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By Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels
July 25, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

BunionsBunions grow slowly over a long amount of time and often begin painlessly. However, these facts do not negate the fact that, if left untreated, bunions can cause serious pain, discomfort, and other issues. Luckily, this condition is treatable with help from your podiatrist. Find out more about what causes bunions and how your foot doctor will work to treat them with Dr. Brandon James and Dr. Sarah James at Foot and Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels in New Braunfels, TX.

What is a bunion? 
A bunion is a bony growth located around the base of the big toe which causes a lump on the inside of the foot. As it grows, a bunion becomes larger and causes the big toe to grow inwards toward the smaller toes. This causes them to overlap, resulting in corns and calluses. Though it grows very slowly and often causes no issues in its early stages, the bunion itself eventually causes the patient to feel pain and discomfort, especially after standing for a long period of time.

What causes bunions? 
Bunions come from a variety of factors. Genetics play a role in bunion development as you inherit the type of foot you have, which may be more susceptible to this condition. Women are more likely to get bunions than men, though both sexes can suffer from a bunion. Bunion development is also linked to wearing shoes that are too tight, too narrow, or high-heeled. Wearing these kinds of shoes squeezes the toes and forces them into an unnatural position which can contribute to a bunion forming.

Bunion Treatments in New Braunfels, TX
Treating a bunion may begin by simply monitoring its progress and making small lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain types of shoes to ensure that it does not grow any bigger. In their later stages, bunions may require a surgery called bunionectomy which removes the growth altogether and, if necessary, realigns the bones and connective tissues in the toes to allow them to lay flat.

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Brandon James and Dr. Sarah James at Foot and Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels in New Braunfels, TX. Call (830) 387-4427 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels
December 01, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle Replacement  

Have you been considering a total ankle replacement but aren't sure if it's the right treatment for you? Drs. Brandon and Sarah James, ankle replacementyour New Braunfels, TX, podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, share information that will help you decide.

Why is total ankle replacement surgery performed?

Total ankle replacement surgery offers a way to end your pain and improve your quality of life if more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatories or other types of medication, haven't helped. It's usually only recommended if you have difficulty walking, have range of movement issues and suffer from severe pain due to joint damage. Damage can occur if you've been in an accident, had a bone fracture or infection or have osteo or rheumatoid arthritis.

Am I a good candidate for surgery?

Your doctor will decide if surgery is a good choice for you after performing a physical examination and evaluating your test results. You must be in good health, have no current infections, have good skin coverage over your ankle and must have good muscle control. Surgery may not be recommended if you have diabetes, in some cases, as the disease can interfere with healing. Although total ankle replacement surgery is typically performed on older people, the decision to offer the surgery is based on your condition, not your age.

What happens during the surgery?

During surgery, the bones and cartilage in your ankle joint will be replaced with an artificial joint comprised of a bearing made of metal and plastic. You'll receive general anesthesia before surgery begins and will stay in the hospital for one or two nights. A cast or splint will help keep your ankle stable while you recover. Your New Braunfels foot doctor will probably advise you to avoid putting any weight on the ankle for two or three months. Physical therapy may also be recommended.

Total ankle replacement can change your life if you suffer from joint damage. Call Drs. Brandon and Sarah James, your New Braunfels, TX, podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, at (830) 387- 4427 to schedule an appointment to discuss your ankle pain.

By Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels
May 20, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

The facts about diabetes and your feet

Diabetes is a common disease that affects over 29 million people in the United States, according to the American Diabetes Association. It is also a serious disease that causes problems in your immune, circulatory, and nervous systems. One of the main visible effects of Diabetesdiabetes shows up in your feet, and diabetic-related foot problems can have a huge impact on your life. Your podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, in New Braunfels, Texas want you to know the facts about diabetic foot care.

Diabetes affects your immune system, causing you to have a difficult time fighting off infection and disease. Your podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels want you to know if you get a small cut or blister, it can easily become infected and escalate into a diabetic ulcer, requiring medical care.

If your nervous system is compromised from diabetes, you may not feel any pain in your feet. You can develop diabetic neuropathy, which can result in damage to your feet which you can’t even feel.

Diabetes also affects your circulatory system, resulting in insufficient blood flow to your feet, especially your toes. If your toes don’t receive enough blood, you can actually lose toes.

Your podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels want you to know a few simple tips to keep your feet healthy, especially if you have diabetes. Always try to:

  • Avoid electric blankets, heating pads, and very hot water; you can severely burn your feet and may not feel any pain.
  • Wear breathable socks and supportive shoes; don’t go barefoot because you might cut your feet.
  • Examine your feet daily with a hand mirror to see all surfaces of your feet; check for blisters, bruises, or open cuts that could become infected.
  • Keep your feet clean by washing and drying your feet daily; apply lotion to keep your skin from drying out
  • Trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails
  • Exercise and stretch your feet and ankles daily to improve circulation

You don’t have to deal with diabetic foot problems alone. You need to visit your podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels because professional podiatric services are a critical part of diabetic foot care. So call your podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels, in New Braunfels, Texas today and get some help for your feet!