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August 29, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Flip flops can cause serious problemsExperts warn those who wear flip-flops to start rethinking their choice of footwear before their feet start experiencing the ugly side of pain

 "Everything inyour bodystarts with how you strike your heel to the ground," said Bob Thompson, executive director for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health. "You're taking your five toes and grabbing your shoe to make sure it doesn't slide out," he said. "That action of the toes grabbing the shoe on the toe box is not normal."

Additionally, flip-flops don’t provide good arch support; placing the ankles out of place, eventually causing misalignment with the hips and spine. The open-toed rubber footwear also makes users prone to punctures on the floor from foreign objects.  

Speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center help you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.

Flip-flops are not only very popular, but very convenient, especially in the warmer weather. They allow your feet to breathe and let you move your toes freely. They also go with most attire and can be worn with many different clothing styles. Unfortunately, these type of shoes also have a disadvantage, as they can cause harm to your feet in more ways than you think.  These symptoms include:

  • Ball and arch problems in the foot
  • Changes to the body’s natural gait
  • Blisters
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Higher risk of infection
  • Higher risk of scrapes and cuts to the feet
  • Issues in the lower back, legs and ankles

To avoid these symptoms (and minimize your risks), select a pair of flip-flops made of high quality materials that can offer protection. Purchase flip-flops from a reliable manufacturer and be sure to replace them every three to four months. Be sure the soles are firm and not ‘floppy’, or that they don’t bend or wiggle a lot when lifted from the floor.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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August 29, 2013

Former Olympic and world swimming champion Michael Phelps of the US unveils a mosaic installed in his honour at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, July 28, 2013 .Recently, famous swimmer Michael Phelps incurred a stress fracture. As a result, Phelps wears a boot on his right foot. Although the Olympian retired from the sport after the 2012 London games, there are rumors pegging his return to compete in 2016, even if his injury says otherwise.

‘‘I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,’’ Phelps said recently. ‘‘I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.’’ Despite Phelps’ injury, Phelps’ former coach Bob Bowman remains optimistic.

Dealing with a stress fracture, like Anderson’s can be a painful endeavor. Treatment and recovery can be aided with the help of a podiatrist, like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can help by examining the stress fracture and determining the best course of treatment.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-high impact workouts


Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.


- Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
- A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones
- Set a regimen for running or other activity
- Wear supportive shoes

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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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Jennifer Aniston Engaged Justin Theroux - Relationship Talk EllenA broken toe is not a joke and a pretty excruciating injury to tolerate. Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston has her fiancé to thank for her latest injury. The actress’ beau Justin Theroux accidentally stepped on her toe recently causing it to break.

“Not to out my sweet, sweet fiancé, but he has a big foot and wears these boots. He stepped on my toe, broke it, and I felt it” the actress told E! Online. Aniston, who presently stars in the new flick We’re The Millers is still able to endorse the new film. Theroux and Aniston have not set a nuptial date yet but odds are with a broken toe it will not be in the close future.

Suffering from a broken toe can be a painful injury to deal with. It is beneficial to be in the care of a doctor who can treat your condition properly. A podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. can assess your injury can provide you with the best treatment options for your needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

· throbbing pain
· swelling
· bruising on the skin and toenail
· the inability to move the toe with ease.
· toe appears crooked or disfigured
·  tingling or numbness in the toe
· fever or chills throughout the body
· open, bleeding wound present on the injured toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe. It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Swelling can be alleviated by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours during the first two days after the fracture.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery; especially when the big toe has been broken. Pain associated with minor toe fractures can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, and prescription pain killers may be necessary for severe toe fractures. The healing time for a broken toe is approximately four to six weeks. In severe cases where the toe becomes infected or requires surgery, healing time can take up to eight weeks or more.

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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.

Athlete's FootWith the summer sun comes rising temperatures, humidity, and exposure of feet by many people. Nevertheless, too much bare foot exposure and not enough covering up of the feet in the summer could lead to severe health risks. According to Hudson Valley podiatrist Clifford Toback, keeping your feet continuously bare in the summer allow them to get into interaction with dangerous materials and also increase the risk of athlete’s foot.

By putting your bare feet on unprotected ground, you can become more prone to athlete’s foot, plantar warts and other disturbing conditions. It is recommended that throughout the summer you should avoid flip-flops, and keep sunscreen on your feet when out in the sun for long periods. Also it is important to keep your toenails properly trimmed and maintained.

Anyone is susceptible in attaining Athlete’s foot, but can be easily avoided following the right preventative care and treatment. A podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. will be able to determine your condition and follow the appropriate treatment options for foot care needs.

What is Athlete’s Foot?

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?

- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.

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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Obesity and your feetMichelle Schneider and Dave Dunn are on a treadmill while they work at their desks at Evolent, a health-care startup in Arlington, Va. Researchers are trying to determine whether the equipment allows people to burn off glucose that accumulates in the blood stream.

Michael Jensen, a researcher at Mayo Clinic is on the phone and on a treadmill at the same time. While David Dunstan, an Australian researcher uses a speakerphone so he can walk around in his office. Both are trying to find the link between sitting down and premature death. Based on their findings, these two have remained on their feet for the most part of their day.

 Jensen explains that he and his colleagues at Mayo, in Rochester, Minn., were studying weight control when they discovered that some people "spontaneously start moving round and don't gain weight" when they have overeaten. "This really got us thinking about this urge to move," Jensen says, "and how important that might be for maintaining good health."

Your feet are just as important to the rest of your body.  If you think you may have sustained a foot injury or developed a foot illness due to weight you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 


Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics– These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

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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