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.

 

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.