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A study conducted in Denmark found that children who are overweight or obese are more susceptible to develop foot, ankle, and leg injuries during engagement in physical activity as opposed to children at lower weights.

Researchers studied 632 overweight children who went to physical education classes for an hour and a half each week for two and a half years.

The group of children experienced 673 lower-limb injuries during this time. The children who were heavier had an average of 5.3 injuries for every 1000 “athletic exposures,” as compared to only 4.4 per 1000 for lighter children. "In the bigger picture the need to get all kids more active, and particularly overweight children, is imperative," sports medicine researcher Malachy McHugh said. McHugh was not involved in the study.

As an epidemic, obesity negatively affects all life stages. Seek the help of podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care 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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Ankle ArthritisAccording to a study conducted on 350 people affected by early rheumatoid arthritis, patients who were obese had lower remission percentages. Patients also needed anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy longer than patients at a normal weight.

In addition, the obese patients required more drug treatment as opposed to patients at a lower weight. Elisa Gremese, the author of the study, states “Obesity and rheumatoid arthritis are both on the rise, with devastating effects on individuals and society as a whole. These data reinforce the link between obesity and inflammation, and establish that (weight) is one of the few modifiable variables influencing the main outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA affects about one in one hundred people worldwide.

Your feet are an important part of your body, and if you think you may have sustained a foot injury or developed a foot illness due to weight you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your injury as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics – These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

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

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Ankle ArthritisBy combining information about smoking history and genetic markers obtained via blood tests, doctors at the University of Manchester and King’s College London were able to find a new way to find those at risk for rheumatoid arthritis.According to Dr. Ian Scott of King’s College, “This is an important first step in trying to develop ways to prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.”

Researchers in the UK have been able to prematurely identify rheumatoid arthritis through computer-based modeling models.Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition known for painful inflammation, with susceptibility coming from genetics and environmental factors, such as smoking.

If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by arthritis, you should seek the care of a podiatrist likeas Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn examine your foot pain and diagnose any potential conditions.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. As a result, inflammation of the lining and the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain of the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift or deformation can occur

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is usually necessary for the podiatrist to treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine what could have triggered the condition. The Rheumatoid Factor Test helps determine if someone is affected by the disease.

Treatment

Treating RA is usually a lifelong process that includes a variety of methods and therapy. Your doctor will prescribe special shoes that help with arch and heel support, and a physical therapist will assist with joint flexibility.

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

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A.J. McCarronCollege quarterback AJ McCarron, is currently walking around with an orthotic boot on his foot. This is due to the young player enduring an excruciating ingrown toenail. Even though the athlete is in this condition, McCarron has not stopped preparation or playing.

 “AJ practiced all week, will play tomorrow and (wearing the boot) is just a precautionary measure,” a spokesperson for Alabama told ESPN. McCarron was permitted to practice recently and will play in the coming game versus Virginia Tech.

If you are suffering from severe pain due to an ingrown toenail, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynncan assess your condition and provide you with the right treatment and care for your feet.

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

Surgical options include wedge resections (removal of part of the nail), full nail avulsion (full nail removal-the nail may or may not grow back depending on the doctor’s discretion), and the Vandenbos procedure (an elliptical incision is made under the toe that, when healed, allows the nail to return to a more normal position.)

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

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