Tuesday, 07 February 2023 00:00

Toes are made up of two or three small, fragile bones. A toe bone can break or fracture when it is stubbed, or if something heavy is dropped on it. Broken toes are common, and treatment is often successful by staying off of the affected foot and elevating it. Additionally, using the buddy taping method, or taping the broken toe to the toe next to it, can help to provide stability that is needed. If one has a severe toe fracture, the big toe may be involved, and a break may cause the toe to become crooked. Tiny fragments of bone can break off, and may result in an open wound. Injuries to the big toe may need a cast or splint for proper healing, and more severe fractures may require surgery. When an individual breaks a toe, they often feel pain, and the toe may become bruised, swollen, and stiff. If you think you have broken your toe and home care methods are not helping, please consult with a podiatrist who can perform a proper diagnosis and provide treatment options that are right for you.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Jack A. Sasiene, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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

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Sunday, 05 February 2023 00:00

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

When feet become swollen, it most likely will affect both of them. One swollen foot may be cause for alarm, and it is advised that prompt medical attention is obtained from a podiatrist. One swollen foot may indicate an allergy or infection, possibly causing serious complications if not treated. When both feet are swollen, it is a common condition and can happen for various reasons. These can include water retention from circulatory issues, pregnancy, or premenstrual disorders. Swollen feet may be improved by following a gentle exercise regime and drinking plenty of water. Additionally, having regular massages and reducing sodium intake may help to alleviate swollen ankles. If you suffer from this condition, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is and offer correct treatment options.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Jack A. Sasiene, DPM of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

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


 

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Many people with diabetes begin to develop problems in their lower legs and feet. Many develop corns, calluses, blisters, and skin ulcers. The main cause of ulcers is an increased level of blood sugar in the body, which can damage nerves (specifically those in the extremities). The result is a condition known as diabetic neuropathy, which is experienced by about 70 percent of diabetics, studies show. The numbing sensation to the feet invites all sorts of problems, including cracked heels, sores that go undetected, and increased exposure to bacterial and fungal infections. It is suggested that diabetics examine their feet daily for cracks, wounds, and sores. Wear shoes that fit properly, and avoid socks that are too tight. Avoid walking barefoot, indoors and out. Keep the feet clean and thoroughly dried each day. Quitting smoking and doing low-impact exercise are recommended by experts. Most importantly, if you have foot problems related to diabetes, please contact a podiatrist for regular visits to stay on top of any complications that may develop. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Jack A. Sasiene, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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