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Posts for: January, 2016

By contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
January 25, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes   Donation   Homeless  

The homeless population of Iran have been benefiting from ‘walls of kindness’ that have been erected throughout the country. The walls—which sport hooks, hangers, and a shoe rack—invite passersby to donate important clothing items such as shoes—a necessity in foot care—to the homeless. Instructions painted next to the donation point state, “If you don’t need it, leave it. If you need it, take it.” The initiative was believed to have started in the northeastern city of Mashhad, spreading quickly due to a harsh winter and the country’s recent economic hardship. The individual who started the walls wishes to remain anonymous.       

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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
January 11, 2016
Tags: Foot Pain   Achilles Tendon   Injury  

World Cup alpine ski racer Askel Lund Svindal has recently bounced back after injuring his Achilles tendon. His successful recovery and return have left the skier in high spirits: “I enjoy the process and that’s a sign I could do this for a while. As long as I’m healthy and able to be fast and have good friends--some of my teammates are my best friends--there’s no reason not to do this.” Since his World Cup debut in 2001, Svindal has scored eleven medals at major championships; three of those a respective gold, silver, and bronze at the Vancouver Olympics.    

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel bone of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Snapping sensation

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If unable to immediately see your podiatrist, remember to Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate until then.

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
January 04, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain   Diabetes   Neuropathy  

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve disorder that can cause numbness and pain in those suffering from diabetes. The feet, legs, arms and internal organs can all be affected by the condition. The longer you have diabetes the higher the chances of developing neuropathy. Poor circulation, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking and alcohol use can all contribute to the disease as well. Performing a daily foot examination, checking shoes, and properly cleaning the feet can all preventative measures to the keep the feet healthy, especially when dealing with diabetes.

Aside from neuropathy and paresthesia, several nerve complications can ail the feet. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

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.

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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