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The Top 3 Questions To Ask Your Podiatrist

Do you ever find yourself wondering what sort of questions you should be asking at your podiatry appointments? You’re not alone! It’s bound to happen that folks come to their appointment with their questions and concerns…but when they go home, something else comes up that they forgot to ask! This is totally normal. Here are some tips on what you can ask at your next appointment with Dr. Scott McKinney that may help stimulate a valuable and productive conversation about your foot health.

1. Do I have flat feet?

This is a fantastic question to start out with for many reasons. Flat feet are not only extremely common, but because of their commonality, they often go unnoticed. Flat feet that go unnoticed can sometimes give someone unnecessary discomfort to deal with in their everyday lives. It can be hard to tell if your feet are flat, but asking your podiatrist is the first step to finding out if they are, or if you’re at risk of developing flat feet and what that might mean for your foot health.

2.  Are my shoes good for me?

Much like flat feet, improper shoes for your feet can cause unnecessary discomfort every day that you may not even realize is related to your shoes. Like most people, you may have opted for a cheaper pair of sneakers to wear to the gym…but what do we do at the gym? We work out! Our feet experience a lot more activity than normal. The discomfort you feel afterwards may not be normal and it may be attributed to the kind of shoes you wear!

3.What can I do to improve my foot health?

This is by far our favorite question. Similar to how an apple a day keeps the doctor away, asking good questions at your podiatry appointment can keep your foot discomfort away! Who wouldn’t want that? By asking this question, your doctor is able to tell you their thoughts that are custom tailored to you. They know your foot history and, combined with their education and training in podiatry, are able to give you the best possible advice to keep your feet happy and healthy.

We are all ears! Ask away at your next appointment and visit our doctors at McKinney Podiatric Associates to get started. To learn more, message us or call us today at (713) 946-1500 to schedule your next appointment with Dr. McKinney and associates at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area and surrounding towns.

Are you flat-out flat footed?”

Feet are funny things, aren’t they? They look like the distant cousins of our hands and function similar yet very differently. We may not think twice about it, but within our feet are complex architectural systems of ligaments, tendons, and bone. Speaking of bones… there are approximately 206 bones in our entire body by the time we are adults but 26 of those bones are in our feet alone–that’s a whole quarter of the entire population of bones in our bodies!

With so many bones, tendons, and ligaments, it’s no wonder that conditions like flat feet can affect many people today. Flat feet can happen to anyone! Some of those tendons that we mentioned earlier can become worn down or injured over time. This damage to those tendons can lead to that typical arch shape of the foot flattening out.

Did you know that you can tell if your feet are “flat” using this simple trick? When standing straight with your feet flat on the floor, if you feel the bottom of your entire foot contact the ground, you likely have flat feet. If there is a break in sensation, this means your foot is not flat. This can be easier to determine when using a colder or warmer surface to gauge the sensation.

So, you have flat feet–now what? It’s actually normal for some people to have naturally flat feet. It can even run in your family’s DNA! But did you know that learning early on if your feet are flat can save you a lot of time and discomfort? Telling early on that your feet are flat allows your podiatrist to give you a head start on foot smart strategies to reduce any pain or discomfort that can come along with having flat feet.

If you’re sure you have flat feet, or you want the help of a professional to find out, our doctors at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. are here to help. To learn more, message us or call us today at (713) 946-1500 to schedule your next appointment with Dr. McKinney and associates at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area and surrounding towns.

 

 

The Weight Loss & Foot Pain Connection

While the past few generations have yielded admirable results, the United States has infamously known for its problem with obesity. With our culture’s habits around food and dining, it’s no wonder we tend to weigh on the heavier side-but did you know that even just being 25 lbs. overweight can lead to foot pain and problems? Besides the obvious benefits of developing healthier eating and exercise habits, like feeling better and curbing our vulnerability to developing conditions like diabetes or heart disease, weight loss yields an unsuspected benefit to the health of our feet. When your feet are doing less work and carrying around less weight, this can mean less pain and discomfort for you! Who wouldn’t want that? Excess weight can negatively impact our foot health in a few key ways

  • Feet: Excess weight can, over time, put so much pressure on the many bones of our feet that it weakens our arches and begins to flatten them. Many issues can arise from flat feet, such as decreased flexibility and stability of the feet.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: Something you never want to experience is severe plantar fasciitis-sufferers have been known to describe it as a sharp, stabbing, and burning sensation on the bottoms of their feet. This can happen when excess weight causes the fragile tissues connected to our heel become strained, inflamed, weak, and swollen.
  • Osteoarthritis: Carrying extra weight can also cause the cartilage in our joints to wear down more quickly, leading to pain and stiffness that make it difficult to get active. While aging is the leading cause of developing osteoarthritis, excess weight is a close runner up.
  • Tendinitis: Giving the tendons in our feet more work to do on a daily basis can cause them to become irritated or inflamed. This leads to pain and tenderness that can happen all over the body, but excess weight can cause it to localize in our feet.

But enough about the risks that excess weight can have on your foot health–let’s talk about how weight loss can help your feet become healthier! If you have existing foot issues, or you would like to be smart and proactive about your foot health, it’s time to visit Dr. Scott McKinney at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. At your next appointment with us, be sure to ask about any recommendations for your pedicure experience based on your personal history of foot health. Call us today at (713) 946-1500 to schedule an appointment at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area!