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By contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
August 24, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Consistently wearing high heeled shoes may cause the muscles in your calves and ankles to weaken over time. In addition, ankles are often neglected in many women’s gym routines. There are several exercises, however, women can try to strengthen these muscles and allow them to endure wearing uncomfortable high heels. Calf raises, deadlifts, towel scrunches, toe tappers, and heel walking can all help stretch and strengthen the various muscles in the calves and ankles.

Exercising the feet and ankles regularly is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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 contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
August 18, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions

A new form of hydrotherapy, Aquaroll, can treat various foot conditions including Morton’s neuroma and peripheral neuropathy. Aquaroll involves a tub that is partially filled with hot water and 30,000 tiny glass beads that swirl rapidly around the feet. Morton’s neuroma is a condition in which the nerves in the ball of the feet become swollen. Often described as “walking on a rock,” the condition makes it very painful to walk. Aquaroll acts on the body’s lymphatic, nervous and circulatory systems.

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, speak to Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

Morton’s Neuroma
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?
-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

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 contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
August 11, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions

 Alana Rodriguez is like many of the other girls who have competed at the Disney Cup International soccer tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex. At 14-years-old, the sport is clearly her favorite. Unlike many other girls, however, Alana was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis before she was one-year-old. “She was only nine months old when they told me that she was, had this disease,” said Alana’s mother Diana Toledo, “and that it was incurable, …. and she wouldn’t be able to walk.” Going against doctors’ suggestions, Alana joined a team and began playing soccer. “I know soccer helped her develop to what she is now,” said Toledo. “She’s 5 foot 2, she looks perfectly healthy, she runs, she plays.”

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

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 contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
August 03, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain   Poor circulation   Health  


Many people who are travelling far for vacation this summer may have to endure long airplane flights. What many people do not realize is that sitting for a long period of time can detrimentally affect the feet; prolonged periods of sitting can increase the risk for the formation of blood clots. To improve circulation in the feet during a long fight, flex the feet up and down while sitting or take walks around the cabin.

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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