Welcome Dr. Travis Bodeker
Dr. Travis Bodeker joins Your Total Foot Care Specialist with comprehensive training in all conditions related to the rear foot and ankle. He spent the last three years training with Dr. James Jacobs and other well-renowned podiatrists throughout Houston. The addition of Dr. Bodeker to our practice will allow our practice to continue to provide a full range of treatment options for total foot and ankle care.
As a Texas A&M graduate, he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. Dr. Bodeker attended the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science where he completed his podiatric medical education at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. As a native Texan, Dr. Bodeker was excited to complete his residency at Kingwood Medical Center. Dr. Bodeker maintains membership in numerous professional societies including the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery, the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, American Podiatric Medical Association, Texas Podiatric Medical Association, and the Harris County Podiatric Medical Society.
We are very pleased to have Dr. Bodeker join our practice and will be available to receive new patients starting July 13, 2015. Dr. Bodeker is excited to begin practicing and providing total foot care to residents of West Houston, Katy, Texas and the surrounding communities.
Thank You for Your Trust and Confidence
Working with Your Total Foot Care Specialist over the past three years has given me the opportunity to deliver podiatric care to the residents of Katy and West Houston. I appreciate the trust and confidence you placed in me for your foot care needs.
As of July 24, 2015, I will be transitioning your care to my colleagues at Your Total Foot Care Specialist, Drs. James Jacobs & Abigail Elliott & Travis Bodeker. Rest assured, you will continue to receive the same level of care you received from me.
Thank you again for allowing me to participate in your care.
Jeanna Mascorro, DPM
Arthritis Often Appears in Foot and Ankle Pain
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints and is very common in the small joints of the foot and ankle. The pain and stiffness caused by arthritis can make it difficult to walk or participate in other fun activities.
Typically, the foot and ankle are most likely to be affected by:
Osteoarthritis. This degenerative arthritis most often affects older adults due to wear and tear on the joints over time. The cartilage in the joints wears away resulting in painful rubbing of the bones. Osteoarthritis affects adults, especially those who are overweight or have a family history.
Rheumatoid Arthritis. This chronic disease often attacks feet and ankles first. It is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and causes joint swelling. The end result is bone, cartilage and tendon damage and even joint deformity and disability. Some individuals are more susceptible to this disease because of their genes, and an environmental or infection trigger will activate the genes causing the immune system to act up.
Posttraumatic Arthritis. A foot or ankle injury that damages the joints may result in posttraumatic arthritis. Even if the injury is treated properly, an injured joint is seven times more likely to develop arthritis than an uninjured joint – even many years later.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Feet and Ankles
You may have arthritis in your feet and ankles if a joint gradually becomes painful and inflamed. Other symptoms include:
- Joint swelling, redness and warmth
- Pain with motion, especially in the morning or after sitting
- Tenderness when pressure is applied
- Difficulty walking
If you have any of these symptoms, call us for a complete foot examination. Other foot and ankle issues may present the same symptoms, so it is essential that an experienced podiatrist evaluate your condition to rule out other problems.
You Can Reduce Foot and Ankle Arthritis Pain
A healthy lifestyle can alleviate arthritis pain. Regular physical activity reduces joint pain and stiffness and strengthens muscles near the joints. Stretching exercises are particularly helpful for flexibility. Staying active also maintains circulation to your feet to help improve function.
Wear supportive shoes and padded socks. Shoes should have extra cushioning and good arch support. Look for roomy toe boxes so the toes have room to move.
Practice good foot hygiene by washing feet regularly and drying thoroughly, especially between the toes. Apply lotion to the tops of feet and the soles to keep skin supple.
Simple Foot Stretches to Maintain Flexibility
Regular stretching has been proven to provide many health benefits, from greater flexibility and range of motion to increasing the blood flow to muscles and improving posture.
Our feet contain over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments, and 33 joints, and each one of them will benefit from regular stretching. Individuals with arthritis of the foot and ankle will notice how stretching eases symptoms like pain and inflammation.
The following exercises will reduce the signs of aging on your feet. They will also help to redistribute your weight more evenly to ease back pain and posture.
Be sure to perform the following exercises gently and do not bounce.
Bend forward at the waist and lace your fingers through your toes – its okay to bend your knees. Gently pull toes upward at the same time you straighten your legs to feel a stretch in your hamstrings. Hold for 20 seconds, relax and repeat.
Flex and Point
Sit on the floor or bed with legs in front of you. Flex your toes toward your body to feel the calf stretch and hold. Now point toes away from you to feel the stretch in your instep. Repeat as you alternate pointing away and toward your body.
Step and Stretch
Stand on the bottom step of a stairway. Holding the rail, place the ball of one foot on the edge of the step so that the heel hangs out. Slowly and gently push the heel down until you feel the calf stretch and hold briefly. Repeat five times for each foot.
Sit on the floor with legs in front of you. Place a towel around the toes of both feet so that you can hold it with both hands. Using the towel, pull the toes toward you and hold for 20 seconds, then release. Repeat three times.
Recipe of the Month
Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon
Enjoy this tasty salad at your next summer cookout!
(can be served hot or cold)
- 1 (12 ounce) package penne pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided (can substitute with chicken broth)
- 6 slices bacon, chopped (can substitute with turkey bacon)
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place bacon in the skillet, and cook until browned and crisp. Add garlic, and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, and cook until heated thoroughly.
3. Place spinach into a colander, and drain the hot pasta over it so it is wilted. Transfer to a large serving bowl, and toss with the remaining olive oil, and the bacon and tomato mixture.
Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com