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Are Your Shoes to Blame for Your Foot Pain? Nov 5th, 2021

We all know what it’s like to watch a woman teetering on skinny, sky-high heels and think, that’s gotta hurt! But there are other shoe-related problems that lead to foot pain you might never have considered. The talented and caring podiatry team at Premier Foot & Ankle, with nine Texas...

How Effective Is Foot Reconstruction? Oct 7th, 2021

Your feet take you far throughout your life — on average, about 100,000 miles — but they also take a beating. If you’ve suffered a traumatic foot injury or have pain and problems caused by a health condition or foot deformity, reconstructive foot surgery may be your best option.  The...

Podiatherm for Plantar Fasciitis: Can It Help? Sep 6th, 2021

If you feel like someone is plunging daggers into your heels and the arches of your feet, or putting a match to them, you’re likely suffering from plantar fasciitis. It’s a debilitating condition that’s usually at its worst first thing in the morning, but can also be awful after you...

All About EPAT® Therapy for Achilles Tendonitis Aug 10th, 2021

According to Greek mythology, the mighty warrior Achilles had tremendous strength and courage. However, he wasn’t invincible. Even though more than one story exists as to why his heel was the one vulnerable part of his body, it’s where we got the term “Achilles heel,” as a way of describing...

Recovery From Bunion Surgery: What to Expect Jul 14th, 2021

If you have what appears to be a bulbous extension at the base of your big toe, and it’s accompanied by pain or throbbing, there’s a good chance you have a bunion.  Treating bunions is often done by performing a bunionectomy, which is a surgery to bring your big toe...

How to Prevent an Ingrown Toenail Jun 20th, 2021

An ingrown toenail is a condition in which a toenail cuts into the tender skin surrounding it. The condition can be agonizing and even make it difficult to walk.  Our experienced and caring providers at Premier Foot & Ankle are experts in treating ingrown toenails. However, they would like to...

6 Treatment Options for Neuromas May 5th, 2021

If you have a painful, pronounced lump on the ball of your foot, you may have a neuroma. About 1 in 3 individuals are affected, with the majority of them being women. When a neuroma advances to a certain point, it can wreak havoc with your mobility, since the pain...

Who Needs Orthotics? Apr 1st, 2021

While there are surgical procedures that can treat foot deformities and other foot issues, conservative treatments are often all that’s needed to restore comfort and mobility.  Orthotics are just such a solution. These are devices that you insert into your shoes to help prevent and treat a wide range of...

Do I Have Peripheral Neuropathy? Mar 3rd, 2021

Peripheral neuropathy refers to the condition that can occur if your peripheral nerves get diseased or damaged. The peripheral nerves are the nerves that exist outside of your brain and spinal cord. This condition can impair muscle activity and cause pain and other uncomfortable sensations in your arms and legs....

5 Helpful Tips to Care For Your Diabetic Foot at Home Feb 7th, 2021

If you live with diabetes, you must be vigilant about monitoring your health. This includes tracking your blood glucose levels, managing your insulin, carefully planning your meals, and getting enough exercise. One thing you must also pay attention to is your feet. Feet in people with diabetes are prone to...

When Does an Ingrown Toenail Require Medical Treatment? Jan 1st, 2021

Even though ingrown toenails are very common, particularly among teens, this doesn’t mean they should be ignored. In fact, it’s often advisable to see a podiatrist, because an ingrown toenail can easily become infected. An ingrown toenail develops when an edge of your toenail grows beyond the boundaries of the...

The Best Solutions for Treating Plantar Fasciitis Pain Dec 2nd, 2020

The heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis is sharp and jarring. Affecting 2 million Americans, it oftens strikes when you take your first few steps upon waking, after you’ve stood for a period of time, and after exercising. Pain, however, isn’t the only unpleasant symptom that can go along with...

Disrupt Nerve Pain With Radiofrequency Therapy Nov 8th, 2020

There are few things more frustrating than foot pain. Whether you’re standing at the stove, walking the dog, or doing something more strenuous, such as running, all those activities can come to a screeching halt if you suffer with pain, tingling, burning, or numbness every time your feet hit the...

Recognizing the Signs of Peripheral Artery Disease Oct 5th, 2020

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a circulatory disorder that results when fatty substances, such as cholesterol, accumulate in the arteries, causing them to narrow. The condition — which affects about 6.5 million Americans — can cause leg and foot problems.  At Premier Foot & Ankle, our expert clinicians have...

5 Tips for Preventing Athlete’s Foot Sep 3rd, 2020

Despite its name, you don’t have to be an avid athlete to get athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is acquired by touching someone who has the fungus or by touching a contaminated object. For example, you can get it by going barefoot in a locker room, using a towel of someone...

Preventing Gout Through Your Diet Aug 12th, 2020

If you suffer from gout, you’ve got historic, even royal, company. Composer Ludwig van Beethoven, painter Leonardo da Vinci, and King Henry VIII were all sufferers. Fortunately, today we have effective treatments for gout, and our knowledge about it is much more advanced. The podiatry experts at Premier Foot &...

Muscle or Tendon Pain? EPAT Can Help Jul 15th, 2020

There are few things that can affect your well-being as negatively as limited mobility. If you’ve tried everything for muscle or tendon pain in your feet and ankles — from ice to over-the-counter pain meds to rest — and nothing has worked, you may be wondering if you’ll ever get...

Dos and Don'ts When It Comes to Ingrown Toenails Jun 17th, 2020

Perhaps you got a little overzealous with the nail clippers and cut your toenail too much. Or maybe you injured it during a soccer game, or perhaps your nail just grows naturally at an odd angle. All of these factors can lead to an ingrown toenail. While an ingrown toenail...

When Flat Feet Are Problematic May 13th, 2020

Flat feet might have prevented you from wearing those killer heels to a big event, and years ago it was reason enough not to be able to serve in the military. Now, flat feet aren’t often considered a problem, but certain symptoms can quickly transform them into a medical concern....

Testing for Neuropathy Mar 9th, 2020

More than 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy, which is a condition caused by damaged or diseased nerves. Symptoms can include numbness, tingling, sharp pain, and even weakness to the affected area of your body. Our caring team of physicians at Premier Foot & Ankle specializes in treating peripheral...

How Are Prescription Orthotics Different Than the Drugstore Type? Feb 13th, 2020

Custom orthotics are important therapeutic corrective tools that can help with a host of foot problems. You might wonder, though, whether custom orthotics are worth getting considering you can get generic orthotics at the drugstore. While custom orthotics can cost more ― even though they’re often covered by insurance ―...

Does Wearing High Heels Really Cause Foot Damage? Jan 9th, 2020

So many of us love the look of high heels, and this style of shoe generates billions every year. This is quickly changing, though. A combination of changing times and new fashion modes has made flats and sneakers the contemporary footwear of choice. Even with these new developments, however, high...

Can I Prevent Diabetic Foot Pain? Dec 17th, 2019

Up to 50% of people who are diabetic may experience nerve pain, typically starting in the hands or feet. This pain can make it hard to sleep, walk, and enjoy normal daily activities. Diabetic nerve pain is often sharp and stabbing, or it may feel like your extremities are on...

Do Bunions Require Surgery? Nov 1st, 2019

Bunions can cause much pain and limit your mobility. Furthermore, they are a progressive issue that can cause more complications to occur if left untreated. Most people who suffer from this condition find relief with conservative treatment options.  Wearing wider shoes or using special insoles can help alleviate pain. If...

How to Tell if You Have a Hammertoe Oct 14th, 2019

A hammertoe is one of those medical conditions that pretty much looks the way it sounds. When you have a hammertoe, one of your toes bends at its middle joint, causing the end of your toe to stick out, kind of like the head of a hammer. Having a hammertoe...

How to Keep a Sprained Ankle from Becoming Chronic Instability Sep 1st, 2019

Have you ever sprained your ankle and gritted through the pain? Toughing it out or “walking it off” may seem like a good idea at the time, but you could end up paying for your bravado in the years ahead if you managed to damage your ankle ligaments. The team...

Preparing Your Home for Foot Surgery Aug 6th, 2019

Are you preparing for foot surgery? Make sure you consider all the different ways it can impact your life. From making work a challenge to requiring a bit of extra finesse when it comes to getting around, foot surgery can definitely force you to spend more time at home. That's...

How to Choose the Right Running Shoes Jul 3rd, 2019

Whether you’re getting back into running or you’re already a seasoned jogger, you should know that running shoes are essential for a speedy and safe run. People usually have their own ideas about how to choose the right running shoes, often based on feel, but many don’t have a holistic...

Learn About our Cutting-Edge Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis Jun 21st, 2019

Heel and foot pain can literally stop you in your tracks. Often, the culprit is the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Your plantar fascia helps your feet absorb the...

What Causes Toenail Fungus and How can I get Rid of it Before Summer? May 29th, 2019

Toenail fungus is a common condition that can easily be hidden with shoes and socks during cooler months, but you’re bound to head outdoors to spend a day at your favorite lake or pool during the summer. Instead of feeling excited about summertime leisure activities, you might feel self-conscious or...