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feet2Kim Kardashian and many other celebs are opting to have a new procedure called “Loub Job” to reduce the pain of hallux limitus. Hallux limitus, often known as stiffness in the big toe, makes it very difficult for women to wear high heels.

The procedure calls for restoring lubrication and lost cushioning to the joint in the big toe with the help of hyaluronic acid injected into the foot. Those suffering from hallux limitus have reduced range of motion in the big toe in addition to increased amount of pain in the joint. With the help of this new procedure, high heel wearers can go pain free for months at a time.

Hallux limitus is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you have any concerns about hallux limitus, contact Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What You Need To Know About Hallux Limitus

Hallux limitus is a medical condition which stands for “stiff toe.” This is an arthritic condition in which movement of the big toe is constrained. The pain is usually allocated between the large toe and foot. This condition is not of serious matter, but should be treated to avoid a hallux rigdus.

Symptoms 

Toe pain is common, therefore many people tend to overlook this issue and believe it’s nothing serious. But, if you notice sharp pain, bone growths, tightness around the joint and even changes in the way you walk. It is vital to see a podiatrist before your condition worsens.  

How Do I Get It?

Genetics – hallux limitus can be inherited from your parents, or someone can be who is born with a predisposition to arthritis as well.

Injury – overuse can cause trauma to the joints leading to extra bone growth and wear away the cartilage.

Treatment

X-rays are the most common used methods for diagnosis; it is also performed with a test to see the general function of the big toe.

Lifestyle & Physical Therapy – having motion and massages to the given area will help slow down complications and gradually increase flexibility.

R.I.C.E. – stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Combining the R.I.C.E method with other treatments is proven effective.

It is important that when one suffers any kind of foot injury, one should not over exert the toe with strenuous physical activity. Too much activity can destroy the cartilage, making the toe even stiffer.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Brenham and Columbus, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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shoe5Leo Faramelli of Leo’s Shoe Repair has a lot of experience selling and repairing shoes and has a vast understanding of how certain shoes can cause problems for the feet. “Older shoes are made a lot better. There’s much more real leather. Today, most of the shoe is vinyl to an extent,” Leo states.

Today shoes are made with a cheaper grade of leather than is then coated with vinyl and plastic. The shoes look great but that are not as quality, putting customers feet at risk for problems such as corns. Shoes made out of real leather will mold to your feet.

Shoes that are not properly suited for the feet can cause corns and other podiatric problems. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Brenham and Columbus, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic technologies and treatment to treat your foot and ankle needs.


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Tips for a Proper Trail Running Shoe Fit

anklesprains2When it comes to running outdoors, it is important to understand that outdoor trail shoes can be different than regular running shoes or trainers. Mario Fraioli has listed four tips when it comes to understanding the differences in trail running shoes deciding the right type of shoe for you.

  • Trail shoes fit differently than other running shoes, they are snugger around the arch to eliminate lifting on uneven ground and there should be a thumbs worth of distance between the toes and front edge of the shoe.

  • Certain trail shoes have different levels of cushioning depending on the amount of protection and ability to feel the trail the individual runner wants.

  • Regular running shoes are not built for the trail and will wear down quicker; trail shoes are built stronger and can accommodate runners on varied road conditions.

  • Trail shoes have different soles for better performance on specific terrains. Rubber outsoles are best for running over boulders and rocks while knobby lugs build traction on terrains with loose dirt and wet conditions

Finding a proper fitting shoe is important whether it is for running or just for everyday wear. For more information contact Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are come factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, keeping properly fit shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Brenham and Columbus, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies for your foot and ankle needs.

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anklesprains2America Podiatric Medical Association, it is important for parents and teens to understand the fit and function of getting the right shoe size before making a finalized purchase. The APMA suggests that parents buy their children the correct shoe for the type of activity they are participating in; basketball shoes for basketball, cleats for soccer, etc.

It is also important to have your teen’s foot measured to make sure the fit is correct and comfortable. Parents and teens should buy new shoes when signs of wear start to show and opt for shoes with a flexible sole and firm middle.

Getting the right shoe size is important to your foot health. If you have any concerns about shoe type, please contact Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Getting the right shoe size
Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels. Also, buying a shoe online then getting it in the mail only to find out that it was the wrong shoe can be frustrating because you then have to deal with shipping and handling and re-ordering a new size or possibly getting a refund.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible, fancy shoes that are not so comfortable can be saved for events where the occasion expects a fancier look.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Brenham and Columbus, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic technologies and treatment to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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