high heel13Melissa Wescott has a shoe size that’s four sizes larger than the average size of 9. She opened her business, Big On Shoes, to help create and customize footwear for clientele specifically like her who have specific shoe needs. Look for a local organization that can provide the right shoe size for you, especially if you find that many popular outlets do not offer your ideal shape.

Finding a proper fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information contact Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

●     Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away

●     Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes

●     Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have

●     Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, keeping properly fit shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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fungal toenail2Arian Foster of the Houston Texans suffered an Achilles tendon injury while running a pass pattern and immediately fell to the ground following suit. Foster has had groin, hamstring, and calf injuries, which prevented him from playing in a full season since 2012. Texans coach Bill O’Brien has no details on the injury yet but believes “ ‘it obviously didn’t look good.’ ” If the injury is too severe, it can end Foster’s rest of the season.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change         

- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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

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broken foot3Kenny Gaines, a basketball player for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, is back on his feet after suffering a Lisfranc injury to his left foot last season. Lisfranc injuries result when a metatarsal bone is displaced from the tarsus. Gaines has been cleared by doctors to practice for the next three or four weeks, and he says that “I’ve been moving well in practice and I’ve felt great over the last couple weeks.” He also said that he wasn’t limited to playing just in his first game back, but is willing to practice as well. According to coach Mark Fox, Gaines is on break after the game because of some soreness, but that is typical of a Lisfranc injury.

Full recovery is much more difficult if one continues to play sports with a foot or ankle injury. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion

  • Stress Fractures

  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait

  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base

  • Strains

For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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

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toenail fungus7A new study has discovered that sleep apnea may increase the risk of developing gout and experiencing gout flare ups. Lead author Yuqing Zhang of the Boston University Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit shared that while obesity plays an important role in both sleep apnea and gout, sleep apnea still increased the risk for gout even when weight was considered. Over a one-year period 270 cases of gout were observed, with 76 in the sleep apnea group and 194 in the larger comparison group. Gout was nearly twice as common in the sleep apnea group in contrast to the comparison group.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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athletes foot9A recent British study has found that fatality risks among females ages 37 to 78 who sat and did not engage in leg-swinging for over 7 hours or more at a time have a 30% higher fatality risk than those who sat for five hours or less. Among those who habitually fidget however, no increases were observed regardless of how long one sat. The researchers concluded that foot tapping and leg jiggling may reduce the fatality risk among those who sit for long periods of time. Sedentary behavior has been known to cause a decline in the function of blood vessels, which can negatively affect circulation. Foot tapping and leg jiggling can promote circulation, as the legs are constantly moving.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain      -numbness in legs

-cramps            -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness          -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

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

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toenail fungus7Noel Amend of Castle Rock is used to having ballerinas come to him from all throughout the U.S. Amend has made a name for himself fitting ballerinas in their first pointe shoes, a rite of passage for any dancer. “If you don’t get the shoe fit properly, the least of your worries would be blistering,” shares Amend. “It progresses from there—you can get a hammertoe, a bruised Achilles, corns, bunions, ankle issues, knee issues. As in any sport, having good equipment is critical.” Amend does his work from Assemble Dancewear in Castle Rock.

Corns can be a nuisance for your foot health. If you have any foot or ankle concerns contact one of our podiatrists of RGV Footcare. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?

Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns

There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

- Well-fitting socks

- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot

- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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corns2Following his foot surgery after his week 1 injury, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant underwent PRP injection therapy to help speed up his recovery process. "The fact that he can do that (injection therapy) is a positive. This was not something to address something that was a surprise or anything. It was something to get him some additional strength,” says owner Jerry Jones. Despite this, there is still no definite timetable on when the star receiver will return.

Foot therapy is a good idea for those with chronic pain and to recovery from foot injuries. To get consultation for foot therapy, consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

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

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runners20With the return of fall weather, it is important to get the feet prepared for blister prevention during the boot weather months. When purchasing shoes it always best to make sure you are getting the correct size and fit of the shoe. A shoe that is too tight will definitely cause blisters on the feet. Rubbing a blister block or silicone based hair serum on blister prone parts of the feet can help reduce friction if you already have shoes that are too tight. On the chance that you are unable to take the proper measures to prevent a blister and get one anyways, make sure to keep durable band aids on you to allow it to heal properly.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If you have any concerns with blisters on your feet visit Dr. G. Javier Cavazos of RGV Foot Care, P.C. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 doctor.

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

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broken foot4Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, will have to withdraw from the Vuelta a Espana after suffering from a broken foot. The injury occurred after Froome crashed during the rocky ride through Andorra. Although the French cyclist was looking to win both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana just like fellow cyclists Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978), the crash diminished those goals early. “Really appreciate all the messages of support, I did my best to hang in there today as best I could with the hop of continuing,” Froome stated on Twitter after the injury.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. G. Javier Cavazos of RGV Foot Care, P.C. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising

  • Pain

  • Redness

  • Swelling

  • Blue (foot)

  • Numbness

  • Cold

  • Misshapen

  • Cuts

  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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toenail fungus7According to a study being tested at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, maggots may be used to treat chronic diabetic ulcers. While maggot therapy has been an ancient practice, it is going through clinical trials to see if the feasting of dying tissue and germs in wounds can have positive effects. The study is set into involve 128 Veterans with diabetic ulcers where the maggots or larvae will be produced and sterilized in an “eight step-step control” routine. Although the term “maggot” does have negative connotations, they have been proven to clean out wounds nicely under the right control.

Although the use of maggots to treat diabetic feet may seem kind of extreme, general diabetic foot care is extremely important. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. G. Javier Cavazos of RGV Footcare, PA. Our doctor will diagnose and treat your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including 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 because 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 in McAllen and Edinburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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