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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.