Do you suffer from bunion pain? Our New Braunfels, TX, podiatrists, Drs. Brandon and Sarah James of Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, explain how a visit to the foot doctor can help ease your painful symptoms.
Why are bunions so painful?
A bunion forms when the bone in the joint at the base of your big toe moves out of position, causing a prominent bump. If you have a bunion, walking or putting even the slightest amount of pressure on the bump can cause pain. Due to the joint misalignment, a bunion may cause your big toe to lean toward your second toe. Eventually, you may develop a painful callus or corn on the toe due to the constant friction. Pain can also occur if constant friction between bones wears away protective cartilage.
What can I do about bunion pain?
There are a few steps you can take to reduce your pain, including:
- Go Shoe Shopping: Look for roomy shoes that don't rub against your bunion or your overlapping toes.
- Control Your Pain: Both ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication will help ease swelling and pain.
- Pad Your Foot: Applying adhesive pads to your bunion and your toes will reduce rubbing from shoes.
- Avoid Long Periods on Your Feet: Now may not be the best time to wait in line for hours for concert tickets or run in a 5K race. Avoiding or modifying activities that aggravate your bunion can help you reduce pain.
What if I'm still in pain or my condition worsens?
If your pain doesn't decrease, or you notice that your bunion is getting worse, make an appointment to visit our New Braunfels office. We can offer several devices and treatments that will improve your comfort level, such as:
- Orthotics: These custom-made shoe inserts help keep your joint stable and ensure that your foot is properly aligned.
- Night Splints: Wearing splints at night will also promote proper alignment.
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy exercises may be recommended to prevent stiffness in the joint.
- Surgery: Although orthotics, night splints and physical therapy help reduce pain, they won't reverse your condition. Surgery is the only way to restore the normal function and appearance of your joint. Thanks to minimally invasive surgical techniques, you'll spend less time off your feet than in years past.
Ease your pain with bunion treatment! Call our New Braunfels, TX, podiatrists, Drs. Brandon and Sarah James of Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, at (830) 387-4427 to schedule your appointment.
Sports are a great mean of exercise and fun! That is until someone gets hurt. Here at New Braunfels, TX, your podiatrists care about making sure you have the care you need in case someone is injured.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, your foot has an elaborate network of 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. It is susceptible to trauma from external forces.
Here are the most common sports injuries:
Plantar Fasciitis: The pain you're feeling may be caused by the inflammation of a connective tissue known as plantar fasciitis. This connective tissue isn't just in your heel though, it extends past the arch of your foot, reaching your toes. This fibrous band becomes inflamed and irritated when too much stress from jumping or running is placed on it.
Morton's Neuroma: Runners characterize the pain caused by Morton's neuroma as a burning, stinging pain in the in the third and fourth toes. Other symptoms include pain in the ball of the foot and numbness in the toes. A true neuroma, however, is a benign tumor of the nerve.
Achilles Tendonitis: This ailment is an irritation or inflammation of the large tendon in the back of the lower calf that is attached to the heel. The condition is often caused by lack of flexibility.
Stress Fracture: It's a fracture in your lower limbs is quite common among athletes. You may suffer from a stress fracture due repetitive forces and symptoms include localized pain and swelling that worsens over time. The fractures may occur over a period of days, weeks, or even months.
There are non-invasive treatments that can help you before visiting your New Braunfels podiatrist:
- Proper stretches before working out or playing a sport
- Anti-inflammatory medication, but make sure to speak to your doctor first
- Wearing properly padded and loose footwear
- Placing ice on the inflamed area
For more information, questions or concerns about the different sports injuries, call your New Braunfels, TX, podiatrist today!
What your doctors in New Braunfels want you to know
If you’ve ever suffered from heel pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Heel pain can make walking difficult, and it can keep you on the couch. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for heel pain. Your podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, in New Braunfels, TX want to help.
You are more likely to experience heel pain if you:
- Are diabetic
- Are flat footed
- Carry excess weight
- Wear tight, poorly-fitting shoes
- Wear high-heels
- Regularly perform high-impact activities or sports
There are a few things that can cause heel pain. You can get heel pain from walking on sharp objects, causing a heel bruise. You may also have a bone spur due to excess calcium deposits on your heel. One of the most common causes of heel pain is from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition involving inflammation of the large band of tissue running across your heel, called the plantar fascia. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it can swell, causing pressure and pain in your heel.
There are some easy ways to prevent heel pain, including:
- Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes, and avoiding high heels
- Wearing appropriate footwear for your activity
- Doing arch stretches several times daily
- If you suffer from heel pain, you can try these simple home remedies:
- Taking over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications
- Elevating your foot and resting
- Placing ice packs on your heel several times during the day
If you have stubborn heel pain that doesn’t respond to home therapy, it’s time to see your podiatrists in New Braunfels. They may recommend:
- Prescription strength medications to reduce inflammation
- Custom-made orthotics to cushion your heel
- Supports or wedges to protect your heel
- Physical therapy to promote flexibility
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
Next time you suffer from heel pain, call the experts, your podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, in New Braunfels, TX. Don’t wait for the pain to get worse, call today!
Do you have a bump at the base of your big toe? You may have a bunion. Our New Braunfels, TX, podiatrists, Drs. Brandon and Sarah James of Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, share some information about bunions and discuss treatment options.
What causes bunions?
Bunions form due to a misalignment in the joint at the bottom of your big toe. Due to the misalignment, your big toe leans toward your other toes, causing the bone at the base of the toe to protrude. If you have a bunion, you may experience pain and burning in your big toe and notice that the area around the bunion is red and swollen.
Because walking and standing puts significant pressure on your bunion, you may experience more pain when you're on your feet. Wearing shoes can be uncomfortable if the shoes rub against the bunion. Eventually, you may develop corns and calluses due to the constant friction.
Who gets bunions?
Although bunions are frequently diagnosed in women who wear high heels, the condition can affect anyone. If you regularly wear tight shoes or participate in an activity that puts significant pressure on the front of your foot, such as ballet dancing, you may develop bunions. If you have certain conditions, such as arthritis in your foot, low arches, flat feet or inflammatory joint disorders, your risk rises. When bunions run in families, problems with the structure and balance of your foot may be to blame. Although you may still get bunions no matter what shoes you wear, it makes sense to avoid tight shoes and high heels if many people in your family have had bunions.
How is bunion pain treated?
Choosing wide shoes or those that have more room in the toe area can reduce pain when you walk or stand. Have you tried home treatment but still have bunion pain? When you visit our New Braunfels office, we can offer treatments that will increase your comfort. Treatment may include padding and tapping your foot, prescription anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, physical therapy and orthotics. If your bunion interferes with your life or pain is severe, surgery may be needed to correct the alignment of your joint.
A visit to the foot doctor can help relieve your bunion pain. Call our New Braunfels, TX, podiatrists, Drs. Brandon and Sarah James of Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, at (830) 387-4427 to schedule an appointment.
Foot complications can often arise if you aren’t careful. Find out how to keep feet healthy and safe.
Have you just recently been diagnosed with diabetes? If so, you are probably trying to learn everything you can about your condition and how to keep yourself healthy. As you may already know, diabetics are prone to foot problems, from nerve damage to open wounds. Our New Braunfels, TX, podiatrists, Drs. Brandon and Sarah James, have some advice on how to keep feet problem-free.
Keep Diabetes Under Control
While this might sound obvious, the best way to protect your feet and the rest of your body from complications is to make sure that you are getting the proper treatment you need to keep your blood sugar levels in check. Work with your doctor and other specialists to ensure that you are getting the proper medication and treatment to help get your diabetes under control.
Perform Daily Exams
Changes to your feet can happen at any time. This is why it’s so important that you perform a self-exam every day so you’ll be the first to know if there is a problem brewing. Check the soles of your feet, the sides and between toes. Look for wounds, calluses, blisters, cuts, redness or swelling. If you notice any changes or symptoms of a problem call our New Braunfels foot doctors right away.
Always Wear Shoes
While it might feel great to walk barefoot through the house, it’s important that you wear shoes and socks at all times. Why? A lot of people with diabetes also have some form of nerve damage in their feet. Therefore, you may not even notice if you step on something or burn yourself until its too late. Protect your feet from injury by wearing comfortable but protective footwear at all times.
Trim Nails Regularly
One of the best ways to prevent ingrown toenails is to trim the nails regularly. If you are unable to trim your own toenails, don’t worry; we can trim them for you. Nails should always be level with the tips of your toes (trimming them too short may result in pain and other problems). When you do trim the nail, make sure to always cut it straight across rather than at a curve, which can increase your chances of an ingrown toenail.
Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels is here for you whenever you need podiatric care the most. If you have questions about caring for your feet or if you are noticing any worrisome symptoms or changes, don’t hesitate to call us anytime.
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