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.

 

Several Methods to treat Blisters

blisters4Warmer weather is usually indicative of bare feet and sandals. After a harsh winter, however, feet are often left chafed and blistered. There are several ways to treat blisters. To safely cure the condition, it is best to place a bandage over the blister and allow it to heal itself properly to avoid infection. Aloe vera gel can work as an astringent. Soak the feet to keep the blister clean and soften the skin. Avoid removing loose skin, watch for infections, and make sure the bandages are kept clean. Prevention is key in avoiding blisters.

Untreated blisters can worsen and make mobility extremely difficult and painful. For quality blister treatment, see one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.

Blisters on the Feet
When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?
A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?
Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment
Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

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.

 

Cold Therapy helpful in treating Heel Pain

orthotics1Plantar fasciitis, often characterized by heel pain when you stand or walk, is often treated with drugs or surgery. A new treatment, however, may completely remove pain and restore function to the feet. The new Art Robotic M6 Cold Laser therapy is a cold laser that penetrates the surface of the skin without a heating effect, damage, or pain. Cold laser therapy has been shown to aid in the regeneration of damaged tissue and relieve inflammation and pain. Cold laser therapy has been used for professional sports teams in the NFL, NBA, PGA, NHL, and the MLB.

Foot therapy is necessary for those recovering from both foot deformities and foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, speak to one of our podiatrists from McKinney Podiatry Associates, PA. Our doctors can answer any of your podiatric questions.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full 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.

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.