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Summer Heat & Sore Feet

If you haven’t already, now is the time to plan your summer vacation. Just you, a nice breeze, the summer heat, and… sore feet? That last part doesn’t sound very relaxing at all! We know what you’re thinking – we go on vacation to have fun and melt the stress away, not to get our feet and ankles in a jam. Get the most out of your vacation by practicing some of these #lifehacks during your next vacation:

  • When you check in at the concierge, ask for extra towels! By doing this, you’ve ensured that you have protection for your feet before and after each shower. Hotel staff clean thoroughly, but it’s better to be safe than to develop athlete’s foot or an infection if you have an open sore!
  • If you’re someone who enjoys sights and sounds the most when traveling for vacation, this one is especially important for you. If you’re not used to walking a lot, a few miles can go by quickly when you’re in a new place…that means blisters and foot fatigue, ahoy! Get one step ahead by applying blister protection, like a band-aid, and packing a few over-the-counter pain relief tablets.
  • Vacationing by the water? Don’t forget to bring an extra pair of shoes. When your shoes get wet and they’re not dried or changed for quite some time, this leaves room for bacteria to grow while you’re out being active. Bacteria can turn into an infection, fungus, or foot odor. For each pair of shoes, be sure to bring several pairs of socks!
  • Are you ready to be so prepared that your podiatrist will start calling you a foot pro? Hold on to your flip-flops – invest in a pair of orthotics! Go the extra mile and combine them with compression socks. These will help keep your feet comfortable and keep the swelling down.

When you practice these tips, you’ll be relieved when your hard work and preparation comes in handy during your next vacation. Our last and best piece of advice is to check in with Dr. Scott McKinney to make sure all of your feet and ankle needs have been met before the big trip! Call us today at (713) 946-1500 to schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations in the Houston, Texas and downtown area.

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Happy Feet & Fitness

Do your persistent foot problems have you feeling like getting physically fit is an unattainable goal? First and foremost, make sure you’ve had a recent checkup with Dr. Scott Mckinney before getting started. Secondly, be sure to have properly fitting shoes for physical activity! There are plenty of ways to get active this spring and summer season without putting so much pressure on your feet or ankles. These activities are considered easy on the feet and are sometimes referred to as “low impact” exercises. The options are nearly endless, but here are just a few fitness examples to inspire you to get moving!

  • Weight Lifting – Lifting a set of weights requires very little effort on your feet! Most often, lifting can be done in a sitting position as well to reduce fatigue.
  • Cycling or Biking – Depending on the intensity, biking and cycling work your whole body while putting minimal pressure on your feet due to your weight being evenly distributed.
  • Rowing or Kayaking – When rowing, you rely on your upper body and arms entirely. Your feet and ankles get to relax as you push your upper body using your knees!
  • Hiking or Climbing – The great thing about hiking and climbing is that you get to choose the difficulty by researching your chosen trail ahead of time. A short hike with a steep incline will reduce foot fatigue but do wonders for your cardio needs!
  • Yoga or Pilates – These two activities are relaxing, renewing, and wonderful for improving your stability and circulation. Best of all, it’s easy on your feet!
  • Swimming – Thanks to physics, swimming is the lowest possible impact sport you could imagine. Not only is it low impact on your feet, it’s virtually no impact on your entire body!
  • Walking – The great thing about being bipedal is that it encompasses many different activities in one: hiking, using an elliptical or stair master, golfing, or simply taking a walk in the park.

There you have it – your starter list of physical activities and sports that are low impact exercises and easy on the feet. It can’t be said enough how important it is to check in with your podiatrist before committing to a fitness regimen. Remember, slow and steady wins the race! Get a head start on your spring and summer fitness today by calling us at (713) 946-1500 to schedule your next appointment.

3 Ankle Hacks for Spring Time

This past winter sure was a rough one, but it’s time to put it past us and spring forward! The bears aren’t the only creatures coming out of hibernation at this time of year. Springtime fills the heart with inspiration to get moving, but if you’re like most people, you might have been pretty sedentary during the winter season.

When we get up and moving again, it’s important to keep our ankles in mind. As the snow melts and transforms dirt into mud, our risk of slipping or falling can increase. No part of our body despises slipping and falling like our ankles do! Each time we injure our ankles it becomes that much more difficult to heal — it can sometimes even lead to chronic ankle sprains. This spring, keep in mind these 3 hacks for your ankle health when considering your new pair of shoes:

Hack #1 – Stabilize Your Step!

When looking for a new pair of shoes, think “stabilization.” You can tell when shoes are better for stabilizing your step if they are advertised as especially supportive or are ankle-high. Footwear that covers part or all of your ankle keeps you stable when your ankle slips or slides into a weird position.

Hack #2 – Good Grip? No Slip!

Along with stabilization, consider the quality of your shoes’ grip as another great hack for your ankle health. You wouldn’t go hiking in flip flops, right? That’s a recipe for a sprained ankle! The better texture and grip your shoes have, the less likely you are to slip and fall. No matter your age or weight, getting a good grip on your footwear is the key to avoiding unnecessary injuries.

Hack #3 – Support Your Soles!

Last but not least – one of the most important hacks mentioned here is to consider the support of your soles. A big piece of the foot health puzzle is making sure the soles of your shoes are truly supportive for your feet. If they provide great support for your feet, they’re also providing support for your ankles by reducing fatigue in other areas of your feet that may contribute to fatigue-related weakness.

Looking for more ways to hack your foot and ankle health? Take the time to talk to Dr. Scott McKinney at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A., to learn more. Visit us online or call us at (713) 946-1500 to schedule an appointment! Your feet and ankles will thank you.

Spring Into Fitness

Have you been trying to get inspired to get in shape? We all know how hard it can be to get started. Here’s the thing – getting in shape isn’t just about losing weight. Becoming physically fit benefits all parts of your body, including your feet and ankles! When you start getting active, your whole body experiences positive changes. Physical activity, when performed safely and appropriately for your level of physical fitness, can help improve the flexibility and strength of the ligaments and muscles in your ankles.

As crazy as it seems, being active can actually help decrease some of the aches and pains we get in our feet and ankles after a long day. When you experience weight loss, even just a few pounds, your feet and ankles greatly benefit from the reduction in weight load on their inner structures. This can help reduce fatigue and swelling from long days on your feet.

For those of us with a history of ankle injuries or other conditions, such as bunions or plantar fasciitis, you want to make sure you start out slow. Sitting down with your trusted podiatrist to talk about your options and resources is a great place to start! Sometimes, simply starting out with a light stretching routine every morning is all you need to create a snowball-effect of fitness. Getting off to a slow start is the key to avoiding injuring yourself further and potentially delaying your progress on your journey to fitness.

If you feel ready to have a conversation with Dr. Scott McKinney about the benefits fitness and weight loss may have on the health of your feet and ankles, reach out! Spring just arrived, but with summer only a few months away, you’ll thank yourself later. Call us at (713) 946-1500 and schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations in the Houston area.

Foot Pain Is Partly To Blame

Imagine you’re just twelve years old again — somewhere around that age. You were hopping, skipping, jumping all over the place without a care in the world! It’s easy to forget, but once upon a time our limbs, ligaments, and bones could tolerate harsh impact and stretching in awkward ways from our childish adventures.

If you’re like us, you even remember walking on pebbles and gravel without a care! Today, however, it’s much easier to notice the difference. This is especially true for those with frequent podiatric issues throughout their lifetime. There’s no shame in aging — everyone does it! But with aging comes a new normal, and sometimes that new normal means consistent pain or discomfort in our feet and ankles.

That pain and discomfort doesn’t have to control your life or negatively impact your daily activities but the truth for many folks today is that, unfortunately, it does. Recent studies have shown that over half of American citizens experience daily pain and discomfort in their feet and ankles. For folks in the older age range, research shows that this translates into a higher risk of falling and injuring themselves.

In one study, over 1,300 patients over the age of 50 were surveyed. The study showed that nearly 20% of these patients had fallen in the last year, and a smaller percentage had fallen twice or more in the last year. While 20% doesn’t seem like much, in correlation to the entire population of folks over 45-50 years of age in the U.S., it’s a significant number. The numbers speak even more loudly when considering that researchers found nearly 62% of patients who experienced one or more falling incidents also reported having consistent foot and ankle pain or discomfort.

What does this mean for you? These numbers may seem troubling, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s easier to avoid becoming part of the statistics when you regularly see your trusted podiatrists here at McKinney’s and become a supportive ally to your feet and ankles.

You’ve imagined yourself without foot pain, now let’s make it as best of a reality as we can! Take the next best step and reach out to your trusted podiatrist. Ask Dr. Scott McKinney at your next appointment what options are available for you. Send us a message or call us today at (713) 946-1500 to get penciled in at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area and surrounding towns.

When In Doubt…Schedule It Out!

If you’re like nearly half of Americans, you likely suffer from some form of discomfort or pain in your feet or ankles. However, you have a chance to be different. How? By utilizing your podiatrists here at McKinney Podiatric Associates! With the New Year steamrolling in, now is a better time than ever to give us a call and schedule your next foot and ankle checkup. In the meantime, did you know there are plenty of ways to care for your foot and ankle health at home when your discomfort is mild? Here are just a few ways to care for the part of your body that arguably works the hardest to keep you moving!

Rest and relaxation are key. Now, this doesn’t mean you can go quitting your day job to rest all day long! What this really means is that it’s important to set aside time for yourself when you feel that you’re close to or might have overworked your feet or ankles. Especially if you’ve had a foot or ankle related injuries in the past, paying mind to their stress tolerance goes a long way.

When pain and discomfort are mild, the simple act of self-massage, a hot soak, or elevating your feet will do you and your aching feet wonders. These pain relief methods are easy and affordable — all you need is what you already have at home! It’s good to keep in mind, however, that when the pain and discomfort don’t

easily subside or you find yourself frequently relying on over the counter pain relief, a trip to the podiatrists sooner rather than later is a good idea. If you haven’t already, be sure to bring up the topic of orthotics at your next visit…they will change your entire view on how comfortable shoes can be!

Remember, if simple methods for relieving mild pain and discomfort at home does not work for you like they used to, it’s time to schedule yourself to see us! Ask Dr. Scott McKinney at your next appointment and what options are available for you. Send us a message or call us today at (713) 946-1500 to get penciled in at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area and surrounding towns.