Do’s and Don’ts for Good Foot Health

Do’s and Don’ts for Good Foot Health

April is one of our favorite months at Texas Foot Specialists—it’s National Foot Health Awareness Month. There are many ways patients can improve their podiatric health, and the good news is that it doesn’t require a lot of time or effort.

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3 Common Foot Problems in Children

3 Common Foot Problems in Children

At Texas Foot Specialists, we know that children and adolescent feet require special attention. The growth and development patterns of growing feet as well as the habits and lifestyles of children mean that they are susceptible to specific foot problems.

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Why Exercise Resolutions Fall Flat

Why Exercise Resolutions Fall Flat

Remember back on Jan. 1st you resolved to start exercising in 2019? If you’re one of those people whose fitness plans have already petered out, you’re not alone. At Texas Foot Specialists, we see many patients who start a new exercise program with the best of intentions, but a variety of factors may prevent them from getting very far. Below are some suggestions to help you stay on track.

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5 Reasons For “Pins and Needles” in Your Feet

5 Reasons For “Pins and Needles” in Your Feet

Have you noticed lately that your feet feel tingly, numb or like they have “pins and needles?” All of us have had this happen after sitting with our foot cramped in an awkward position, but at Texas Foot Specialists we want patients to know that unusual sensations in your feet that are ongoing could be the sign of a potentially serious problem.

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Don’t Let Old Man Winter Sneak Up on You

Although the weather in Texas is generally mild, January is the coldest month of the year and it’s always possible for some slippery days to sneak into the forecast. Unfortunately, it only takes one icy patch to cause a stumble or fall that can result in an ankle sprain, fracture or other foot injury. At Texas Foot Specialists, we believe in being proactive in taking care of your feet and that means being prepared for winter’s worst. Below are some tips to help avoid falls when the temperature drops:

Keep a pair of shoes or boots with rubber soles and good traction in your car for unexpected icy precipitation.

Have a bag of cat litter, sand or salt in your garage to sprinkle on walkways, sidewalks and driveways on slippery days.

When snow and sleet fall, look for paths that are cleared, salted and well-lit for safest passage. Your usual path to the office or store may not be the safest one.

Keep your hands free when walking on slippery surfaces. This will ensure that your view is not obstructed and also allow you to use your hands to help maintain your balance or break a fall.

  • Rest—stay off your feet until the foot doctor has examined you.

  • Ice—ice the injured area—20 minutes on, 40 minutes off.

  • Compression—use a compression bandage to help control swelling and reduce pain.

  • Elevation—keep the injured foot elevated slightly above heart level.

  • In Case of Injury

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, a slip or fall may still occur. If that happens and you believe you have suffered an ankle twisting or other foot injury, contact our Pasadena (281) 991-0600, Sugar Land (281) 242-4448 or Houston (713) 664-6677 office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller, will examine your feet and determine what type of injury you have and how to best treat it.

Resolve To Pay Attention to Your Feet

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It’s a New Year and time for resolutions. Here at Texas Foot Specialists we would like our patients to commit to being more proactive about the health of their feet. One easy way to do this is by conducting regular self-exams on your feet and ankles. Follow these simple steps and in a few minutes, you’ll be able to give your feet a comprehensive once-over in order to detect any developing conditions.

1.       Stand with your feet together and look down. Do your feet look to be the same shape and size? Do you notice any lumps, bumps or swelling? Are your toes all in alignment? Do any appear to be drifting out of place or turning under?

2.       Sit in a chair and place one foot on the opposite leg. Look over the entire foot and ankle—top, bottom and sides. Notice the color of your skin. Do you see any redness, patches of dry, scaly skin, bruises, cuts that don’t appear to be healing or any changes in moles? Also, check your toenails. Make sure none of the edges is growing into the sides of the nail bed and becoming ingrown. Are your nails discolored? Crumbling edges may indicate a fungal nail infection. Examine the other foot in the same way.

3.       While sitting, also test the ability for your feet to perceive sensations. The eraser end of a pencil works well for this. Trace the sides, tops and bottoms of your feet with the eraser. Do you feel the eraser equally on all parts of your feet? Are you experiencing any other unusual sensations in your feet such as burning, tingling or pins and needles?

4.       Lastly, do you have pain or stiffness in any part of your feet, toes or ankles? If so, note whether the pain is constant or intermittent. Is it a sharp pain or a dull ache? Does the pain worsen with activity?

It’s important to report anything out of the ordinary that you find when examining your feet to our podiatrists, Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller. The foot doctor will perform a professional exam on your feet and conduct the necessary tests to diagnose the source of your foot pain. Contact our Pasadena (281) 991-0600, Sugar Land (281) 242-4448 or Houston (713) 664-6677 office for an appointment.