Blog Archive

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Apr 22nd, 2020

At the Next Step Foot and Ankle Clinic, we are pioneering minimally invasive surgery, in the San Antonio area.  Traditional bunion surgery is notorious for being very painful, bunions coming back after surgery, long postoperative recoveries , and having ugly scars.  There are a lot of misconceptions about MIS (Minimally...

Ball of Foot Pain Dec 6th, 2018

There are many reasons why you could have pain on the ball of the foot. Like any foot pain, it’s best not to ignore it if it’s been present for at least a couple of weeks. If you are limping because of pain on the ball of your foot it’s...

We've Got Some Nerve! Jun 12th, 2018

Pharmaceutical Medication:Medications such as Gabapentin, Lyrica, and Cymbalta and others are used to help decrease the pain of peripheral nerve pathology.  These are very helpful adjunct to therapy but unfortunately, this is the only therapy that most physicians provide.  These are really just medications for pain.  They do nothing to help...

Diagnose Your Heel Pain with this 7 Question Quiz! Nov 27th, 2017

Answer these 7 questions to diagnose your heel pain.  Please keep track of your answers.   1. Is your heel pain worse when getting up after a period of rest or with the first steps of the morning? Yes Sometimes Rarely No 2.  Do you have pain in both heels? Yes...

Restless Leg Syndrome: The Junk Diagnosis Jul 25th, 2017

Few conditions in medicine are more mysterious than “Restless Leg Syndrome”. This is reflected in the name of the condition. The title 'Restless Leg Syndrome' is merely repeating to the patient what the patient described to the doctor. The name of the condition embodies only the symptoms and does not...

Do you have pain after foot and ankle or knee surgery? Jul 12th, 2017

One major cause of complications after surgery in the lower extremity is nerve entrapment (nerve compression) in or near the scar. This can be the cause of much frustration for the doctor and especially the patient. Some typical examples we see every week are: pain in the ball of the foot after neuroma surgery or...

What's different about a Diabetic Shoe? May 31st, 2017

Do Diabetic shoes work in preventing foot ulcers? For the most part, Diabetic shoes are only minimally effective as an isolated treatment to prevent foot ulcers.  Most studies suggest that they help, but only if part of a Diabetic foot management program. Many times, the insoles in Diabetic shoes are off-the-shelf...

Summer Vacation Tips for Healthy Feet May 25th, 2017

Ouch! Nothing ruins a summer vacation faster than a painful or injured foot. From the airport to your hotel room, there are steps you can take to prevent foot and ankle pain and injury. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers 10 tips for keeping your feet safe...

National Foot Health Awareness Month 2017 - Top 5 Things to Check on Your Feet Apr 13th, 2017

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month so let’s take a moment to talk about our feet.  Our feet are long-lasting and durable.  Your feet mirror your general health.  Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet—so foot ailments can be...

Got Ankle Pain??? Sep 27th, 2016

It is estimated that 2 million Americans suffer from ankle injuries each year. 20% of all sports injuries are ankle injuries. The causes of ankle pain can be endless, but most ankle pain is caused by some form of injury to the ankle.  The most common causes of ankle pain...

The Dangers of Wearing Flat Flip Flops May 12th, 2016

NOT ALL FLIP FLOPS ARE CREATED EQUALLY Posted by Kate Nishimura in Medical Science + Technology., Reposted from Vionic Web Site As flip flop season ramps up, it's important to keep in mind that not all all of them are created equally, according to Vionic Innovation Lab expert and NYC podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera. Why...

14 Tips for Diabetic Foot Care Nov 18th, 2015

People with diabetes can develop many different foot problems.  Even ordinary problems can get worse and lead to serious complications. Here are 14 tips to help keep your feet healthy for the next 75,000 miles. Inspect your feet for cracks, calluses, and wounds daily. Use a mirror or have someone help you...

Why Diabetic Foot Wounds Heal Slowly Nov 11th, 2015

There are many reasons why people with diabetes who are suffering from foot wounds, or diabetic foot ulcers, may have trouble healing. These can be divided these into four different categories: Category 1: Mechanical reasons: Sometimes foot wounds are caused by issues with internal foot structure. Diabetic foot ulcers, for example, develop for reason. The reason is usually some kind of pressure...

10 reasons Diabetics need to Partner with Next Step Foot and Ankle Clinic Nov 4th, 2015

Nerve Evaluation: When you have Diabetes, the #1 threat to your feet is nerve dysfunction. This can be in the form of tingling, burning, numbness or pain. Either one can be devastating to your everyday life. We offer a thorough nerve evaluation and testing that can prevent future problems. We provide many treatment options to relieve Neuropathy. ...

Why Children Develop Ingrown Toenails Oct 28th, 2015

Ingrown nails may sometimes be thought of as a problem mostly faced by athletes and older adults, but the truth is it affects people of all ages, including children. If you’ve ever had a little one with an ingrown toenail—especially one that was swollen, painful, or infected—you may wonder how you...

Quick Test for Arch Type Oct 20th, 2015

Some people have feet that are flat as a pancake; others practically have their own mini-Gateway Arch lifting their midfoot high above the ground. Every foot is different, and different arch styles sometimes require different shoes, inserts, orthotics, or other special accommodations to keep feet working and feeling their best....

What Causes Flat Feet in Later Life Oct 13th, 2015

Maybe you’ve had this experience: You walk out to your car in the morning before work, or in the parking lot on your way home, and your heart sinks when you see one of your wheels flush with the ground. Of course, while unexpected flats are an especially unwelcome nuisance,...

Flat-Footed Kids? Don’t Worry Oct 1st, 2015

As parents, we obsess over every step our little ones make—that’s natural and normal. One thing that many parents quickly recognize, and are often troubled by, is how their kids’ arches look as flat as Bryant Street outside our Pleasanton office. But don’t fret! Very young children often have flat feet,...

Child's Flat Feet Oct 1st, 2015

Flat-Footed Kids? Don’t Worry As parents, we obsess over every step our little ones make—that’s natural and normal. One thing that many parents quickly recognize, and are often troubled by, is how their kids’ arches look as flat as Bryant Street outside our Pleasanton office. But don’t fret! Very young children...

How to Support Flat Feet Sep 22nd, 2015

Be Supportive: Tips for Painful Flat Feet Survival guides make good tools. They’re packed full of information about things you can use or eat while you’re in the wilderness, and just what you need to survive when you’re away from ordinary civilization. You can get “fun” survival guides, too, like...

How Children's Shoes Should Fit Sep 9th, 2015

How to Properly Fit Those Back-to-School Shoes The school year has started again. Students of all ages have loaded up their backpacks to walk the halls of academia for another year. For any parents who had a hard time getting through back-to-school shopping and may have forgotten a few things,...

Are You at Risk for an Achilles Tear? Sep 1st, 2015

Reality Check: How High Your Risk for an Achilles Tear Is To some degree, risk can make activities fun. That’s why adrenaline games like airsoft are popular. Groups head out to fields like the Mission Airsoft in San Antonio and pepper each other with pellets that sting, but won’t cause any...

How You Could Snap Your Achilles Aug 24th, 2015

Suspension bridges are pretty neat structures, using the tension in strong cables to hold them up. These supports are designed to handle significantly heavy weight, of course. You can see that next time you drive over one and the bridge holds up you and all the vehicles around you. A...

Bony Bumps on the Top of your Feet could be Bone Spurs Aug 17th, 2015

Foot Bump Detective Time Detective stories have been a classic genre for a few hundred years now, including such greats as the Sherlock Holmes stories in the late 1800s and the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple stories by Agatha Christie in the early 20th century. People enjoy a good mystery:...

Don’t Leave Your Sports Recovery to Chance Aug 10th, 2015

Sports teams know better than to rely on chance to help them win. Whether it’s football, soccer, basketball, or even tennis, you can’t rely on good luck to get you by. It’s possible that your opponents will mess up, allowing you to take control and win. It’s also possible they...

Ways to Build Up Your Ankles Aug 3rd, 2015

Social dancing is a great way to mix it up when you’re looking for new ways to be active, have fun, and meet people. San Antonio has many different studios where you can learn swing, Latin, ballroom, and all sorts of other types of social dance. Dancing is good for...

Feet Need Therapists—Physical Therapists, That Is Jul 27th, 2015

Sports are hard on the body. Even professionals, like Texas Rangers’ player Kyle Blanks, go down with lower limb injuries sometimes. Blanks developed tendonitis in both Achilles tendons—but you can bet he has a therapy team working to get him back into shape! It’s cases like this that highlight just how...

So You Have Flat Feet—Do You Need Orthotics? Jul 20th, 2015

Down here in Texas, we hear a lot of complaints of sore, flat feet. Most people’s feet flatten as they age, and that can result in pain and discomfort, especially for those who spend a lot of time on their feet. If you do have painful flat feet, you may...

Foot Problems Associated with Pregnancy Jul 8th, 2015

How Pregnancy Can Affect Your Feet Most moms-to-be wouldn’t trade the experience of carrying their growing, beautiful child for anything in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Pregnancy causes many aches, pains, and physical changes in a woman’s body—some quite obvious, but others less so. This includes the feet...

Orthotics for Foot Pain Jul 6th, 2015

Walking Prepared: What Orthotics Are Good For   In places like San Antonio, it’s always nice to find beautiful areas for walking, hiking, and otherwise enjoying nature. A stroll through the San Antonio Botanical Gardens Trail is perfect for this. If you plan to be out during the day, of...

Walking Prepared: What Orthotics Are Good For Jul 6th, 2015

In places like San Antonio, it’s always nice to find beautiful areas for walking, hiking, and otherwise enjoying nature. A stroll through the San Antonio Botanical Gardens Trail is perfect for this. If you plan to be out during the day, of course, you always want to go prepared. This...

Tips to Ease Your Swelling Feet Jun 30th, 2015

Tips to Ease Your Swelling Feet Feet swell for many different reasons. Although often not serious, frequent swelling is often evidence of an underlying physical or medical condition. These may include pregnancy, injuries, diabetes, infection, venous insufficiency, and side effects from certain medications, among others. Often simply standing or walking for...

Can Your Rare Foot Condition Be Treated Jun 24th, 2015

It May Be Rare, But That Foot Condition Can Be Treated When something is rare, it can be hard to maintain. Think of a vintage, foreign sports car, or any of the unique paintings in the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, or even many of the artifacts in Pleasanton’s...

Diagnosing Rare Foot Conditions Jun 19th, 2015

Like Finding Bigfoot: Identifying Rare Foot Conditions Bigfoot sightings pop up every now and again and send people everywhere out looking. People spend ages camping out and watching, but nobody ends up with anything better than a fuzzy photo. Sometimes trying to identify rare foot disorders that are causing your...

Key Tips for Getting a Safe Pedicure Jun 8th, 2015

Hot summer weather means sandal season, and sandal season means showing off your feet—not just your toes, but also your dried out, cracking heels and callused soles. You want your feet looking their best so wearing sandals isn’t embarrassing. However, you’ve probably hear plenty of pedicure horror-stories. Salons aren’t always as clean as...

Avoiding Black Toenails for Runners Jun 4th, 2015

Time to Run—Without Black Toenails June is Great Outdoors Month to encourage you to find time to go out and enjoy the world around you. June in Pleasanton, TX, is pretty hot, of course, so spending lots of time outside may not sound very appealing. If you’re a runner, you...

'Twas the Night Before Surgery at the Clinic May 29th, 2015

Q: Can I take my medication the morning of my scheduled surgery? A: Yes you can take your daily medications.   Q: What do I wear? A: You may wear loose clothing since you may have a bulky dressing.   Q: Can I drive myself home or do I need someone to go with...

"Twas the Night Before Surgery at the Hospital May 29th, 2015

"Twas the Night Before Surgery at the Hospital...Common Questions Patients Ask Before Surgery at the Hospital So you are having out patient surgery with Dr. Silvester at the hospital. Here are a few common questions that patients have before surgery.   Q: Can I take my medication the morning of surgery?...

Common Questions Patients Ask Before Surgery at the Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic May 29th, 2015

Q: Can I take my medication the morning of my scheduled surgery? A: Yes you can take your daily medications.   Q: What do I wear? A: You may wear loose clothing since you may have a bulky dressing.   Q: Can I drive myself home or do I need...

Choosing the Best Walking Shoes May 26th, 2015

How to Pick Out the Best Walking Shoes San Antonio is a beautiful place to go for a stroll—with the world-famous San Antonio River Walk, beautifully preserved Spanish missions, and plenty of other attractions, there’s plenty to do and see. Are you wearing the right walking shoes, though? Okay, it...

Don’t Take Sprain Recovery for Granted May 20th, 2015

People take things for granted all the time. Cars, the internet, good health, living with pain-free feet—it’s easy to forget that not everyone has these things. Something else people tend to take for granted is the seriousness of an ankle sprain and the importance of your recovery. How many times have you...

Tips to Improve Your Balance May 20th, 2015

We live in an aging country, and while Greater San Antonio runs a little bit younger than the national average, there is still a sizable (and growing) population of older adults who are struggling with balance. As we age, we lose muscle strength in our legs and feet, and we’re...

Runners, Avoid a Sprained Ankle May 7th, 2015

Trails are some of the nicest places to run, especially when they’re as well-kept as the Medina River Trail in south San Antonio. The beautiful scenery makes it an interesting treat and a nice way to shake up your running routine, instead of sticking to your neighborhood or nearest track....

Sprained Ankle Recovery and Rehabilitation May 1st, 2015

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about fitness. May will be National Physical Fitness and Sports Month—a time to celebrate exercise and raise awareness about the role it plays in healthy lives. Part of fitness, of course, is taking care of injuries. Ankle sprains are one of the...

Steps to Care for a Sprained Ankle Apr 22nd, 2015

Not treating your sprained ankle properly is like refusing to patch a flat, leaky tire. Sure, you can fill the tire up with air repeatedly and drive for a little while. It won’t take long for the leak to deflate the tire again, though, and the longer it goes unpatched, the worse...

Checking for Neuropathy Pain at Home Apr 14th, 2015

Lightheadedness or bladder problems. Weakness that causes you to lose your balance. An occasional tingling in your toes. If you have a nagging feeling that something isn’t quite right, you may want to check for neuropathy symptoms—especially if you have diabetes. It is far and away the most common cause of nerve damage....

How to Check for Neuropathy Pain at Home Apr 14th, 2015

Lightheadedness or bladder problems. Weakness that causes you to lose your balance. An occasional tingling in your toes. If you have a nagging feeling that something isn’t quite right, you may want to check for neuropathy symptoms—especially if you have diabetes. It is far and away the most common cause of nerve damage....

Exercises to Improve an Unsteady Gait Apr 6th, 2015

The ability to walk normally and confidently has to be learned as a toddler, and unfortunately it’s not guaranteed to be a life-long skill. While most people maintain a steady gait, others can lose it over time. World Parkinson’s Disease Day on April 11 highlights this unfortunate reality. This particular...

Not Just Monsters and Dancing: Why People Shuffle Apr 1st, 2015

People all over the place shuffle for many different reasons. Some shuffle to dance—there’s even a line dance called the “cupid shuffle.” Monsters and zombies shuffle along in movies to increase the scare factor. Some people, however, shuffle because they struggle with unsteady walking and are concerned they might fall...

Tarsal Tunnel Stretches for Pain Mar 24th, 2015

We’re reaching the end of March, and thus the end of Cheerleading Safety Month—but not the end of the need for investing in young cheerleaders’ physical health. Whether you consider cheerleading a sport or not, it can be a dangerous activity. Falling or landing incorrectly could mean a sprain or...

What’s Behind Your Tingling Toes? Mar 17th, 2015

Spring is here. Friday, March 20, 2015, marks the spring equinox and the official start to the spring season. This season is known as a time of rebirth, when plants come back after winter. In Texas, it’s also full of comfortable weather before the hot days of summer roll around....

No-Joke Flatfoot Treatment Options Mar 11th, 2015

Sometimes, you just need to laugh. Humor is great for your body. It stretches and works muscles, increases our oxygen intake, decreases stress, and may even help lower pain. March is International Mirth Month, so if you ever needed an excuse to watch a comedy movie or find tickets for...

Treatment Options for Flat Feet Mar 11th, 2015

No-Joke Flatfoot Treatment Options   Sometimes, you just need to laugh. Humor is great for your body. It stretches and works muscles, increases our oxygen intake, decreases stress, and may even help lower pain. March is International Mirth Month, so if you ever needed an excuse to watch a comedy...

Surgery for Flat Feet Mar 3rd, 2015

When to Consider a Flatfoot Reconstruction Surgery Welcome to Red Cross Month, also known as March. This is a month to think about your health and the ways you can improve it both in yourself and in others. One way to do this is to think about your foot pain....

Top Treatments for Shin Splints Feb 23rd, 2015

Getting into a spring running routine takes time and effort, especially if you switched to indoor running or took time off over the winter. Your feet need time to adjust to outdoor surfaces again. Even if you’re changing up your routine—adding anything new, or increasing the intensity—your feet still need...

5 Tips to Avoid Common Running Injuries Feb 19th, 2015

It’s the right weather for running in Pleasanton, TX. Temperatures can range from the 50s to the 70s, and the days have a nice mix of sun and clouds. It’s a great time to be training for upcoming races, like the Alamo Run Fest on February 22, 2015, in San Antonio....

Build Stronger Bones with Exercising Feb 9th, 2015

Everyone knows February 14 is Valentine’s Day, but the 14th isn’t just for chocolate and romance. It’s also Ferris Wheel Day! This is a great ride, even if you’re older and your bones are not as strong as they used to be. It doesn’t jostle you or pound your lower limbs...

Healthy Toenails Need Vitamins, Too! Feb 6th, 2015

They glide! They twirl! They leap with grace! February 7th is Ballet Day, a chance to celebrate the beauty and athletic skill that classical ballet requires. This incredible art form uses the feet in ways you might never have imagined was possible, and the nearby Ballet San Antonio demonstrates this beautifully....

Rare Injuries: Trouble with Pain in the Second Toe Jan 28th, 2015

National Hobby Month, also known as January, has been a time to celebrate hobbies of all kinds. Hobbies vary as much as people do, from the common to the highly unusual. Stamp collecting, historical reenactments, and building model vehicles are all hobbies with avid enthusiasts, many of whom enjoy finding...

Tips for Peripheral Arterial Disease Care at Home Jan 21st, 2015

You can donate life to someone who needs it. That’s not as strange as it sounds—donating blood is donating life! Blood is vital to every part of your body, including your feet. When you don’t have enough, or it doesn’t flow well, your whole body is in trouble. January is...

Home Care for Bunion Pain Jan 5th, 2015

Don’t let bunion pain get in your way if you are going to start an exercise routine in 2015! This time of year just about everyone is making resolutions for a healthier lifestyle and we want to see you stick to your commitments. When you experience toe pain, though, it can throw...

Symptoms of Foot Infections Jan 5th, 2015

These last few years have been good ones for zombies, with movies like World War Z and Warm Bodies, along with shows like The Walking Dead, seeing lots of success. Pop culture is fascinated by the idea of a frightening outbreak that changes the world. Thankfully there aren’t any real infections that turn people...

A New Year to Start Running Jan 2nd, 2015

Climb a mountain! Lose weight! Learn to dance! Take a trip! People everywhere are declaring their New Year resolutions. After all, a new year means a fresh start and another chance to begin that one thing you’ve always wanted to do. While many don’t keep their resolutions for long, it...

At-Home Spa Tips for Holiday Pampering Dec 22nd, 2014

The holidays are busy, but they are supposed to be a time to rest, relax, and enjoy family. Your feet need a holiday, too, especially if you’ve spent most of yours running errands or standing around at parties. Give them a little pampering with a safe home pedicure. Here are...

Handling Your Children’s Toenail Fungus Dec 16th, 2014

In this season of holiday gift-giving, the one “gift” no one wants to receive is an infection. Foot and nail fungus spreads easily if you’re not careful. Even if you take precautions, your kids may be the ones to bring it home.  No one wants children’s toenail fungus to spread...

Prompt First Aid for Ankle Sprains Dec 11th, 2014

For some school-aged athletes, winter break is a time to slow down and rest up. For others, however, it’s time to get in extra conditioning to prepare for the rest of the winter sports season. More and more young athletes push their bodies and train hard to compete well in their chosen...

Know Your Pain: Ankle Sprain vs Fracture Dec 3rd, 2014

Football on Thanksgiving is a decades-old tradition, and the Dallas Cowboys have played the big turkey game for years. Whether you’re a Cowboys fan or not, the afternoon game is a great way to relax and digest your big dinner. In football games, the risk for incurring ankle injuries is...

Preventing Sever's Disease Before It Hurts Dec 2nd, 2014

Although winter break from school is almost here for students, active kids don’t usually stop being active on break. If anything, the time off gives them more hours to enjoy running around with friends. You want your children’s feet to stay healthy so they can continue playing. No one wants...

Closed Shoes Versus an Ingrown Toenail Nov 10th, 2014

San Antonio is used to heat. The sun can beat down and bake this part of Texas—but eventually, even this area cools off. Nights in November can be downright chilly. This cooler weather can drive people to switch from sandals and open-toed shoes to sneakers, boots, and other closed-toed models....

Your Tendonitis Could Really Be Bursitis Oct 28th, 2014

There are only a couple more weeks to get out on a Friday night to cheer on the Pleasanton High School football team! Sports are great fun, but they can often cause injuries to the players. Your son or daughter may complain of pain at the back of their ankles...

Best At-Home Treatment for Toenail Fungus Oct 10th, 2014

Fall in Pleasanton is not cool. It may not be the blazing days of summer, but people are far from thinking about jackets and scarves! Average temperatures for the month of October stay in the low 80s, which means you still sweat quite a bit when you’re active outside. Your...

Footwear Matters for Turf Toe Recovery Oct 8th, 2014

Texas is known for football, and like any truly Texan town, Pleasanton has its own teams for all ages. From the Pleasanton Eagles to the youth league Brush Country Rattlers, children and students are hitting fields to play football. With so many hard impacts in the sport, of course, students are...

Put an End to Toe Pain: Home Remedies for Capsulitis Oct 1st, 2014

Giddy up, partners! Pleasanton’s annual Cowboy Homecoming takes place October 24 and 25. If you’re yelling “yee-haw” as a result of toe pain, we better rustle you up some home remedies so you don’t miss out on all the fun. If the pain is in the ball of your foot...

Tips and Tricks for Preventing Blisters Sep 23rd, 2014

It’s officially the fall season, but while other places may be enjoying crisp, cool autumn air, Pleasanton residents know to expect things to stay on the warm side. The coolest September temperatures ever recorded for the area dropped to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, but the average monthly highs are still...

How to Check for Charcot Foot Sep 16th, 2014

It’s impossible to overstate how important your feet are in daily life. They’re how we work, how we play, and how we get around. Now imagine you were at an increased risk for a condition that could cause you to lose your feet, and the warning signs were easy to...

5 Toe Exercises to Rehab High Arches Sep 8th, 2014

Back in 2007 Amy Winehouse may have sung about refusing rehab, but National Rehabilitation Week reminds us that rehab isn’t just for substance abuse—it’s a huge benefit to anyone struggling with physical pain or disability. National Rehabilitation Week is dedicated to highlighting how physical therapy can help alleviate your discomfort....

Running the River Walk with Sesamoiditis Sep 4th, 2014

If you’re looking for a group to go running with before the heat of the day, the River City Run in San Antonio may be for you. Every Saturday and Sunday morning at 8 a.m., the group runs an easy-pace 5K that hits the main city landmarks in the downtown...

When Diabetic Feet Get Sick Aug 25th, 2014

September is almost here, and with it comes Healthy Aging Month, an initiative to encourage people to work on their personal health as they get older, no matter where they are in life. This is especially important for anyone with diabetes, since the disease affects so many aspects of health—especially as...

Common Risk Factors for Bone Spurs Aug 21st, 2014

Everyone loves food. Throughout history, sharing meals has brought people together from all walks of life and varying cultures. San Antonio has its own event to celebrate this delicious aspect of life: Restaurant Week. This year’s Restaurant Week is happening now, and will end Saturday, August 23. Just beware: you...

Low-Impact Exercises Keep You in Shape with Injuries Aug 12th, 2014

It happens to even the best athletes. It could be sudden—landing a jump incorrectly or tripping—or develop over time from overuse. However it happens, an injury can put a damper on any sports activities, whether competitive or just for fun. You don’t have to completely give up staying active or working out if...

Know Your Choices: Treatment Options for Clubfoot Aug 6th, 2014

Having a baby is an exciting time. Even though a new baby keeps parents very busy, few events are as momentous as bringing home a bundle of joy. Having a child can be a nerve-wracking time, too, since so much care is involved in raising a healthy child. All of...

5 Quick Stretches for Relieving Toe Pain Jul 29th, 2014

For anyone who enjoys pop culture, movies, art, comic books, and fun, the San Antonio Wizard World convention this August 1 to 3 may be an event worth investigating. This convention brings together popular actors, artists, writers, and more to talk about their work and answer fans’ questions. The event...

Avoid Abstract Foot Shapes: Preventing Foot Deformities Jul 22nd, 2014

Sculptures can come in some fantastic and odd shapes. Swirls, twirls, and angles are all fair game in art, and you can see this beautifully on display in the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. The sculptures of Richard Hunt are on display this year, arranged throughout the gardens to provide a...

No Excuses Needed for a Foot Massage Jul 17th, 2014

People look forward to summer vacations as a chance to get away, relax, and enjoy life. Everyone needs an opportunity to wind down from the stress and rush of daily schedules. You don’t have to wait until vacation to give your sore feet a break, though. A simple foot massage...

Top 5 Tips for Great Home Pedicures Jul 11th, 2014

It’s summer, so you want your feet looking their best when you’re out walking around downtown Pleasanton in your favorite open-toed shoes or sandals. With all the warnings and problems that have resulted from salon pedicures, though, you may wonder how to care for your feet. You may even wonder if pampering...

How to Prevent Dry, Cracked Skin on Your Feet Jul 9th, 2014

What washes up on tiny beaches? Microwaves! Get it? Please hold your applause. Speaking of waves, have you had enough water today? If not, your skin is probably thirsty. We often ignore proper skin care until our skin is peeling, dry, and cracked. It’s important to stay proactive, though, especially when it comes...

Score Stronger Limbs with Ankle Strengthening Exercises Jul 1st, 2014

Whether or not you care about soccer, it is hard to miss the World Cup news. The tournament quarter-finals are taking place this 4th of July weekend. While it may not be a conscious thought, every player in these games is counting on his ankles to hold up during these vital...

An Overview of Heel Pain Jun 25th, 2014

Heel pain is one of the most common conditions that I see in my office. It affects many people from different walks of life. Some patients come to see me after they've had heel pain for several years. Others, after only a short period of time. What makes them come to...

How to Use Taping to Prevent Blisters Jun 20th, 2014

Summer running can be hard. If you’re prone to blisters, any event is painful, no matter the season. Fortunately taping to prevent blisters can help. Blisters can keep you from doing the activities you love, but they are preventable. Using athletic tape to pre-treat high friction areas that are prone to...

Common Injuries in People with Flat Feet Jun 20th, 2014

Things that are flat: ironing boards, paper, feet, mouse pads...wait, feet? That's right. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Flat feet are a common condition that we see at Next Step Foot and Ankle Clinic. When the tendons of the feet do not pull together properly, and there is little or no arch,...

Find the Right Shoes for Overpronation Apr 21st, 2014

Walking is great exercise. It improves circulation, strengthens your lower limbs, and generally benefits your health. Walking is more fun, of course, if you’re walking somewhere interesting, like the Pleasanton Second Saturday Artwalk. It’s an opportunity to enjoy home crafts, music, and beautiful art in the downtown area on the second...

How to Know if Your Child has Flat Feet Mar 25th, 2014

I see a lot of children brought in by their parents who complain of the child being unable to stand or enjoy prolonged activities on their feet. Sometimes the complaint is that they run funny. Seldom do kids complain of pain. They usually just complain of being tired.  How do you tell...

Big Toe Joint Pain | Joint Problems Nov 14th, 2013

No other joint in the body takes more stress per square inch than the great toe joint (the big toe). Think about it. About three-fourths of your body weight is fully supported by an area about the size of a walnut with every step you take while walking. If you...