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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Can you do anything for a broken toe?
There is a great misconception that there is nothing to do for a broken toe. This probably started because broken toes are not casted like other broken bones are. There are very good reasons, however, as to why an injured toe be examined by a podiatrist in Houston.
It is important to ensure that a broken toe is in good position. If left to heal in an incorrect position, the toe will heal in a way that may cause pain in the future. You may have ongoing trouble with shoes and could develop a painful corn between the toes. If the toe is not in a suitable position, your Houston podiatrist will discuss how to get it corrected. Don't worry, surgery for a broken toe is rarely necessary.
If the broken toe is in good position, Dr. Andrew Schneider will discuss with you what you must do to keep it that way and ensure that the toe continues to heal properly.
Do I need to wear a special shoe for my broken toe?
A broken toe can be very painful. Depending on where the toe is broken, which toe is broken, if it is in a good position, and how stable the bones appear are all factors as to whether a surgical shoe must be worn. This special shoe, if necessary, will allow you to bear weight in the foot while providing a stable sole which prevents excessive motion. There are times, however, where you can continue to wear your regular shoes. If this is the case, a low heeled or tennis shoe is preferred.
If the great toe is broken, your Houston Podiatrist may treat it differently. Because of the amount of pressure that the great toe must bear, it may be necessary to wear a surgical shoe, or even a fracture walking boot, to ensure it heals properly. The key to properly treating a broken toe is to get it evaluated as soon as possible.
How long does it take to heal a broken foot bone?
The general rule of thumb for a broken foot bone to heal is six to eight weeks. No matter how much you want to negotiate the healing time to get back to running and other exercise, the time frame is dictated by your body. You can help by following Dr. Schneider's advice and carefully caring for the fractured foot.
Each foot is comprised of 26 bones. There is a combination of long bones and others that are more irregular. The foot also is at the literal end of the circulatory system, with the smallest vessels providing the bones' blood supply. These factors will provide some variation in healing times.
You have the best chance for your foot to heal properly if you get it evaluated and cared for quickly. Waiting to see if it "heals on its own" can lead to complications, such as requiring surgery to treat the broken foot bone. Contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists and schedule an immediate appointment. We will make sure your broken foot will heal as quickly and completely as possible. Let's get you back to being active again!
Many people who read this wondered What Doctor Treats a Broken Foot?
What doctor treats a broken foot?
The best doctor to treat a broken foot is one who treats all areas of foot and ankle problems. A podiatrist in Houston, TX best fits this description. A podiatrist will not only assess the severity of the foot fracture, but also decide how to treat it to make sure it properly heals. Nothing is worse than being told it isn't a big idea, only to find out it can extend your recover by weeks!
There are other doctors who are also qualified to treat foot fractures. Orthopedists are bone doctors and surgeons that will treat fractures also. There are some orthopedists who specialize in the foot and ankle. I do not recommend most emergency rooms, as I have found many foot fractures missed on x-ray.
At Tanglewood Foot Specialists, we take the x-rays in the office and read them immediately, so you do not have to wait for the results. Dr. Schneider will spend the time with you to make sure you understand the severity of the broken bone and what will need to be done to allow it to heal quickly and completely. Call our Houston podiatry office to schedule an immediate appointment.
Most people who read this also asked Can a Twisted Ankle Break a Bone in My Foot?
Can a twisted ankle break a bone in my foot?
When you twist and sprain our ankle, we tend to focus on the damage to the ankle itself, such as torn ligaments. A twisted ankle can also seriously fracture a bone in your foot. A strong tendon travels down the outside of the ankle and connects to the fifth metatarsal bone. A sprained ankle can create sudden tension on this tendon and cause your bone to break. This is commonly known as a Jones fracture.
A Jones fracture can be quite serious and difficult to heal. Because it is formed by the pulling of the tendon, it is commonly displaced. In these cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the bone and return it to full strength and function. If there is no displacement, immobilization of a Jones fracture is very important. Even if you immobilize it quickly, surgery may still ultimately be needed if it doesn't completely heal.
The only way to know what treatment is necessary is to visit with Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider immediately after an injury.
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