Blog Archive

Is it normal for my heels to hurt? Oct 10th, 2019

Is it normal for my heels to hurt? The short answer is, No! Usually heel pain is caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis, which in laymen terms means, inflamed ligament like structure on the bottom of the heel. This condition can be extremely debilitating if left untreated. The good...

When You Should Seek Professional Help For An Ingrown Toenail Apr 1st, 2019

Ingrown toenails are common and may not seem like a real podiatric emergency to many people. A condition in which the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding tissue, ingrown toenails typically develop as a result of over-trimming the nail, stubbing the toe, wearing shoes with confining toe space,...

Heel Pain: The 3 Most Common Causes Mar 1st, 2019

Heel pain tops the list of chronic foot pain experienced by most Americans. A record 87% of women and 68% of men describe experiencing some type of heel pain at some point in their adult lives. The reasons for heel pain can be attributed to poor choices in footwear, standing...

How Botox Can Help Treat Foot and Ankle Conditions Feb 1st, 2019

When you think of Botox®, you likely think of its use for antiaging procedures and cosmetic results, but Botox isn’t just for beauty. Physicians have incorporated Botox injections into a range of remarkable therapeutic uses, from addressing a twitchy eyelid to treating an overactive bladder and curing sweaty palms. Podiatrists...

The Great Benefits of Using Biologic Therapy as an Alternative to Surgery Jan 17th, 2019

Your feet are complex structures of bone, muscle, ligament, and tendon. They carry you through life and absorb your weight as you walk. In fact, your feet bear the force of up to three times your body weight when you run. Whether you’re a runner or not, your feet get...

5 Tips for Buying Shoes Your Feet Will Love Dec 10th, 2018

Have you ever bought a pair of shoes you thought were comfortable only to wear them for a day and find your feet aching? At Houston Foot and Ankle Care, Dr. Gabriel Maislos understands the importance of finding comfortable, suitable footwear. Here are some tips for finding the perfect pair...

5 Common Exercise Injuries of the Foot Dec 10th, 2018

Exercising is one of the most effective ways to keep healthy and fit. It can even be a remedy for some disease conditions, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other common medical afflictions. Of course, exercise itself can also place great demands on your body, including the feet. In...

Winter is Here! Dec 10th, 2018

The winter is here and we need to protect our feet from the cold weather. Whether from the environment or a physical condition, the skin on our feet can become vulnerable levels of dryness. Some of the problems that can arise are dry skin making your feet dry and cracked, mostly...

William Levy’s Ankle Injury Dec 10th, 2018

As if Maria Menounos ankle injury was not enough, there has been another injured soul in Dancing with the Stars.  William Levy tweeted about how he has injured his right ankle while rehearsing and to play it safe, he is most likely going to sit out on tonight’s’ competition. (Unlike...

Summer Feet Dec 10th, 2018

SUMMER is here and it may present quite a challenge to keep your feet cool when walking around in extremely hot weather. Therefore, your feet need some special care and attention during the summer months. Heat and humidity will aid in the growth of bacteria, so taking measures to reduce...

Kevin Garnett Ankle Injury Dec 10th, 2018

WALTHAM, Mass. — Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Kevin Garnett is battling inflammation in his injured left ankle and estimated the team will give him two weeks off to recover. Ainge believes that Garnett initially injured the ankle against New Orleans on Wednesday, then played on...

Fungal Toenails Remedy Dec 10th, 2018

Nail infection is a complex problem because if can start in some people because of family history of susceptibility, increasing age, poor health, nail trauma, climate (warm and moist), and exposure to infected nails in places such as sports/fitness centers, communal bathing areas, and nail salons.  Since they’re so close to the...

DO YOU WANT HEALTHY AND BEAUTIFUL NAILS? Dec 10th, 2018

DaniPro Anti-fungal infused nail polish is a product that has free of damaging chemicals. It also helps keep the nails looking healthy and is safe, effective, and organic and 100% natural.Is been infused with FDA-approved anti-fungal additive proven to effectively fight nail fungus. DaniPro contains Undecylenic acid, which has anti-fungal...

The Giants Player Foot Injury Dec 10th, 2018

Pablo Sandoval from the Giants injured his foot running out a ground ball on May 30th, 2013. He has had two MRI scans, the results are still unclear. He has sat out three games since his foot injury, and it appears that the Giants will be without im for another...

A Fracture for the New England Patriots Dec 10th, 2018

Julian Edelman, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, had fractured his right foot last season. He has re-injured his right foot and was ordered to wear a walking boot. He was recently seen without the cam walker, which can mean that he is ready for training camp.A foot fracture...

Johnathan Horton’s Foot Injury Dec 10th, 2018

Artistic gymnast Jonathan Horton is not letting a foot injury (which he suffered last October)stops him from competing in the summer Olympics.  Although he considers the injury a minor setback, he still calls it a “blessing.”  He says that he will “not only be able to do the harder routines, but...

Summer and Toenail Fungus Dec 10th, 2018

Summer weather has arrived in Houston! It is time to jump in the pool! Here are some precautions you can take while being in public pools or water parks where toenaill fungus is more likely to catch on: Never walk barefoot! Make sure to wear sandals at all times when walking around...

Summer and Ingrown Toenails Dec 10th, 2018

The last thing you want is an ingrown toenail to prevent you from showing off your feet this spring and summer. The most common toenail disorder is ingrown toenails, in which the side of the toenail grows painfully into the adjacent soft tissue, leading to irritation, redness, swelling, and even infection....

Our Shoe Store Dec 10th, 2018

Common foot problems caused by the use of high heels include bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, corns, and calluses.  Some women are even having plastic surgery done to their feet just so that they can be able to walk in their cute pair of four-inch high heels.  Most common are corns and...

Olympic Games- Radcliff’s Reoccurring Foot Pain Dec 10th, 2018

Paula Radcliffe has suffered from a reoccurring foot injury, and although it has not stopped her from participating in the Olympic Games.  “The joint in my foot that can give me trouble has been giving me a bit of a problem,” Radcliff says in regards to her foot pain.  While she...

News About Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain) Dec 10th, 2018

Two million Americans suffer from plantar fasciitis. One out of 10 people experience it in their lifetime — making it the most common cause of heel pain. So, what can you do to not only treat it, but prevent it? Walking. Our feet average 115,000 miles of it in our...

New York Yankees Shortstop May Need Surgery on Broken Ankle Dec 10th, 2018

New York Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter reportedly will visit a foot and ankle specialist in Charlotte, N.C., in the coming days to determine whether he will need surgery to repair the broken ankle he sustained in Saturday’s ALCS Game 1. Jeter, according to multiple media reports, underwent more...

New Treatments for Toenail Fungus and Heel Pain Dec 10th, 2018

Don’t forget to come see us at Houston Foot and Ankle Care where Dr. Gabriel Maislos and his wonderful staff can help you feel better and walk better! We specialize in all types of foot disorders such as bunions, ingrown toenails, heel pain, fungal toenails, and any other foot problems...

New Online Store Dec 10th, 2018

We have added our brand new online ourdoctorstore.com/maislos! Just click on the shopping cart next to our blog button at the top right of our website. This allows you to browse for quality products that will enhance the well being of your feet before and after you visit us. The best...

Motley Crue Vince Neil Foot Fracture Dec 10th, 2018

hTe Tour’ came to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio last night and before Kiss or Motley Crue could take the stage, the trouble began. Vince Neil fractured two bones in his left foot and was seen limping around the stage from the very first song. After the show, he confirmed his foot...

Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Dec 10th, 2018

Toenail fungus is one of those conditions where you feel like that is all people notice, so you keep your toes out of sight no matter what the weather is! Flip flop season is quickly approaching in Houston, so if you have fungal toenails, it’s time to treat it fast! Luckily...

Ask a Podiatrist: What Does Diabetic Foot Pain Feel Like? Dec 10th, 2018

Ask a Podiatrist: What Does Diabetic Foot Pain Feel Like? Diabetes is a widespread disease affecting millions around the world. In fact, 2 million new cases of diabetes are reported annually in just the United States. This disease can cause damage to the nerves, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and other vital organs...

What’s On My Foot? Corns or Calluses? Dec 10th, 2018

It is very disconcerting when you discover a weird new sore or growth on your foot. Most people have experienced having blisters, but do you know the difference between corns and calluses? Cause There are many causes for developing corns and calluses, many of which are from ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or repetitive...

Dealing With Nail Bed Injuries Dec 10th, 2018

Dealing With Nail Bed Injuries Our nails are a specialized body structure present only in primates. They are believed to be an evolutionary adaptation of claws, designed to support grasping while protecting the fingers and toes. Nails are made of keratin, the same hard protein that is also found in...

5 Benefits of Orthotics Dec 10th, 2018

When treating foot and ankle conditions, foot care specialists will often prescribe orthotics to place in your shoes as a first measure. Orthotics, especially custom-made ones, can offer pain relief from hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, flat foot, high arches, bunions, and diabetic foot ulcers. Types of Orthotics The generic ones that you see at the store are referred...

Treating Your Ingrown Toenail Dec 10th, 2018

Warmer weather is here in the Houston area! Are your toenails healthy and in good condition for spring and summer footwear? If not, it is time to be proactive and get the treatment you need. Out of the many conditions that affects the toenails, ingrown toenails are one of the most painful...

Pregnancy and Your Feet Dec 10th, 2018

When you are expecting a little one, your body goes through enormous changes, both physical and emotional. During the 9-month gestation process, women experience a host of changes throughout their body, including their feet. Some common podiatric issues that pregnant woman experience are: Swollen legs and feet – A growing...

Common Nerve Problems of the Foot Dec 10th, 2018

When we experience pain or discomfort in our feet, we usually think of joints, tendons, and muscles as the source. However, nerves can also pose problems and can cause painful conditions as well. Below are some of the most common nerve conditions of the foot that are treated by podiatrists....

5 Common Running Injuries Dec 10th, 2018

The foot is a complex and integral structure made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments and muscles working together to support our body weight. During running, the feet are pounded on the ground with a force of many times our body weight, so it is no surprise that...

Podiatrist Tips: Senior Foot Care in Houston, TX Dec 10th, 2018

As you age, your body may not be able to keep up as well with your mind and spirit. Your feet have no doubt endured years of walking, running, dancing, jumping, and all kinds of movements, which can lead to a variety of problems like bunions, hammertoes, corns, calluses, heel pain, and fungal infections. Maintaining...

Benefits of Physical Therapy Dec 10th, 2018

When people hear physical therapy, they may think of athletes who underwent surgery or had a major injury. However, physical therapy can be applied to a wide range of foot and ankle conditions and can even help to reduce chances of surgery. Physical therapists are licensed professionals who have extensive...

Treating Morton’s Neuroma Dec 10th, 2018

Nerve pain can be a frustrating condition to have because the source of the pain is not always obvious. A neuroma, which is a growth of nerve tissues that typically forms between the third and fourth toes, can cause tingling, numbness, swelling, and pain in the toes or forefoot area. When...

Why Do I Keep Spraining My Ankle? Dec 10th, 2018

If you have sprained your ankle numerous times in your life, it can be a frustrating and painful process. For those who engage in regular athletic activities, ankle injuries can be frequent and how you treat them can play a big role in your future foot health. Often, sprains are not treated...

Shoes for Diabetics Dec 10th, 2018

People with diabetes have the inability to create or use insulin to produce energy from sugars, starches and other foods. Heightened levels of blood glucose affects many body systems and can cause issues such as lowered immune responses, decreased blood circulation, and nerve damage. Diabetics suffer from many types of foot and...

Diabetic Foot Ulcers Dec 10th, 2018

People who have diabetes are faced with many challenges to their health due to the abnormally high levels of blood glucose. Foot problems are the most common reasons for hospitalization for diabetics, especially because a suppressed immune response and nerve damage often leads to small injuries worsening. One complication diabetics face is...

8 Ways to Prevent Fungal Infections Dec 10th, 2018

Developing fungal infections on your feet can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, especially during hot summer months when you want to show off your feet! Fungi that cause infections in the skin and nails can be found all around us, but they prefer environments that are dark, moist, and warm, which...

How to Prevent Swollen Feet Dec 10th, 2018

Many people experience swelling in the feet or ankles, which can be due to a variety of reasons ranging from minor local conditions to more serious conditions that involve the whole body. Usually, foot or ankle swelling is the result of an underlying issue, such as: Trauma to the ankle,...

Healthy Eating for Your Feet Dec 10th, 2018

When people talk about healthy eating, they may talk about it in the context of maintaining a healthier weight or improving heart health, but it can also play an important role in having good foot health. The feet are subjected to incredible amounts of pressure as they support us through...

Treating Your Achilles Tendinitis Dec 10th, 2018

Achilles tendinitis is a very common condition that most people will have experienced at least once in their lifetime. Since it is often a result of repetitive movements that lead to overuse, achilles tendinitis can appear gradually and worsen over time. Dr. Gabriel Maislos of Houston Foot & Ankle Care treats all types of sports-related...

Summer Foot Pain Dec 10th, 2018

Now that it’s officially summer in Houston and school is out, many people are enjoying their summer vacations. Lots of opportunities to swim and engage in water activities and the Texas summer heat naturally makes sandals and flip flops a popular footwear choice. However, as a result, the number of...

Arthritis – Treating Painful Joints Dec 10th, 2018

Your foot is a complex and important structure made up of muscles, joints, ligaments, and other tissues that support and help maneuver your body in all types of ways, so when you have pain or discomfort, it can disrupt even the smallest movements. Arthritic joint pain is a common and...

How Runners Can Prevent Achilles Tendinitis Dec 10th, 2018

Fall is coming. With the drop in temperatures, more people will be participating in physical activities of all kinds, such as school sports, league competition, and recreational fitness. Runners, especially in the South, like to train in the fall and winter months. If you’re a Houston runner, chances are you...

2016 Olympians Prove That a Foot Injury Can Be Overcome Dec 10th, 2018

The 2016 Olympics Games have begun, kicking off just over two weeks of athletic competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 11,000 athletes are expected to take part in the 42 Olympic sports, including fan favorites like gymnastics, swimming, soccer, track and field, basketball, cycling and many more. Every...

Treating Tendon Problems with the Tenex Procedure Dec 10th, 2018

Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis are conditions that are common among people who are involved in physical activities of all kinds, such as running, jumping, or walking on a regular basis. However, they can also affect people who are on their feet for extended periods of time. Research carried out...

Heel Spur Causes, Symptoms, Treatments and Surgery Dec 10th, 2018

Heel spur (or osteophyte) is a term derived from the calcaneal spur. These small bone growths are caused by calcium deposits at the back or underside of the heel. Heel spurs are common in patients suffering from plantar fasciitis, especially if it has been left untreated for a long time. Approximately 70%...

What is a Bunionette (or Tailor’s Bunion)? Dec 10th, 2018

A bunionette (also called a Tailor’s Bunion) is an abnormal bump that appears at the end of the fifth metatarsal (bone of the foot). The bump develops as a result of an enlarged portion of the fifth metatarsal head. It is similar to a bunion, which occurs at the end of the...

Everything You Need to Know About Athlete’s Foot Dec 10th, 2018

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that affects the outer layer of the skin of the foot. Athlete’s foot is not only limited to athletes – anyone who is exposed to the fungus can be infected. According to the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics...

Five Exercises for Fit Feet Dec 10th, 2018

Exercise. We read that word and immediately think of all the ways people choose to work out: for sports, weight management, recreation, stress management, and countless other reasons. But while athletes take all-around conditioning seriously, how many of us think of exercising our feet to keep them in tip-top shape? After...

Reduce Pain from Common Conditions with Foot Exercises Dec 10th, 2018

In our last post, “Five Exercises for Fit Feet,” we outlined some great exercises that you can perform to enhance your foot health in general. They were focused on helping you increase foot balance, strength and stability, while reducing the risk of injury or pain. In this article, we dive...

R.I.C.E. Therapy – Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation
 Dec 10th, 2018

R.I.C.E. treatment is a simple DIY protocol that is recommended for any soft tissue injury where there is swelling and pain. We are all susceptible to soft tissue injuries (those that affect muscles, tendons and ligaments), sometimes caused by participation in sports but also often sustained during everyday activities. Most of...

Gout and Your Feet Dec 10th, 2018

Gout, or gouty arthritis, is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is very painful. It occurs as a result of excess uric acid in the bloodstream. The acid forms fine, needle-like crystals within joints, causing sudden and severe pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness. Gout is actually one of the oldest documented diseases,...

What is Ankle Arthroscopy? Dec 10th, 2018

Ankle arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that involves the use of a small fiber-optic video camera known as arthroscope. The camera is used to magnify and transmit images of the ankle to a video monitor. The arthroscope is inserted into the ankle to enable the surgeon evaluate and treat patients using a...

Onset of Flat Feet – Acquired Adult Flatfoot Deformity Dec 10th, 2018

Acquired adult flatfoot deformity (AAFD) is a foot condition that occurs as a result of the flattening of the longitudinal arch of the foot. It is also referred to as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. The bones of the foot contain many ligaments that hold it together. One of them is...

A Podiatrist’s Tips for Running Safely This Season Dec 10th, 2018

Do you know someone who is in training for the Houston marathon season? We all know running offers a lot of health benefits, from improved cardiovascular health and weight management to the prevention of bone and muscle loss. However, like any other activity that challenges the body, you must be...

5 Reasons to See a Podiatrist Dec 10th, 2018

Out of sight, out of mind? For many individuals, foot care is often neglected. It’s easy to take feet for granted and put up with discomfort, especially when we can still move through life without major hiccups. Plus, most people are used to seeing a primary care physician as their...

Avoid Foot and Ankle Injuries on the Slopes Dec 10th, 2018

With popular ski resorts across North America set to open in the coming days, many Houstonians are already planning trips to hit the slopes this holiday season and beyond. Whether you’re planing to ski or snowboard, it’s not uncommon for newbies and seasoned veterans to experience some sort of foot...

Why Do My Feet Hurt More in the Fall and Winter? Dec 10th, 2018

What’s not to love about the arrival of Fall in Houston? We finally get cooler weather and a much-awaited end to mosquito season. However, many individuals experience foot pain and discomfort during the Fall and Winter months. Whether due to chronic conditions that flare up, or acute injuries taking their...

What We’re Grateful For… Dec 10th, 2018

When Dr. Maislos set out to establish his Houston podiatry practice many years ago, his goal was to bring modern innovation into every aspect of patient treatment, while preserving the time-tested gold standard of patient care that is rarely seen in healthcare today. His passion for correcting foot and ankle disorders has...

What is Turf Toe? Dec 10th, 2018

If you’ve ever watched a sports event and heard that a player was suffering from “turf toe” you may have wondered what that meant. Turf toe is a painful condition that happens when there is a sprain of the ligaments surrounding the big toe joint (the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP, joint). Turf toe...

Prone to Chilblains? How to Avoid this Cold Weather Condition Dec 10th, 2018

Chilblains are the painful inflammation of small blood vessels that develop on the skin. They occur as a result of continuous exposure to cold air. They cause itching, small red patches, inflammation and blistering, usually on the hands, feet, nose and ears. Chilblains occur mostly from the months of November...

Podiatrist’s Tips for Preventing Smelly Feet Dec 10th, 2018

Tired of dealing with smelly feet? Foot odor, also known as bromodosis, is a common condition triggered by sweat production and bacterial growth. There are 2 million sweat glands in the body and half a million of them are found on the feet. Their function is to cool the feet, but sweating...

Happy Holidays from Houston Foot and Ankle Care Dec 10th, 2018

We wish you a wonderful holiday season, filled with joy and celebration! It’s that time of year again, when Houston can’t decide whether to stay “wintry” or swing back towards warmer weather. Or is it the other way around? It doesn’t matter…It’s the holiday season, and that’s what’s on our...

To Your Foot and Ankle Health in the New Year! Dec 10th, 2018

At Houston Foot and Ankle Care, our number one priority is taking care of our patients, helping them attain the highest quality of foot and ankle health available to them. We deal with everyday foot care, acute conditions, chronic issues, and everything in between. Our mission is to heal through...

Is My Toe Broken? Dec 10th, 2018

You’re frantically – painfully – hopping around the gym, wondering how on earth you could have possibly dropped that weight directly on your toe. Or, you’re seeing stars, having stubbed your toe on a doorjamb or other solid, immovable object in the middle of the night. When you’re finally done whooping in...

What is a Ganglion Cyst of the Foot? Dec 10th, 2018

A ganglion cyst of the foot is a fluid-filled sac this often forms over a joint or tendon. They can appear anywhere on the body, most commonly on feet, wrists and hands. Ganglion cysts are visible just under the surface of the skin. They are typically round in shape, and...

Ask the Podiatrist: What are Webbed Toes? Dec 10th, 2018

What foot deformity to actors Dan Aykroyd, Ashton Kutcher and Tricia Helfer have in common? They were born – and made it big – with webbed toes. Webbed Toes – An Overview Webbed toes, or syndactyly, is a condition where two or more toes are fused together. While all human...

Raynaud’s and Your Feet Dec 10th, 2018

Raynaud’s syndrome is a rare autoimmune disorder that affects blood vessels in the fingers and feet. It causes vasospasms, a brief constriction of those blood vessels, when you feel cold or when you are under high levels of stress. There are two types of Raynaud’s: primary Raynaud’s and secondary Raynaud’s....

Treating Nerve Pain in the Feet Dec 10th, 2018

Nerve pain, sometimes referred to as neuropathic pain, is a prickling, tingling or stabbing pain that arises as a result of damaged nerves sending false signals. These signals cause health problems when they do not allow an individual to feel pain associated with an injury to the foot or ankle....

Dealing with Dry, Cracked Feet Dec 10th, 2018

The amount of work your feet perform in a lifetime is enormous. According to statistics, an average person living until they are 80 years old has walked about 110,000 miles. That’s a lot of pressure over years, and failing to properly moisturize your feet can cause a cracking of the...

Do I need an ankle replacement? Dec 10th, 2018

While the ankle is a tough and durable part of the body, often able to withstand a lifetime’s use and function, it is also susceptible to wear and tear. The ankle joint connects the leg to the foot, and is comprised of a surface covered with cartilage at the end...

Are Your Feet Trying to Warn You About Disease? Dec 10th, 2018

The feet are most often the least cared for part of the body. Sometimes this is due to an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality, and other times, it’s the fact that we take our feet for granted and ignore aches, pains, and other sensations that would normally get...

What is Restless Legs Syndrome? Dec 10th, 2018

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder of the part of the nervous system that causes throbbing, pulling and other kinds of unpleasant sensations in the lower legs and feet. This generates an uncontrollable urge to move the legs. Because of this, people with restless legs syndrome find it difficult...

Preventing CrossFit Foot Injuries Dec 10th, 2018

CrossFit has become unstoppable, now one of the biggest fitness trends in the U.S. And it’s not just popular in America. In fact, there are over 13,000 gyms in more than 120 countries around the world. That’s more locations than a little coffee shop by the name of Starbucks (which boasts just...

Ask a Podiatrist: What is Morton’s Toe? Dec 10th, 2018

The term “Morton’s toe” was coined by an American orthopedic surgeon, Dudley Joy Morton. Morton’s toe is a common forefoot disorder where the second metatarsal bone (at the base of the second toe) is longer than the first metatarsal (at the base of the big toe). This condition is also...

When Being Barefoot Can be Risky Dec 10th, 2018

We’ve written in the past about the benefits of walking barefoot, especially for the purposes of strengthening the soft tissue structure and bones of your feet. And if you are in the habit of enjoying an occasional walk through moist grass or on a sandy beach, you know how wonderful it...

What are Claw Toes? Dec 10th, 2018

You may have heard about hammer toe or mallet toe, but did you know there is also a condition known as claw toe? In claw toe deformity, the four smaller toes of the foot bend upward at the joint that meets the foot, and the two joints nearest the tips of the...

Dealing with Bone Cysts of the Foot and Ankle Dec 10th, 2018

A bone cyst occurs as a result of fluids filling up a cavity that develops inside a bone. This condition can affect people of any age, especially children and adolescents. Bone cysts are not cancerous and they don’t pose any threat to health. However, if a cyst enlarges, it can...

Podiatrist Tips: TLC for Your Sore Feet Dec 10th, 2018

On your feet all day? Being on the go means our feet take a pounding pretty regularly. Yet, how often do you really stop to take care of tired, achy feet? We are more likely to ask a friend or family member for a back rub than to reach down...

All About Ankle Fractures Dec 10th, 2018

An ankle fracture, or broken ankle, occurs when there is a break in one or more bones of the ankle joint. There are three bones that make up the ankle: the tibia (bone on inner part of ankle), fibula (bone on outer-facing part of ankle) and talus. Many ligaments and fibers...

Ask the Podiatrist: Will a fallen toenail grow back? Dec 10th, 2018

A fallen toenail is medically referred to as Onycholysis or onychoptosis. It is a separation of the nail from the nail bed (the underlying skin which keeps it in place). The toenail may first appear as a discoloration, a sign of separation from the nail bed. The nail will gradually loosen, a process...

Podiatrist Tips: Improving Blood Circulation Dec 10th, 2018

Blood circulation in the body is very important to health. Blood circulates from the heart to every part of the body, including the legs and feet. As it circulates, it also returns the blood from the extremities back to the heart. The human heart muscle is one of the strongest,...

What are Orthotics and What Do They Do? Dec 10th, 2018

Orthotics are devices inserted into shoes to restore natural foot function. They are also referred to as shoe inserts, orthotic insoles or Orthoses. They may be used to temporarily cushion painful foot conditions, and to prevent or treat different bio-mechanical foot problems. For example, you can insert them into your...

Podiatrist Tips for At-Home/DIY Pedicures Dec 10th, 2018

Depending on where you are in the country, you may be ready to make the transition from closed footwear to open-style shoes and sandals. With warm weather and opportunities to enjoy sunnier days, routine foot care starts to sounds like a great idea – and your feet deserve all the care...

Pregnancy Foot Pain Relief Dec 10th, 2018

Expectant moms experience a lot of unique emotions and symptoms as they await the pitter-patter of little feet. However, mom’s feet can also go through a lot, including pain and discomfort. If you’re pregnant, your feet and legs will probably become achy and painful – it is one of the...

How Your Diet Affects Your Feet Dec 10th, 2018

You are what you eat. Or rather, the state of health throughout your body is a direct result of what you eat. Because of the association between diet and disease, most people think that the foods they consume only affect the primary organs of the body, such as the heart,...

Peroneal Tendinosis and Outside Ankle Pain Dec 10th, 2018

Peroneal tendinosis (also referred to as peroneal tendonitis) is a swelling and thickening of the peroneal tendon that passes behind the lateral malleolus on the outside of the ankle. This normally occurs during repetitive ankle motion such as running, jumping, or engaging in sports activities. Causes of Peroneal Tendinosis The...

Excess Body Weight and Foot Pain Dec 10th, 2018

It goes without saying that the feet are a very important part of the body. They keep you mobile, active and self-sufficient in so many ways. There is a correlation between an individual’s body weight and foot pain. People who are overweight have a BMI of between 25 and 29.9...

Following in Dad’s Footsteps at Memorial Hermann Dec 10th, 2018

This article was originally published in Memorial Hermann’s blog Everyday Wellness. This weekend, families will come together to honor and celebrate “dad” on Father’s Day. While fathers and father-like figures wear many hats, a number of dads at Memorial Hermann are creating family legacies in health care by inspiring their children...

Midfoot Pain – Sprain or Lisfranc Injury? Dec 10th, 2018

If you’re involved in sports or activities that involve rapid “cutting” and/or twisting movements, such as football, soccer, basketball, or field hockey, you may be more prone to midfoot injuries. The midfoot area contains a number of small bones, ligaments, and a portion of the metatarsal bones that extend to...

Is a Plantar Fibroma Causing Your Foot Pain? Dec 10th, 2018

If you’ve located a painful bump along the bottom of the foot, between the forefoot and heel pad, it may be a plantar fibroma. A plantar fibroma is a painful knot of fibrous tissue that  sometimes develops inside the plantar fascia – the long band of tissues connecting the heel...

What is Toespring and How Can it Cause Foot Pain? Dec 10th, 2018

When talking about shoes, most people understand terms like “arch support” and “cushioning”, but just how well do you really know them? In this post, we uncover toespring, and what you need to know about this design feature. As you may have observed, a shoe’s sole a and structure can vary...

Shin Splints Linked to Flat Feet Dec 10th, 2018

You’ve probably felt shin splint pain before, when you did too much, too soon – and developed pain along the front of your lower leg. It is also referred to as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS). But what exactly is a shin splint? Shin splints pain comes from the swelling...

Bursitis of the heel bone Dec 10th, 2018

Retrocalcanceal (heel bone) bursitis is the swelling of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) located at the back of the heel bone. The bursa contains synovial fluid which cushions and lubricates the areas where tendons, muscles, ligaments or bones glide against one another. There are many bursae located in different joints in...

Why Are My Toenails Black? Dec 10th, 2018

The natural color of toenails is a soft transparent white. However, you can see changes in color from white or yellow to black due to a variety of causes, including trauma, hematoma and fungal infections among many others. Black toenails are characterized by bruising or bleeding under the nail. Black...

Why Are My Feet Burning or Tingling? Dec 10th, 2018

Some people are afflicted by a condition in which there is a sensation of burning, tingling, pain or numbness (paresthesia) in the feet. There are a number of potential causes for burning feet. They range from peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) due to underlying conditions or to exposure to harmful substances....

Treating Plantar Warts Effectively Dec 10th, 2018

Foot warts, also known as plantar warts, are small growths with a rough texture that appear on the heels or other weight bearings areas of your feet, such as the ball of the foot. Foot warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). These viruses get access into your body through cuts,...

Ask the Podiatrist: Why is my foot cramping? Dec 10th, 2018

Foot cramps occur when there is an involuntary spasm of the muscles. They are painful and intense, but they don’t usually last long. They occur primarily in 3 locations: in the arch of the foot, around the toes, or through the calf muscle. You can experience these types of cramps at...

All About Charcot Foot Dec 10th, 2018

Charcot foot is a syndrome that arises from neuropathy (nerve damage) in the foot and/or ankle. With the loss of sensation caused by the nerve damage, the patient may experience injuries that they are not immediately aware of. They may experience redness and swelling, of the feeling of warmth in the affected...

Getting Back on Your Feet with Physical Therapy Dec 10th, 2018

If you’ve never suffered more than a minor injury, “physical therapy” sounds like something that only happens to athletes, or people injured in some type of accident. However, physical therapy actually describes a wide range of methods for restoring normal function somewhere in the human body. When it comes to...

Why Walking for Fitness is Underrated Dec 10th, 2018

Many people overlook the benefits of walking as a form of exercise for improving health. This is surprising because walking is one of the easiest things you can do on your own. It doesn’t require a lot of special gear, any technology, or expert coaching. And you don’t need a...

Relieving Heel Pain with Shockwave Therapy (EPAT) Dec 10th, 2018

Many people of suffer from heel pain, particularly first thing in the morning when they get out of bed and get on their feet. Usually, the pain level will subside slightly as one starts moving, but it may still be painful enough to limit one’s activity levels. Toward the end...

Understanding Ankle Osteoarthritis Dec 10th, 2018

In ankle osteoarthritis, the ankle’s articular cartilage begins to degenerate, resulting in pain, stiffness and swelling of the ankle. It usually occurs as a result of ankle fractures or other past injury that may have healed, but accelerated “wear and tear” on cartilage in the joint. Symptoms of Ankle Osteoarthritis...

Chip (Avulsion) Fractures of the Foot and Ankle Dec 10th, 2018

Chip fractures (also called avulsion fractures) are injuries that occur when tiny fragments of bone are chipped or pulled away from the bone’s main structure. The tendons and ligaments connecting the musculoskeletal structures will detach a portion of the bone as a result of excessive force generated during a fall...

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle Dec 10th, 2018

As we age, there are a number of different disorders that can interfere with our ability to remain active and healthy. One of those is arthritis, which is characterized by a painful swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints. Because the foot and ankle contain a significant number...

Get better at soccer by strengthening your weak foot Dec 10th, 2018

All around Houston, high school students are starting to prepare for the winter soccer season. Some soccer players have been at for most of their lives, playing in youth leagues and moving into club organizations. However, just as many will either be new to the sport or will come in...

Psoriatic Arthritis of the Feet Dec 10th, 2018

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a form of arthritis (joint inflammation) that affects people suffering from psoriasis. While psoriasis is most commonly perceived as a dermatological condition, causing red patches of the skin and silvery scales, it is actually an autoimmune disease that can just as easily cause the body to attack...

What is Ischemic Foot? Dec 10th, 2018

The human body is an amazing and complex system of interdependent structures, organs and tissues that work together day in and day out to function in ways we often take for granted. The cardiovascular system is responsible for pulling oxygen from the lungs and transporting it through the blood vessels...

American Shalane Flanagan Wins NYC Marathon Dec 10th, 2018

This past Sunday, Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon. She finished with a personal best time of 2:26:53, surprising the world with her first ever victory in a major world marathon. To do so, she had to upset Kenyan...

Regenerative Medicine: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Dec 10th, 2018

Just a few years ago, people suffering from chronic tendon and ligament pain faced limited options. They could comply with a long and slow conservative treatment protocol that kept them off their feet in the hopes of improving. Or, they could opt for surgery, which could provide a more predictable...

Happy Thanksgiving Dec 10th, 2018

We know that today, you’re probably busy enjoying time with family, friends, old traditions and new experiences. Whether you are gathered in the kitchen, around a table, or in front a television, it’s a day that is celebrated in so many ways. But we believe in giving thanks, and wanted...

Ask a Podiatrist: What is Stem Cell Therapy? Dec 10th, 2018

We’ve written before about the innovations in regenerative medicine, a family of techniques that rely on harvested human tissue to accelerate healing and recovery. The most recognized of these is Stem Cell Therapy, due to the publicity it has garnered in the treatment of athletes since 2011. That year, both MLB...

Ask a Podiatrist: What is Sesamoiditis? Dec 10th, 2018

Bones in the human body are mostly connected at joints, which enable you to bear weight and perform movement. However, there are certain bones that don’t require a joint, instead they are connected to tendons or encased in muscles. Beneath the base of the big toe, there are two small...

Ask a Podiatrist: What is Surgical Hardware? Dec 10th, 2018

Bone is living tissue and when it breaks, it has the ability to heal naturally. When such a fracture occurs, bone fragments are usually repositioned, gently stabilized and supported until the healing bone is strong to support body weight and movement. Until the late 19th century, foot and ankle surgeons...

Marcus Denmon Breaks Foot in Season Opener Dec 10th, 2018

According to French site LeJournal.com, Denmon has broken his fifth metatarsal in his right foot. He will be out for six weeks and no surgery will be needed. San Antonio Spurs 2012 NBA draftee guard Marcus Denmon, has injured his foot in the season opener for French team Chalon-Elan against...

Surgical Removal of Hardware Dec 10th, 2018

In our last post, we provided an overview of how surgical hardware, or implants, are used by podiatric surgeons in order to correct bone fractures and other related issues in the foot and ankle. In most cases, these medical implants are designed to stay in the body indefinitely. Bone and soft tissue will...

Lasers and Toenail Fungus Dec 10th, 2018

People have been fascinated with lasers going all the way back to the iconic image of James Bond being nearly split in two in the movie Goldfinger. No doubt this brought the idea of lasers as being cutting edge into the American psyche. Lasers have been used in medicine for...

Happy Holidays…Here’s to a Healthy 2018! Dec 10th, 2018

As we wind down 2017, we would like to extend our warmest holiday wishes to you. It’s our hope that you have enjoyed this holiday season surrounded by friendship and good cheer – and in the best of health. If you’re anything like us, you are already making plans for...

Laser Treatment for Beautiful Feet Dec 10th, 2018

Do you have embarrassing, irritating or painful toenail fungus? Is it preventing you from going to the beach or enjoying warm weather? If you suffer from fungal toenails, you’re not alone. And with summer right around the corner, now is the perfect time to do something about your unpleasant toenail...

Ask a Podiatrist: What is a stone bruise? Dec 10th, 2018

You may have heard someone complaining about something called a stone bruise on the ball of their foot. This term makes it sound like they struck their foot down hard on a rock and caused an injury, but that’s not quite right. A stone bruise is another term for the...

Kristen Stewart Trades in High Heels for Comfortable Sneakers Dec 10th, 2018

It is important to wear comfortable shoes, especially while standing for long hours. Kristen Stewart traded in her high heels for comfortable sneakers during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. It is never too late or important an occasion to be and feel comfortable in your own feet! Kristen Stewart strutted her...

What is Foot Drop? Dec 10th, 2018

Foot drop is a gait abnormality condition in which an individual finds it difficult to lift the front part of the foot, causing it to “drag” on the ground while walking. However, foot drop is not a disease, but a disorder affecting nerves and muscles. It is a sign of...

Kirsten Stewart’s Foot Injury Dec 10th, 2018

Kristen Stewart suffered from a foot injury while doing reshoots on the movie set of Breaking Dawn.  She got a punctured wound while filming a hunting scene. “I wasn’t trying to have ultimate swag when I walked out — I hurt my foot,” Stewart told Leno. “I wasn’t trying to...

Do I have a Stress Fracture of the Foot? Dec 10th, 2018

A stress fracture is a crack in a bone, or in certain cases, bruising within the bone. The bones of the human body are constantly undergoing change, based on the workload that is placed on them. As with any other type of cell in the body, bone undergoes a process...

Kelly Osbourne and Importance of Comfortable Shoes Dec 10th, 2018

Comfortable shoes are a must, whether you are walking the red carpet, or at a friends’ birthday party.  It is always important to have comfortable shoes so that your feet don’t have to suffer later or in the long run.  Some complications of wearing uncomfortable shoes include foot pain, bunions,...

Cycling and Foot Pain Dec 10th, 2018

Late winter/early spring is prime time for cyclists throughout Houston and southeast Texas. As our mild winters fade away, you’ve probably noticed the annual surge in cyclists on the roadways, whether riding solo or in organized groups. Some of these are casual riders just anxious to get back out there...

Giants Receiver Hakeem Nicks Fracture Dec 10th, 2018

Having sharp stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot when you first set foot in the morning? Or what about after sitting for a long time and then standing up? If so, then you might have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis affects the bottom of the...

Common Causes of Toenail Pain Dec 10th, 2018

When was the last time you paid much attention to your toenails? Sure, you keep them clean on a daily basis. And, of course, you trim them from time to time, or go further with pedicure service and other nail salon treatments. But in between those moments, you probably don’t...

Get Your Toenails Ready for the Spring! Dec 10th, 2018

Danipro is the first and only rich, luxurious, and chip-resistant nail polish containing an anti-fungal elements that have been FDA approved to kill the bacterial organisms that cause toenails fungus.  Danipro nail polish was created by a Podiatrist, and has been successfully tested for smoothness, texture, and color! Danipro Nail Polish contains ingredient Undecylenic...

What Are Your Toenails Revealing About Your Health? Dec 10th, 2018

Your toenails may seem like an insignificant part of your body, performing minor duties that we don’t give much thought to. However, your nails reveal a lot about the state of your health. Changes in toenail color, texture and shape can clue you in on underlying medical conditions, even before...

Flat Feet in Kids Dec 10th, 2018

A flatfoot deformity is where the arch on the inside border of the foot is more flat than normal. Flatfoot deformities can occur in all age groups, but appear most commonly in children. Some of these children grow up into adults who have feet with normal arches, but many of...

Tips for Choosing High Heels Dec 10th, 2018

Look into any woman’s closet, and you can count on finding at least one pair of high heels. They symbolize many different things to women, evoking emotional descriptions such as “sexy”, “stylish”, or “cute” – along with the more practical, “they make me taller.” We would argue that “dangerous” may...

FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira out due to broken foot Dec 10th, 2018

FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira is expected to miss about six to eight weeks due to a broken foot during a preseason exhibition.  With the right care and precautions, his broken foot can be healed so that he plays soccer again.  A broken foot is a common injury among athletes.  The seriousness...

Should I See a Podiatrist or an Orthopedic Surgeon? Dec 10th, 2018

When people first experience foot and ankle issues, they are often uncertain about how to get the problem evaluated. They take one of two approaches: a) consult with their primary care physician, who will usually refer a foot specialist; or b) take the search to Google to try to get...

Even Iron Man has foot injuries! Dec 10th, 2018

Robert Downey Jr. hurt his foot while filming “Iron Man 3” while performing a stunt.  There will be a short delay in production while he recuperates, Marvel Studios stated on Thursday.  Foot injuries are common among athletes and superheroes.  The first step to prevent a foot injury from getting worse is...

The Importance of Geriatric Foot Care Dec 10th, 2018

We’ve written repeatedly about just how neglected feet can be. Of all the parts in the human body, they are the most likely to fit the bill for “Out of sight, out of mind.” This may not be a problem or an issue of concern in your younger years, but...

EPAT- Heel pain Dec 10th, 2018

EPAT – Heel Pain ReliefThis modern technology is providing a new, non-invasive treatment for foot and heel pain relief. EPAT – Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment – is applied via a wand through pressure waves that stimulate the area of application. This area benefits from hightened metabolism, enhanced circulation, and aids...

Spring Cleaning for Your Feet Dec 10th, 2018

The best part of coming out of winter is when the cold, overcast days give way to warmth and sunshine. Even before Spring officially arrives, just getting the sense that the season is changing and color is returning is enough to brighten spirits. But your feet are probably the last...

Dodgers Kershaw and Plantar Fasciitis Dec 10th, 2018

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, but the good news is that it has not affected his pitching.  The bad news is that the plantar fasciitis that he has developed on his left foot is not going away anytime soon.  Plantar fasciitisis inflammation of the thick tissue on...

Tip: Stretching and Warm-Ups Matter Dec 10th, 2018

Although they are often lumped together, warm-up and stretching are two distinct practices, and they are vitally important for an optimal workout. Warm-ups prepare your body for what is ahead while stretching involves the actual stretching of muscles. A regular warm-up and stretching routine is key to maintaining good health,...

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Dec 10th, 2018

Diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, is damage to the nerves that allow you to feel sensations such as pain. There are a number of ways that diabetes damages the nerves, but they all seem related to blood sugar being too high for a long period of time. Diabetes-related nerve...

Danny Granger Injures Ankle Dec 10th, 2018

In the first half, Danny Granger came down on LeBron James and injured his ankle. He wound up scoring zero points in the second quarter after putting up a team high nine in the first. Granger presumably received treatment at the half and returned in the third. He drew a foul on the Pacers’...

PinPointe Laser Treatment Dec 10th, 2018

The first clinically proven laser device for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis, or nail fungus. Stop suffering the pain and embarrassment of unsightly nail fungus. PinPointe FootLaser is the easy and convenient treatment that helps turn your discolored and disfigured nails into clearer, healthier looking...

Your Solution to Dry Cracked Heels! Dec 10th, 2018

Feet that are cracked and dry may be uncomfortable and even painful.  Cracks and dry skin on the feet may cause difficulty with walking if the condition becomes severe, and complications such as skin infections may result.Cracked heels are a sign of lack of attention to foot care rather than just...

Preventing Neuromas Dec 10th, 2018

A neuroma is a pinched nerve that can also be a nerve tumor. The cause of a neuroma can be unclear, with many factors contributing to condition. Typically neuroma’s bring on burning sensation, tingling, numbness in the ball of foot region and between the toes. These symptoms usually occur when...

Different from the rest Dec 10th, 2018

Gabriel Maislos, DPM, FACFAS, and his team at Houston Foot & Ankle Care are dedicated to providing patients with cutting-edge foot care in a friendly and comfortable environment. Click Here for full article – It is on page 42

Effective Laser Treatment for Foot Fungus Woes Dec 10th, 2018

Nail fungus is a common condition most commonly brought on by exposure to warm, moist environments. To follow are some of the most common questions surrounding toenail fungus. Why do people get toenail fungus? Toenails are more susceptible to nail fungus than fingernails because fungi thrive in moist,dark environments, just like the...

What Are Your Shoes Really Doing To Your Feet? Dec 10th, 2018

Women often select fashion over comfort, but what are your shoes really doing to your feet? Here’s a discussion on high heels vs. flats. Heels vs. Flats, Fashion vs. Comfort Stilettos Shifts your body weight to the balls of your feet. Increases pressure on your toes. Forces knees and hips...

What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome? Dec 10th, 2018

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in the foot that is result of abnormal pressure on a nerve. This painful condition is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, which is experienced in the wrists. Tarsal tunnel syndrome isn’t as common as carpal tunnel syndrome, which sometimes makes it difficult to diagnose....

What Is Hammertoe? Dec 10th, 2018

Hammertoe is an abnormal bend in the joints of one or more toes, typically occurring in the second toe. It starts out as a mild deformity, but becomes worse with time. In its early stages, hammertoes can be treated with conservative measures. But if left untreated, hammertoe may require surgery....

Do I Have a Corn, Callus, or Wart? Dec 10th, 2018

It’s often difficult for patients to tell the difference between skin-related problems of the feet. Sometimes corns, calluses and warts are mistaken for one another. All three of these conditions require different treatment, so it is important to visit a podiatrist at the onset of a foot problem before taking...

How Are Bunions Treated? Dec 10th, 2018

Bunions form at the base of the big toe joint. Over time, the toe begins to point inward against the smaller toes, putting a strain on the joint of the toe. The skin that covers the joint may become red, sore, raw and irritated. Bunions are considered painful, and can negatively...

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Dec 10th, 2018

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the fibrous tissue that runs along the arch of the foot to connect the heel bone and ball of the forefoot. Heel spurs are not the same as plantar fasciitis; however, the two conditions are associated. Since the plantar fascia is subjected to...

Podiatrist Tips: Buying Shoes and Finding a Proper Fit Dec 10th, 2018

Wearing uncomfortable, ill-fitting, or lesser-quality footwear can lead to a host of foot and ankle problems, as well as foot injuries and even foot deformities over time. Use this checklist to make sure you choose the best shoe to head off foot issues before they start: Footwear should have a comfortable, durable...

Treating Ingrown Toenails Dec 10th, 2018

No podiatrist goes a day without facing an ingrown toenail. The painful condition arises from causes that are avoidable but often not obvious to patients. Read how Dr. Maislos treats them, and most importantly, how to avoid suffering one again. How do ingrown toenails develop? Ingrown toenails grow into the skin...

Spring Foot Care For Summer Fun Dec 10th, 2018

The birds start chirping, the flowers begin to bloom, and soon it will be sandal season. The cool, dry winter weather can take a toll on feet. Since they’re always covered, feet are often neglected during the harsh months of winter. This neglect leads to dry, cracked heels, corns, and...

Daily Foot Care Tips Dec 10th, 2018

Feet are one of the most neglected parts of the body. They are the most used too, which can lead to problems. Before you start experiencing foot pain, implement these daily foot care tips into your regimen. Steps For Healthy Feet Keep feet clean:Use warm, soapy water to wash your feet, and...

Foot Care Tips for Diabetes Patients Dec 10th, 2018

Over time, uncontrolled diabetes can create nerve and blood flow problems. Less oxygen, fewer nutrients and declining numbers of nerve signals reach the lower limbs, with the toes, feet and ankles suffering the earliest and worst damage. The skin dries out and cracks or tears, and wounds heal slowly or not...

4 Options For Treating Toe Fungus Dec 10th, 2018

When people suffer from toenail fungus, they can experience both itching and burning sensations, as well as a strong foot odor. Certain fungi can even spread from the foot and toes to the toe nail. When this happens the nail can become discolored, have a discharge, or even fall off. Toe...

Bunions: Everything You Need to Know Dec 10th, 2018

A bunion is a type of deformity that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Its appearance is that of a bony bump. As a result, the big toe starts pointing towards the smaller second toe creating an awkward angle. The bunion formation also leads to the thickening of...

Taking Care of Your Feet: A Guide For Diabetes Patients Dec 10th, 2018

Diabetes is a metabolic disease caused when there is inadequate supply of insulin in the body or when the body’s cells do not react to the production of insulin. In some cases, it can be both and as a result of these conditions, the body experiences an unhealthy increase in...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Heel Pain Dec 10th, 2018

Heel pain is a common problem that can be caused by a number of different factors. In some cases, heel pain can signal a more serious underlying cause, which can lead to other severe complications if ignored. Take a look at some of the most common causes of heel pain. Heel...

How Can Laser Toenail Treatment Help You Dec 10th, 2018

Toenail fungal infections are very common causes of developing deformed toenails or thick and yellow or discolored toenails. These infections progress gradually but steadily, and increasingly damage your toenails. Often, it is difficult to even notice that an infection has set in until it progresses quite a bit. One of...

What is a Hammertoe and How is it Treated Dec 10th, 2018

On the top and bottom of your toes, there are tendons present. When there is a muscle imbalance in these tendons, a deformity manifests; this deformity is called hammertoe. The deformity can result in problems like: formation of corns on toe top; formation of callouses on the balls of your feet....

Treating Hammer Toe In Children Dec 10th, 2018

Hammer toe is a foot deformity that affects the toes and alters their appearance. The condition is usually symptomized by a downward facing, claw-like appearance on one or more toes. The longest toe, usually the second toe is more likely to be affected by it, other toes can also be affected in...

Plantar Fasciitis – Symptoms and Signs Dec 10th, 2018

Leg or foot pain is widespread among adults and the most common reason for this is plantar fasciitis. It is a condition that is caused by the damage or strain of the ligaments in the part of the foot called the fascia. The fascia is a bunch of fibers that run at...

Importance of Seeing a Podiatrist Dec 10th, 2018

Most people encounter pain in their feet and ankles at some point in their lives, but many do not take their pain seriously, or they think that the pain will go away eventually. Your foot has 26 bones, and over 100 tendons and ligaments that work together in a complex manner to...

How to Select Children’s Shoes Dec 10th, 2018

Watching babies grow up into walking and talking children is an amazing experience. You can see the joy and excitement in their eyes as they take their first walk, run, and jump. Parents are always concerned with what types of shoes to get their little ones, so here are things...

Laser Treatment: Goodbye Nail Fungus Dec 10th, 2018

It’s the New Year and the time when we all try to start fresh and feel and look our best, so shouldn’t that include your toenails? Fungal nails are a condition that affects many, but it is often overlooked, or people attempt to treat it without the help of podiatrists....

3 Common Causes for Heel Pain Dec 10th, 2018

How often have you experienced mild heel pain and ignored it? Despite the fact that heel pain is very common, most people do not take pain seriously while walking, wearing high heels, or after exercise. The foot supports the entire body and is therefore under constant stress from walking and...

Foot Care for Diabetics in Houston, TX Dec 10th, 2018

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that results in high blood glucose and over 21 million Americans were diagnosed in recent years. Although the most significant part of treatment is managing blood glucose levels, diabetes also affects foot and ankle health tremendously and requires careful monitoring and care. Proper foot care for...

3 Common Pediatric Foot Problems Dec 10th, 2018

From the time babies are born to when they are young adults, their bodies go through an enormous amount of change. With so many changes, sometimes it is difficult to tell what is normal and what conditions require professional help. The following are 3 common pediatric conditions, some of which...

What is a Bunion and How Can You Treat It? Dec 10th, 2018

A bunion is a deformity in the big toe that results in bone overgrowth on the side of the joint. It is a common condition caused by overpronation of the foot, leading to the big toe deviating towards the other toes, sometimes even overlapping with the second toe. Bunions can cause pain...

Dealing with Arch Pain Dec 10th, 2018

Your arch is an important structure in your foot that helps absorb shock and distribute body weight for balance. It is made up of the tarsal and metatarsal bones and their surrounding connective tissues. When any of these ligaments, tendons, and muscles are subject to injury or overuse, arch pain can develop...

Treatment of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Dec 10th, 2018

One of the main reasons why people seek treatment at Houston Foot & Ankle Clinic is for heel pain, which can be caused by conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Patients are often misdiagnosed with these conditions that are caused by tissue pain, when in reality they are suffering from tarsal tunnel syndrome. Dr....

Healthy Weight, Healthy Feet Dec 10th, 2018

All of us are aware that obesity has a detrimental effect on our bodies. However, our awareness is usually focused on health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. The truth is that being overweight affects the entire body, and all its systems – and its effect on our feet...

Podiatrist Tips: Preventing Plantar Fasciitis Dec 10th, 2018

Plantar fasciitis is one of the major sources of heel pain, and it can be anything from a mild discomfort in the morning to intense deep pain that persists all day. It is common for runners and other athletes whose feet endure a lot of stress from repetitive movements, but can...

Types of Diabetic Foot Infections Dec 10th, 2018

Diabetes mellitus (DM) refers to the myriad of diseases which involves a high level of blood glucose over a long period of time. Elevated blood sugar can cause widespread damage to the blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Diabetes is capable of decreasing the immune system of the body. If...

Why is the Average Foot Size Increasing? Dec 10th, 2018

If you’ve shopped for shoes recently, either online or at a retailer, you may have noticed that there is a greater range of sizes being offered by certain brands. In the past, anything larger than size 11 for women or size 12 for men was hard to find or required...

Ask a Podiatrist: What is a Bone Bruise? Dec 10th, 2018

Virtually everyone is familiar with a bruise on the skin, but did you know that it’s also possible to suffer a bone bruise? Human bone is a composite of different kinds of tissue. A thin layer known as periosteum provides a covering for the bones. Within the bone is the medulla, comprising...

Care Tips for a Badly Stubbed Toe Dec 10th, 2018

Stubbed toes. Pretty much everyone has dealt with this very painful sensation. Often, we wonder if we broke a toe in those first excruciating moments, but in most cases, we’re only looking at a minor injury. Pain from a stubbed toe typically subsides in a matter of minutes. But what about those...

Can Nerve Damage Be Healed? Dec 10th, 2018

We have billions of nerves embedded throughout our bodies, creating a network with the purpose of transmitting messages between the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the body. When the nerves are healthy and in good working condition, your brain is able to coordinate bodily activities normally. You are...

Take a Hike: Proper Foot Care for the Trails Dec 10th, 2018

Hitting the trails, whether near home or in more exotic locales, is a popular activity among individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Hiking (and trekking) can be hugely gratifying. These activities can provide a peaceful connection to nature, an opportunity for “active meditation,” and a personal sense of achievement....

In-toeing & Out-toeing in Children Dec 10th, 2018

Watching your child take his or her first steps is always a memorable experience. Those first few steps are not always perfect. However, with time and practice, each step becomes more firm and stable. As parents often notice, many children start walking with their feet and toes turned at an...

What is Edema? Dec 10th, 2018

Edema is a medical term for swelling, or inflammation, in the body. Edema occurs when bodily tissues become engorged with fluids leaked from nearby blood vessels. This produces an abnormal accumulation of fluid under the skin, which can affect the entire body or just a body part. As a result,...

Capsulitis and Forefoot Pain Dec 10th, 2018

If you feel pain at the ball of the foot, especially around the base of the second, third or fourth toes, you may be experiencing a condition known as capsulitis. While capsulitis may start with mild symptoms, it is a problem that must be addressed early to avoid possible dislocation...

Understanding Peripheral Arterial Disease Dec 10th, 2018

An artery is a muscular-walled blood vessel that transports oxygenated (oxygen-rich) blood and nutrients from the heart to other parts of the body. The inner lining of the artery is smooth and flexible, allowing blood to circulate freely. When active, the muscles take up (utilized) the oxygen in the blood. Peripheral arterial...

Understanding Digital Amputation in Podiatry Dec 10th, 2018

‘Amputation’ can be a very frightening word for anyone. It is the process of removing extremity or an appendage from the body. For many people, the word brings up thoughts of battlefield triage or radical treatments from the early days of medicine. However, amputation is still a part of modern...

Avoiding Foot Problems During Travel Dec 10th, 2018

Summer’s here! Most families are looking forward to a break from school schedules, and with that, the possibility of free time and relaxation. It’s no surprise that travel plans are often a big and exciting part of summer for many people. Whether they head for tropical climates or cooler temps...

Foot and Ankle Pain Caused by Swimming Dec 9th, 2018

It’s that time of year in Houston…school’s out, swimming pools are open, and the hot weather makes taking a dip just about the most appealing thing in the world. For those who swim year-round, it’s easy to take it in stride and follow Dory’s advice, “Just keep swimming!” However, for...

Podiatrist Tips for Beautiful Summer Feet Dec 9th, 2018

You know the drill…temps start to rise and your feet are just begging to get out of closed shoes. In their place it’s time for sandals, strappy shoes, flip-flops and going au naturel…barefoot. If you’ve neglected your feet up until the summertime, you should definitely pay attention to them now. Here...

Houston Podiatrist Gabriel Maislos Featured on Memorial Hermann Interview Dec 7th, 2018

Houston podiatrist Gabriel Maislos, DPM, FACFAS, was recently invited to participate in a Facebook Live Q&A session hosted by Memorial Hermann. He was asked to share tips with the online audience regarding the hidden dangers of the nail salon. Dr. Maislos started by listing out some of the biggest “red flags” to look...

What Every Diabetic Should Know About Foot Care Nov 13th, 2018

When you have diabetes, high levels of glucose in your blood can damage nerves over time. This nerve damage results in a loss of sensation in the affected areas, most often your feet and hands — a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. This reduced sensation means you may not feel...

Hammertoe Surgery: All Your Questions Answered Oct 16th, 2018

If you need hammertoe surgery, you probably have plenty of questions. And why not? Hammertoe  — or any kind of surgery — can make you a bit nervous. You need to know what to expect, how to prepare for surgery and recovery, and if there are any complications you should...

5 Tips to Prevent Ankle Sprains Sep 26th, 2018

An ankle sprain arises when you twist or roll your foot suddenly, shifting the ankle joint out of its normal position. Although sprains often arise during athletics, they could also take place during normal activities such as walking across your lawn or going down or up the stairs. Getting medical...

Do Shoes or Genes Cause Bunions Aug 14th, 2018

You may have heard that wearing high heels will cause bunions. Or, you may think bunions are inevitable because everyone in your family has them. The truth is, there are several risk factors for bunions, and any combination of them can increase the likelihood you’ll develop the painful bump. What...

Learn About AmnioFix®, the Latest Regenerative Medicine Treatment For Alleviating Foot Pain Jul 19th, 2018

Beyond PRP: Learn About AmnioFix®, the Latest Regenerative Medicine Treatment For Alleviating Foot PainIt’s hard to enjoy a rich and active lifestyle when you’re suffering from foot pain. While the cause of foot pain can vary, some of the most common conditions are due to damage or inflammation, like:Diabetic footPlantar...