children foot disorders

Three Signs of Flat Feet - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Are you familiar with what flat foot is? Flat foot is a condition where the arch of the foot has partially or totally dropped; or worst, it has never developed at all. Despite the fact that it is common in babies and small children, flat foot can pose a problem when they reach adulthood.

Flat feet can also develop among adults due to injury, obesity, or even as a result of pregnancy where the woman has increased elasticity. People who have health concerns like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are also at high risk for developing flat feet.

Diagnosis of flat feet

If you think that you have a flat foot, consult a podiatrist. An x-ray will determine how grave the condition is. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.

Three Signs and symptoms of flat feet

You will be able to know what a flat foot looks like if you observe these signs and symptoms:

  1. Toe drift. Toes and the front part of the foot is pointing outward
  2. Short Achilles tendon
  3. Heel tilting outwardly, while ankle tilting inward

Treatment

If a flat foot has been diagnosed by a health care professional, he can suggest some treatments for you to undergo. However, before that, you must know that a flat foot is rigid where the foot appears to have a missing arch even if he is not standing. But when he stands, the arch disappears.

  • Those with this flexible flatfoot may lessen their activities that cause them pain.
  • Do not stand, walk, or run for long periods.
  • Also, avoid weight gain. Do your diet plans and get weight loss since the excessive weight places pressure on the arches.
  • Surgery may be required. This will only be done in very rare cases where the condition is already severe and all other methods had been made. However, this is usually avoided by everyone because of its long recovery time and expensive cost. 

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with flat foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114

Does Angelina Jolie have Flat Feet? - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Angelina Jolie is easily one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood today. A consistent Box Office hit, who would assume that this Hollywood superstar has flat feet. Although this is not a cause for major concern, this physical imperfection has its own downside. This foot condition can be a cause of chronic pain, but this does not appear to be slowing her down a bit.

What is a flat foot problem?

Flat foot is the absence of an arch in the sole of the feet which causes the feet to press completely flat against the ground.

Is flat feet a problem?

Flat feet if managed properly should not be a major concern. However, flat feet is also associated with these signs and symptoms that are recommended to undergo treatments:

  • Feet rolling inwards too much that can cause shoes to wear out quickly
  • Pain in the feet, lower legs, hips, ankles, knees, or lower back
  • Underlying problem with the bones, connective tissues, and muscles
  • Feet are weak, stiff, and numb
  • Feet are painful even wearing a supportive and well-fitting shoes
  • Feet appear to be getting flatter
  • Shoes wear out very quickly

Consult a podiatrist if you notice any of these symptoms. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering with foot and ankle disorders.

What causes flat feet?

  • Flat feet is a condition that can be inherited. In addition, flat feet can also be a result of:
  • Loose connective tissue throughout the body
  • The connective tissue in the foot become stretched and inflamed as a result of obesity, injury, unsupportive footwear, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • The feet bones did not form properly while in the womb
  • A condition affecting the muscles and nerves like muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida

Treatments for flat feet

Non-surgical treatments are the preferred options but in some cases, surgery is an option.

Non-surgical treatment (check with your podiatrist first)

  1. Wearing orthotics to support your feet
  2. Lose weight if you are overweight
  3. Wearing supportive shoes that fits well
  4. If you are having discomforts, take painkillers
  5. Stretching the muscles and connective tissues

Surgery. This is normally considered if the treatments haven’t helped in treating your flat foot. Your surgeon will talk to you about the operation that you need.

Tricks to help with flat feet

Please check with your podiatrist first

  • Get the right support. You need arch support to keep your body in alignment.
  • Try to wear house shoes. Have a pair of comfy and supportive clog for indoors.
  • Give yourself a massage. Apply a little pressure to relax your tendons. A massage can also encourage the blood to flow on your feet. This will also help inflammation in your feet.
  • Stretch it out. Try to do a calf stretch against the wall for 15 seconds.

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.

Webbed Toes Explained - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Webbed toes is a condition described as the fusing of two or more toes. Medically referred to as syndactyly, this condition can also be seen in the fingers. Webbed toes and fingers are normal during our early fetal stage. However, this disappear as the toes and finger are separated by enzymes that dissolve the tissue that connects the digits.

Webbed toes is commonly seen in the second and third toes.  But these are not only connected by soft tissue and skin. Complex webbed toes are toes connected by fused bones. And is some rare cases, there is also the presence of an extra toe or finger connected to a digit.

This foot condition may not interfere with our ability to walk or perform normal activities. It may not take a toll physically, but having webbed toes can leave people feeling embarrassed or suffering from low self-esteem. Visiting a podiatrist is the best option when planning to undergo web toe treatment. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people with web toes.

What Causes Webbed Toes

Some studies show a genetic connection in the development of web toes. But this is inconclusive since people with no previous history of relatives suffering from web toes also develop the condition. Since web toes happens during fetal development, factors that affect normal development during pregnancy is more likely. Factors such as smoking, underlying diseases or poor nutrition that have been traced to the development of deformities during pregnancy are the more likely culprits.

Treating Webbed Toes

Although web toes don’t interfere with normal feet functioning, it can elicit unusual looks which can lead to poor self-esteem. And the desire to appear “normal” is the main reason why people undergo treatment for web toes. 

Surgery is the only option available for treating web toes. This is usually done in children aged 6 months to 2 years. Anesthesia is introduced to desensitize the target area. The surgeon then marks the areas where the toes will be separated. The surgeon then cuts the skin along these marks. Excess skin is then removed exposing the separated areas of the toes. 

A skin graft or taking skin from another part of the body is used to fill in the missing skin. Using the patient’s skin reduces the chances of the body rejecting the skin graft. The toes are then bandaged or a cast is placed to allow the wounds to heal properly.   

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with web toes and other foot disorders To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.

Do Children With Flat Feet Need Treatment? Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

One common foot problems seen by podiatrists in children is flatfoot. This condition is characterized by the under development or non-development of the foot arch. Almost all babies are born with flat feet but outgrow this condition.

What are the different types of flatfoot?

There are three different types of flatfoot. The first is called a flexible flatfoot in which the foot is flexible or hypermobile. However, this does not cause any pain or a source of disability in children. The next type is a flexible flatfoot with a short Achilles tendon. This condition is very rare and can cause pain and disability. The last type is called a rigid flatfoot and the rarest among the three types.

Only a podiatrist could properly identify if your child is suffering from a flatfoot condition. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping children with foot conditions.

Flatfoot Classification

Flatfoot could further be classified into symptomatic and asymptomatic. Those suffering from symptomatic flatfoot exhibit symptoms such as pain, outward tilting of the heel, awkwardness in walking, difficulty in wearing shoes, and foot pain during physical activities. The latter, asymptomatic as its name implies does not show any symptoms and could only be diagnosed by a podiatrist.

Proper classification enables the podiatrist to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Children that exhibit symptoms require treatment such as shoe modifications, orthotic devices, medications and physical therapy. The podiatrist may select from one of the said non-surgical approaches. If the degree of deformity of the condition is severe, surgery may be needed to relieve the symptoms and improve foot function.

Children that do not exhibit any symptoms does not require any treatment. But the podiatrist will check, observe and re-evaluate the child’s condition periodically. However, custom orthotic devices can be considered for some cases of asymptomatic flatfoot.

How to diagnose flatfoot in children?

In the diagnosis of flatfoot, the podiatrist examines and observes the foot when the child stands, sits, and walks. Sometimes the podiatrist also examines the knee, hip, and leg because it can also be associated with flatfoot. Radiological tests are also done to know the severity of the deformity.

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping children with developmental foot problems. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.