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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
March 28, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Carnegie Mellon University assistant professor of robotics Yong-Lae Park and other collaborators from Harvard University, the University of Southern California, MIT, and BioSensics have developed an active orthotic that can replicate natural motions in the ankle. The robotic device would aid people affected by neuromuscular disorders of the foot and ankle associated with cerebral palsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis or stroke. Such gait disorders include drop foot, where the forefoot drops because of weakness or paralysis, and equinus, where the upward bending motion of the ankle is limited.  

Foot orthotics are especially useful in helping with the rehabilitation of the feet. If you’d like to learn more, speak to Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will help you determine if orthotics are right for you and your foot needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain free.

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
March 17, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: 3D Printers   Custom Shoes  

New Balance Athletic Shoes Inc., in Boston is using 3D printers to make special running shoes for professional runners and Olympians to aid in their performance. Using video, pressure sensors, and high pressure values designers can get a good idea as to how each specific foot meets the ground, how the feet interact with the shoe, and which area of the foot is most important during the impact. The shoes are printed with a specific pattern of spikes in order to provide more traction when the foot hits the ground. Olympian Kim Conley wore her 3D printed shoes during the 2013 World Track Championships where she set her best personal records in 3,000 and 5,000 meter races. Reducing the pressure on the foot as well as being a lightweight shoe are things all runners consider in their shoes.  

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential for maintaining optimal foot health. For more information, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Although it seems simple, running is in fact a complex movement that places stress on the joints, bones, and ligaments of the body. To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes is centered around pronation, which is the rolling of the ankle from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. Runners who supinate require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

To learn about your foot type, visit a local shop that specializes in running shoes. Professionals will be able to measure your stride, gait, and arch type and inform you of your footwear needs, which come in handy for future reference.

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
March 12, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions

A loss of blood circulation in the feet and legs is often caused by peripheral artery disease. Come the winter season, many people suffer from numb fingers and toes as a result of losing blood circulation to their extremities due to colder temperatures. Raynaud’s disease, a condition in which the blood vessels in the fingers and toes contract in response to drops in temperature, is behind an estimated ten million people’s loss of blood supply. The ceasing of blood flow to the fingers and toes often causes them to turn icy wait. Raynaud attacks can last from a few minutes to an hour. When blood flow returns, the fingers or toes will turn blue and eventually red, accompanied with a burning sensation. Due to winter’s drop in temperature, attacks often peak during the cold months.

Diseases that cause poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get the care you need.  

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

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
March 03, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Anyone who has gone shoe shopping is familiar with how difficult finding the right size can be. While at one store you’re a size 7, at another you may be a size 8. Online shoe shopping takes away the ability to try on shoes and makes purchasing a fitting pair even more difficult. The lack of standardization between shoe sizes is an industry-wide issue, however; brands develop their own personal fit for each size of shoe, making the odds of that fit being shared with another brand very slim. Sizing differences often begin at the factory production level and continue even into the design stage, as each brand relies on certain designs to ensure success. Christina Cheng, senior director of investor relations at DSW, said, “There are very small, idiosyncratic differences that differ not just brand to brand, but shoe to shoe.”

Finding the right shoe size is a necessary part of maintaining foot health. For more information, speak to podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will attend to all your foot and ankle needs.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.

For more information about Getting the Right Shoe Size, 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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