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By contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
March 14, 2016
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Post-traumatic arthritis is a condition in which arthritis flares up in joints that have experienced arthritis before. According to the National Institutes of Health, “these cases make up about 12 percent of all osteoarthritis cases.” Post-traumatic arthritis can be dangerous as it can lead to disability and can happen to anyone who’s overcome previous arthritis symptoms. There is currently no cure for arthritis, but it is recommended that you see your podiatrist to treat symptoms before they progress.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, 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.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, including your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In certain forms, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your 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 contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
July 21, 2015
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A new study suggests that Botox, or botulinum toxin, may offer successful relief for two forms of neuropathy. Neuropathy is caused by nerve damage and can result in either shooting pain or loss of feeling in the hands and feet. In the study, the botulinum toxin resulted in a lasting reduction of pain. The effects of local versus spinal injection of botulinum toxin B (Botox B or Myobloc) were investigated. Botox-B has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medical uses.

If you have concerns regarding systemic diseases such as neuropathy and their effects on the feet, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with the treatment you need.

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

● Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

● Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the 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 contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
July 13, 2015
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Carrie Luger Slayback of the Huntington Beach Independent had been experiencing consistent heel pain before going to see her podiatrist. Initially Slayback began wearing arch supports as directed by her podiatrist. A second visit revealed a heel spur, to which her podiatrist prescribed her cortisone pills to ease the persistent pain. A later visit to the podiatrist revealed plantar fasciitis. To curb her pain, Slayback takes Ibuprofen daily, gives her feet breaks from her regular runs, and visits her local spa for foot massages.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting 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.

Causes of Heel Pain

  • Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
  • Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
  • Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                     
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change             
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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
July 08, 2015
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A number of running experts agree that making slight changes in running from can increase a runner’s speed and efficiency while decreasing rate of injury. Nearly every runner has a slight imperfection that keeps them from obtaining optimal performance. Two popular running techniques, ChiRunning and the Pose Method, strongly discourage making initial ground contact with the heel. Both techniques also place emphasis on striking with the lead foot directly below the pelvis. Regardless of the technique you adapt, significant changes to form should be adapted gradually as the body instinctively adopts the style that works best for you.

Running efficiency involves biomechanics, which incorporates the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. To learn more about biomechanics, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.  

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 technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics 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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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
June 30, 2015
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San Francisco-based footwear brand Freda Salvador, founded by Megan Papay and Cristina Palomo-Nelson, is interested in representing a kind of footwear that combines elements of both design and comfort. “We wanted the shoes to speak for themselves and be beautiful and be incredibly designed and just interesting,” Palomo-Nelson said. “And once you put them on, and we were wearing them for a couple hours, you would have this fun element of surprise, ‘Hey, my feet don’t hurt!”

Proper fitting shoes are essential for runners. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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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