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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 00:00

While more conservative treatments are likely to be used first, surgery is an option for a variety of foot conditions as a last result. Bunion surgery is often used to realign the joints and reduce the pain caused by bunions. Hammertoes can also be treated with surgery where the tendons, bones, or joints may be moved to straighten the toes. Severe cases of neuroma may require a portion of the nerve to be removed as well. A podiatrist may elect to have a fusion surgery done to treat arthritis. This occurs when the bones of the feet are fused together so they no longer rub against each other causing pain. While surgery can be used for a variety of ailments, keep in mind that it is typically used as a last resort. Therefore, if you have any concerns with your feet, make sure to consult with a podiatrist to discuss the best possible course of treatment for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Cory Brown, DPM of Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:00

Bunions are bony bumps located on the joints at the base of the big toe. These bumps can cause symptoms such as foot pain, stiffness, swelling, skin irritation, or thickened skin over the joint. There are many different treatments for bunions. Conservative treatments, while not a cure for bunions, can relieve pain and slow or stop their progression. Because they are often caused by ill-fitting shoes, changing your footwear to shoes with a wider toe box and low heels can help relieve bunion pain by putting less pressure on your foot. Using a pad or orthotic insert in your shoes can provide the cushioning and support your feet need. Wearing a toe splint at night can help hold the big toe in a straighter position. Using an ice pack on the swollen joint may decrease swelling and pain. Some bunions are severe and cause so much pain and discomfort that they interfere with daily activities. Severe bunions often require surgery. If you have bunions, it is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Cory Brown, DPM of Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 14 September 2020 00:00

Running is great exercise, but if you are not wearing the right shoes, you may be putting yourself at risk for injuries and pain. Before you run, make sure that you are wearing properly-fitted running shoes specifically designed for this sport. The exact type of running shoes that you buy can depend on several factors. Consider where you are planning to run, and choose shoes that work well on that surface. It is also important to determine the amount of cushioning that you would like under your foot and to know whether or not you need a specific type of shoe to support your gait. For more information on how to pick the best running shoes for you, consult with a podiatrist today.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

High heels are a wardrobe staple for many, however, wearing high heels can have serious consequences for foot health. A study on foot and ankle injuries in the U.S. found that between 2002 and 2012, U.S. emergency rooms treated 123,355 high heel-related injuries. Strains and sprains of the foot and ankle were the most common of these injuries, and about 20% of them involved broken bones. Another study, this time looking at South Korean flight attendants who were required to wear high heels daily for work, found that their balance decreased over time due to a loss of strength in the muscles and tendons that support the front-to-back movement of the foot. If you do wear high heels, it is recommended that you wear them less frequently, and that you give your feet a break by taking the high heels off to stretch your feet and ankles or by switching to running shoes. For more information on the connection between footwear and foot health, speak with a podiatrist today.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of 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.  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 walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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