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Robert McKechnie, 55, has Stiff Person Syndrome which means his muscles are becoming progressively stiffer. He currently needs crutches to get around and fears he will soon have to use a wheelchairA father and former chef named Robert McKechine has been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that causes the muscles in the face, arms, and lower legs to gradually freeze up to the point of immobility.

It all started when McKechine developed symptoms reminiscent of the flu in July of 2012. However, subsequent trips to the doctor revealed that he actually had Stiff Person Syndrome, which infects the body through abnormal antibodies. These antibodies then act as catalysts for an autoimmune reaction. “But I’m starting to fall over now,” McKechine said. “I get up and my feet and legs feel numb and I can’t walk.”

Neurological disorders of the foot and ankle can be very complicated. If you have a nerve condition in your lower extremities, take some time to speak to podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can identify the source of your discomfort and provide you with a wide array of treatment options.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Kingwood, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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Just days before Russell Crowe turns 50, he has finally come out and revealed the staggering extent of his injuries while working on action-flicks.

In an interview on an Australian radio station, Nova FM, he’s quoted as saying, “At 49, I find it a bit difficult to run these days. I have grade four tears in both Achilles, I have shin splints, no cartilage in the toes in my right foot, I’ve got bone marrow edemas in under my knees, and I have one degenerating hip…”

Despite the troubles he’s been having, Crowe was able to laugh when asked about his injuries. He jokes that he’s been, “...picking up injuries since 184 A.D.,” a definite nod to his role as Maximus in the 2000 movie Gladiator.

Working on your feet can create long-term effects if you don’t take care of them the right way. The best way to avoid chronic ailments is to see podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will assess your risk of being injured on the job and offer advice about how to keep your feet safe.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Allow yourself to expose your feet.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Kingwood, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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ingrown toenailAvisail Garcia is referred to as a “monster” by his teammates. In 2013 he had a .304 batting average and 21 RBIs. And recently he played a baseball game only one day after having surgery to remove an ingrown toenail.

Robin Ventura, manager for the White Sox, thought Garcia would need a day or two to recover, but the player was on the field hitting and throwing balls without any issues. “I want to be consistent and get better,’’ he said. “Put up better numbers and help my teammates.”

If you have an ingrown toenail, you might need to have it surgically removed. For a professional opinion, visit podiatrist Dr. Michael Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can examine your condition and explore all the possible treatment options that are available for you.

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
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices 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
April 09, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

C.J. Kopecki, of the South Florida Aquatic Club (SOFLO) surges ahead during the Boys 13-14 Division 200-yard butterfly event at the recent Florida Gold Coast 14-Under Junior Olympics in Coral Springs. Kopecki helped SOFLO win is fourth consecutive combined team championship. When C.J. Kopecki was 10 years old, he was planning on spending his adolescence playing soccer. Unfortunately he had flat feet, meaning that he wouldn’t be able to run as well as the rest of his teammates. He decided to try swimming instead, and now at age 14 he’s a valuable member of the South Florida Aquatic Club (SOFLO).

Kopecki recently came in third place in the 13-14 Division high-point standings in the Florida Gold Coast 14-Under Junior Olympics. "I decided to try it out,” he said. “I went to a practice and … got taught all of the strokes and learned to swim. I have loved it ever since then.”

Flat footedness is a painful condition that occurs when an individual has low arches. For questions about flat feet, call Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can take a look at your lower extremities and give you advice about how to deal with your condition.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe.
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
- Flat look to one or both feet.
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. There are several ways to help treat this pain and help flat feet.

Barefoot- studies show that those who grew up going barefoot, wearing less closed-toe shoes have more of an arch.

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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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Diabetes testAccording to a group of MP’s and peers,  citizens in the UK how have diabetes are having their legs and feet amputated unnecessarily. The report presented staggering differences in the treatment of the condition across the NHS in England.

Additional information concluded that NHS commissioners and hospitals must ensure a more consistent approach in treating conditions such as peripheral arterial disease, and diabetic feet; ensuring that they have multidisciplinary health teams available.

A senior surgeon reported that many unnecessary amputations are taking place because of the lack of national standards. The charity of Diabetes UK called the present variations in treatment as “unacceptable.”

Poor circulation of the feet can cause instability and mobility issues in the lower extremity. If you are experiencing poor foot circulation, contact Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can treat all your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs

-cramps            -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness         -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you.

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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