By East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers
November 15, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints that a podiatrist hears. Causes of heel pain include plantar fasciitis, injury, stress fractures, arthritic conditions, and overactivity. Fortunately, proper treatment can relieve most people of these symptoms. Here at East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers in Tyler, TX, Dr. James Kent offers full-service, state-of-the-art podiatric care to patients suffering from heel pain. Read on to learn more!

1. Medication: While over-the-counter pain medications like naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil) can usually relieve the pain, your doctor may prescribe a pain medication to treat your pain if necessary. Topical pain medicines are also available in gel, cream, and lotion form. They are applied to the skin and penetrate inward to relieve some forms of foot pain.

2. Night Splint: Your podiatrist may also prescribe a night splint to help ease your heel pain. A night splint is a special device that stretches the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon while you sleep. They are both comfortable and effective for relieving morning foot pain from heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.

3. Orthotics: Orthotic devices (i.e. specialized shoe inserts) can be custom-made to correct your foot position or remove pressure from various places on the foot. Orthotic devices add extra cushion and comfort to reduce your discomfort. People with flat feet, high arches, or foot deformities are more likely to need orthotic devices.

4. Foot Stretches: Stretching is one of the best treatments for foot pain. Certain foot and leg stretches can speed up recovery and relieve heel pain. Stretching exercises should be done 3 times a day – in the morning, at midday, and before you go to bed. Be sure to stretch both sides, even if only one of your heels is involved.

5. Surgical Treatment: Surgery is rarely needed, but it may be necessary if non-surgical treatments fail. For instance, your podiatrist may consider surgery after 6 to 12 months of initial treatment without improvement. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of heel pain. Talk to your Tyler, TX, doctor to find out whether surgery is the best option for you.

Get your life back! Whether your goal is getting back into your career, sports, or just enjoying life, we can help! Call East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers at 903-939-3668 now to schedule a consultation in Tyler, TX. Our treatments bring real relief to those with foot pain.

By East Texas Foot & Ankle Ctr
November 11, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Are you one of the many Tyler residents who suffer from severe or persistent foot pain? If so, a trip to a podiatrist at East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers may be in order. Here are three things a Tyler, TX podiatrist can do for you.

1. Make an Accurate Diagnosis

You think your foot pain is just a sprain, but do you know for sure? Make the wrong assumption and you'll miss out on vital treatment and delay or possibly even prevent your full recovery. By visiting a Greater Milwaukee Foot and Ankle Clinic podiatrist, however, you can find out the problem for sure. An accurate diagnosis is a first and most essential step on the road to recovery.

2. Create a Personalized Treatment Plan

Once you have your diagnosis, you'll need a few action steps to assist you on the road to recovery. The podiatrists at Greater Milwaukee Foot and Ankle Clinic have just the personalized recommendations for sure. Don't settle for some generic advice you find online. Get advice custom-tailored to your injury, your medical history, and your lifestyle.

3. Have You Feeling Better in No Time

No one wants to spend more time in pain than necessary. Yet, when you choose to delay treatment, that's exactly what you do. Stop wishing and hoping the pain will go away on its own; it may not. Instead, visit Greater Milwaukee Foot and Ankle Clinic for your diagnosis and treatment plan and begin your path towards recovery today.

Whether your foot pain is minor or severe, you deserve a life free of pain. One trip to East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers may be all you need to finally find the relief you've been seeking. Don't live with foot pain any longer than you have to. Call and schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Tyler, TX today!

By East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers
August 22, 2019
Tags: Hammertoes  

Find out how to treat and manage your hammertoes to prevent complications.

A hammertoe is a common foot deformity that often affects the middle joint of the smaller toes. Since these toes tend to bend downward Hammertoesonce affected, an accompanying corn or callus often develops on the joint of the toe due to the friction from wearing shoes. Read on to learn more about this condition, its symptoms, and when to turn to our Tyler, TX, podiatrist Dr. James Kent for help.

Here are some of the best ways to prevent a hammertoe from getting worse:



You can perform simple foot stretches and exercises to alleviate discomfort and to improve how other ligaments, tendons, and muscles in your feet work. These exercises can also maintain flexibility in the joint preventing a hammertoe from becoming rigid. Simple stretches include marble pickups and towel curls. Perform these exercises every day.


Wear Proper Shoes

Make sure that the only shoes you wear from here on out have a roomy toe box, which prevents the joints of your toes from being bent or bunched up into awkward and painful positions. Other necessities include good arch support and a low heel (high heels can also exacerbate foot problems). If certain shoes rub against the hammertoe and cause pain, then you may want to opt for supportive sandals.



Our Tyler, TX, foot doctor can make custom orthotics or shoe inserts to correct imbalances and improve how your feet function as a whole. Orthotics are great for patients dealing with common foot deformities such as hammertoes and bunions, and provide ample support, cushioning, and stability for the feet. Orthotics also redistribute weight evenly throughout the foot to prevent excess pressure on the deformed joint.


Apply Protective Padding

To prevent a callus from forming on the deformed joint, you should apply a protective padding (e.g. moleskin) to the problem area before putting on shoes. While this can provide relief for rigid hammertoes, it’s best used on those with flexible hammertoes.


Concerned? Contact our Tyler, TX, Office Today

It’s important to call us if the pain doesn’t go away or if it gets worse after 2-3 weeks of at-home care. Additionally, those with diabetes, poor circulation, and weakened immune systems should see a foot and ankle professional right away for treatment.

East Texas Foot & Ankle Center is dedicated to providing patients with the comprehensive and thorough foot and ankle care they need. Whether you are dealing with hammertoes, bunions, diabetic feet, or other problems, our knowledgeable, friendly staff is ready to help you get the care you need. Dial (903) 939-3668 today.

By East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers
June 20, 2019
Tags: foot pain  

Your foot pain doesn’t have to become a daily struggle that worsens over time. Without basic care and attention, it could lead to a more foot-painserious condition—one that could temporarily take you off of your feet. Get help at the onset of foot pain with the help of a podiatrist at East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers in Tyler, TX.

Foot Pain Causes
It’s normal to feel some aches and pains in your feet on occasion, especially considering how many steps you probably take every day to work, school, and during athletic activities. But when the pain is persistent and progresses, it’s something that requires immediate treatment. These are a few possible causes of chronic foot pain:

- Plantar fasciitis (also called heel spur syndrome) which is an irritated tendon that connects the toe bone to the heel.
- Bunions (a deformity that causes the base of the toe bone to shift out of alignment).
- Neuromas (bundles of nerves that form around the toes).
- Ankle sprains or Achilles tendon injuries.
- Crush injuries (common in work places that require heavy lifting).
- Ingrown toenails.
- Calluses and corns.

Foot Pain Treatments Available
You’ll find a wide range of effective, modern foot pain treatments at East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers in Tyler, TX. Those include:

- Pain laser treatments.
- Shockwave therapy.
- Orthotics and inserts, customized for your feet.
- Medication to help manage pain.
- Wound debridement (diabetic foot care).
- Safe removal of calluses and corns.
- Physical therapy.
- Foot surgery (including minimally invasive options like plantar fascia releases).

Foot Care Tips
If you want to avoid or minimize foot pain, follow these foot care tips:

- Change your footwear, as it is very often the main reason why your feet start to hurt or weaken. Switch to comfortable, cushioned, well-heeled, well-made shoes and sneakers.
- Make a commitment to lose some weight, as added pounds put extra stress on your feet.
- Schedule regular checkups with your podiatrist to monitor your foot health.

A Podiatrist Can Help
Dr. James Kent is a podiatrist serving patients in Tyler, TX who is committed to utilizing the latest treatments and providing compassionate care. To get help identifying the cause of your foot pain and possible remedies, call (903) 939-3668 today to schedule a foot exam.

By East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers
April 11, 2019
Tags: Bunion Surgery  

Do you have a bunion, that pronounced bump at the base of the big toe? Many people suffer the pain and irritation of this common Bunionspodiatric condition, and its frequency and severity increase with age, overuse, gender, and hereditary factors. For the best evaluation and treatment, including state-of-the-art bunion surgery, see Dr. James Kent at East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers in Tyler, TX.

Symptoms of bunions

Also called Hallux valgus, bunions affect a large portion of the adult population--a full 36 percent, reports Science Daily. Obvious upon visual inspection, this sore, reddened bump at the bottom of the big toe causes significant irritation and pain on the inside of the foot. As time goes on, the big toe often turns inward toward the second and even third toes, leading to mobility problems and other issues such as corns, calluses and hammertoes.

Precipitating factors include age (over 40), gender (women get more bunions), and shoe fit. Poorly supportive shoes with tight toe boxes and high heels place undue pressure on the forefoot, bending the big toe inward.

Treating bunions

At East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers, Dr. James Kent does a thorough physical inspection and review of bunion symptoms. He also takes X-rays and an MRI, depending on how severe the deformity and disability are.

Bunion care is very individual. Each case is different, and most do not require surgery. However, if rest, ice, splints, orthotics (shoe inserts) and analgesics provide little relief over the course of several months, bunion surgery may be warranted.

The surgery, called a bunionectomy, may be performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or a combination of all three. Dr. Kent is trained in MIS, or minimally invasive surgeries called:

  • Head procedures which work on the big toe joint
  • Base surgeries which involve the bone of the big toe and its surrounding ligaments

Base surgeries are more complicated and require a fair amount of downtime, crutches, and physical therapy.

Your foot doctor will go over your care plan with you so you understand your bunion treatments--surgery or not. Dr. Kent and his team always say, "We keep you walking."

Find out more

Bunions do not resolve on their own. If you are exhibiting symptoms and have any questions about bunion surgery, give East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers a call. Your podiatric health will be in the best of hands. Phone (903) 939-3668.

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