Diabetics in England are missing their Annual Checkup

diabetic-foot-care4Over 400,000 people in England live with diabetes and do not go for their annual foot checkups, reports new research. The research, based on data from National Health Service England, suggests that diabetics that do not go for their checkup are at greater risk for getting amputated. Extended exposure to high blood glucose levels can damage the nerves and lead to reduced feeling and impaired blood circulation.

Due to these conditions diabetics will often not notice damage to the feet, giving greater risk to the exacerbation of smaller wounds into more serious ones.
Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you have diabetic foot concerns, consult with one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will provide quality care for your diabetic feet.

Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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.

 

Diabetics at risk for Amputation

achilles-tendon5Over 4,000 diabetics in the UK are at risk of having an amputation because they do not go for their annual National Health Service (NHS) checks. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises that everyone with diabetes should be tested each year. Diabetics are at risk for high blood-glucose levels that can cause nerve damage, poor circulation, and reduced feeling in their feet and legs. This in turn can lead to the development of very serious foot problems such as ulcers, which can result in amputation.

Diseases that cause poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get the care you need.

Poor Circulation in the Feet
Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes
Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

  • muscle pain
  • numbness in legs
  • cramps
  • skin discoloration
  • weakness
  • slower nail & hair growth
  • stiffness
  • erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

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.

 

Preparing the Feet for Summer Weather

corns2Despite the warm weather, many women choose to cover up their feet during the spring and summer due to hard, dry skin, cracked heels, and discolored nails that had developed over winter.

Summer prep is easy, however, and a few simple steps can solve many foot problems. Corns and calluses can be buffed away with a foot file once a week at home. Moisturize the feet daily to prevent cracked heels. To prevent fungal infections, keep the feet clean and dry and change your socks daily. Avoid ingrown toenails by cutting the nails straight across
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Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. 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.

Amazon aims to make Online Shoe Shopping easier

rheumatoid-arthritis2Amazon has recently bought startup company Shoefitr to help customers struggling to select the right shoe size while shopping online. The Pittsburgh-based startup uses 3D technology to help people virtually choose the correct shoe size without trying on the footwear. Amazon sells millions of shoes in its website and through Zappos, an online shoe retailer.

Users of Shoefitr are asked to enter the size and model of their current shoe. The technology then compares this with its database of scanned shoes to recommend which size the user will need for any given shoe. Various factors such as shape, sole thickness, weight, etc. are taken into consideration.

Getting the right shoe size is important for overall foot health. If you have any concerns about shoe size, please contact one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will answer any of your foot and ankle questions.

Getting the right shoe size
Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are considering. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, shoe size can vary within two sizes depending on where they shop.

When shoe shopping, it is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the shoe must fit well, as ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and can also hurt the toes if the shoe is too tight.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels.

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.

McKinney Foot & Ankle - New Website Launch

New Website Launch for McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A.

PASADENA, TX – April 19, 2015. McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. (MPA) is pleased to announce the launch of their new website.

New and returning patients will be pleased with the launch of the new MPA-Web.com website! Users will easily be able to view and navigate the new mobile friendly/dynamic site on any web enabled device. Patients can now easily request an appointment right from the site, view weekly “Feetured” news articles, search the newly organized foot and ankle database of over a 100 specific pages dedicated to helping patients better understand foot disorders and conditions or view the latest videos of Dr. McKinney answering the most common foot and ankle injury and surgery questions.

McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. was started as a one physician private Podiatric Medical Practice in Pasadena, Texas in 1991 and has now grown to a multi-specialty six physician medical group covering five area hospitals, seven medical offices, two wound care centers and multiple long-term acute care hospitals (LTACS).

 

Dr. Scott McKinney, Founder and President of McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. is passionate about his profession and attributes the growth of the practice as, “a direct result of the care and personal treatment given to each of our patients.”

 

McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. offers patients seven convenient podiatry locations in Pasadena, Houston, Baytown, and Pearland, Texas. Each location has board certified podiatric doctors who are dedicated to providing patients with the finest medical, surgical, and rehabilitative treatments for the foot and ankle.


 

Pasadena Main Office

3692 East Sam Houston Pkwy S #100
Pasadena, TX 77505
Phone: 713-946-1500
Fax: 713-946-0200

Pasadena Secondary Office

3692 East Sam Houston Pkwy S #150
Pasadena, TX 77505
Phone: 713-946-4143
Fax: 713-947-1071

Baytown Office

2707 W. Baker Rd, Suite B
Baytown, TX 77521
Phone: 281-837-1500
Fax: 281-837-1500

East Houston Office

13111 East Freeway, Suite 101
Houston, TX 77015
Phone: 713-453-1600
Fax: 713-453-1698

Houston – Memorial Hermann Southeast Office

11914 Astoria Blvd. Suite 250
Houston, TX 77089
Phone: 281-484-2400
Fax: 281-484-1766

Houston – Wayside/Harrisburg Office

910 S. Wayside, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77023
Phone: 713-921-3232
Fax: 713-921-4466

Pearland Office

8633 Broadway Street, Suite 117
Pearland, TX 77584
Phone: 281-485-2988
Fax: 281-485-2985


 

Energy Saving Boots can make Walking Easier

biomechanics9Boots designed by Steven Collins and his colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University reportedly make walking easier without using any power. These energy saving boots do this thanks to a spring and clutch mechanism inspired by the Achilles tendon. The spring stretches during the act of stepping forward while walking, which stores energy; energy is then released when the spring recoils, powering the foot to push off of the ground. Normally one’s muscles burn energy to exert the force needed to push the body forward; the boots, however, reduce how much force is needed and therefore reduce the energy needed to walk.

The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, see one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors can assess and provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.

A History of Biomechanics
– Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.

– In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to 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.

Three Keys to Choosing the Right Running Shoe

Selecting trunnershe right running shoe for your foot type can be a daunting task when faced with rows upon rows of brightly colored sneakers. Ultimately picking the right pair, however, comes down to three keys: knowing yourself, understanding a good fit, and finding the right offset. Knowing yourself involves knowing whether you want a softer, cushioned run versus something firmer and responsive. Those who excessively pronate may require more stability.

Understanding a good fit involves getting the correct length, width, and volume of a shoe. Shoes should fit snug in the heel and mid-foot. Finding the right offset involves finding the most comfortable height difference between a shoe’s heel and forefoot. According to recent studies, a lower offset can improve running posture and advocate a better form.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, see one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors can assess your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type
To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

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.