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Monday, 03 May 2021 00:00

When heel pain occurs in young children and teenagers, it may be indicative of a condition that is referred to as Sever’s disease. This is an ailment that affects the heels in people in this age group who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. It occurs as a result of rapid growth of the heel bone, which can happen faster than the development of leg muscles and tendons. Common symptoms of Sever’s disease that many children experience can include limping, severe tenderness in the heel and surrounding areas, and it can be difficult to walk comfortably. If you notice your child is favoring one leg and is complaining of heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can properly diagnose and can effectively treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Douglas Webb from Texas. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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 injuries.

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Monday, 26 April 2021 00:00

The foot condition that is known as cracked heels can become a medical issue without prompt treatment. This ailment can gradually develop from wearing shoes that have an open back, or from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day. Deep cracks in the skin are referred to as fissures, and can become infected without proper care. Existing medical conditions including diabetes and psoriasis can lead to the formation of cracked heels. Additionally, research has shown a deficiency in omega-3 or zinc can decrease the oil in the feet, and this may improve the chances of getting cracked heels. If you are afflicted with this condition, please consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe effective medication and offer mild relief options.

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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Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00

Onychomycosis, a fungal infection that often affects the toenails, can be difficult to treat. This is because the fungi are beneath the hard, sturdy surface of the nail, which makes it harder for treatments to reach the infection. Traditionally, treatments that may be prescribed for onychomycosis include topical solutions, which are applied directly to the surface of affected nails, and oral medications, which are taken in pill form. Topical medications are not always effective, while oral medications are fairly effective but can cause side effects that need to be monitored closely. Recently, laser treatments, which aim to kill fungi using a concentrated beam of light, have become increasingly popular. If you have toenail fungus, please consult with a podiatrist, who can help find the right treatment for you. 

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Dr. Douglas Webb from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

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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