Sue Asher of Manville, NJ is an instructor for a local aqua aerobics class. Twice a week she and a couple dozen older individuals from the area gather in the local swimming pool and exercise their feet, arms, and legs. Though the workout isn’t designed to be very demanding, it does help improve muscle strength and prevent the onset of joint problems like arthritis.

“Class starts at 10:45 but between 10:30 and 10:45 we catch up on things that are happening in the town, happening with the senior citizens and it is our social time,” Asher stated. “Then we do our exercises and work hard.”

Swimming is a great way for the elderly and people with arthritic feet to get exercise. If you have any questions about the benefits of swimming on the feet, consider contacting podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson will explain the unique health advantages this activity has and recommend some simple exercises for you to do.

Benefits of Swimming and Foot care

Our feet receive the most stress on a daily basis. Walking, running, and long standing contribute to pain and stress on the feet. Swimming helps promote circulation and keep the body feeling great and healthy.

Benefits of swimming:

Improve blood circulation

  • Swimming is a good, safe way to get in extra physical activity and improve circulation, without causing further trauma to the feet

Relieve aches or pains

  • It takes all the pressure off of them, allowing the feet to relax and recover, and     improves blood flow to them.

Circulation overall for diabetics

  • Swimming contributes to blood flow, and increase oxygen levels within the body.

Reduce foot inflammation

  • Swimming in warm water can increase blood flow and make it easier to move       and stretch the afflicted foot. The feet are also exposed in water, giving them much needed air.

Swimming the helpful alternative:

Many people like the elderly and diabetics suffer from weakened muscles and joints. A water sport like swimming will support the body, thus allowing him or her to move freely. Blood flow circulation is a main trigger to tired inflamed feet.

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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Swindon Advertiser: Yaser KasimSwindon Town player Yaser Kasim incurred some nerve damage in his foot recently, making it necessary for him to take some time off during the early days of the preseason. He was absent from the Robins’ games against Eastleigh and Petersfield, although he did make an appearance during their loss to Southampton.

During another game, the Robins’ recent loss against the Saints, Kasim was used as a sweeper instead of his usual role as midfielder. “I need to do what’s good for me and what’s right for me to be ready for the season and help the team,” he said. “That’s all you can do at the moment.”

Nerve disorders of the feet and ankles can sometimes be serious, so they should always be treated by a medical professional. For assistance with such nerve problems, call up podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can answer any questions you have about your condition and get you the expert care you need.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.
There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf. 
For more information about Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.

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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pic1During a recent Washington Nationals baseball game, Jayson Werth got a hit and began to run as fast as he could. He cleared first with no trouble, but as he was rounding second he saw that the other team’s shortstop had the ball in his glove and was intending to tag him out. Werth twisted out of the way and landed hard on his leg, spraining his ankle.

When Werth got up it was easy to see that he was limping. Matt Williams, Washington’s manager, took him out of the game and gave him ice for his injury. Werth, who has sprained his ankle before, claims that he should be ready to return to the game after a few days’ worth of time off.

Ankle injuries are particularly common among athletes, but they can realistically happen to anyone. If your ankle is hurt and you need a diagnosis, talk to podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson will accurately identify your problem and treat it in a succinct, professional manner.

What To Know About Ankle Injuries

It is very common to incur an injury to the ankle. As the point of connection from the leg and the foot, the ankle is susceptible to sprains and fractures due to its location. Ankle sprains, the most common ankle injury, occur when the foot is twisted in an unnatural way. This unnatural twisting leads to severe pain as a result of inflammation and swelling. This inflammation and swelling comes from fluid leakage into the tissues, which sensitize and place additional pressure on the nerves. Heavy blood flow also occurs, which is why swollen ankles are warm to the touch. Ankle sprains can occur by the following means:

  • Sports injuries
  • Slipping on stairs
  • Walking on uneven ground

While ankle sprains can be minor, if you are experiencing severe pain, bone deformity, loss of sensation or even an inability to walk, it is a sure sign that you require immediate medical attention. X-rays could determine potential fractures. The ankle can experience injury in the joint, tendons, and ligaments. Anytime there is an ankle injury ice should be applied to reduce inflammation.

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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Bunions New research from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society claims that 88% of U.S. women wear shoes that aren’t the right size. It’s probable that many people don’t know their actual shoe size, leading them to buy footwear that doesn’t fit them correctly. This has especially become a problem due to the increased popularity of online shopping.

The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society’s data also shows that about 55% of women in the U.S. have bunions. This is less surprising considering that bunions often develop as a result of wearing ill-fitting shoes, along with corns, hammertoes, and many other types of foot conditions.

Bunions are painful bone deformities that can make you miserable if they become too enlarged. If you think you have bunions, contact podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can evaluate your condition and help you decide whether or not you would like to have surgery done.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

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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.

For more information about Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes, follow the link below.

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.

For more information about Gout, follow the link below.

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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lynne-allbuttLynne Allbutt is very passionate about her home nation and her hobby of running. Allbutt plans to combine these two loves in her life by embarking on a barefoot run that spans across Wales next month. The run is expected to take about two days to complete, starting from Anchor and ending in Borth.

Allbutt, who was been into barefoot running for two years, admits that she still finds training to be a challenge. Allbutt runs for twenty miles at a time, taking up anywhere from four to five hours a day. Despite the lack of cushion for her feet, Allbutt says that she is completely comfortable running barefoot.

Barefoot running largely remains an individual choice. If you have any questions or concerns, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can address your podiatric inquiries.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running


-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

For more information about Barefoot Running, follow the link below.

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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diabetic-footAccording to recent reports, more than 29 million American adults have diabetes. Unfortunately, one fourth of these adults are unaware of their condition. Additional reports conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that 26 million Americans have diabetes. This number has increased by 3 million people alone.

“These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country,” said Ann Albright, director of the division of diabetes translation at the CDC. “Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms. It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease.”

Diabetics need to be aware of their condition. If you or a loved one is diabetic, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can treat your foot and ankle conditions.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

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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Therapist Defines Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

tarsal-tunnel-syndromePhysical therapist Steve Miller states that Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is quite a common condition despite its name. Miller defines Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome as likely to occur in those who possess flat feet and people who go into intensive physical activity unprepared.

The defining symptom of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is compression in the tibial nerve in the ankle. This compression causes pain that is best described as a ‘shooting’ sensation. To treat Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, a therapist or physician can perform soft tissue massages or nerve glides. These procedures can alleviate the pain and pressure.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be difficult to live with. If you are contending with pain in your foot or ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

-Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
-Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
-At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

-Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
-The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
-If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome.

For more information about Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, follow the link below.

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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The Journal of the American Heart Association published a study revealing that home exercise programs were beneficial for patients suffering from clogged arteries. Mary McGrae McDermott, M.D. says that "The problem with supervised exercise is that it takes many visits to a cardiac rehabilitation center or other exercise facility, and it is not covered by Medicare.”

The study’s results additionally showed that home-exercise programs provided continual relief for those with complications in the foot, ankle and lower leg. These benefits continued for at least a year after the participants started on the program.

Having poor circulation in the feet can be a sign of a serious condition. If you are have difficulty with your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can treat your podiatric needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

 Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs

-cramps            -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness         -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

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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Running Shoes Should Be Comfort Based

melissa-dribbennMelissa Dribben of The Desert Sun says that when it comes to choosing the right running shoe, comfort is the primary factor. In the history of footwear, the shape of the plantar foot surface, foot pronation, and the foot’s tendency to roll inward or outward are all considered to be important when it comes to selecting the right running shoe. However, studies within the past decade do not support these claims.

In 2010, The American Journal of Sports Medicine published a study of 1,400 Marine Corps recruits. The recruits were split into two groups. One group received random shoes while others received shoes tailored based on their personal foot shape. The study concluded that “Assigning shoes based on the shape of the plantar foot surface had little influence on injuries.”

Choosing running shoes needs some careful consideration. For a professional opinion, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

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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These past two years, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Carl Nicks sustained nerve damage in his left foot after undergoing two surgical procedures. Nicks, who is currently two years into a five year contract with his team, has only able to play in nine games because of his condition. Although Nicks trying to recover, his foot may never completely heal.

“I can still squat and lunge, do all those things,” Nicks said. “It's just the quick stuff, the power cleans, the quick agility stuff, pushing off and getting banged back. Those kinds of things I still struggle with.”

Nerve disorders are tough to deal with. If you are struggling with pain in your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson can treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

 

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

For more information about Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.

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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Licensed massage therapist Theresa George encourages the elderly to receive pedicures and routine visits with a podiatrist. George that seniors, who often require podiatric aid, greatly benefit from these activities For example, a foot massage can provide stress reduction and relaxation.

"Many seniors can't see their feet as well as they used to and pedicures give us the chance to look for problems like broken toes, cracked, bleeding skin, thickening of toenails, ingrown toenails and nail fungus," said Julie Defelice, a district manager from Salon PS. "If we catch a fungus quickly it can be treated."

The elderly need to have their feet cared for. If you or a loved one needs foot care, see podiatrist Dr. Harold Anderson of Central Texas Foot and Ankle Centers. Dr. Anderson will treat your foot and ankle needs.    

 

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away.  Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

 

 

Common Conditions 

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
  • Injuries left unnoticed
  • Insect or pet bites can also become inflamed and infected
  • Stepping on sharp objects, without notice can increase pain

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

Bacteria- feet which are exposed to floors that have moist environments like pools and spas are prone to bacteria. These areas can contribute to foot funguses and other diseases.

For more information about the Elderly and their Feet, read the following article.

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