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April 2024

Custom-made orthotics offer significant benefits to individuals who are physically active by providing better alignment, balance, and improved mechanics. These orthotic shoe inserts are tailored to each individual's unique foot structure and biomechanics, ensuring optimal support and stability during physical activity. By correcting imbalances and redistributing pressure, custom orthotics help alleviate pain and reduce the risk of injuries, such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures. Additionally, orthotics can improve gait efficiency, enhancing performance in activities, such as running, jumping, and sports. The precise fit and support offered by custom orthotics help maintain proper alignment of the feet, ankles, and lower limbs, minimizing strain on muscles and joints. If you are physically active, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss if custom-made orthotics can support your active lifestyle and improve more comfortable performance.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Complete Foot Care

Maintaining healthy feet is essential for overall well-being. An easy foot care routine combines at-home care with professional guidance from a podiatrist. Start with regular at-home pedicures, soaking feet in warm water with Epsom salts to soften skin, followed by gentle exfoliation and moisturizing to prevent dryness and cracking. Trim toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails and file them smooth. Seeing a podiatrist is equally important for comprehensive foot health. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist can detect early signs of issues like bunions, corns, or fungal infections. A podiatrist can also provide personalized advice on proper footwear, foot exercises, and preventive measures. If you want to invest time into taking proper care of your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for thorough foot maintenance and early intervention for any underlying conditions.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Wednesday, 03 April 2024 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Causes and Treatment of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are benign growths caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, infecting the outer layer of the skin on the soles of the feet. They often appear as small, rough lesions with tiny black dots, known as wart seeds. These warts thrive in warm, moist environments such as showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools, making them common among barefoot individuals. Unfortunately, there is no singular quick-fix cure for plantar warts, as treatment methods vary and can take time to be effective. Diagnosis typically involves a visual examination by a podiatrist, sometimes supplemented by a biopsy or other tests. It is important to note that plantar warts can be mistaken for other conditions like calluses or corns. Prevention involves keeping feet clean and dry, avoiding walking barefoot in public areas, and wearing protective footwear, especially in communal spaces. If you or your child has a plantar wart, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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