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December 24, 2013
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Swelling   Gout   Uric Acid   Foot Disease  

GoutGout does cluster within families, and there’s an increased risk for individuals who have close relatives affected with the condition, according to the University of Nottingham in England. Individuals who have affected first-degree relatives such as parents, offspring or siblings have the highest risk in acquiring gout. Secondly, individuals whose relatives affected such as grandparents, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews have a slightly but not so greater risk as first degree relatives in acquiring gout, the researchers reported online in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Gout is believed to have a heritable component, but according to med page Today environmental impacts play a role as well such as obesity, hypertension, diuretic use, and diets high in purines and alcohol. "Currently, the balance between genetic and environmental contributions is still unclear," observed Kuo and colleagues.

If you believe you are suffering from gout, you should seek out the care of podiatrist Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.  

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off of them to recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body.  This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever.  Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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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December 18, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Brent Riley, who lost his leg to diabetes, is pictured with his family, from left, Dash, 12; his wife, Kathy; Cookie (their dog); and Ella, 8.A man from the Midwest named Brent Riley found out at age 28 that he had had diabetes for probably many years. Despite his concerns he still had trouble taking care of his feet the way doctors told him too, and soon he developed neuropathy.

After a while he lost all feeling in his feet, and one day came home from work with broken toes and a broken arch. The bones in Riley’s toes became infected, and all five were amputated from his right foot. Four years later a giant blister popped up on his foot, and the news of more bone infections prompted him to decide to have his leg removed from under his knee.

If left untreated, diabetes can lead to severe complications in the feet, including loss of limbs. For help dealing with your diabetes, visit a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your feet with any conditions you might not know about and guide you toward the next step.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

To learn more about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

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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December 11, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Kids declining fitnessStudies suggest that children have less running abilities than their parents did when they were young. “It makes sense. We have kids that are less active than before,” said Dr. Stephen Daniels, speaking for the American Heart Association.

Children across the world have been getting unhealthier for the past three decades or so, according to the American Heart Association.

Doctors recommend that children younger than six get an hour of exercise every day. “Kids aren’t getting enough opportunities to build up that activity over the course of the day,” Daniels said. “Many schools, for economic reasons, don’t have any physical education at all. Some rely on recess [to provide exercise].”

Exercise is beneficial to your overall health and foot care; keeping your feet is just as important as your body. A podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A., can determine the current health of your feet and advise you on ways to keep them in shape.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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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December 05, 2013

Jay CutlerNFL player Jay Cutler has a sprained ankle and may have to miss up to four-to-six weeks this season. Cutler, quarterback for the Chicago Bears, received his injury during the Bears’ game against the Detroit Lions last Sunday. The severity of the sprain is still unknown. "It's very tough to pull your starting quarterback out when he's throwing the ball with velocity, when he's hitting his receivers, and he's able to move in the pocket and complete a throwing motion," coach Marc Trestman.

Sprained ankles can be tricky to deal with. For the best recovery, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can advise you on the best treatment options to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

· Mild to moderate bruising
· Limited mobility
· Swelling
· Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.

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, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle.  However, if the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required. 

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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December 01, 2013

Kyle RudolphMinnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is off the field after fracturing his foot during a game at Dallas. Coach Leslie Frazier called the Rudolph’s injury a ‘significant loss’, with Rudolph to miss Thursday’s game against Washington.

“That was on the touchdown play,” Frazier said, “He just got twisted there. I think (a Cowboys player) fell on his foot when he was tackling him. It was a very significant injury for him for our team.” Although the coach has high hopes for Rudolph’s recovery other players will step up to fill Rudolph’s position for now.  

A broken foot can place a burden on your participation in sports and your active lifestyle. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can examine your broken foot, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.  

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

· Bruising
· Pain
· Redness
· Swelling
· Blue (foot)
· Numbness
· Cold
· Misshapen
· Cuts
· Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

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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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