Active Desks can promote Wellness at the Workplace

plantar-fasciitis5Many people already understand that remaining sedentary behind a desk for a full work day can be detrimental for one’s health. To combat this issue, many workplaces have turned to active desks to avoid the damage created by sitting for long periods of time. Researchers in Canada have discovered that standing and treadmill desks reduced sedentariness and improved mood without creating a great amount of workflow troubles. While treadmill desks offered greater health benefits, standing desks allowed for greater activity.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet contact one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Plantar Fasciitis is a result of Overload

plantar-fasciitis3Plantar fasciitis is a condition that is known to particularly affect athletes, especially those who run or repetitively place pressure on the feet. Plantar fasciitis is an injury that results from overload. If the recovery time between training sessions is not enough, the plantar fascia will begin to tear. Treatment for plantar fasciitis can include painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, orthotics, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Stretching and strengthening may also be included in treatment to prevent future injuries.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and is usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Dolphin leaps onto Boat and breaks Woman’s Ankle

foot-ankle-injuriesWhile boating with her husband and children, Chrissie Frickman was knocked over by a dolphin that had flipped onto the boat and broke both of her ankles. The dolphin was part of a pod that was swimming alongside them. “The dolphin jumped and we thought it was doing a flip and I guess it miscalculated,” said her husband Dirk Frickman. “It came right onto my wife and flipped in the boat and knocked down and grazed my daughter.” After pulling his wife free, Mr. Frickman was able to steer the boat toward an Orange County harbor where the dolphin was pulled onto the dock with a rope before being pushed back into the water.

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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World War II Veteran owes Survival to Flat Feet

flat-feet5World War II veteran Robert G. Mueller was twenty-years-old when he faced the draft that would determine his future as a soldier. Mueller, a fan of their dress uniform, applied to the Marine Corps of the Armed Forces. He ended up being rejected. “They’d made me walk around barefooted and told me I had flat feet. They said, ‘We can’t take you, try the Navy.’” While at the time this was an upset for Mueller, his decision to follow the Corps’ advice and join the Navy ended up being the right one. “I probably wouldn’t be here if I’d gone into the Marines,” shared the 92-year-old Mueller.

Flat feet is a condition that can be aided with the help of a podiatrist. For assistance, speak to one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.

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

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High Heels can alter Muscle Balance in Ankle

corns2Approximately 78% of women wear high heels daily despite experiencing pain after one and hour and six minutes. New research from South Korea published in the International Journal of Clinical practice, however, suggests that high heels can also change the muscle balance around the ankle joint and cause instability and balance issues. According to the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, high heel related injuries in America doubled from 7,092 in 2002 to 14,140 in 2012.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads.

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

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Cherry Juice can help reduce Gout Attacks

plantar-fasciitis5While the myth of cherry juice as a cure for gout was previously thought to be untrue, studies in the past few years do show that tart or black cherry consumption do reduce gout attacks. Uric acid, the main cause behind gout attacks, is said to be reduced after consuming cherries or cherry juice. The decreased level of uric acid circulating in the body therefore reduces the possibility of a gout attack occurring.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will assist you with all of 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 one of our offices located in Texas. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Flight Attendant Foot Care

corns2Forty female students from South Korea’s Hanseo University participated in a study that had them wear high heels to class over four years. Findings showed that while wearing heels strengthened ankle muscles, over time it weakened them. To protect against injuries in heels, be sure to practice walking in them and to stand up and down on your toes to strengthen the calves. To give your feet a rest, change into flats.

Everyday foot care should always be practiced, regardless of occupation. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Megan Park raises Awareness for Rheumatoid Arthritis

xray2The now 26-year-old The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Megan Park is raising awareness for rheumatoid arthritis through the educational campaign Joint Decisions, having lived with the condition since she was a child. “It’s empowering people who live with RA to share in the healthcare decisions that are going to impact their life and their overall wellbeing,” she explains. Often mistaken as only occurring in the elderly, RA can affect anyone at any age. Painful swelling in the lining of the joints, such as those in the hands and feet, typically occurs.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

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

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Walking is Man’s preferred Method of Travel

plantar-fasciitis5With his step-counting pedometer, 69-year-old Jim Palmquist tracks his daily steps in a log book. He will often favor a hike over his Toyota Highlander if he has a chance to walk the distance. “I’m really convinced that walking is one of the best things you can do for your health,” said Palmquist. “Walking is wonderful.” According to the American Heart Association, walking for 30 minutes daily can help reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Exercising the feet and ankles regularly is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

 

 

 

Women’s High Heels increase risk of Morton’s Neuroma

broken-toe2High heels and other ill-fitting shoes could be a prime cause of Morton’s Neuroma. Neuroma affects the nerves located between the toes, creating a sensation similar to stabbing while walking. It is believed that neuroma stems from compression, injury or damage to the nerve. Therefore women who wear high heels or narrow-fitting shoes are at particular risk to developing the condition. The nerve repairs itself if left untreated, using fibrous tissues that create thickening and enlargement. The disorder is aggravated by irregularities that interfere with optimal foot function, such as high arches, overpronation, and hypermobility.

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, speak to one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

Morton’s Neuroma
Morton’s neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones. Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
  • Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

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