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Podiatrist, Foot Doctor James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P located in The Woodlands, TX 77384 and Woodville, TX 75979 area

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Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

The Importance of Addressing Foot Pain

Foot pain, often dismissed as a minor inconvenience, can be a red flag signaling underlying issues that demand attention. Our feet, the unsung heroes of daily mobility, bear the brunt of your activities, and persistent pain is their cry for help. Ignoring foot pain may lead to a cascade of consequences, affecting not only your mobility but also your overall well-being. Whether stemming from overuse, wearing improper footwear, or underlying medical conditions, foot pain can be a precursor to more severe issues like stress fractures, tendonitis, or nerve disorders. Chronic discomfort may impact posture, causing a ripple effect on the entire musculoskeletal system. It is essential to recognize that your feet are intricate structures requiring care and attention. Addressing foot pain promptly through proper diagnosis and treatment not only ensures a smoother journey on your feet but also safeguards against potential complications that may arise when warnings are dismissed. If you have developed any type of foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the reason is and offer effective relief and treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 21 November 2023 00:00

Elderly Foot and Ankle Problems

Foot and ankle problems are prevalent medical issues, particularly among the elderly, who often suffer from pain, stiffness, swelling, or deformities. Common diagnoses include conditions such as corns, athlete's foot, bunions, flat feet, ingrown nails, and warts. Aging-related muscle mass and loss of bone strength may increase seniors' risk for injuries and fractures, compounded by balance and vision issues. Key foot and ankle injuries in the elderly include ankle sprains, where the ligaments are overstretched or torn, potentially weakening the ankle and leading to arthritis, if untreated. Achilles tendonitis and tears are also common. The Achilles is vulnerable to inflammation and overuse, which can escalate to tears or ruptures, especially with sudden trauma. Ankle fractures are serious injuries from traumatic impact, requiring immediate podiatric attention to prevent complications such as infections. The spectrum of foot and ankle injuries in the elderly ranges from minor, treatable conditions to severe injuries necessitating medical intervention, highlighting the need for attentive care to prevent these issues. If you are elderly and have foot or ankle problems, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Monday, 20 November 2023 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 14 November 2023 00:00

Common Causes of Blisters on the Feet

Your feet support your entire body weight and endure constant friction from the size and fit of your footwear. Over time, this stress can lead to the formation of fluid-filled sacs beneath the skin, resulting in painful foot blisters. Foot blisters are often caused by shoes that are either too loose or too tight. They can rub against your skin, causing friction that leads to blister formation. The irritation from an ill-fitting shoe can create a blister in no time, particularly if you're on your feet for an extended period. Engaging in strenuous activities like athletics, running, or hiking can subject your feet to excessive stress and friction. These repetitive movements and the impact of your feet against hard surfaces can create the perfect conditions for blisters to form. In addition, diabetics, especially those experiencing neuropathy, are more at risk of developing recurring sores that resemble burn blisters on the top of the feet. Preventing foot blisters often comes down to choosing appropriate footwear, maintaining good foot hygiene, and avoiding excessive friction. If you have problems with blisters on the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. James Kutchback of James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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Tuesday, 07 November 2023 00:00

Types of Arthritis That Can Impact the Feet

Various forms of arthritis can have specific effects on the feet. Osteoarthritis, or OA, most often affects the first metatarsophalangeal joint, connecting the big toe to the foot. It can also be found in the midfoot and ankle. In contrast, rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, typically appears in both feet and affects the same joints symmetrically. Gout is known for frequently targeting the feet, particularly the big toe, and causing intense pain during flares ups. Psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, can impact the toes, leading to swollen, sausage-like digits known as dactylitis. Additionally, it often involves inflammation at the points where tendons and ligaments attach to bones. The feet can be affected, resulting in plantar fasciitis and painful bone spurs, among other conditions. Ankylosing spondylitis also brings about plantar fasciitis and discomfort at the Achilles tendon, affecting the feet. Each of these types of arthritis presents distinct challenges and symptoms in the foot region. If you have foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether arthritis may be the cause. This type of doctor can determine what type of arthritis has developed and guide you toward the necessary treatments for relief. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in The Woodlands and Woodville, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

An Overview of Heel Spurs

A heel spur is a common foot condition that is often discussed in the context of heel pain and discomfort. Despite their reputation, they are not actually sharp, pointy growths, as the term may imply. Instead, heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the underside of the heel bone. These deposits often develop over an extended period of time due to chronic inflammation or stress on the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. The primary characteristic of heel spurs is the accompanying pain. This discomfort is often described as a sharp, stabbing sensation, particularly with the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. It is important to note that not everyone with heel spurs experiences pain, as many people have them without any symptoms. The causes of heel spurs are diverse, with factors such as obesity, gait abnormalities, or wearing inadequate footwear contributing significantly. Heel spurs are a condition that is often linked to heel pain, but they are generally not the sole cause. If you are experiencing persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist, who can accurately diagnose and treat heel spurs if they are the culprit.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in The Woodlands and Woodville, TX . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 30 October 2023 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Gout, a form of arthritis, and kidney disease share a complex interconnection that significantly impacts an individual's health. Gout is characterized by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in joints, causing intense pain and inflammation, commonly beginning in the big toe. This can temporarily cause the inability to walk, and medical attention from a podiatrist is often sought. Interestingly, uric acid is primarily filtered and excreted through the kidneys. In individuals with gout, high levels of uric acid can strain the kidneys, potentially leading to kidney stones or reduced kidney function. Conversely, pre-existing kidney issues can hinder the efficient elimination of uric acid, contributing to elevated levels in the bloodstream and subsequent gout attacks. Furthermore, medications commonly prescribed for gout can impact renal function, posing challenges for those already grappling with kidney disease. Understanding and managing this intricate relationship between gout and kidney disease is crucial for comprehensive treatment strategies that address both conditions and enhance overall well-being. If you have developed gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Why Do I Have Foot Pain?

Foot pain is a common complaint that can have various origins, making it necessary to pinpoint the underlying cause for effective treatment. One common culprit is overuse or strain, often seen in athletes or individuals who spend long hours on their feet. Arthritis, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, can trigger pain by causing inflammation and joint damage in the feet. Footwear plays a significant role and wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels can lead to pain and discomfort. Additionally, flat feet or high arches can cause biomechanical imbalances, leading to pain. Infections, such as athlete's foot or fungal nail infections, can be a source of discomfort. Nerve issues consisting of neuropathy, can also manifest as foot pain. Trauma or injuries, like sprains, fractures, or torn ligaments, require immediate attention. Diabetes related complications can contribute to nerve and circulation problems leading to chronic foot pain. Identifying the specific cause of foot pain is essential for targeted treatment and relief. If you have any type of foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer you correct treatment methods. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Facts About Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a relatively common but often misunderstood foot condition that can lead to discomfort and pain. This condition can be demystified by exploring essential facts about Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma typically occurs between the third and fourth toes, though it can develop in other spaces in the foot. Despite its name, Morton's neuroma is not a tumor. It is actually a thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves leading to the toes. Common symptoms can include sharp, burning pain or the sensation of a pebble in the shoe, typically while walking or running. Morton’s neuroma can be triggered by wearing tight shoes, high heels, or activities that put repetitive pressure on the forefoot, such as running. Treatment of Morton's neuroma can be managed with conservative measures such as wearing wider shoes, or using cushioned insoles. If conservative treatments do not provide relief, surgical removal of the neuroma may be considered. Effective preventive measures include wearing proper footwear, maintaining a healthy weight, and addressing foot issues promptly. If you have any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Morton’s neuroma.  

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. James Kutchback of James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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