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Ankle ArthritisAccording to a study conducted on 350 people affected by early rheumatoid arthritis, patients who were obese had lower remission percentages. Patients also needed anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy longer than patients at a normal weight.

In addition, the obese patients required more drug treatment as opposed to patients at a lower weight. Elisa Gremese, the author of the study, states “Obesity and rheumatoid arthritis are both on the rise, with devastating effects on individuals and society as a whole. These data reinforce the link between obesity and inflammation, and establish that (weight) is one of the few modifiable variables influencing the main outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA affects about one in one hundred people worldwide.

Your feet are an important part of your body, and 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 such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your injury 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. 

Solutions 

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.

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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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Achilles TendonMovie actor Russell Crowe of ‘Les Miserables’ has been on intense daily workout regimes which have taken a toll on his body, leaving him with injuries to both his Achilles tendons and bruised big toe.

Crowe completed a grueling 10 km run, eventually needing Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections to correct the muscles in his feet. Crowe also turned to social media, tweeting: “Jolly old morning. PRP injections in both Achilles tendons & one big toe… I am replicating tendon as I tweet...brand new soon, no w/o 2day.” In one response to his tweet a follower stated: “You’re getting old. It happens.”

Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be frustrating and a painful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can examine your Achilles tendon as well as other foot and ankle injuries, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

Just What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our bodies. As the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon helps with even the most basic movement in the legs such as walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture. Those especially at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity, namely athletes.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:

  • Inflammation
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Tendon Thickening
  • Slower Movement Time
  • Pain ranging from dull to severe

Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ‘snapping’ or ripping. There are often more painful and immediate as opposed to Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures, with recovery time possibly taking up to a year.

While no injury is completely avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances. This includes:

  • Incorporating strengthening exercises to your workout regimen such as squats and leg presses
  • Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
  • Wear comfortable, fitted footwear that is occasion-specific

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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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Ankle ArthritisBy combining information about smoking history and genetic markers obtained via blood tests, doctors at the University of Manchester and King’s College London were able to find a new way to find those at risk for rheumatoid arthritis.According to Dr. Ian Scott of King’s College, “This is an important first step in trying to develop ways to prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.”

Researchers in the UK have been able to prematurely identify rheumatoid arthritis through computer-based modeling models.Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition known for painful inflammation, with susceptibility coming from genetics and environmental factors, such as smoking.

If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by arthritis, you should seek the care of a podiatrist likeas Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn examine your foot pain and diagnose any potential conditions.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. As a result, inflammation of the lining and the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain of the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift or deformation can occur

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is usually necessary for the podiatrist to treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine what could have triggered the condition. The Rheumatoid Factor Test helps determine if someone is affected by the disease.

Treatment

Treating RA is usually a lifelong process that includes a variety of methods and therapy. Your doctor will prescribe special shoes that help with arch and heel support, and a physical therapist will assist with joint flexibility.

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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A.J. McCarronCollege quarterback AJ McCarron, is currently walking around with an orthotic boot on his foot. This is due to the young player enduring an excruciating ingrown toenail. Even though the athlete is in this condition, McCarron has not stopped preparation or playing.

 “AJ practiced all week, will play tomorrow and (wearing the boot) is just a precautionary measure,” a spokesperson for Alabama told ESPN. McCarron was permitted to practice recently and will play in the coming game versus Virginia Tech.

If you are suffering from severe pain due to an ingrown toenail, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynncan assess your condition and provide you with the right treatment and care for your feet.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

Surgical options include wedge resections (removal of part of the nail), full nail avulsion (full nail removal-the nail may or may not grow back depending on the doctor’s discretion), and the Vandenbos procedure (an elliptical incision is made under the toe that, when healed, allows the nail to return to a more normal position.)

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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New Zealand’s University of Otago’s GoutProf. Lisa Stamp conducted research that focused on gout patients and their Vitamin C intake. The study found that Vitamin C did not lower urate levels to a ‘clinically satisfactory degree’. The test was conducted for eight weeks.

 “Though Vitamin C may reduce risk of developing gout, our data does not support using Vitamin C as a therapy to lower uric acid levels in patients with established gout,” Prof. Stamp said. While Vitamin C can still lower the risk of developing gout, it is not a method for treating or curing the disease.

Gout is a painful condition that necessitates proper care. If you believe you are suffering from gout, 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.  

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

- Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

- Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of 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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