Items filtered by date: September 2014

hollandTriathlete Vicky Holland has been experiencing plantar fasciitis and the associated inflammation in recent months will have to end her season early. The final two legs of the World Triathlon Series are where she will finish up, located in Stockholm and Edmonton. The Commonwealth Games champion and Olympic triathlete is confident she will finish the season strong although she is struggling with the condition.

Holland has been very lucky not to further damage her foot by continuing to participate with such a serious foot condition. Taking the time off for recovery will allow Holland to come back next season rejuvenated. “I’m not sure what the plan is at the end of the season, whether I will be in a boot or have shockwave therapy again, or have injections … So it’s important for me now to finish the season early, address the issues I have and then go again,” she said.

Shockwave therapy is one of many forms of treatment for plantar fasciitis. If you are interested in getting shockwave therapy for your lower extremities, call podiatrist Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will assess your needs and give you his professional opinion.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. This technique is used on patients that do not respond well to physiotherapy. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia.

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Additional information about Shockwave Therapy can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

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

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Orthotic insoles may reduce the possibility of developing an Achilles tendon injury in runners according to a study conducted by the University of Central Lancashire. The study was directed by Dr. Jonathan Sinclair of the university’s Division of Sport, Exercise, and Nutritional Sciences. Sinclair had 12 men run on a mat with fixed sensors designed to track the biomechanics of their feet. It was found that men who wore insoles while running had considerably less pressure placed on their Achilles tendon compared to those running without them. The peak ground reaction forces showed no difference between runners who wore insoles or not. “This probably happens because orthotics offer further cushioning to that already provided by the shoe midsole,” Sinclair suggested.

Achilles tendon injuries can be difficult to overcome. If you are suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, consult with Dr. Harold Andersen, of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

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 cause severe 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 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 immobilityTreatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

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A study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise claims that running plays a negligible role when it comes to arthritis. In fact, not even the runner’s age is a factor as long as the knees are in good shape. These findings were made by studying the foot’s pounding as it strikes the ground. Even though the foot hits the ground harder while running, it also hits the ground significantly less since the strides being taken are often longer than walking.

Assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland’s Ross Miller said that “The discovery provides an explanation for why few runners develop knee arthritis”. Additionally, Miller also mentioned that, “running and walking are essentially indistinguishable,” in terms of the wear and tear inflicted on the knees.

Having arthritic feet can cause a hamper in your everyday life regardless of activity. If you have arthritis, consult podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can care for your foot and ankle needs.  

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

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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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Experts contend when it comes to cases of gout in the feet are becoming more common because obesity is on the rise. Gout is a disease that involves the buildup of small crystals of uric acid in the joints, causing inflammation and pain. Gout is sometimes referred to as the “Rich Man’s Disease” because it used to affect monarchs like King Henry VIII and other men like Christopher Columbus.

Obesity can lead to adversarial foot problems. If you’re obese and struggle with pain in your feet feet, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot.  The pain and stiffness involved with this condition can be so debilitating that the act of walking becomes an issue.

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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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MLB Player Needs Surgery for Sesamoiditis

Josh Zeid will miss the rest of the season after his foot surgeries in the upcoming weeks. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle )Josh Zeid of Houston Astros struggles with bilateral sesamoiditis and will have to undergo surgery on both of his feet to address his condition. Unfortunately, this means that Zeid will be out for the rest of the season. Physicians want to attend to his right foot first and then perform the exact same procedure on his left foot six weeks later.

Zeid pitched in 23 games this season and gave up 18 runs over 20 ⅔ total innings. His coaches are hoping he’ll be recovered in time for spring training next year.

Zeid’s sesamoiditis was probably caused by putting too much stress on the balls of his feet. If your feet hurt and you think you might have sesamoiditis, call podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and get you started with your treatment right away.

Sesamoiditis
Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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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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