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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Our office continues to be open to all new and existing patients. We use hospital-grade sanitizers and are taking measures to ensure patients maintain social distancing by not having anyone wait in our reception room with others. If you prefer to wait in your car, just give us a call and we will call or text you when we are ready to bring you straight into a treatment room. Our entire staff is wearing masks and we encourage you to do the same.
For those patients who cannot or still wish not to visit the office, we are offering private video telemedicine visits. Simply call the office at 713-785-7881 and ask for an e-visit and we will be happy to get you set up for an immediate appointment. You can also request an appointment through our website.
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Can you see a neuroma on X-Ray or MRI?
A neuroma is an inflammation of a nerve in the ball of the foot. Because the nerve is composed of soft tissue, it is not visible on X-ray. X-ray is useful to image bone and does not provide much diagnostic benefit for a Morton's neuroma. Even so, your podiatrist in Houston will likely order an X-ray to be taken, since it is important to rule out other issues, such as a stress fracture.
An MRI is very useful in imaging soft tissue structures, such as neuromas. An MRI is not always necessary if the clinical evidence for a neuroma is overwhelming. In fact, an MRI can produce a false negative for Morton's neuroma, meaning not finding one even if a neuroma is present. This happens when the neuroma falls between the "slices" that the MRI takes.
Can ibuprofen stop a neuroma from hurting?
In most cases your pain associated with a Morton's neuroma is due to inflammation of the nerve traveling through the ball of your foot. Because of this, an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can help to control your pain. This medication can reduce the inflammation surrounding the nerve and stop the neuroma from hurting.
When OTC medication is not enough to manage your neuroma pain, your podiatrist in Houston can take additional steps to relieve the pain that the neuroma is causing. Prescription strength anti-inflammatory medication will be more effective to reduce the inflammation and eliminate the pain. There are many other treatments to stop the Morton's neuroma from hurting as well, including cortisone injections.
Don't let ball of foot pain caused by a neuroma stop you from the things you love to do. If medication does not help quickly and completely, be sure to contact our Houston office for a comprehensive evaluation.
Can You Use Biofreeze For Neuropathy?
People who are suffering from peripheral neuropathy in Houston are on a constant lookout to help to moderate their symptoms. There is an overwhelming amount of remedies, however, some of which work better than others. Biofreeze, a topical analgesic, is one such remedy that helps to provide temporary relief from the pain from peripheral neuropathy.
Biofreeze is a topical analgesic which comes in gell, roll-on, and spray form. It started as a commonly used sports' pain relief gel but has since become much more widely used. Biofreeze contains Ilex which is an herbal extract that aids in producing its therapeutic effect. Unlike other sports gels, Biofreeze only has a cold therapy, which helps to reduce inflammation.
Biofreeze is effective for many people in helping the burning pain often associated with peripheral neuropathy. I typically recommend the spray form, likening it to a fire extinguisher to spray away the burning. Biofreeze can be used throughout the day and offers no adverse effects.
We always carry Biofreeze in our Houston podiatry offices. If you would like to pick some up to try, give us a call and come on in. No appointment is necessary!
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How do i know if a heel spur is causing my pain?
A byproduct of tension of the plantar fascia on the heel bone is the development of a heel spur. While it appears dramatic on x-ray, a heel spur is not the source of the heel pain in most cases. The pain is usually derived from the inflammation where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel.
There are times when it is the heel spur itself is responsible for heel pain. In these cases people arise from bed and feel little or no pain. As the day progresses, the heel becomes progressively more painful. Walking in a hard sole shoe, or barefoot on a hard floor, is also particularly painful. The pain is often due to an enlarged spur on the heel bone. Just because you have a painful heel spur does not mean you have to suffer. There are effective treatments that can eliminate the pain. Sometimes a simple gel heel cup is enough to entire control the pain in your heel. In more resistant cases, surgery can be done to remove the spur.
Your heel pain will not go away ln its own! Take the first step to eliminating your pain by visiting Tanglewood Foot Specialists. Contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to schedule an appointment. Pain relief is closer than you think!
What is the best kind of doctor to see for my heel pain?
Heel pain is a sophisticated injury that requires a specialized understanding of the inflammatory process and the biomechanics that prevents it from resolving on it's own. A podiatrist in Houston is uniquely qualified to provide this care.
After graduating from college a podiatrist undergoes four years in a podiatric medical program and is awarded a DPM degree. The new doctor then completes a hospital-based residency program, now at least three years in duration, where he receives advanced medical and surgical training.
Podiatrists also have a keen understanding of how the foot functions, understands the mechanics, and are able to correct them by using custom foot orthotics or specialized ankle-foot orthotics. In rare cases where surgery is required to resolve heel pain, a podiatrist is well-qualified to provide that care and ensure the heel pain does not return in the future.
If you are suffering with heel pain, or any other pain in your foot or ankle, contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists. Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider and his team will provide a comprehensive evaluation and a detailed explanation of what is causing your pain and
Why does my heel pain jump from foot to foot?
When one foot is injured with heel pain, your discomfort can be intense. Your body will naturally try to offload the painful heel and shift more weight to your foot that is healthy. As the pressure is shifted, inflammation can begin on your other foot because it is now being overused. You may even see a reduction of pain in the originally painful heel!
If left untreated, the pain will continue to jump from foot to foot until, ultimately, both feet will be simultaneously painful, which can be debilitating. For that reason, do not let your heel pain go untreated. In most cases, plantar fasciitis does not resolve in its own. Your podiatrist in Houston is able to assess your pain and offer treatment options to resolve it before it becomes a greater problem.
If you are suffering with heel pain, whether it has been for one week, one month or one year, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to learn how to relieve your pain as quickly as possible. It's time to stop suffering with heel pain!
Can shockwave therapy cure my heel pain?
Shockwave therapy, short for Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy, has been used in Europe for many years prior to emerging in the US as a treatment for musculoskeletal inflammation such as heel pain. The treatment comes in a number of different wavelengths and intensities, which determine the number of treatments and whether anesthesia is necessary.
Shockwave therapy works by sending thousands of shockwaves into the area of injury over a short period of time. This physically breaks up inflammation and increases the blood flow to the injured area. This provides resources to the heel and allows for recovery, usually in a 6 week timeframe.
In the past, these treatments had to be done under anesthesia in the operating room. Newer technology has reduced the treatment time and intensity. the therapy is now performed in a Houston podiatry office and no anesthesia is needed. While some patients report their heel pain, caused by both plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, is relieved after the first treatment, most require three treatments and don't see full results for 4-6 weeks.
If you are currently experiencing a sharp pain in your heels, it is time to end your frustration. Contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for an immediate appointment to assess your condition and work together to get you out of pain as quickly as possible.
Are any of those funny looking shoes good for heel pain?
There are a number of shoes that look....different...and boast being able to resolve pain in the lower extremity, including heel pain. One such shoe is MBT, Masei Barefoot Technology, which has been available for years. These shoes feature a soft heel and rocker sole, forcing the foot to function more on the mid foot. Some patients have indeed found relief with these shoes and I recommend them on occasion, but many also find that the drastic change in gait causes new issues to arise. These should not be confused with the "toning shoes" such as Sketchers Shape-Ups which offer no therapeutic value.
Another shoe is the Z-coil shoe. This shoe has an elevated heel with a visible heavy gauge coil attaching it. It looks like you're walking on a pogo stick! While some report relief of pain, it is usually due to the elevation of the heel, which takes pressure off of the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, and not the unique construct.
The best results from these shoes come with commitment. Because they cause a significant change in gait, switching between these shoes and conventional shoes will cause continual muscle confusion that will limit the efficacy of any of them.
If you are suffering from heel pain, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Schneider will work with you to eliminate your heel pain and keep it gone. End your pain and frustration and call Tanglewood Foot Specialists for an immediate appointment.
Is ice or heat better for heel pain?
One of the most common questions that I get, and most common thing that people get wrong, is the choice between using ice or heat on heel pain and other injuries. Many people default to putting heat on the injury. On the surface it makes sense, warmth is soothing to injuries. The only problem is that it can make inflammation worse.
Ice is a natural anti-inflammatory. When it is applied to an injury, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, it aids in reducing the inflammation. Ice can be applied throughout the day, however it shouldn't be applied for more than 20 minutes at a time and should stay for the balance of the hour.
Unfortunately ice is not very portable, especially in the heat of Houston. Topical analgesics, such as Biofreeze, can be used in the place of ice. Unlike other topicals, there is no heat component to Biofreeze and only have an icing effect. This reduces the inflammation and also provides an immediate analgesic effect.
If you are suffering from heel pain, start icing right away. Contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to schedule an appointment. Together we will identify the source of your heel pain and develop a strategy to get the pain gone and keep it away.
Are there any good exercises for heel pain?
When heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, exercise is very important to help resolve the inflammation. There are multiple exercises to help to stretch the effected structures which, in turn, helps to break up the inflammation and heal the injury.
Stretching the bottom of the foot is vital to manage heel and arch pain. There are ligaments and muscles that need to be mobilized to reduce the inflammation. Using the Thera-Band Foot Roller twice daily, that stretching is made simple and effective. Achilles tendon, leg, and foot stretches are also effective using Thera-Band resistance bands.