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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.

3 Most Common Football Injuries

As the football season kicks off, you may be worried and wondering about what potential injuries your favorite players may face this year. Will it keep them from playing, and for how long? With all of the high intensity gameplay and impact between players, injuries are inevitable. From tackling another player to making a sharp turn to avoid a potential tackle, their bodies are always in rapid motion. That said–did you know that the most common injuries football players face have to do with their feet?

  1. The Big Toe: Think about it–no matter what position a player is in, what’s the first part of their foot to endure any impact? The big toe is what we use to push off when the game starts. The pressure of pushing off isn’t usually enough to injure the big toe, however. It’s when they tackle, or are tackled, that the big toe is in danger. Especially during pile ups, the big toe is vulnerable to being crushed, over extended, or broken.
  2. The Ankle: Along with the big toe, what helps a player push off to start the game? Our ankles are a powerhouse of tendons and ligaments surrounding the bone and have extreme flexibility that is taken advantage of when playing football. Their flexibility allows a player to maneuver quickly to avoid a tackle. Understandably, these quick movements combined with high impact tackling and play fields that are sometimes slippery can be a recipe for a sprained, ruptured, or broken ankle.
  3. The Big Toe Nail(s):  Certainly if the ankle and big toe are at such a high risk of injury when playing football, it’s no surprise that the third most common foot injury in football is to the toenail. The necessary footwear for athletes can be tight, and stopping short or being tackled can cause the foot to smash into an otherwise roomy shoe. Broken or bruised toenails are very common, and this is especially so when the player already has athlete’s foot, a type of fungus that can affect the toenails.

You can rest assured that when your favorite football player finds themselves with a foot related injury, they are promptly cared for by a podiatrist! Because foot injuries are so common for football players, developing a relationship with their podiatrist is crucial to their career. Just as it’s important for them, it’s important for you, too! Be proactive about your foot health and visit Dr. Scott McKinney at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. 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.