Foot problems are not rare in the United States and they can often be resolved with massages. Unfortunately certain conditions, such as Morton’s neuroma, can be negatively affected with specific massages. Morton’s neuroma occurs when the nerves in the forefoot or toes become inflamed, irritated, or compressed. A narrow shoe, high heels, previous injury, and certain exercises are ways Morton’s neuroma can become triggered. Reducing the pain caused by this condition can be as simple as changing your footwear whether it is adding extra padding to the shoe or wearing toe separators to reduce nerve compression. Massaging the foot can be helpful, but deep pressure between the metatarsal heads will only aggravate the condition and must be avoided. Spreading the metatarsal heads is the best way to massage a foot with Morton’s Neuroma without causing further damage.  


Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to deal with. If you would like to treat your Morton’s neuroma, speak to Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.


Morton’s Neuroma
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition. 


What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?
-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. 


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


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Although flip-flops and sandals are typically worn less throughout the colder months, college students that shower in a communal space should keep wearing the sandals year round. Since public grooming areas are already naturally moist, they are common areas for biofilms, slimy areas where microorganisms stick together, to grow. Professor Philip Tierno of New York University’s School of Medicine even mentions that it will take more than soap and water to eliminate the hazards caused by biofilms. In order to reduce the chance of any infections that might occur when coming in contact with these biofilms, college students must make the choice to wear flip-flops anywhere near the shower. Tierno states, “People don’t think they have a contusion or lesion or crack in their skin, but many people have dried skin and they do have the ability for an organism to gain access to the foot and spread elsewhere in the body.”


Although flip-flops can cause a lot of foot problems if worn too often and in the incorrect conditions, they can help you to avoid infection in certain areas. If you have any questions concerning infections on the feet, consult with Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


Flip-Flops and Feet
When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.


How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?
Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?
When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.


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According to the Running Doc , Michigan State University recently conducted a study of children that specialize in one sport year. The study suggested that these children are more susceptible to injuries such as Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease occurs when there is an injury to the growth area of the heel bone that has not matured and is forced to develop in two parts. Sever’s disease can lead to foot problems into adulthood if not addressed properly. The study also found that although millions of children partake in sports each year, more than half tend to quit due to specialization. Playing one sport year round may cause additional pressure making the activity less fun and recreational.  

Growing children are prone to acquiring Sever’s disease. If your child is suffering from heel pain, see Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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According to research from medical student Vanessa Mercieca, athletes with high arches or flat feet are more prone to the injuries caused by athletic demands imposed on the feet. Those with abnormal biomechanics of the feet should be extra careful since they are more apt to develop problems such as plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, and neuromas. In order to avoid foot injuries, athletes should seek medical attention as soon as they feel pain, wear proper fitting shoes, and choose shoes with the correct amount of arch support. Custom orthotics can also help avoid putting too much stress on the foot or over pronation of the foot that results in the aforementioned injuries.  

 

The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, see Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen can assess and provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.   

 

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 to the area. 


Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.


Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

 

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brenham and Columbus, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

 

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Instability training, a new system of exercise, helps athletes looking to increase overall agility by having them eventually jump higher and run faster. The system of exercise involves the use of balance boards, rubber bands and mini-trams to work multiple areas in the feet, ankles, and lower legs as well as the knees, hips, and back. By specifically targeting the feet and ankles, instability training focuses on strengthening the body from the ground up.
Instability training exercises include changing positions on the boards or tram, standing on one foot at a time on a mini-trampoline for 15 to 30 seconds, and moving the foot up and down, in and out and side to side with rubber bands or tubing to strengthen the lower leg muscles.


Exercising the feet can be done through not only instability training, but other methods as well. To learn more, consult with Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will answer any of your foot and ankle related concerns.


Exercise for Your Feet
If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing. 


Exercises
Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet. 


Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.


Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.


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Nikki Hamblin is back. Photo / Greg BowkerNikki Hamblin of New Zealand managed to score two silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, one in the 800m run and one in the 1500m. She would have competed in the London Olympics too, but heel spurs and an Achilles tendon injury got in her way.

Hamblin had surgery to fix her lower extremity problems and had to refrain from competitive running for the next six months. At first she was crushed, but soon she began training again and eventually entered the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She’s competing in the same events as last time and is a favorite to win a medal.

Heel spurs are irritating bone growths that sometimes have to be removed with an operation. To get a professional opinion with regards to your bone spurs, consults with Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will analyze your condition and go over all the available treatment options with you.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be a cause from small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching it to the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. Bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs. Pain sometimes intensifies with age. Heel spurs are known to cause a substantial amount of pain. One of the main associations spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often times because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to poke and affect other boners and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain there are several methods for healing. Medicines, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

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Simple Remedies for Cracked Heels

Cracked feet often occur due to not only improper foot care, but cold weather, shoes that don’t fit well, or even standing for extended periods of time. If not properly treated, cracked heels can create discomfort and even bleeding. Fortunately cracked heels can be eased with the help of several simple remedies. As cracked feet are caused by dry skin, moisturizing is important. Castor oil and petroleum jelly are heavy moisturizers that can ease extremely cracked feet. Feet should also be properly dried every time they are wet. Drinking plenty of water will keep the body—and therefore the skin—properly hydrated, keeping skin from becoming dry. Ensure that the soaps you are using are mild soaps that are not harsh and over-dry the skin. Exfoliating the feet by gently scrubbing with a pumice stone can help remove dry skin.


Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, consult with Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.   


The Truth about Cracked Heels


Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage. 


How do you get them?
Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.


Promote Healing
Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.
Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.
Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal. 


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Queens Park Rangers Football Club based in White City, London is considering allowing midfielder Niko Kranjcar to play the next couple of games despite having a broken toe. Kranjcar has become a very important player to the team recently and all, including himself and his coaches, would like him play QPR’s next game against Liverpool.

If Kranjar chooses to play, he risks hurting the injury even more and potentially keeping himself from playing for even longer than if he just let the current injury heal. “They were talking about Niko being out for five or six weeks, but he wants to get it injected and play.” states QPR manager, Harry Redknapp.

Broken toes are unpleasant injuries that can make walking tough and can cause a lot of problems if not healed properly. To get assistance with this type of condition, call Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot & Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will diagnose which bone in your toe is broken and get you an appropriate form of treatment.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe with ease.
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  •  tingling or numbness in the toe
  • injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

 

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe. It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Swelling can be alleviated by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours during the first two days after the fracture.

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College basketball: Michigan State vs. PortlandAtlanta Hawks’ rookie Adreian Payne recently missed the season opening game due to his second battle with plantar fasciitis. While enrolled at Michigan State during his senior year, the forward initially discovered he had the same issue in his left foot.

Payne has already missed two games this season due to the foot injury and states, “It’s something that the coaching staff is trying to manage before it gets bad.”  Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissues that run from the bottom of the foot to the heel become inflamed. Payne is currently working with the coaching staff to rest and rehabilitate his foot in order to prevent any further injury.  

If you have plantar fasciitis, it’s important to get plenty of rest to ensure a full recovery. For help with your heel pain, contact podiatrist Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will provide you with the best treatment available to make sure you get back on your feet.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.


What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment
According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.


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american army studiesDMC Sports Performance Academy manager Laura Ramus knows that wearing the wrong pair of running shoes can cause many injuries to the body. She knows this become she almost fell victim to the wrong shoe, twice. Wearing an incompatible running shoe can create hip, knee, and back pain and can induce injuries such as Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Ramus also recalled her toes going numb while wearing a pair of shoes that were not wide enough. This occurs because each person has a different type of foot width, arch and, pronation. Certain feet can fit into nearly any shoe, but if a foot is too wide or has too high of an arch, it is important to be fitted into the appropriate shoe.

Running can be a great way to keep your body healthy and in-shape, but it can also lead to injuries if you’re not careful. If you have a running injury or have an interest in preventing one, contact Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen can instruct you on proper running techniques and help you keep your lower extremities safe.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule.

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

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A recent study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases recently found that a Chinese herb known as thunder god vine may be an effective treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. The study used 207 patients and observed their responses to the herb, the pharmaceutical drug methotrexate, and a combination of both. 

After six months, the groups were assessed to see which achieved close to a fifty percent improvement in their pain and joint stiffness. Forty-six percent of the patients prescribed methotrexate noticed an improvement. This was lower than the fifty-five percent of participants given just the herb, and seventy-seven percent of those treated with both medications.


Characterized by stiffness and lack of mobility, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a painful condition that needs medical attention.  For treatment options, see Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen can take care of any foot conditions and determine a treatment plan that is right for you.


What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.


Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.


Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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 In some areas the fall season can be extremely unpredictable, especially when it comes to wet weather, making it a time of the year where foot care should be particularly maintained. When feet are exposed to water and moisture for too long, bacterial growth can occur. The space between the toes should be regularly cleaned while scrubbing and washing cracked feet can help remove dead cells. Keeping toenails trimmed prevent dirt from accumulating; it also makes cleaning them much easier. If possible, the feet should always be kept clean and dry; wearing waterproof shoes out in the rain can also help reduce problems.


Everyday foot care should be maintained year round, but especially during periods of wet weather since wet weather is that is when the most bacteria can grow. For more information about what you can do to practice daily foot care, speak to Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.


Every Day Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.


For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.
Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.


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sprained Kindergartener Thaddeus Delaney was attempting to give his sister a hug when he was pushed under an oncoming bus by a third-grader. The bus was unable to stop on time, driving over Delaney’s leg and foot and breaking three bones in the foot. The school took him to the hospital via ambulance as soon as the incident occurred. Denver Police are still investigating the occurrence while Denver Public Schools attempt to implement a bully prevention program. “He’s been mean to me all my life,” Thaddeus said of the bully while sitting in a wheelchair with an orange cast on his leg. “There’s gotta be a point where it’s gotta stop, it’s got to,” his mother added.

A broken foot is a serious injury, and medical attention should be sought for it right away. To learn more about how to treat a broken foot, consult with Dr. Harold Andersen of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Andersen can answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with the information you seek.

Identifying and Dealing with a Broken Foot

When bones in the foot are bent, stretched, or crushed in an unnatural way, they can sometimes break or fracture. Doctors can often determine how the break occurred based on its severity and location.


There are many common symptoms of a broken foot to look out for. Those who experience significant trauma to the feet should check for:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

If one or more of these symptoms persist, one should have x-rays taken by a medical professional. Cold or numb feet, blueness of the skin, cuts, and deformities can be indications of a foot that is very badly broken. It’s advised to see a doctor right away if these conditions are observed.


Care for a broken foot depends on the type and severity of the injury. Often times aids likes crutches, casts, and splints will be administered. Surgery is also a possibility, although this is reserved for very bad cases.


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 Northeastern Indiana Credit Union Chapter and Samaritan’s Feet International have partnered in creating the Samaritan’s Feet event. Together, they have recently provided three hundred members of the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne and Euell A. Wilson Center a new pair of shoes. This was done in an attempt to bring share and hope to local children who were also able to have their feet washed at the event. Leaders of Samaritan’s Feet believe it is possible to show children that their dreams are achievable. NEICUC funded the event, coordinated logistics, and aided in recruiting over 40 volunteers. “It is wonderful to see the collaborative efforts that have been done on behalf of the youth in our community,” said Joe Jordan, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne.

Proper fitting shoes are a necessity for growing children, as they can help prevent possible foot concerns during development in the future. To learn more about the importance of proper shoe fitting in children, speak with Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers.


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 some 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

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 Vivienne Westwood has recently been chosen to design the new uniforms for Virgin Atlantic’s flight attendants. This collaboration between designer and airline is not new since Pierre Balmain has designed uniforms for Singapore Airlines for years and Christian Lacroix for Air France. The global wearer trial of the uniforms has been successful within Atlantic’s 7,500 crew members; however, some employees have been complaining of the shoes creating blisters on their feet. Westwood’s design is an adaptation of her signature hourglass heel. In response to the reports, a spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic has stated that the company is working to ensure that its employees are “happy and comfortable in their working environment.”


If you work in an environment that requires extensive standing and walking, you may develop blisters on the feet. To learn more about blister treatment and prevention speak to Dr. Harold Anderson at Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and answer any of your related questions. 


Blisters on the Feet
When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain. 


What is a Foot Blister?
A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected. 


How do they Form?
Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily. 


Prevention & Treatment
Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop. 


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