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Monday, 15 April 2019 00:00

If your middle toe is bent in a downward position, you may have a condition that is known as hammertoe. The shape of the toe may resemble a hammer, and wearing shoes may be uncomfortable. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition include corns or calluses that form on top of the toe and pain that is felt when the toe is straightened. Hammertoe may develop as a result of wearing shoes that do not have adequate room in the toe area, causing the toes to be in a cramped position for the majority of the day. Medical conditions such as arthritis or diabetes may be responsible for the formation of hammertoes, in addition to genetic factors. If you believe that you have a hammertoe, schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Tina Oliver of Astro Foot Care, PA. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.


  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe


If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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Monday, 08 April 2019 00:00

Morton’s neuroma, also known as Morton’s metatarsalgia, is caused by the irritation or thickening of a nerve in the foot. The irritation of this nerve causes pain in between toes or on the ball of the foot. In extreme cases, the pain can sometimes affect mobility and is most commonly felt between the third and fourth toes. The symptoms usually begin as a tingling feeling that gradually escalates to sharp, shooting, or burning pain. When pressure is put on the foot, pain or discomfort usually increases. Physical activities and wearing tight-fitting shoes can therefore worsen symptoms. It is best to let an afflicted foot rest if symptoms occur, because rest and proper footwear can help ease the pain. If you believe you have Morton’s neuroma or have similar symptoms, speak with your podiatrist to learn about treatment options.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Tina Oliver of Astro Foot Care, PA. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle 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 office located in Houston, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 01 April 2019 00:00

Research has shown that it may not be necessary for young toddlers to wear shoes while they are walking indoors. When they are able to walk barefoot, their toes will naturally develop a grasping action, which may help the feet to grow normally. When shoes are eventually purchased, it is important to properly measure your child’s foot to determine the correct shoe size. This should be done every four months for children under the age of five, and every six months for older children. Many babies are born with flat feet and may remain that way until the arch develops at approximately six years of age. If you notice abnormal walking patterns in your child, it is advised to speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward foot care that is right for your child.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Tina Oliver of Astro Foot Care, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Patients who are afflicted with gout are often aware of the intense pain and discomfort it may cause. It is considered to be a form of arthritis, and the pain is caused by severe swelling in the joints of the big toe. It may develop as a result of elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream, and the types of foods that are eaten may play a significant role in developing gout. Some of these foods may include red meats and shellfish, in addition to excess alcohol and drinks that are high in fructose. Additionally, there may be specific medications that may help to cause gout, including diuretics and low-dose aspirin. Research has shown that obesity may be linked to gout attacks, and it may be helpful to implement healthy dietary changes. If you are suffering from gout, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can customize a treatment program that is correct for you.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Tina Oliver from Astro Foot Care, PA. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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