diabetic as it is more susceptible to infection and less likely to heal properly. In addition to diabetes, not maintaining a healthy diet and excessive drinking can also make it harder for wounds to heal. If you do sustain a foot wound, wash the area gently with mild soap and water and then apply a bandage. It is important to change bandages everyday in order to promote healing. If the foot wound seems serious it is recommended that you see a podiatrist. If you are a diabetic, however, every foot wound should be considered serious and seeing a podiatrist is strongly recommended.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Douglas Webb from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Cracked heels are generally not a serious health concern for non-diabetics. Having said that, they can be a discomforting and even slightly painful issue. Cracked heels are typically caused by dry skin, so making sure to keep your feet hydrated is important. Foot creams can be very helpful in restoring moisture to the feet and helping to keep them moisturized. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water to help keep your body hydrated, which will also help to keep your skin hydrated as well. Maintain a healthy diet, and eat foods that will help keep your body healthy. Try to use soaps or skin products that are mild and do not contain harsh chemicals that can damage your skin. Washing your feet daily will help keep them clean and help prevent any potential bacteria or fungus from infecting your feet. Finally, when you dry your feet, pat them dry instead of rubbing them dry as this can damage skin.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Douglas Webb from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 00:00

Before you start dancing...

 

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Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch will miss around two to four weeks due to a high ankle sprain. Lynch sustained the injury during the third quarter of the Oakland Raiders and Broncos game. He was seen wearing a boot on his right ankle when he was leaving on the team’s bus. Fellow teammate and backup quarterback Trevor Siemian will take his place. Unfortunately for Broncos fans, not only was Lynch injured, but the Broncos lost 21 to 14.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Douglas Webb from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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