broken foot4A group of kids robbed a 43-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man in Oldham. The man and woman suffered from fractures and broken ankles when the injury occurred on July 4th. Both victims are currently receiving treatment and the woman is expected to undergo surgery. The investigation to find the young men who committed the robbery is currently ongoing.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment,contact Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctorcan provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

All About Plantar Warts

elderly feetPlantar warts are small white growths that can be caused by viral infections. These warts are typically found on the plantar surface of the feet. Surgical removal may be used in order to remove plantar warts, but it is not always necessary. However, some doctors advise their patients not to use surgery to remove their plantar warts, because it may result in calluses.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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pregnancyA woman’s body changes in various ways when she is pregnant. It is very common for pregnant women to experience swelling in their feet, hands and face. However, women who have swollen feet during pregnancy should mention them to their doctor. Alerting a doctor of swollen feet is important in order to rule out a condition called preeclampsia, which causes swelling during pregnancy.

Pregnant women are susceptible to aching and swollen feet and should be treated with care. If you are seeking treatment,contact Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctorwill treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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sneaker stretchPlantar fasciitis is a condition that is developed when the fascia in the foot is stretched and strained. This is often caused by wearing shoes that offer little to no arch support, such as flip flops. The pain that results from plantar fasciitis is often excruciating, but it can be treated. Rest, relaxation, and stretching are the most common ways to alleviate pain that stems from the condition. In order to prevent developing plantar fasciitis in the future, you should always make sure the shoes you wear have good support.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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broken ankle3While the San Francisco Giants were able to defeat the Padres, they were unable to sustain first baseman Brandon Belt. Belt was seen rolling his ankle while covering first base, with a photograph of the injury circulating around social media. It is not yet known whether or not Belt will be considered for the disabled list, but in the interim he will take time off to rest.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Arthritis5Arthritis flares up more commonly as we age, as a chronic condition in which the joints of the body become inflamed. Arthritis can be caused by previous injury to the joints or by genes. Common forms of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Possible treatment options recommended by timesargus include acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,contact Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of 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 to 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 offices located in McAllen, Mission, and Edinburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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toenail fungus7According to podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera, there are several tips that women can follow when treating their feet for pedicures. Make sure to properly clean and moisturize your feet, keep your shoes clean through proper maintenance, invest in shoes with efficient support and cushioning, and to occasionally let your toenails breathe in between pedicures, removing the polish completely. Also avoid maintenance such as shaving on your legs and feet right before a manicure, to prevent bacterial infections being contracted through shaving cuts.

Every day foot care is very important, especially for those that are lacking the proper foot care resources. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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plantar fasciitis6Stretching the feet is recommended especially if you have foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, or pain in the heels. Stretches recommended by Athletics Weekly involve raising and lifting your toes off of the floor and picking up marbles with your feet. These stretches are designed to improve your feet’s flexibility and balance as well as address any foot conditions that you may have.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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Monday, 06 June 2016

Treating Your Cracked Heels

corns2As our feet lack oil glands, they are susceptible to dryness. Cracked heels are a condition of the feet in which our feet become prone to dryness and layers of dry skin accumulate over time. Some DIY treatments for curing cracked heels and dry feet include applying a mixture of rice vinegar, olive oil and salt. Soak your feet in the mixture for up to 30 minutes, repeating the process for as long as 3 weeks. Make sure to apply moisturizer after soaking your feet.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

Change in Diet

Eating healthy, with a well-balanced diet, will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to what kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements will also help with skin tissue.

Most importantly seek a health professional for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.

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

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ankle surgeryDevin Robinson of the Florida Gators will be out for a few more months as he continues recovering from the foot surgery he had in April to repair a stress fracture in his foot. Robison “was the team’s fifth-leading scorer (9.0 points) and third-leading rebounder (5.6 rebounds) in 2015-16.” Robinson is expected to return to play for the Gators after his recovery.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • 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, Mission, and Edinburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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