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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or JRA, a chronic autoimmune disorder, occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, leading to joint inflammation and damage. While the exact cause remains elusive, genetic predisposition and environmental factors likely play significant roles. Children with a family history of autoimmune diseases are at higher risk, although JRA can affect anyone. Symptoms may include joint stiffness, swelling, and pain, particularly in the feet and ankles. In some cases, JRA can lead to complications like joint deformities and growth problems. Diagnosing this condition involves a thorough evaluation of symptoms, medical history, and physical exams, often supplemented with blood tests and imaging studies. If your child has foot or ankle joint pain, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can collaborate with other relevant healthcare professionals to tailor a treatment plan that can relieve pain, maintain joint function, and prevent deformities.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of McKinney Podiatric Associates, PA. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Pasadena, Baytown, League City, Houston, and Pearland,TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Bunionettes, also known as tailor's bunions, are bony bumps that develop on the outside of the foot, near the base of the pinky toe. Understanding the definition and underlying causes of these foot deformities is vital for effective management and prevention. Essentially, a bunionette forms when the bone at the base of the fifth toe protrudes outward, often accompanied by the misalignment of the toe joint. This condition is primarily attributed to structural imbalances in the foot, including inherited foot shapes, abnormal foot mechanics, or wearing narrow shoes that compress the toes. Over time, pressure and friction on the affected area can exacerbate the deformity, leading to pain, inflammation, and difficulty wearing certain footwear. While bunions and bunionettes share similar characteristics, they affect different areas of the foot. Bunionettes typically develop on the outer edge of the foot, whereas bunions occur at the base of the big toe. If you have developed a bunion or bunionette, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of McKinney Podiatric Associates, PA. 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 one of our offices located in Pasadena, Baytown, League City, Houston, and Pearland,TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 03 May 2024 00:00

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Brittle toenails can lead to discomfort and even pain. They can occur due to factors such as aging, repetitive trauma, fungal infections, or nutritional deficiencies. Individuals most prone to brittle toenails are often women, older adults, athletes engaging in high-impact activities, or those with certain medical conditions like diabetes or thyroid disorders. Brittle toenails can cause pain by becoming jagged or splitting, leading to ingrown toenails or infections. A podiatrist can offer several solutions to alleviate discomfort and address the underlying causes. They may recommend proper nail care techniques, such as keeping nails trimmed and moisturized, or suggest dietary supplements to improve nail health. Treatments for underlying conditions like fungal infections or medical management for systemic issues may also be provided. Additionally, custom orthotics can offer support and alleviate pressure on the feet, promoting overall foot health and reducing discomfort associated with brittle toenails. If you suffer from brittle toenails, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for consultation and care.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of McKinney Podiatric Associates, PA. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Pasadena, Baytown, League City, Houston, and Pearland,TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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