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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.

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!

Keeping Your Feet Safe This Summer

We’re in the hottest stretch of our summer now and what better way to celebrate the heat by enjoying the water! Whether you’re going to the pool or to the beach, white water rafting or kayaking, any podiatrist would recommend adding water footwear to your next adventure. Water footwear is designed to be used during activities that involve the water.

This means that water footwear may be waterproof, but most importantly, designed with the slippery and rough textures of moss and stones in mind to protect your feet. When considering which water footwear suits the summer adventures you have planned, keep these three factors in mind: safety, comfort, and durability.

Safety is super important. If you find yourself exiting a water raft and stepping onto submerged stones coated in slippery moss, you will want your water footwear to have good traction to prevent slipping. A sprained ankle from slipping on moss is no fun!

Comfort is key to foot health. Unlike regular shoes, water footwear is much more comfortable when wet. Being active in and around the water can quickly cause fatigue and soreness, but a comfortable pair of water footwear can avoid discomfort.

Durability is definitely a priority. Regular shoes use materials, like leather, that break down over time as they are exposed to water. Some materials can even develop mold if not properly dried after getting wet! Water footwear is guaranteed to last through all of your water adventures.

What fun is it to spend all summer unable to enjoy the water safely? Investing in a pair of water footwear that is right for you will reward you with fond memories of safe, happy feet and an adventure in the great outdoors. Explore your options and utilize McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. for advice on what would work best for you when planning your next outdoor adventure. Being active is a lot more fun when your feet aren’t in discomfort!

Contact 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.