Items filtered by date: July 2014

jonbeasonLast month, Jon Beason of the New York Giants fractured one of his sesamoid bones and damaged one of his ligaments in his foot. Although many sports analysts assumed Beason would need surgery, but his doctor convinced him to opt for a noninvasive treatment that involved immobilizing the injured toe and letting it heal on its own.

Over a month has passed since Beason began rehabilitation, and though specific information about his recovery is not public knowledge, it is likely Beason just recently got his cast off. If the noninvasive plan doesn’t work then surgery will be the next step.

Sometimes physical rehabilitation is necessary. For treatment of an athletic injury, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson will provide the quality care you need.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recoveries and return to the sports they love. Podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted to help injured athletes can get back on the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through physical therapy or rehabilitation is often necessary to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Brenham, and Columbus Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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foot-braceTriathlete Helen Jenkins tore her plantar fascia at this year’s WTS Hamburg, meaning that she won’t be able to compete for Wales in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “I’m obviously devastated,” she said. “I will get more information from the specialist this week but with a grade two tear of my plantar fascia, it’s almost certain that I won't be racing again this season.”

This was Jenkins’ first year doing International Triathlon Union racing again after a knee injury forced her to miss 18 months of competition. In the time between her comeback and her current injury she was able to earn two silver medals and one bronze.

Heel pain can be caused by a variety of different kinds of foot and ankle conditions. If you are experiencing pain in your heel, visit podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can assess the problem and identify the best approach to treating your injury.

Causes of Heel Pain

- Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
-Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
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Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change         
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Brenham, and Columbus Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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julie-powerA new plan proposed by Russian politician Oleg Mikheyev will establish a national ban on most high heeled shoes if it goes into effect. “The harmful effects of wearing extremely high heels and flat shoes have now been recognized by experts of the entire world,” he stated in his proposal. “It’s time to change this trend.”

Mikheyev claims that he’s watching out for the health of women’s feet, but in reality his scheme is probably more antifeminist in nature. Apparently some Russian women are planning to wear high heels on purpose if the law is passed to demonstrate their resistance toward their government’s misogynistic attitude.

High heels probably don’t have to be outlawed, but they definitely aren’t healthy for your feet. If you have developed a podiatric condition from wearing fashionable shoes too often, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson will figure out what your problem is and get you started with an effective form of treatment.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.       Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Brenham, and Columbus Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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gout-foot2Former professional athlete Emmitt Smith was diagnosed with gout back in 2010. Gout is a hereditary condition that affects eight million people in the world. Smith, who used to play for the NFL, is said to have inherited gout from his paternal and maternal grandfather.

Although the former football player was able to treat his gout with the help of medication, Smith continued to endure flare-ups not long after. To try and treat these flare-ups, Smith’s physician prescribed a new drug to help maintain uric acid levels. Since then, Smith reports having no further gout-related flare-ups.

Gout can make daily living difficult and painful. If you or a loved one is struggling with gout, visit podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can provide treatment to your gout-affected feet with the professionalism and care you need.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever.

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Brenham, and Columbus Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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