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By contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
March 28, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

 The hammertoe condition occurs when one toe, usually the one next to the big toe, starts curling up into a permanent position on your feet. Your curled toes point downward, creating the appearance of a claw or toe, thus why it is named hammertoe or hammer claw. Hammertoe can lead to the uncomfortable rubbing of your toes against your shoes, resulting in irritation and pain. Hammertoe can be caused by ill-fitting footwear, arthritis, or genes, and a common solution is surgery.

To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the symptoms associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, 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.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

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
March 21, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

Bunions can be irritating and unsightly, and can become a nuisance if the condition progresses. Bunions exist as enlarged bumps along the side of the big toe joint. They can be caused by ill-fitting footwear such as high heels, and are a commonly inherited problem. If the bunion growth becomes large enough, it can lead to discomfort and pain. Treating your bunion condition should start with consulting your podiatrist about correcting measures such as orthotics or proper footwear.

To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, 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.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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
March 07, 2016
Tags: Foot Pain   Ankle Sprain   Inversion  

According to Vail Daily, “80 percent of ankle sprains are a result of inversion, or inward rolling, of the ankle.” Painful inhibition is a response that occurs when outer muscles in the calf stop responding, and the inner muscles of the calf go into a protective spasm to prevent further damage. The muscle balance that results can affect the positioning of your foot that suffered a sprained ankle. This is the particular reason why ankle sprains re-occur in the same foot.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you require medical assistance, please see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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
February 29, 2016

Saints Drew Bees sustained a torn plantar fascia in the game against the Detroit Lions, currently being rehabilitated. Bees’s status is still unknown about whether he’s going to play in the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but coach Sean Payton is hopeful that Bees will play next season. Bees is “intent on playing,” but his injury may bench him for the rest of the season.

 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. For assistance, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can assess and provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.  

 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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
February 22, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Although bunions are often known to be hereditary, they can also be caused by muscle imbalances. The foot anatomy determines your movement and any imbalance in motion can affect the development of calluses or bunions. The three sections of your foot are the rearfoot, midfoot, and forefoot. All three parts of your foot should be supporting you as you walk. Bunion growth can be prevented and reversed, with exercises that can help improve your foot biomechanics. Practice working your basic foot anatomy, stretching areas like the shin and the plantar fascia.     

The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can assess and provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.  

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics
-  Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
-  In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to 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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