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By contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
November 30, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain   Arthritis   Yoga  

A new study shows that practicing yoga helps to alleviate the symptoms and pain associated with arthritis. Up until about 20 years ago, exercise was shunned by people with arthritis and those trying to help manage their symptoms because of the fear of pain associated with these exercises. However, it is now being realized that exercise actually has a positive effect on the symptoms, and in this study with yoga in particular, the pain associated with arthritis was much better managed.  

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 gary@michaelwynndpm.com
April 14, 2015
Tags: Running Injuries   Yoga  

To prevent running injuries and foot pain, runners will often invest in quality shoes and try to follow a training schedule. Injury prevention, however, also involves performing stretches.

Yoga stretches such as the hero pose, kneeling tow squat, and garland pose can help reduce a runner’s risk for plantar fasciitis, one of the most common running injuries. The hero pose involves kneeling on the floor with your knees and ankles about hip-width apart while pushing your bottom and the tops of your feet towards the ground.

The kneeling tow squat involves kneeling on the floor with the knees, ankles and feet together while trying to tuck the toes under, grounding onto the floor. The garland pose involves beginning in a mountain pose with the feet hip width apart and squatting.

Stretching the feet is an important part of maintaining optimal foot health. To learn more, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits such as increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief. Stretching is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone who is experiencing foot pain or is constantly on their feet should stretch.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pulling your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

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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