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While high heels have been a major staple in fashion, it seems like with their presence in causing injury, more accommodating shoes are gaining popularity. From the new Adidas and Kanye West “Yeezy” collection to cute orthopaedic flats, high heels are taking a back seat to comfort. This may be happening due to the damage the shoes are causing to the feet. If worn for long periods of time, high heels can put stress on your back and the arches of your feet.

High heels have a history for causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, see Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal.  Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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 ankle3Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots says he’s “feeling better” about the sprained ankle he sustained in the game against the Miami Dolphins. Brady was seen limping at a recent news conference. He was tackled by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who had landed on him. Brady says “I’ve always dealt with injuries. I’m very confident I know how to deal with injuries,” going on further to say that he’s keen on making a full recovery so he can get back to playing for his team.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, see Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related 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 and Edinburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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athletes foot8According to a study, the gene known as CARD9 is heavily related to fungal infections in the feet. Scientist Anne Puel states, “Our research showed that CARD9 deficiency is the genetic cause of dermatophytosis.” This means that patients were left unable to effectively fight fungi. Treatment of fungal infections typically includes antibiotics, healthy hygiene, creams, powders, and regularly changing your socks.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles see Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

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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stretching4Sitting in chairs all day is bad for your body. But recent studies suggest that standing on flat ground is just as bad, and that these activities are putting our bodies into an unnatural constraint. Sitting for long periods of time is damaging to your circulation and metabolism, while flat ground hinders your natural gait. Repeated activity can lead to the body becoming weaker. It’s important to take care of your body often, to maintain a healthy structure. You can do this by exercising your feet to help train your muscles. Huffington Post recommends going outside barefoot and standing on an uneven surface, like a rock. This will help stretch the structure of your feet.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, see Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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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feet3Ingrown toenails can become a nuisance when they start causing pain. If not treated, ingrown toenails can also lead to infection. There are many ways to prevent ingrown toenails, and those include maintaining your feet often. When cutting your toenails, make sure to cut straight across and refrain from cutting them in a round shape. Avoid wearing footwear that is tightly-fitting and uncomfortable as well as socks that can push your nails. Being mindful of the comfort of your feet is important for maintaining your overall health.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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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Arthritis5Janet Funk, an associate professor of medicine at University of Arizona, and her research team have studied the South Asian spice turmeric to determine its usefulness in treating rheumatoid arthritis. For centuries, the spice has been used to treat many ailments. Traditionally, tumeric has been traditionally known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Rheumatoid arthritis flare ups typically causes the joints to become inflamed. The clinical trial will involve 45 people who will take dietary supplements for a month to determine the safety of the remedy.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, consult with Dr. G. Javier Cavazos from R.G.V. Footcare, P.A. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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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Monday, 08 February 2016

Treating Your Blisters

blister6Although blisters can be annoying, especially on the feet, there are many different options to help treat them. Let your blisters get some air and refrain from popping the outer layer of skin. Use antibacterial cream, especially if you plan on draining your blister. Clean thoroughly to prevent infection. Use bandages as needed to protect your blister and let the skin heal. Keeping your feet elevated helps relieve inflammation on your blister, and also keep your blister clean. Blisters can also be treated with a saline solution or moisturizer to help reduce inflammation.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If you have any concerns, 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.

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 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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Monday, 01 February 2016

Facts About Bunions

bunions7There are many reasons as to why bunions may develop. Bunions are not only a hereditary problem, but can also be caused by an imbalance of muscles in the foot or improper foot support. The bony protuberance on your foot can result from an uneven pronation, the outward rolling of your foot, or uneven supination, the inward rolling of the foot.  While there is no cure for bunions other than surgery, there are many different ways for you to prevent your bunions from growing. Mensjournal.com offers guides for different stretches and exercises that strengthen your muscles and improve your balance.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. If you have any concerns, 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 a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

·         Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

·         Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

·         Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort

·         Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain

·         Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs

·         Orthotics or foot inserts

·         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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broken ankle428-year-old Nolan Carroll of the Philadelphia Eagles suffered a broken ankle in the game against the Detroit Lions. Carroll injured his ankle while in run support and could not continue the game. He had to be carried off of the field. Carroll played as part of the defense for the Eagles, but his broken ankle injury will end the season. Carroll “played 99 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps,” and was “a big part of the fight of our defense,” said defensive coordinator Bill Davis.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you have any concerns, 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.

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 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 foot4Vitamin D may help with the prevention of stress fractures, as reported by Science Daily. Vitamin D is reported to play an important part in maintaining bone density and can be obtained either through the foods you eat or by going outside everyday when the sun is out. Vitamin D helps with bone development, and low levels can lead to decreased bone density or higher risks of osteoporosis, the thinning of bones, or osteomalacia, the softening of bones. Getting enough Vitamin D everyday is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing breaks in bones.

Activities, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. 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.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                  

-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

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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