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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  • How do I Know if I have a Neuroma?

    Neuroma signs vary, but you tend to notice the problems in your feet when you stand. You may feel like you’re standing on a pebble. Frequently, you experience a burning pain in the affected area that radiates to other parts of the foot. You may develop numb patches or tingling as well, especially in your toes. The most common benign nerve tumor in the lower limbs is a Morton’s neuroma, which is in between the third and fourth metatarsal heads. All of the symptoms of this problem manifest in the ball of the foot or in the digits.

    Nerve damage can be permanent if not addressed quickly enough. Don’t wait to have foot pain examined. If you’re concerned you may have a neuroma somewhere in your lower limbs, have it evaluated. Dr. Robert Parker can diagnose the condition and help you begin targeted treatment to relieve your pain. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, by calling (281) 497-2850 for more information or make an appointment by filling out our online contact page.

  • Can Morton’s Neuroma be Prevented?

    Preventing a Morton's NeuromaAlthough no one is completely sure what causes this nerve damage to occur, certain measures can help you prevent Morton’s neuroma. The swelling and thickening of the nerve tissue is related to chronic stress and irritation near the affected toes. Avoiding footwear that forces extra weight onto the balls of the feet or pinches the toes can help. Make sure you have sufficient padding under the ball of the foot as well. Any preexisting conditions that may alter your gait or stress your forefoot should also be treated.

    If you’re concerned that you may be developing a Morton’s neuroma, or have any other signs of nerve damage in your lower limbs, don’t ignore the pain or you could incur permanent damage. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston for an appointment or more information for help treating or preventing this condition. Visit the online contact page or call (281) 497-2850 to reach the office.

  • When can I have laser treatments for Fungal Nails done?

    We are happy to do the treatment today while you are here so that you do not have to make another trip to the office. You may also schedule your appointment with our patient care coordinator for when your schedule allows.

  • What are the first signs of toenail fungus?

    The first signs of toenail fungus are usually color and texture changes in the hard nail tissue. The affected toenail becomes dull and loses its healthy shine. It may appear to turn yellow or gray, though sometimes it can get darker as debris builds up underneath the nail. It becomes thickened, brittle, and distorted. As the problem progresses, the ends may become ragged and crumbly as well.

    Many people mistake the beginnings of fungal toenails for a simple cosmetic issue and try to cover up the changes. Some hide their feet behind thick socks and shoes or use nail polish to disguise the color. Unfortunately, these strategies can exacerbate the conditions that caused the infection and make the problem worse. If you are a diabetic, it can be very serious with respect to the consequences of nail fungus causing an infection. The facts are that that of the approximately 90,000 amputations in diabetics, 11,500 are from complications of fungus nails. If you notice any sort of odd changes in your toenails, don’t wait to have them checked—contact Parker Foot & Ankle here in Houston TX for an appointment. Call (281) 497-2850 or use our website contact form to reach us.

  • Is laser treatments for Fungal Nails FDA approved?

    The FDA has cleared the laser for podiatric and dermatological use. It is considered a cosmetic procedure.

  • How Much Are Fungal Nail Laser Treatments?

    There is no charge for the consultation with the physician. We will build a comprehensive treatment plan with you so that you may get the maximum results possible. The fee varies depending on the severity of you case and how many nails are involved. Call to schedule your complimentary consultation today. 

  • How long have you been doing laser treatments?

    Dr. Parker brought the first laser of this kind to Houston in 2008. he has had a success rate of 70-85%. He has also continued to update the laser technology as newer and more effective lasers become available.

  • Does my insurance cover Fungal Nail laser treatments?

    At this time, this procedure is not included in any health insurance plan. It is considered cosmetic. You may use your flex card to pay for the procedure, but your flex account may deny the charge and ask for repayment from you.

  • Will toenail fungus come back?

    After your procedure you will be given written instructions to follow to prevent the fungus from returning. If you follow these procedures, you have a great chance of remaining clear. We do have a Maintance Program available once you have completed your treatment to ensure that you nails stay clear. 

  • How can I prevent from being re-infected with Fungal Nails?

    There are several ways to reduce your chance of the fungus returning full force. They include sanitizing your shoes and shower and killing the fungus that is living on your skin.

    In this video, Brianna will tell you 7 Ways to Control Your Fungus