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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, is a common procedure aimed at correcting the misalignment of the big toe joint caused by a bony bump known as a bunion. While bunion surgery can provide relief from pain and improve foot function, it is essential to understand several key facts before undergoing the procedure. Firstly, there are different types of bunion surgeries, ranging from minimally invasive techniques to more extensive procedures depending on the severity of the bunion and individual patient factors. Secondly, recovery from bunion surgery typically involves a period of immobilization followed by exercises to restore strength and flexibility to the foot. Additionally, it is important to have realistic expectations about the outcome of bunion surgery, as full recovery can take several months, and there may still be some residual stiffness or swelling afterward. If you have a bunion and are considering surgery, it is strongly suggested that you seek advice from a podiatrist who can determine if this is a right decision for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Kent Stahl, DPM of Texas. our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Wednesday, 08 May 2024 00:00

Do you work on your feet all day and find your feet in pain? Don't go to work in pain each day. Your foot pain can be treated, and we can help.

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Flat feet, or pes planus, is a condition where the arch of the foot collapses, causing the entire sole to touch the ground. There are two types of flat feet. Flexible flat feet is where the arch appears when the foot is off the ground but flattens when bearing weight. Rigid flat feet is where the arch remains flattened regardless of weight-bearing. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, and fatigue in the feet, ankles, or lower legs. Causes range from genetics and aging to injury, obesity, or conditions like arthritis or diabetes. Flat feet can lead to overpronation, increasing the risk of injuries like plantar fasciitis or shin splints. Diagnosis involves physical examination and sometimes imaging tests like X-rays or CT scans. Treatment options include custom orthotic devices, supportive footwear, stretching exercises, and in severe cases, surgery. With proper management, most individuals with flat feet can lead active lives without significant limitations. If you have flat feet that are causing discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for relief options.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Kent Stahl, DPM from Texas. 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 office located in Beaumont, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

A sprained foot occurs when connective tissues, such as ligaments and cartilage in the foot's joints, are damaged or torn. Sprains often result from sudden twists or impacts. This can happen during activities, including stepping on uneven surfaces or engaging in vigorous sports like ballet or gymnastics. Symptoms of foot sprains include pain that becomes more severe from pressure, limited mobility, and visible signs like bruising and swelling. The severity of foot sprains ranges from mild to severe, necessitating an assessment from a podiatrist. This foot doctor conducts physical examinations and imaging tests to confirm the type and severity of the injury and assess its extent. Treatment typically involves rest and elevation to reduce inflammation. In severe cases, splinting or surgery may be necessary. If you believe you have sprained your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an immediate appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis, tailored treatment plans, and comprehensive support. 

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with Kent Stahl, DPM from Texas. our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

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

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