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Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

Are Flat Feet Painful?

Patients who have minimal or absent arches have a condition that is referred to as flat feet. This condition is also known as fallen arches. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch typically develops as walking begins and the feet become stronger. Additionally, there may be existing medical conditions which may include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and obesity that can lead to flat feet. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition often include the shoes wearing out at an accelerated pace, frequent discomfort, and the feet feeling weak or stiff. Mild relief may be found when proper foot stretches are performed, and when the correct footwear is worn. If you have flat feet, it is suggested to counsel with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Monday, 03 June 2019 00:00

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

Patients who experience ingrown toenails are often familiar with the pain and discomfort they cause. They occur as a result of toenails that grow into the surrounding skin, and this may cause an infection. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition can include extreme tenderness around the affected area, and a discharge that may ooze from the nail. This ailment is caused by trimming the toenails improperly, and wearing shoes and socks that are too tight. There are effective treatment methods that can be implemented which include removing a portion of the nail, and draining any infection that is present. It is possible to avoid getting ingrown toenails by wearing shoes that fit properly, and trimming the toenails straight across the toe. If you have developed this condition, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment advice.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. James Kutchback of James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 The Woodlands and Woodville, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Foot pain is common among elderly people. This may be a result of existing medical conditions, including arthritis, poor circulation, and diabetes. It is helpful to examine the bottom of the feet for any cuts, cracks in the skin, or blisters that are present. When the toenails are trimmed properly, ingrown toenails may be prevented. Research has indicated the feet will generally feel better when gentle stretching techniques are frequently practiced. This is beneficial in loosening any muscles that are tense. Additionally, it is helpful to wear socks that do not have a seam, which may aid in promoting proper blood flow. If you would like more information about how to care for elderly feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Monday, 20 May 2019 00:00

What Causes Gout Attacks?

The symptoms that are associated with gout often involve severe pain located at the base of the big toe. If a gout attack suddenly occurs, it may last for several weeks, and it may not develop again for a significant amount of time. The affected area is typically swollen and can feel sensitive when touched. Gout is a result of elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream and is produced by eating foods that are high in purine levels. These types of foods include red meat, shellfish, and alcohol, if consumed in large amounts. Some patients may have existing medical conditions that can play a significant role in developing gout. These can include diabetes, high blood pressure, or poor kidney function. Research has shown that there are measures that can be implemented to potentially prevent gout attacks. Maintaining a regular exercise regime and incorporating healthy eating habits into your life can help limit painful gout attacks. If you are afflicted with this ailment, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat gout.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor will treat 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 The Woodlands and Woodville, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

Types of Foot Therapy

Patients who have foot pain can benefit from different types of foot therapy. When the feet are soaked in warm water, mild relief may be found. This is helpful in relaxing sore foot muscles. Additionally, having foot massages performed can aid in reducing tension in the body, improving circulation, and may ease any pain that is present. When the toes are spread apart, the muscles that lie underneath are stretched, and this may help to strengthen the entire foot. There are some patients who find it beneficial to use topical treatments which include eucalyptus oil.This provides a different sensation, and may help in relieving existing foot pain. If you would like to learn of additional types of foot therapy, it is advised to schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly guide you.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, Dr. James Kutchback of James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

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

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. 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. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

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

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Monday, 06 May 2019 00:00

Obesity and Plantar Fasciitis

Obesity may cause pain in the majority of the foot. This is caused by extra weight the feet endure while daily activities are being performed. Many patients who are overweight notice they have heel pain, and this can lead to a condition this is known as plantar fasciitis. This is a result of a tear in the plantar fascia, which connects the heel to the toes. Relief is typically found if additional weight is lost, and when a mild exercise routine is frequently practiced. Many obese patients find it difficult to implement stretching and exercise techniques, and this is often because of the added weight that is carried around. If you are overweight and have foot pain, please speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward implementing healthy lifestyle habits.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

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

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Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

How to Care for Wounds

When existing wounds are treated promptly and correctly, there is a difference between a quick recovery and a longer healing time. It is helpful to wash the surface of the wound with salt water, followed by wiping the area with sterile gauze. If bleeding is present, it is helpful to apply pressure to the affected area. This is often accomplished by covering the wound with a dry cloth, and exerting pressure on it for several minutes. Research has indicated it is beneficial to cover moist wounds with dressings, and this may accelerate the healing process. If you have wounds on your feet, it is suggested to be under the care of a podiatrist, who can guide you toward proper wound care.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Types of Foot Pain

Many people experience heel pain at some point in their lives. Research has indicated that the most common form of heel pain is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition develops when the tendon that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed and irritated. Possible causes for this may be flat feet or if the arch is exceptionally high. Sever’s disease is a foot condition that may be experienced by teenagers who frequently participate in sporting activities. When this occurs, trauma is inflicted in the growth plate of the heel bone and may result in pain and discomfort. The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscles, and if this should become torn, pain is generally felt in the heel of the foot. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnosis and treat your foot condition.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. James Kutchback of James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in The Woodlands and Woodville, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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