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Podiatry Associates of Victoria
116-A Imperial Drive
Victoria, TX 77901

(361) 578-2777
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April 2020

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

How Can I Stretch My Feet?

People who enjoy the sport of running are generally familiar with the need to properly stretch their feet. This may be beneficial in protecting the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons each foot is composed of, which may lead to a more enjoyable running experience. The toes are responsible for maintaining adequate balance, and it is important to properly stretch them before and after completing a run. There are effective stretches that will benefit the overall foot. These can consist of curling your toes while on your hands and knees, followed by sitting back until a good stretch is felt. Additionally, many people find it helpful to roll their foot on top of a tennis ball, as this may help to stretch the plantar fascia. If you would like additional information about the benefits of stretching the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Saturday, 25 April 2020 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Monday, 20 April 2020 00:00

Where Is the Plantar Fascia?

Research has indicated that many cases of plantar fasciitis do not occur as a result of a traumatic injury. The plantar fascia is a portion of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, and connects the heels to the toes. If it tears or becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis can develop, and this may cause severe pain and discomfort. Many people who are afflicted with this condition will gradually experience this ailment, and it can happen from standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time throughout the day. Additionally, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may play a significant role in developing plantar fasciitis. There are a variety of methods to treat this condition. If you have heel pain, and think it may indicate plantar fasciitis, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer treatment options that are best for you.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Monday, 13 April 2020 00:00

Possible Treatment for Bunions

Patients who have bunions are generally aware of the pain and discomfort they may cause while wearing shoes. It is defined as a small bony growth that gradually forms on the side of the big toe, and can come from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, genetic factors may play a significant role in the development of a bunion. There are noticeable symptoms that are often associated with bunions. These can include calluses that can develop on top of the bunion, and the big toe may point toward the other toes. Relief may be found when larger shoes are worn that can accommodate the protruding bone, in addition to wearing a pad over the affected area. In severe cases, surgery may be an option to consider for permanent removal. If you have developed a bunion, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose this condition and determine what the best treatment is for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors 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 Victoria, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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There are many forms of heel pain that people around the world may exhibit. Research has indicated it often occurs gradually, and may develop due to a variety of reasons. Plantar fasciitis affects the tendon that connects the toes to the heel, and severe pain is often felt in the heel and arch area. Teenagers who are physically active may experience heel pain, which can be indicative of Sever’s disease. This condition affects the growth plate in the heel. Mild relief may be found when the activity that caused it is stopped temporarily, as this can accelerate the healing process. Many types of moderate heel pain can be treated with rest, elevation, and possibly performing gentle stretches. If you have any indication of heel pain, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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.

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. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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