Do you have questions about foot care? We have answers.
Do you have questions about foot injuries or the causes of foot pain? Tanglewood Foot Specialists provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about foot injuries and foot care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk to a doctor about your foot pain, call Tanglewood Foot Specialists at (713) 785-7881.
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When should a diabetic see a podiatrist?
Every person with diabetes should have a relationship with a Houston diabetic foot specialist. This means you, whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Even if you don't have a problem or don't think you're currently at risk, it is important to do.
When you are first assessed by your podiatrist, you will have a comprehensive examination, including an assessment of your circulation and nerve function. Both of these issues are significant risk factors that has the potential to put your foot and leg at risk. Having a baseline study allows us to catch any problems early and treat them while they are manageable. You'd be surprised how many issues we find on this initial screening even when there are no symptoms.
You should not wait for a diabetic foot problem to arise before visiting a Houston podiatrist. Prevention is the best medicine! Contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider. Together we will ensure your feet stay with you for a lifetime.
I'm worried that my socks are cutting off my circulation, what do I do?
Socks are made in all shapes and sizes. The problem that you may face is a tight band around the calf. This is especially true if you are diabetic or just generally have poor circulation. Many socks are made this way to prevent them from slipping down...very important in a sock!
The tight band at the top of socks can, indeed, effect your circulation. Compressing your calf can close off arteries providing blood to the foot. This can lead to intense pain after walking for a period of time and only alleviated by rest. It also can increase the possibility of complications such as skin ulcers.
To prevent problems stemming from wearing the wrong socks, it is important that you choose socks that will not cause you problems. There are many brands of diabetic socks that provide a looser fit around the calfs. If you do need some compression because of swelling or vein insufficiency, compression socks that provide uniform compression through the calf are available.
Both diabetic socks, as well as compression socks, are readily available. Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider carries both at Tanglewood Foot Specialists. If you are unsure if your current socks are right for you, contact our office for an immediate appointment.
Is there a cure for diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that is reaching epidemic proportions, especially in Houston as waistlines continue to grow. Despite millions of dollars of international research, the still is no cure for diabetes. There are many ways to control diabetes to keep the impact on your life to a minimum.
First and foremost, you need to take control of your blood sugar by measuring it daily and avoiding foods that will raise it. So many people assume that because they take medicine or use insulin, diet is unimportant. This is completely untrue. When your blood sugar is elevated, it increases the chances of Peripheral Arterial Disease and diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
It is vital that you take care of your feet. You should perform a daily foot inspection to ensure there are no complications. Don't rely on feeling pain since you may already have some measure of neuropathy that numbs your sensation of pain. You should establish a relationship with a podiatrist to provide regular examinations and help you keep your feet. If you live in the Houston area, contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists and schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider. If you think you may have a diabetic foot ulcer or other foot problem, be sure to tell us so we can get you in immediately
Do all diabetics have poor circulation?
Poor circulation, or Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), is a common complication of diabetes. PAD also effects millions of people without diabetes, especially those who smoke. Reduced circulation puts the limb at risk for gangrene which can lead to amputation. PAD is a significant risk factor for heart attack and stroke.
Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston uses state of the art technology to detect PAD early. This enables you to get treatment before any serious complications occur. PADnet is a painless, non-invasive examination that detects a reduction in the circulation in your legs. This information will be shared with your internist and cardiologist so we can together decide on a course of action.
PAD has become known as a silent killer. The presence of PAD dramatically increases your chances of developing a heart attack or stroke. The best time for you to be checked is before a foot or ankle problem, such as a foot ulcer or gangrene, occurs. Schedule an appointment to have this painless, 30 minute test performed at our Houston podiatry office.
My feet are deformed from diabetes, how do I stop it from getting worse?
Diabetes can progress to form a significant deformity of your foot and ankle. This foot deformity is an advanced complication of diabetes and must be treated very seriously. These changes are known as Charcot foot and you will notice your arch dropping with bones causing pressure in the middle of your foot. Without proper treatment, the foot will continue to collapse and put you at risk for a diabetic foot ulcer to form.
Charcot foot needs to be treated quickly and aggressively. At first you will likely be immobilized to stop the progress of the collapse of your foot. Afterwards, you would be placed in a therapeutic shoe with an insole designed to manage the pressure beneath the foot. If your foot is already too deformed to be in a diabetic shoe, a custom shoe may be needed. To add additional support, I may recommend a custom ankle-foot orthotic to be worn in the shoe. In particularly severe cases, I may recommend surgery to reconstruct the foot.
If you have diabetes and are noticing your foot changing, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for an immediate appointment. When you call, mention that you are diabetic and think you have a problem. My team will get you in ASAP!
Why does chemotherapy affect my toenails?
If you have been treated with chemotherapy, you know the many effects it has on your body. Most commonly you may have experienced hair loss. Nails are similar in composition to hair and are also often effected by chemotherapy.
Some forms of chemotherapy can cause your nails to fall off. When this happens it is usually without pain. Other times the nails become significantly weakened. Both of these, along with the suppression of your immune system, can lead to a fungal infection of your nails. While you can treat this infection with topical medication, such as Formula 3, during chemotherapy, the use of other treatments should not be pursued until chemotherapy is finished and you recover your strength.
At Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX, Dr. Andrew Schneider treats all conditions of the foot and ankle related to chemotherapy. Contact our Houston podiatry office for treatment you can be confident will be the right one during your chemotherapy treatment.
Can I get acrylic nails put on my toenails?
I know that you enjoy nice looking nails. Acrylic nails are very commonly used on the fingernails. Some salons will apply them to your toenails as well. This can be problematic and has the potential to cause pain and infection.
Acrylic nails are hard and inflexible. While this isn't an issue on your fingernails, it poses a problem when you put your feet into a shoe. Your toenails flex as you walk and as you contact a shoe. Without this flexibility, the nail would drive into your toe and mimic an ingrown toenail. The pressure, even for a short time, can cause a foot infection to form.
At Tanglewood Foot Specialists, we offer a solution. We use an innovative technology known as Keryflex. Keryflex is is a keratin resin applied over your own toenail to provide a healthy appearing nail. Unlike acrylics, it is flexible and will not cause the same problems as acrylic nails. You can use nail polish and nail polish remover with the Keryflex toenail, just as you would a regular toenail. By the way, men often come in to have a Keryflex toenail applied to damaged or fungal nails during sandal season.
Does nail polish cause toenail fungus?
Nail polish in and of itself does not cause toenail fungus. That's not to say the it doesn't contribute to the situation. Fungus is an opportunist that infects the toenails when they are damaged. Nail polish can cause damage to the toenails.
Most nail polishes contain damaging chemicals, such as formaldehyde and toluene. Nail polish remover contains acetone. All of these damage the toenails and cause the white streaking that many women experience when removing their polish. This damage weakens the toenails and make them more susceptible to developing a fungus infection.
The are alternatives to harmful nail polish. As a podiatrist in Houston, I realize that it is impractical to tell women to not wear nail polish. We carry Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish products which do not contain the harmful chemicals and contain vitamins and natural antifungals to nourish the nails. Everyone who has used are happy with the healthier appearance of their nails. You can visit our Houston podiatry office to pick up your favorite color or order online.
How do I stop my feet from sweating so much?
Perspiring feet are a very common situation in Houston, TX with our hot and humid weather. Excessive sweating can cause a number of problems, such as dry, cracked skin, Athlete's foot, and toenail fungus. There are ways to control perspiration and the issues that comes with it.
There are prescription-strength antiperspirants that effectively dry the feet. Because of their strength, however, they can only be used in adults. The fungal problems can also be treated at the same time. Treatment for excessive perspiration must be maintained long term for the issues to not return. A more moderate option is to use an anti-persperant lotion. In our Houston podiatry practice we use Bromilotion to safely scontrol excessive sweating.
Can I get nail fungus from a pedicure?
Fungus lives naturally on our feet and shoes to some degree without incident. Fungus is also an opportunist. If the toenail or skin is compromised with trauma, the fungus will be able to take the opportunity to infect it.
Pedicures present numerous opportunities to allow a toenail fungus infection to occur. Typically the cleanliness of a pedicure falls to the operator. I've seen infections occur even from the high-end Houston pedicure salons. If the pedicurist cuts corners with disinfecting their station or instruments, it puts you at risk. Additionally, if the pedicurist is too aggressive, she can also cause trauma to allow an infection to occur.
This is not to say that all pedicures are problematic. Be sure to have a good recommendation for a salon and pedicurist who can be trusted. Another way to be sure you are safe is to bring your own pedicure kit and toenail polish.
If you are concerned that you have an infection from a Houston pedicure, contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists for an immediate evaluation and solution to the problem. The quicker you seek treatment, the faster the infection can be controlled and resolved.