The Do’s & Don’ts of Shoe Shopping

It’s time to get a new pair of shoes with the change of season coming up and you’ve found yourself baffled by the whole process – don’t worry, you’re not alone! It can be overwhelming to search for a new pair of shoes with confidence, but Dr. Scott McKinney is always here to help. Here are some do’s and don’ts of shoe shopping to assist your search.

DO try before you buy… Buying a new pair of shoes online is easy and tempting for just about anyone with a busy life, but trying them on in store before buying them can save you time and grief if they don’t fit or support your feet how they should!

DON’T skip on quality because of cost… This is easier said than done, we understand! But in the long run, spending a bit more on properly fitting shoes saves you both money and fatigue in your feet and ankles. Quality means they’re built to last!

DO factor in orthotic inserts… When you’re trying on a pair of shoes but you wear a pair of custom orthotic inserts, bring them with you! If your shoes fit without them, they will only feel snugger and increase your chances of fatigue and discomfort during physical activity when the insert is put in.

DON’T assume it will “stretch out”… This is a common podiatric myth – consider it debunked! Not every pair of shoes will stretch out when you wear them for a while. Sure, you need to “wear in” a pair of shoes, but if they’re uncomfortable from the start… take this as a sign they’re not right for your feet.

DO research the brand and read reviews… Nothing makes your decision-making process easier than reading some reviews and researching some brand names. If a brand advertises being wide-foot friendly but their reviews say otherwise, it’s time to say…NEXT!

DON’T forget about socks… Similar to orthotic inserts, make sure you consider what kind of socks you wear on a regular basis…and on an irregular basis! If you mostly wear thin socks, keep the winter season in mind when you might switch to thicker socks and your shoes may be a little snugger on your feet.

DO check in with your podiatrist… When searching for a new pair of shoes that fits just right, be sure to check in first with your trusted podiatrist. Getting an exam out of the way will keep you in-the-know about what will be the best investment for you and your feet.

It’s as easy as calling and scheduling with us today to be on your way to shoe shopping with care and confidence. Our staff at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. is happy to help you at (713) 946-1500.

Is Your Podiatrist The Right Fit For You?

The first month of 2018 is over and some of us are just now really getting to the meat of our yearly to-do lists. Better now than never, right? For healthy Americans, their to-do list includes an annual trip to their healthcare providers, such as a podiatrist! However, doing a quick Google search for podiatrists in your area can sometimes yield overwhelming results and reviews can be confusing or misleading. Maybe you’re lucky and got a recommendation from a family member or friend! But how do you know if the recommendation means this podiatrist is the right fit for you? Here are a few strategies and questions to ask yourself before making your decision.

Check out their website and read reviews. Often times, most podiatrists websites will have a section dedicated to displaying the doctor’s picture and summary of their credentials. Because some people are only comfortable with male or female doctors, this can be a huge help! A surefire sign of a great podiatric practice is when they offer bountiful resources and information about their services and the conditions they treat. Even better, an active blog for the practice says that they care about educating their patients.

Lastly, give them a call! The first line of support comes from their receptionists. A helpful, positive front desk staff is a great way to set apart one practice from another. If browsing their website inspired your curiosity about certain services, take this as an opportunity to ask! Great communication is vital to developing a relationship with your podiatrist and their staff.

Arguably, one of the most important first steps when looking into a potential podiatrist is whether or not they are covered by your insurance. This will save you a lot of time and effort, and potential heartache, if a podiatrist you’re very fond of turns out to not accept your particular insurance. If you’re unsure based on their website, give them a call and confirm!

At McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A., your comfort, and satisfaction are a top priority. We’re more than happy to help you schedule your next appointment with Dr. Scott McKinney. You can 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.

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.

See Em’ Before It Snows!

I know what you’re thinking. We just passed Halloween, it’s too early to talk about the snow! The reality is, however, that it is never too early to prepare for the winter months to come…especially when you or a loved one have any foot or ankle related issues. Seeing your podiatrist before the winter season has many benefits…here are just some of those!

  1. Asking all of those questions that have been piling up.Let’s face it. All of us have “the list.” It’s a slowly, or rapidly compiling list somewhere on a sticky note in our desk, on the fridge, or maybe even in our phones. By seeing your podiatrist before it snows, you can get all of those lingering questions off your mind.
  2. Checking up on older issues before the weather gets bad.Depending on how long it’s been since you last saw your podiatrist, it’s probably time to check up on those pre-existing issues from a year ago. Be sure to let the doctor know what has changed in your life, such as your activity level–maybe you just started jogging!
  3. Running your winter footwear by your doctor.Seeing your podiatrist before it snows is a fantastic opportunity to run your winter footwear by them and get the seal of approval…or is it the shoe of approval? Either way, your podiatrist can offer insight into how safe your shoes are for the winter season.
  4. Getting tips and tricks on how to stay foot-safe in the snow.

Speaking of winter footwear, what good is a pair of shoes if you’re not prepared to get the most out of them? You can have the most high quality pair of orthotic shoes, but you will still want to be prepared to keep your feet safe in inclement weather.

Be proactive about your foot health and safety. Visit our doctors at McKinney Podiatric Associates before the snow arrives! 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 Your Feet Giving You Trouble?

Do you know when you should go see a podiatrist? It can be hard to tell sometimes! When problems arise with our feet, often times we simply ignore the issue or address it with moderately effective treatments. For example, when you have a bunion, you may just grab a tool meant to cushion the bulge on the side of your big toe to put on when you wear shoes at your local pharmacy. Most of the time, however, this isn’t enough. There is only so much we can do to treat our problems from home. Here are some ways we can tell it’s time to see our podiatrist at McKinney Podiatric Associates:

1.) You have bothersome blisters.

If you have developed blisters, you know how inconvenient they are. Blisters happen so commonly that most folks don’t consider them something to bring up with their podiatrist. If you find yourself frequently developing blisters, we highly encourage you to bring this up with your podiatrist. There could be something right in front our noses contributing to the problem and your podiatrist will help you figure it out!

2.) Calluses and corns are a nuisance.

Not only can they be unsightly, but calluses and corns can also cause discomfort. When you consider how they develop, it makes total sense: the sensitive skin of our feet will thicken into corns and calluses over time where we experience repeated friction and impact. On the thicker parts of our skin, like the pads of our feet or the tips of our toes, we may develop corns and calluses. There are ways to help prevent these from developing and ways to remove them–be sure to ask about it at your next appointment!

3.) Your feet are in business with bunions.

Unlike blisters, corns, and calluses, bunions are a bit more of a commitment. You can take care of corns and calluses, you can nurse a blister away, but once a bunion happens, there are few ways to fix it that don’t involve surgical intervention. If folks in your family have developed them, chances are you will too. When they’re severe, bunions are seriously uncomfortable. Your podiatrist is eager to help you prevent and manage bunions–just schedule an appointment!

We use them all day every day–it’s no surprise that our feet can develop these issues so easily! Be proactive about your foot health. 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.

The Podiatrist Difference

Everyone knows that they should go to the doctors at least once per year–you get weighed, have some bloodwork done, receive a flu vaccine, the works. Primary care doctors are like operators: they help you when you have a cold, but most other issues, they direct you to where you need to go–to a specialist! When it comes to the bottom half of your body down to the bones, muscles, and tendons, primarily your feet, a primary doctor can only do so much to help you. A good doctor will recommend you to see a podiatrist when your complaints or symptoms align with what may be a podiatry related issue.

This might make you wonder: what is the difference between a primary care doctor and a podiatrist? A podiatrist is a doctor in the same way that your primary care doctor is, meaning that podiatrists have completed the same foundational schooling as primary care doctors. To specifically become a podiatrist, our doctors have gone on to continue their education and specialize in the foot, ankle, and related body systems, such as the nerves, tendons, muscles, and bones within your feet and ankles.

A podiatrist spends four additional years studying podiatric medicine in a post-graduate residency program. During this time, their entire lives are dedicated to their craft. After they finish the additional four years of podiatric studies, they are not a podiatrist just yet:

  • First, they must pass their national and state examinations to become licensed to practice podiatric medicine in a certain state…like Texas!
  • If a podiatrist has passed their national and state examinations they can now go on to practice as a licensed podiatrist…
  • …or they can choose to continue their education further to become a podiatric surgeon by pursuing certification from the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

At McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A., Dr. Scott McKinney went through intensive studies, training, and certification processes to ensure that you get the best care to ensure the health of your feet. Podiatrists like Dr. McKinney help people of all ages with their podiatry related problems, like hammer toes, bunions, athlete’s foot, and much more. Podiatrists are specially trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent these conditions and diseases to help you lead a healthier, happier life. Get to know Dr. McKinney and staff by scheduling your next appointment with Dr. McKinney and associates at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area and surrounding towns, or call us today at (713) 946-1500.



“Should I See A Podiatrist?”

In the busy state of Texas, we are always on our feet: commuting to work, going to the gym, running around with the kids, walking the dog, and much more. There are 26 bones in our feet, each one bearing the brunt of our weight every day! For nearly 8 out of 10 people in the US, foot pain simply doesn’t go away. It can even prevent us from being as active as we would like to be! How do you know when a trip to see Dr. Scott McKinney at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. is really necessary? Here are some helpful tips to know when it’s time to schedule your next appointment:

  1. Knowing how to perform self-care on aches and pains is a valuable skill. Giving yourself a foot rub is quick, easy, and free! Filling the tub with warm water takes just minutes, and soaking your feet in the water is blissful. This can increase blood flow to the feet to reduce swelling and discomfort. But when a nightly foot rub or a soak in warm water doesn’t really relieve your discomfort, it’s time to schedule an appointment with McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A.
  2. Over the counter pain medication is an easy resource for minor foot pain. When taking over the counter pain medication at the suggested dose, it can offer us relief. However, relying on over the counter medication for long term relief isn’t ideal for everyone and it won’t always ease your discomfort entirely. If you find yourself frequently relying on over the counter pain medication to relieve your foot pain, it’s time to schedule an appointment with McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A.
  3. Shoe inserts are a quick solution to manage minor foot pain. Found in grocery and convenience stores, shoe inserts target different painful areas of the foot. They can relieve minor fatigue from a long day on your feet. However, they cannot repair or treat underlying issues. If you find yourself with persistent pain and discomfort even after purchasing a pair of shoe inserts, it’s time to schedule an appointment with McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A.
  4. When foot pain strikes, the body has a natural instinct to rest. Taking time off from any physical activity can relieve minor foot pain. When resting, elevating one or both feet above your heart not only feels good, but allows the blood to flow more easily, can reduce swelling, and ease discomfort. If you take time to rest and your foot pain persists, it’s time to schedule an appointment with McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A.

Though there are many ways to relieve minor aches and pains in the feet that are easy and free, Dr. McKinney and associates offer specialized services that take foot pain management to the next level. If you’re like the 8 out 10 people in the U.S. whose foot pain does not go away with minor pain management, visiting our doctors is the next step in caring for your painful feet. Call us today at (713) 946-1500 and address your persistent foot pain at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A.