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So what is best for your feet — comfort or safety?Kayleigh Johnston, an energetic eighth grader enjoys wearing flip flops daily saying they are fun and easy to put on your feet. 

“I like them because they are easy to put on and you don’t have to tie them. They are nice to wear on a hot day,” she said.

Nevertheless, these soft sole shoes serve no support to your feet and are actually quite damaging to them. With nothing around the toes, heel or ankle, your feet are very disposed to developing heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and toe pain.

Additionally flip flops can lead to a condition known as pronation which creates extra movement in the bones of the feet. This can lead to foot arch collapse and arthritis in the feet at an early age. A surprising consequence of wearing flip flops is the risk of developing foot skin cancer. During the summer, constant exposure of sun on your feet is bad for the skin. You should apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to your feet every time you wear flip flops to protect your skin.

Speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A will help you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.

Flip-Flops and Feet

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

· Ankle problems
· Hip problems
· Lower back problems
· Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

· Sprained ankles
· Blisters
· Infections
· Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too. Replacing your flip-flops every 3-4 months is suggested to provide maximum support and protection for your feet.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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sneakers 300Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet, a children’s program focusing on maintaining healthy feet, made its way to Dixon Elementary for an annual “fitting day.” Students were measured for new footwear, which they will be given in the start of 2013-2014 school year.  

“The concept behind the program is that when I find out there is a need for shoes in a school, we speak with the school corporation and get their permission,” Baird said. The Family Resource Youth Service Center (FRYSC) determines which students are of need in each of the schools. “The biggest thrill is when we deliver the shoes and the kids turn to their mom and dad and tell them ‘these are the shoes I picked out’,” Baird said.

It is very important to keep children’s feet safe and healthy, so be sure to have their feet regularly checked by a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynncan diagnose any injuries as well as provide treatment options that work for you and your child.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

To learn more about keeping children’s feet healthy, follow link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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http://static.entertainmentwise.com/photos/Image/jj.jpgThe Voice coach and singer Jessie J brokeher foot two years ago, but still is suffering repercussions. She recently had to visit a physical therapist to pop back in her bone in her foot. Jessie J suffered the repercussions of reconstructive ankle surgery she had two years ago.

Back in 2011, Jessie J was forced to perform at Glastonbury sitting in a gilded throne, as her left foot was in a surgical boot following that ankle break in early June. The singer went extensive reconstructive surgery, receiving a bone transplant and fusion, then had metal fittings and plate into her foot. Jessie J continued to wear high heels, even after doctors warned her to take it easy. “Come on foot. I believe in you. Pop back in and behave! Ouch!” said Jessie J.  

It is important to carefully consider all treatment options before choosing a surgical treatment. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and are considering surgery, you should seea podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. understands how crucial foot surgery is before making adjustments and getting back into the game. With Dr. Cornell’s help, your injury can be evaluated properly and the right treatment options can be provided for you.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

To learn more about foot surgery, please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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NewishRunnerAccording to new research conducted by the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine, runners with a more easygoing personality, overweight or older in age are more susceptible to running injuries as opposed to their younger and thinner counterparts.

Danish researchers surveyed 930 new runners for one year (runners who hadn’t run more than 10 kilometers total in the past year). Out of the 930 new runners, 254 runners sustained a running injury in the study. Injuries reported were soft-tissue, bone injury of legs and or back. According to the study, age was a primary factor with new runners getting injured, and body mass secondly.

If you feel that you may have sustained an injury while running or would like tips on how to further prevent injury you should seek out the advice of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment and prevention options that work for you.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.


Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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