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flip flops pinkWhen a woman is expecting a child they know they will develop swollen ankles, difficulty walking and foot pain. Nevertheless, not many individuals identify that these indications could be a sign of plantar fasciitis. About 10 percent of women counting those who are pregnant have this ailment which causes discomfort in the heel of the foot usually creating pain.

When a pregnant woman gains weight in their first trimester, it usually puts more strain on the plantar fascia causing it to become inflamed. “The result is a sharp pain in the heel, especially after you’ve been sitting for a while or when you wake up in the morning” said Dr. Alan Berman, a podiatrist at Somers Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group. The best thing that one can do to relieve this pain is to ice the feet or keep them elevated when sitting down.

It is important that pregnant women care for their feet. If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet. 

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

• Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
• Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
• Wear shoes with good arch support
• Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
• Elevate feet if you experience swelling
• Massage your feet
• Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the 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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http://newsfix.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Ankle-sprains.jpgThe University of Pittsburgh recently conducted a study that is vital for older women to know, especially those suffering from osteoporosis. According to this study, Older women who are less physically active and had a higher weight are said to be at a greater risk for a fractures in their feet as opposed to ankles.

A group of 10,000 women aged 65 and older were surveyed and tested by walking a certain distance. The team then focused on those who went on to have a foot or ankle fracture. Those who were more likely to have a foot fracture had osteoporosis, over 50, and were older and less physically active. Younger, overweight, and more physically active were to have ankle fractures.

If you are suffering from any podiatric complaints that may be related to age you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can evaluate your problem as well as provide you with treatment options.

Geriatrics and Podiatry

When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and even rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health without care.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseases can affect your overall health and having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities.

As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns, etc.

Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock, the higher the chance of exposure to bacteria.

Lastly, good foot health means you can have a more active lifestyle.

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://suncoastnews.com/storyimage/SU/20130618/ARTICLE/130619965/AR/0/AR-130619965.jpg&MaxH=337&imageVersion=16by9Ireland Nugent , a small toddler from Palm Harbor began making strides in her new prosthetic lower legs and feet after recuperation. Nugent was unfortunately involved in a riding lawn mower tragedy in April but astoundingly took her first steps on Monday.

“This is a triumph after a tragedy,” Jerry Nugent, Ireland’s father, said in a phone interview, “this is what we’ve been waiting for.” Ireland was released on May 4 after receiving several surgeries to help prepare her for her new limbs. “She just got up and went,” Prosthetics and Orthotics Associates administrator Stephanie Kingston said in response to the toddler’s progress. She did so well that she was sent home early. “In the long term, she should do phenomenal,” Kingston added.

Ireland Nugent shows that foot and ankle orthotics can allow anyone to regain full mobility. Now she proves that foot conditions and foot injuries are something that can be overcome. If you have a need for ankle-foot orthotics, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can work with you on treatment options for your foot conditions that might require the use of ankle-foot orthotics.

Ankle Foot Orthotics and What They Do

Usually used for the foot or ankle, orthotics provide support for weakened limbs or help direct the limbs so they may function properly. These orthotics can help strengthen muscles as well as benefitting muscles that need to be loosened or lengthened. Usually the orthoses is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored in order to blend with the patient’s appearance.

When are Orthotics Necessary?

Orthotics are prescribed when someone is diagnosed with diseases that affect the musculature such as polio and multiple sclerosis. However, ailments such as arthritis and stroke, or foot conditions that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

As opposed to metal braces of previous years, modern orthotics have improved tremendously. Many of today’s orthotics are manufactured with lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of support and comfort.

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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Diabetic ShoesAccording to Mike Tran of the Missoulian and Therapist of the Rehabilitation Institute of Montana, shoes you wear can either escalade or lessen the effects of arthritis throughout your lower body, and upper body as well.

Since we are on our feet for most of the day, the type of shoe we wear can have a significant effect on our feet but other parts of our body as well. Tran also adds, that the type of shoe worn should be decided by the kind of arch one has, rigid or flexible. Tran recommends people to be cautious on minimal running or barefoot-style running shoes. According to Tran, these shoes have lack of arch support, and are appropriate for only a very select number of people.    

Early detection of foot deformities arthritis can help prevent more severe secondary mechanical strains. If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by arthritis, you should seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A.  Dr. Wynn can examine your foot pain and rule out other conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, to help in a diagnosis of arthritis.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, as well as topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can also help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions may vary, and a foot specialist can help you determine the right health care 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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