Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

For basketball players, the Achilles tendon stands as a vital yet vulnerable component of their anatomy, often susceptible to injury due to the demands of the sport. The explosive movements, sudden changes in direction, and repetitive jumping place significant stress on this tendon, increasing the risk of strain or rupture. To prevent such injuries, athletes must prioritize proper conditioning and strengthening exercises, focusing on calf muscles and Achilles tendon flexibility. Incorporating dynamic warm-up routines and gradual progression in training intensity can also lower the risk of tendon overuse. Footwear plays a pivotal role, with supportive basketball shoes providing stability and shock absorption to lessen the strain on the Achilles tendon. Maintaining adequate hydration and nutrition aids in tissue health and recovery, further reducing the likelihood of tendon injuries. If you are a basketball athlete or a weekend warrior and have endured an Achilles tendon injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine the right treatment for you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Houston Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

A sign a plantar fibroma has developed is a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot. If it becomes painful or uncomfortable, surgery may be considered. In plantar fibroma excision surgery, managing postoperative healing is critical. Closed incision negative pressure therapy, or CINPT, and surgical drain placement are two techniques used for this purpose. CINPT involves applying a sealed dressing connected to a vacuum pump, which continuously removes fluid and reduces edema, promoting faster healing and minimizing infection risk. This method maintains a sterile environment and can improve wound outcomes. On the other hand, surgical drain placement involves inserting a tube into the surgical site to remove fluid buildup. While effective in preventing hematoma or seroma formation, it requires careful monitoring and regular emptying. Drains can sometimes increase the risk of infection and discomfort. Choosing between CINPT and surgical drains depends on the specific needs of the patient and the podiatric surgeon’s preference, with CINPT often providing a more advanced and less invasive option for optimal healing. If you have a plantar fibroma that is causing you pain and discomfort, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine which type of surgery is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Houston Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Identifying common foot problems is essential for maintaining optimum foot health and overall mobility. Issues such as bunions, characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, and plantar fasciitis, marked by heel pain due to inflammation, are frequent concerns. Athlete's foot presents with itching, burning, and cracked skin between the toes. Corns and calluses, resulting from repeated pressure or friction, appear as thickened, hardened skin. Ingrown toenails, where the nail grows into the surrounding skin, cause pain and swelling. Foot pain or discomfort, visible deformities, persistent swelling, and changes in skin or nail appearance are clear indicators of these conditions. Early recognition and appropriate treatment, such as wearing proper footwear, maintaining hygiene, and seeking medical advice from a podiatrist are good ways to prevent complications. If you have any type of foot pain or condition, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors 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 offices located in Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Foot pronation is a natural movement where the foot rolls inward during walking or running to absorb shock and adapt to surfaces. However, when this inward roll becomes excessive, it leads to a condition known as overpronation. It can result from flat feet or wearing improper footwear, causing the arch to collapse inward excessively. This misalignment may then lead to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and knee pain, as it puts strain on muscles and tendons in the foot and lower leg. Conversely, underpronation, or supination, occurs when the foot does not roll inward enough, often seen in individuals with high arches. Underpronation can contribute to problems such as ankle sprains due to inadequate shock absorption. A podiatrist can identify both overpronation and underpronation by examining wear patterns on shoes and assessing gait mechanics. Treatment options include custom orthotics, specific exercises, or footwear adjustments to restore proper foot function and prevent future complications. If you have either of these conditions, It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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