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Boys and girls who participate in sports are often at risk for developing injuries due to overuse. Overuse injuries specifically occur most commonly due to sudden changes in intensity or in training routines. In particular, teenagers who play soccer professionally are often put through only a few evening training sessions a week in addition to weekend games before having to adapt to the twice-daily training routine of full-time professional players. The most common adolescent soccer injuries include Sever’s Disease, which affects the area of the insertion of the Achilles tendon on the heel bone, Osgood Schlatter’s Disease, Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, and stress fractures.  

Growing children are prone to acquiring Sever’s disease. If your child is suffering from heel pain, see podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain asscoiatied with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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
May 20, 2015
Category: Foot Care

In a 2014 survey from the American Podiatric Medical association, results found that heels were the most common cause of foot pain among women. Much of the foot pain stems from the foot being forced into the “plantarflexed” position, such as standing on tiptoes or wearing high heels. This posture can lead to painful muscle fatigue and strain injuries. High heel wearers are especially prone to calluses, blisters, bunions, and ingrown toenails. The higher the heel, the more concerns the wearer should be aware of.

High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

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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To prevent any early damage and injury in growing kids, having an investment in specialization in a single sport should generally be avoided until a child is at least 15-years-old. This information comes as a result of a growing number of children attempting specialization at younger ages and incurring the condition.

Specialization should instead begin upon reaching adolescence, as it is around this time that teens either stop growing or are almost fully developed. Sever’s disease is a common foot condition that occurs in growing children, and manifests as the inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. The condition often affects physically active kids.

While Sever’s disease is a foot condition of concern, it is quite common in growing children. If you think your child is suffering from Sever’s disease, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment. 

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain asscoiatied with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

For more information about Sever’s Disease, 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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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
September 04, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

The condition known as plantar fasciitis is a common ailment experienced by many people. Physician Lee Sung-hun of the UN Oriental Medical Clinic says that approximately one in 10 people experience this condition, ten percent of the human population not a small number.  

Plantar fasciitis is often caused by changes in hormones, pregnancy and heavy physical activity. Physician Lee Sung-hun also notes that poor habits can contribute to it. Although plantar fasciitis often clears up on its own over time, he points out that bee venom, moxibustion and acupuncture treatments found in Oriental medicine are well known for providing patients relief.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful, but luckily treatment for this condition is often simple. For help with a strained plantar fascia in your foot, contact Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will assess your injury and provide you with a suitable form of foot care.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

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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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
August 29, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Flip flops can cause serious problemsExperts warn those who wear flip-flops to start rethinking their choice of footwear before their feet start experiencing the ugly side of pain

 "Everything inyour bodystarts with how you strike your heel to the ground," said Bob Thompson, executive director for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health. "You're taking your five toes and grabbing your shoe to make sure it doesn't slide out," he said. "That action of the toes grabbing the shoe on the toe box is not normal."

Additionally, flip-flops don’t provide good arch support; placing the ankles out of place, eventually causing misalignment with the hips and spine. The open-toed rubber footwear also makes users prone to punctures on the floor from foreign objects.  

Speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center help you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.

Flip-flops are not only very popular, but very convenient, especially in the warmer weather. They allow your feet to breathe and let you move your toes freely. They also go with most attire and can be worn with many different clothing styles. Unfortunately, these type of shoes also have a disadvantage, as they can cause harm to your feet in more ways than you think.  These symptoms include:

  • Ball and arch problems in the foot
  • Changes to the body’s natural gait
  • Blisters
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Higher risk of infection
  • Higher risk of scrapes and cuts to the feet
  • Issues in the lower back, legs and ankles

To avoid these symptoms (and minimize your risks), select a pair of flip-flops made of high quality materials that can offer protection. Purchase flip-flops from a reliable manufacturer and be sure to replace them every three to four months. Be sure the soles are firm and not ‘floppy’, or that they don’t bend or wiggle a lot when lifted from the floor.

To learn more about flip-flops and your feet please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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