Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Broken toes in kids are common due to their active lifestyles and frequent participation in sports and play. These fractures often occur from stubbing the toe, dropping heavy objects on the foot, or direct impacts during activities. Symptoms of a broken toe include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. The pain from a broken toe is usually immediate and intense, with visible deformity or misalignment in severe cases. If a child complains of persistent pain and shows signs of swelling or discoloration, a fracture is likely. Treatment for broken toes in children typically involves rest, compression, and elevation to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Immobilizing the toe with a splint or buddy-taping it to an adjacent toe can help maintain alignment and promote healing. Pain relievers may be used to manage discomfort. If you suspect your child has broken a toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. 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 to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly 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 and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition caused by damage to the peripheral nerves, often resulting in numbness, tingling, burning sensations, and pain in the extremities. There are several types of peripheral neuropathy, each with its own set of causes and symptoms. Regardless of the underlying cause, peripheral neuropathy can have a significant impact on the feet, leading to decreased sensation, balance issues, and an increased risk of foot injuries and ulcers. Diabetic neuropathy is one of the most common types and is caused by nerve damage from prolonged exposure to high blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Other types include compressive neuropathy, which occurs when nerves are compressed or pinched, and toxic neuropathy, which can result from exposure to certain medications, chemicals, or toxins. Proper foot care, including regular inspections, supportive footwear, and maintaining good blood sugar levels for diabetes, is essential for managing symptoms and preventing complications associated with peripheral neuropathy. If your feet are affected with any of the above symptoms, it is strongly suggested that you meet with a podiatrist who can offer you effective methods to manage the type of neuropathy you have.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Jack A. Sasiene, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Soccer players frequently encounter foot injuries due to the sport’s high physical demands. Foot blisters are common, starting as irritated skin and developing into fluid-filled bubbles from the friction inside the shoes. Ankle sprains, the most common soccer injury, occur from twisting or impact, leading to ligament stretching or tearing. Wearing tight shoes often cause toenail injuries, and can lead to blood forming under the nail, loose nails, or nails falling off. Turf toe, a painful sprain of the big toe joint, occurs from sudden jamming movements, especially on artificial turf, and necessitates rest and immobilization. Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain, resulting from inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel to the toes, and is considered an overuse injury. Achilles tendonitis affects the back of the heel and can be caused by overuse, inadequate warm-ups, or wearing improper footwear. Foot fractures and stress fractures often result from direct impacts, acute twisting, or repetitive stress during play. If you have sustained a foot or ankle injury while playing soccer, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment. 

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Jack A. Sasiene, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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, 02 June 2024 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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