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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
January 30, 2015
Category: Foot Care
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Children are in a constant state of growth and development and therefore often require frequent shopping trips to purchase items that will fit their growing bodies. Shoes often fall into this list of necessities, and with the purchase of new shoes parents should also keep in mind the necessity of proper foot health. Children in particular are prone to developing flat feet, a condition characterized by an abnormal collapse of the arch while standing. Parents can watch for early signs of the condition, which include: a flat foot arch at age 5 or older, heels that tend to angle outward when seen from the back, clumsiness during activity or early leg fatigue, or foot, knee or ankle pain during or after activity or the middle of the night.

Certain sports and physical activities may become difficult for children with flat feet. If you suspect that your child has the condition, speak to Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will answer any of your foot and ankle related questions and attend to all of your podiatric needs.

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. 

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
January 22, 2015
Category: Foot Care
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Many individuals believe that nature is sufficient in curing nearly anything. According to writers at the Outdoor Life, those suffering from corns on the feet can treat the thickened skin in natural ways. On one instance, those with corns can submerge their feet in a will tree bark and water solution for thirty minutes to soften the skin in the area.

Acorns can be especially helpful in removing ingrown toenails. Grind the acorns up, soak them in water, and then dunk your feet in for a surprisingly effective treatment. For blisters or lesions, apply crushed plantains or yarrow to the afflicted area and cover the wound with a bandage.

Although nature has many surprising aids and tips, it cannot resolve everything. If you have corns or any other podiatric concern, contact Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?

Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns

There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
January 15, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions
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Studies have shown that women are at a greater risk of developing stress fractures than men. Reasons for this increased risk include hormonal differences, increased bone density, and higher rates of inadequate nutrition. While athletes in general are at highest risk after changes in intensity, frequency or duration of their workouts; in women, irregular menstrual cycles and weight less than 75 percent of ideal body weight are factors that make for an increased risk for stress fractures. Stress fractures are small cracks that develop in the bone after being stressed, and are most common in the foot, ankle, and lower leg but can occur on bones throughout the body.

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture in the foot or ankle, consult with podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can determine the severity of your condition and provide you with quality care.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
January 07, 2015
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Gout’s return—along with other Victorian-age diseases—to Britain has been caused by a combination of poor wage growth and increased food prices, reports the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), which represents doctors and health workers in Britain. Food poverty and the rise of these diseases have been linked together by the FPH. “It is a condition we believed should have died out,” said John Middleton of the FPH. “It’s getting worse because people can’t afford good quality food.” Since the global financial crisis, poverty in Britain has been a topic of great debate. Wages have been consistently below the rate of inflation since 2008. Gout is a kind of arthritis that can be caused by obesity and a diet rich in chemical compounds called purines, found in foods like sardine and liver.

Healthy diet and lifestyle choices are pertinent in the prevention and treatment of gout. If you are suffering from the effects of gout, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Foods rich in purines like turkey, red meats, and liver can affect the body’s ability to excrete uric acid, which in turn leads to hyperuricema, the blood condition that causes gout to develop. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have as much as a one in five chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
January 01, 2015
Category: Foot Care
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With intense sports such as running, gymnastics and dancing, the Achilles tendon is often at risk for injury. After sustaining injury, the body will usually heal the tendon to make it stronger, but sometimes it does not heal properly—causing abnormal healing. This abnormal healing causes further damage and often weakens the tendon, making it susceptible to further damage later on. Tendinopathy is when the tendon becomes degenerative with damage from abnormal healing. Treatment of tendon injuries involves trying to disrupt and alter the abnormal healing pattern through special heavy slow resistance and eccentric exercises.  

Achilles tendon injuries can be difficult to overcome. If you are suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

The Achilles Tendon

The key that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the foot’s heel, the Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body. This tendon is an integral part of the body as it is responsible for allowing movement in the foot and heel. Any injuries to the Achilles tendon may cause severe difficulties and pain when it comes to movement, and should be observed by a specialist immediately.

Achilles Tendon Injury Types and Symptoms

There are a variety of ailments and injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. Most common are Ruptures and Achilles Tendinitis.

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme swelling and pain

- Partial or Complete Immobility

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

-Pain Ranging from Minor to Severe

- Increased blood flow

- The Tendon Thickens

- Inflammation

Prevention and Treatment

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed via physical evaluation. Confirmation of the diagnosis usually involves an MRI. Treating Achilles tendon injuries involve rest, physical therapy, and surgery in some cases. Measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Before and after exercise, stretch the tendon

- Make use of strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

- Proper footwear

- Healthy diet

For more information about Achilles Tendon Injuries, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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