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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
March 26, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Stretching Your FeetAccording to the Bangkok Post, many runners underestimate the importance of stretching before a race or a jog. Those who don’t stretch their muscles and warm-up adequately face an increased risk of sustaining an Achilles tendon injury and other painful complications.

“To reduce the chance of injury, runners should stretch every day — even on rest days,” said Dr. Pornthep Mamanee, a specialist from the Bangkok Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine. “Make sure you stretch your muscles thoroughly and do it right.” Dr. Mamanee also recommends changing footwear after ever 500 km or so that one runs.

Stretching the feet can make you much more resistant to podiatric injuries. For help understanding the benefits of stretching the feet, visit a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will teach you basic techniques and explain how they benefit your overall health.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.

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Angie EverhartThe model-turned-actress Angie Everhart has been hospitalized after suffering an ankle injury. The former fiancée of Joe Pesci battled thyroid cancer last year and now was treated by doctors after sustaining a rather odd foot injury. Everhart posted on Twitter:  

"I had a crazy experience this past weekend. Injured my ankle by crossing my legs too long...Wtf!?! "The crossing of my leg on my perineal nerve cause (sic) it to go to sleep, can't move my foot. No joke. Was in hospital for 3 days. I'm in a leg brace and all. Doc (sic) says it will come back but will take a few weeks. Very scary."

Ankle injuries can be incredibly painful. For expert assistance in foot and ankle care, speak to a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can help you identify your foot type and assist you in deciding what footwear is best for you.

What to Know About Ankle Injuries

It is very common to incur an injury to the ankle. As the point of connection from the leg and the foot, the ankle is susceptible to sprains and fractures due to its location. Ankle sprains, the most common ankle injury, occurs when the foot is twisted in an unnatural way. This unnatural twisting results in severe pain as a result of inflammation and swelling. This inflammation and swelling comes from fluid leakage into the tissues, which sensitize and place additional pressure on the nerves. Heavy blood flow also occurs, which is why swollen ankles are warm to the touch. Ankle sprains can occur by the following means:

· Sports injuries
· Slipping on stairs
· Walking on uneven ground

While ankle sprains can be minor, if you are experiencing severe pain, bone deformity, loss of sensation or even an inability to walk, it is a sure sign that you require immediate medical attention. X-rays could determine potential fractures. The ankle can experience injury in the joint, tendons, and ligaments. Anytime there is an ankle injury ice should be applied to the injured area in order to reduce inflammation. To reduce pressure, elevate the ankle above the level of the heart and apply an elastic bandage as needed.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.

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running biomechanicsJill Barker of Montreal Gazette has recently written about the deep split in the running community on choosing the right running shoe. David Pearsall, a professor of biomechanics in the kinesiology and physical education department at McGill University writes that, “…we’re in a muddy area when it comes to choosing shoes.”

The debate all comes down to two sides; those who believe that no amount of technical correction in running form can fix a stride (and so believe that being closer to no shoe is better than overcompensating) and those that believe the right technology in a shoe can help reduce injuries and fix the stride.

When choosing a running shoe, be sure to be aware of just what kind of footwear you purchase. For expert assistance in a hotly debated topic, speak to a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can help you identify your foot type and assist you in deciding what footwear is best for you.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.

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Gymnast Returns After Lisfranc FractureAlley Riedel a junior gymnast, suffered a terrible injury during a performance she rehearsed many times before. During the routine, Riedel’s body counter-rotated, resulting in her momentum twisting and landing in an abnormal manner.

Riedel’s coach from to help her off the mat as a trainer examined her injury. Riedel suffered a Lisfranc fracture, in which metatarsal bones are displaced from the tarsus. Fortunately, after a much recovery time Riedel was able to return to her sport. “I was so thrilled. Coming back from this injury, I wasn’t really expecting to make it to state,” said Riedel.

A sports related foot or ankle injury can happen to any athlete.If you or a loved one was injured while participating in an athletic activity, come see podiatrist Dr. Michael Wynn of the Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can treat your sports related foot and ankle injuries.   

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Plantar Fasciosis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendon Rupture
• Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

For more information, contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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