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Not letting her injury slow her down! Madonna hit the gym on crutches after suffering from a dancing injuryMadonna hit the gym on crutches this week so that she could work out in spite of her foot injury, which she sustained recently while dancing in high heels. She posted a photo on Instagram of herself flexing her hurt leg with the caption “Inventing a new workout on crutches! Waking up new Neuro transmitters is always fun! #nothingcanstopme.” According to her spokesperson, Madonna’s heels caused to her to bruise a bone in her foot. The pop star expects to be off her crutches in a week’s time.

The painful effects of high heels can sometimes outweigh their fashionable benefits. If you commonly wear high heels and you’re concerned about the consequences, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can take a look at your feet to determine if there is any temporary or permanent damage.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. 

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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Running InjuriesAccording to a recent study, quite a few runners reported experiencing higher rates of injury and pain while wearing less structured shoes. Despite this report, advocates of barefoot running continue to promote that “minimalist” running provides a more natural experience one should engage in. The study, which took place over a three month period, allowed participants to switch from traditional shoes to minimalist footwear, which is designed to interfere as minimally as possible.

During the study, participants with minimalist shoes had two to three times as many injuries as compared to runners who stuck with traditional shoes. The injures often experienced were calf muscle strains and Achilles tendonitis.  As a result, traditional footwear seems to be much safer as opposed to minimalist shoes.

By keeping certain techniques in mind, many running injuries can be easily avoided. To learn about how to run safely, consider contacting a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can give you advice and tips about how to exercise properly.

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. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

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.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- 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

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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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
January 14, 2014

Kenny VaccaroKenny Vaccaro of the New Orleans Saints sustained a fracture in his left ankle during a game versus the Carolina Panthers; As a result, Vaccaro will undergo foot surgery according to Sean Payton.

The injury, believed to end Vaccaro's season, consisted of his ankle rolling up and bending awkwardly during the first quarter. An air cast was placed in Vaccaro’s leg before he was hauled off the field. "It's a fracture in the ankle," Payton said. "It's fairly clean." Vaccaro was considered to be by many analysts among the NFL’s top rookies.

Depending on your condition, you may need foot or ankle surgery. If you feel you need surgery, consult podiatrist Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can evaluate your foot or ankle condition and decide whether or not surgery is best for you.   

When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

· Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
· Painful nerves
· Congenital deformities
· Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

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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BiomechanicsHow hard a runners’ stride is is mostly contingent on two factors: the runner’s weight and they’re running speed. But because everyone’s body is different, biomechanics also play a big part in determining stepping force.

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Delaware showed the effects of biomechanics by attempting to teach runners to alter their alignments so that they struck the ground more softly. The experiment worked, and the subjects who changed their forms were able to permanently soften their strides.

Being informed about biomechanics can help you become a healthier runner. You can learn about biomechanics from a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can teach you about proper running form and how to avoid injury.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body causing an interference with the biological structure and focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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 Foot CareIf you have neuropathy, you may have the highest risk of complications, such as infections, burns or cuts when participating in pedicures according to Centre Daily. The American Diabetes Association defines peripheral neuropathy as tingling, pain, numbness or weakness in feet and hands. Dr. Christina L. Rowe believes if someone has neuropathy, one may have a loss of sensation to their feet, missing a nail technician’s cut and may not notice an infection which could form down the line. Rowe suggests skipping the hot foot baths, paraffin baths and cutting of nails. There are natural products which can help and be classified as safe for an alternative adds Rowe.

Being diabetic makes you especially susceptible to foot problems like ulcers and nerve damage. For instructions about diabetic foot care, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can teach you about how to protect your feet from disease and injury.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is mandatory that the feet are well taken care of to avoid amputation.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels. This test allows the physician to know how well the blood sugar levels are being controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). Visiting a podiatrist is highly recommended if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving his or her feet.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet.

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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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