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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Physical Therapy for Bunion Surgery

A bunion is a bony bump that can develop on the side of the big toe. If a patient does not respond to more conservative treatments to correct this deformity, then a surgical procedure might be recommended in some cases. Following the surgical procedure, your podiatrist may advise that some kind of physical therapy is performed. Cryotherapy, or cold therapy, might be recommended where the intention is to decrease swelling in the affected area. Potential physical therapy options might also include some kind of gait training, where a physical therapist helps you walk normally or correct any limping tendencies. Lastly, proprioceptive balance training might be another form of physical therapy that is meant to improve and increase stability. If you have bunions and want to learn more about physical therapy following a surgical procedure, contact a podiatrist today.


 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Tin Quach of Foot Center. 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 offices located in McAllen, and Weslaco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2022 00:00

Athletes May Be Prone to Developing Blisters

Athletes are all too familiar with blisters on the feet. They can be uncomfortable and may compromise the quality of performing their chosen sport. An existing blister needs to be managed properly and this may prevent infection, bleeding, or significant pain from developing. A blister on the foot generally develops from excess friction that can come from wearing shoes or socks that do not fit correctly. The first sign a blister is forming is called the hot spot, and this suggests the skin is tender and can appear red. As the blister forms, the skin can separate and the area can fill with liquid. This is the body’s natural response to protecting the damaged skin as the healing process takes place. The blister will gradually drain once the new skin has formed. There are specific types of athletes that are susceptible to developing blisters. These can include runners, gymnasts, and baseball players. If you would like to learn about how to properly care for blisters on the feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Tin Quach of Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Heel Pain in the Morning?

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

Don’t live with heel pain and get treated.

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

When the tibial nerve becomes compressed on the inside of the ankle, an individual can experience a condition known as tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS). This affliction has a wide variety of causes. Suffering an ankle injury that causes inflammation can eventually pinch the tibial nerve and cause TTS. Also, individuals living with diabetes or arthritis can exhibit the swelling that eventually causes TTS. A person who has developed TTS could experience any number of different symptoms. First, the most common symptom of TTS is sharp pain along the tibial nerve. Interestingly, the pain can sometimes feel as if it is emanating from several different places, which is why TTS is sometimes confused with other conditions. Besides sharp, shooting pain, an individual might also experience a “pins and needles” sensation where the affected foot feels numb and almost tingly. It is important to note that these symptoms can sometimes worsen with increased physical activity. However, some individuals with TTS do experience pain and other symptoms while at rest or during the nighttime. If you have noticed any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today. This foot specialist can diagnose any foot condition you may have and help you treat the problem. 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Tin Quach of Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Two Types of Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is a large muscle that is located in the back bottom portion of the leg that connects the heel to the calf muscles. It can become inflamed from an injury and is often painful. Achilles tendinitis can occur from overuse and there are two categories of this type of injury. Noninsertional Achilles tendinitis may be more prevalent among younger people who are active and it targets the middle of the tendon as small tears develop. The lower portion of the tendon can be affected by insertional Achilles tendinitis, where it attaches to the heel bone. People who are not physically active may be more prone to getting this type of injury. The symptoms of either type of Achilles tendon injury can include heel pain and limited range of motion, as well as feeling stiff or swollen. If you have endured an Achilles tendon injury, please seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer you treatment options that are right for you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Tin Quach of Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in McAllen, and Weslaco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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