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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

What to Do With Flip-Flops

The negative foot health effects that wearing flip-flops can have on your feet are plentiful and well documented. For example, many people are familiar with the fact that wearing flip-flops can cause foot pain because the shoe provides next to no support. Since there is virtually no padding or arch support, the flip-flop can be quite damaging to one’s feet. Therefore, one might wonder what they should do with their flip-flops and whether they should be wearing them at all. It is important to note that for some people, wearing flip-flops for very brief periods of time, for example when walking one block to get to the beach, can potentially be fine. Additionally, if one wants to slip on a pair to wear around the house after painting their toenails to avoid smudging the nail polish, this might also be generally harmless. The key is remembering that wearing flip-flops for extended periods of time is what is damaging. Of course, each individual’s feet are different, and when in doubt, it is best to consult a podiatrist. Contact a podiatrist today for more information.


 

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Gerald McCool, DPM from McCool Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

How to Find Relief With Morton’s Neuroma

One of the most common symptoms that patients notice with the foot condition that is referred to as Morton’s neuroma is the sensation of having a pebble in the shoe. It can cause continuous pain in the ball of the foot, and it most often happens as a result of frequently wearing high heels. These types of shoes generally do not provide ample room for the toes to move freely in, possibly causing the nerve between the third and fourth toes to become irritated. Additional symptoms can include having a numbing or tingling feeling in the toes, and a burning pain may exist in the ball of the foot. Patients have found relief in the beginning stages of Morton’s neuroma when shoes with lower heels are worn, and participating in sporting activities is temporarily ceased. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary, which can permanently repair or remove the affected nerve. If you feel you may have this condition, please speak with a podiatrist who can help you to decide on the correct treatment method.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Gerald McCool, DPM of McCool Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Why Do Blisters Develop on the Feet?

A blister is the body’s natural defense against skin that has become injured or burned. It appears like a small bubble that is filled with liquid and acts as a protective barrier between the skin and the environment until new skin has formed underneath it. Blisters develop for various reasons, including excess friction that happens from wearing shoes and socks that don't fit correctly, in addition to an allergic reaction from an insect bite. Some people have medical conditions that may produce blisters, including eczema and psoriasis. Possible infection may be avoided when the blister is not prematurely popped. The blister will gradually drain when the area is healed, and the skin will be a light pink until it returns to its normal color. It is advised that you consult with a podiatrist if you are afflicted with continuous blisters, who can advise you on what types of shoes to buy, or what you may be allergic to.  

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Gerald McCool, DPM of McCool Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often 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.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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Thursday, 10 November 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, 08 November 2022 00:00

How to Properly Kick a Soccer Ball

If you do not want to hurt your feet when kicking a soccer ball, it is important to master the correct technique. While an athlete might excel at kicking the ball with one foot, they may not be as gifted when using their other foot. Great soccer players learn how to kick the ball with both feet and learn to kick it firmly without hurting themselves. Many new soccer players start by kicking the ball with their toes and doing so runs the risk of injury. To kick the soccer ball properly, approach the ball at a 45-degree angle and plant your non-kicking foot at the side of the ball, either open or pointing at the target. At the start of the swing with the foot you are kicking with, try to point your opposite hand at the target and then strike through the ball while swinging your arm for balance and power. The kicking foot should go through to the ball making contact with the laces area of the soccer shoe. This is the part of the foot that is used to kick the ball long distances. For safer passing over short distances, use the instep of the foot. If you or your child play soccer and a foot injury is sustained, consult with a podiatrist who can evaluate the injury and suggest appropriate treatment.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Gerald McCool, DPM of McCool Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

How Cooler Weather Affects Arthritic Feet

As winter approaches, it can bring with it an increase in pain and inflammation in people with arthritis. This is believed to be caused by changes in barometric pressure rather than by cold and damp climates. When the barometer is up, the pressure pushes against the body and keeps tissues from expanding. The opposite is true when the barometer drops. The lower pressure allows the tissues to expand and they in turn put pressure on the nerves that transmit feelings of pain. This explains why many people with arthritis say they can predict a storm. They feel the pain as the barometer drops. Physical activity can help to reduce joint pain and increase flexibility. Experts suggest keeping active during colder months by walking indoors and wearing looser layers of clothing to trap body heat. Wearing socks and waterproof boots are recommended if you are outdoors. See a podiatrist for further information on how to manage your arthritis pain.


 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gerald McCool, DPM from McCool Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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

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