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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.

Signs & Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

For those of us with diabetes, diabetic neuropathy is a commonly talked about condition. Even if your diabetes is well controlled, it’s always good to know what the signs and symptoms are of conditions that you are more likely than others to develop. Arming yourself with knowledge is the best ally in prevention and the best defense in catching it early on!

Diabetic neuropathy, as the name implies, is the occurrence of neuropathy in an individual with diabetes. Neuropathy is when the nerves are diseased or dysfunctional, which can cause various symptoms ranging from weakness to numbness in the extremities. There are four different types of neuropathy: peripheral, autonomic, radiculoplexus, and mononeuropathy. According to the statistics, at least half of diabetic individuals will experience peripheral neuropathy in their lifetime. When a person with diabetes suspects they have peripheral neuropathy, studies have shown that the following symptoms are the most commonly experienced:

  1. Tingling, burning, freezing, prickling, or stabbing sensations.
  2. Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold, vibrations, or touch.
  3. Weakened muscle movements or instability.
  4. Dizziness, lightheadedness, or digestive issues.

For many people with peripheral neuropathy, the tingling, burning, or sensations of numbness commonly start out slow in their extremities and spread upwards from the fingers or toes. A heightened sensitivity to temperatures, vibrations, or touch can be especially dangerous when paired with weakness in the muscles and dizziness — so it’s no surprise that many folks with peripheral neuropathy may experience falling more frequently as their symptoms arise. What comes as a surprise to many people who are diagnosed with diabetic peripheral neuropathy is that their increase in sweating and bladder or bowel problems were indicative of neuropathy developing. Knowing these symptoms can help you or a loved one identify neuropathy early on!

If any of these signs or symptoms sound familiar to you, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. 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.