The Answers You Need to Settle Your Foot Care Questions

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right answers to your questions. Other times it can be too embarrassing to even ask the right questions. That is why we take the initiative to answer common foot care queries without the need to be asked. Come get the answers you and your feet need.

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  • What Does it Mean When my Child is Pigeon Toed?

    When your child is pigeon toed, he or she has a gait abnormality that is also called intoeing. The toes point inward instead of straight ahead when your child stands or walks. This occurs because of the shape of the feet, a natural twist in the shin bone, or a rotation at the thigh. Your baby’s position in the womb can affect this. Typically, being pigeon toed doesn’t cause any difficulty for your child, but occasionally it is more awkward for your little one to walk normally.

    The condition needs to be evaluated and monitored as your little one grows, to make sure it isn’t connected to a neuromuscular condition, but usually intoeing resolves on its own as your child grows. However, if the problem is severe, it may need to be addressed. If you’re concerned about your child’s walking, contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston for an appointment. Call (281) 497-2850 or use our online request page to reach our office.

  • How can I Prevent Sever’s Disease?

    Sever’s disease is a growth plate condition that causes heel pain in children. In order to prevent it, your child needs to maintain flexibility and strength. This can only be done through exercise and stretching. The tendons in the calves and hamstrings need to be stretched, as well as the muscles in the shins. Performing stretches a few times throughout the day on each leg is very important to prevent Sever’s disease.

    One way is to sit down and stretch your legs straight out in front of you. Wrap a towel around your toes and pull them gently towards your body, or loop exercise bands around them and push your toes away from your body. Do 15 reps 3 times, and then repeat several times throughout the day. Stretching is one of few ways to keep Sever’s disease in check, so it’s crucial that your child stick to this regimen.

    If you have more questions about how to properly stretch, call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for current foot care information, too.

  • How Severe are Flat Feet for my Child?

    If you’ve noticed that your child has flat arches, you may be wondering how severe are flat feet, and should you be concerned? Low or nonexistent arches are very common for babies and young children. Usually the arches form and start to solidify by about age 6. Only a handful of children have flat feet that last into adulthood. Most of the time, having flat feet won’t hurt your child. You should still have the condition evaluated, however—especially if your little one complains of pain. Sometimes issues like tight Achilles tendons can flatten feet and cause other problems.

    If you’re concerned about your child’s feet, don’t wait to have them investigated. Children’s lower limbs are very flexible and grow rapidly. Treating potential problems before the bones set and become fully grown can help prevent issues later in life. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle here in Houston for an appointment by calling (281) 497-2850 or using our online contact form.

  • What is Causing my Child's Heel Pain?

    Usually heel pain in children is caused by calcaneal apophysitis, also known as Sever’s disease. This is inflammation of the growth plate in the calcaneus, or the heel bone. Though it sounds frightening, this is a fairly common problem in growing, active kids. The feet tend to lengthen more quickly than the other parts of the body, which can tighten and strain the Achilles tendon. Repeated hard impacts on the feet, especially from sports, stresses the tendon even more, so it pulls on the back of the heel bone. The constant pressure irritates the growth plate and causes the pain your child is feeling.

    Fortunately this can be treated. Your child doesn’t have to suffer with uncomfortable heels. Don’t wait and let your son or daughter limp around—contact Parker Foot & Ankle for an appointment or more information about treatment. You can reach us by calling (281) 497-2850 or using our website contact form.

  • Is Neuropathy Curable?

    Whether or not you can cure peripheral neuropathy depends on the underlying condition and how much damage has already occurred. A variety of conditions cause peripheral neuropathy, including vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, traumatic injuries, and even alcohol abuse. For vitamin issues, the symptoms can be addressed, and sometimes reversed, by consuming more of the needed nutrients. For other issues, however, you probably won’t be able to reverse any damage. Managing the underlying condition and treating the symptoms will help prevent the problem from progressing and reduce your discomfort.

    If you’re concerned that you have neuropathy, don’t wait to investigate the problem. The sooner the issue is addressed, the more likely that it can be halted, or even corrected, minimizing the damage. Even for the cases where the issue can’t be cured, managing the problem will help you avoid painful complications. Contact Dr. Robert Parker here in Houston to make an appointment by calling (281) 497-2850 or by using the request form on the website.

  • Is Neuropathy Preventable?

    If you have diabetes, at some point you have probably wondered, “Is neuropathy preventable?” There is no guarantee that you can completely prevent damage from diabetic neuropathy; however, by controlling your diabetes, you can decrease your chances of developing dangerous complications. You’ll need to work to keep your blood sugar levels stable and within a healthy range. You may need to make lifestyle changes, too, such as exercising more regularly, eating more vegetables and fruits, and using supplements that are good for nerves, like vitamin B-12.

    Avoid risk factors that contribute to nerve injury too. Give up smoking and tobacco usage if you haven’t already. Limit your alcohol consumption as well. Refrain from staying in one position for hours at a time if you can, so that you are less likely to pinch a nerve. If you need help managing your diabetes or any stage of nerve damage, contact our expert team here at Parker Foot and Ankle. Call our Houston TX office at (281) 497-2850 or use our website request form to reach us for more information or an appointment.

  • How do I Know if I have Nerve Damage from Neuropathy?

    If you are diabetic, chances are you will suffer from nerve damage at some point. High blood glucose levels, smoking, having diabetes for years, obesity, and lower levels of insulin all contribute to this condition. Damaged nerves can lead to peripheral neuropathy, or a loss of feeling in your limbs. If you notice numbness, tingling, or burning in your feet you might be in the early stages of peripheral neuropathy. You may also feel as if your muscles are becoming weaker, and walking may become more difficult. Danger increases if it is left untreated or unmanaged, because you may not feel an injury and sustain a wound that won’t heal. When you have peripheral neuropathy you have to remember to check your feet every day for abnormalities and get them treated immediately.

    If you have questions about nerve damage caused by diabetes, call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment at Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston.

  • What is Neuropathy?

    Neuropathy, short for peripheral neuropathy, is damage to the nerves in your extremities. This can leave you with numb patches, burning, aching, weakness, and tingling in your lower limbs. Many different problems can result in damaged nerves—diabetes, alcoholism, and some autoimmune diseases all can slow and impair nervous tissue. Trauma or compression, whether from a tumor or just being pinched, can also result in permanent injury. The key to relieving any nerve pain is to catch and treat the problem early, before it worsens.

    Here at Parker Foot & Ankle, we understand how difficult life with neuropathy can become, which is why we established the Neuropathy Care Center of Houston within our offices. We are experts in both conservative management of pain as well as surgical solutions to persistent problems. Don’t wait! Find help for your nerve pain. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston for an appointment or more information about this difficult condition. Call (281) 497-2850 or visit the online contact page to reach us.

  • Why are my feet tingling?

    You develop tingling feet when nerves are impaired. Nerves are sensitive tissues. Getting pinched, compressed, or otherwise trapped can injure them and create an uncomfortable tingling. Other issues can also damage nerves and have a similarly painful effect—like diabetic neuropathy, poor circulation, systemic or autoimmune diseases, and even strokes.

    Damage and pain from nerves that are pinched or compressed can be mild and temporary. Crossing your legs for too long, as well as sitting or lying in an odd position, can compress nerves in your limbs and lead to tingling or pins-and-needles sensations in your feet. Decompressing the nervous tissue can then get your lower limbs back to normal. The longer your nerves are impaired, however, the more the uncomfortable sensation worsens, or even becomes permanent. That’s why taking care of nerve pain right away is so important.

    Let foot nerve specialist Dr. Robert Parker at Parker Foot & Ankle help you deal with tingling feet. Call (281) 497-2850 to make an appointment at our Houston office.

  • What Causes Morton's Neuroma?

    Morton's NeuromaMorton’s neuroma is a condition in which patients experience pain and numbness in their forefoot. This happens because of a fibrous tissue formation, or neuroma, that grows in your nerve cells—usually between your third and fourth toes. The resulting inflammation may cause you to feel a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot, or you could experience numbness. The usual causes of Morton’s neuroma are injuries, pressure, and irritation. The condition often occurs with physically active people who do a lot of jumping and running, and women who wear high heels on a regular basis. Treatments include ice and pain medications, and a switch to more comfortable footwear.

    For more about Morton’s neuroma, call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850, or visit Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston Texas. We can help pinpoint the cause of your pain and numbness and get you back to feeling great again.