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BioDesign researchers at the Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center have designed socks that will help forewarn diabetic patients of foot ulcers and other injuries. Called SenseGo, these socks have the ability to sense pressure and incorrect posture, which can help prevent or alert the patient to a potential injury. The socks can work for footwear as well, emitting electrical signals that “sense” any changes. The socks are designed specifically for diabetic patients who have diabetic neuropathy, the loss of sensation as a result of nerve damage to the feet.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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 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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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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Although sweating is normal for everyone, excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a specific condition that can be caused by a variety of different reasons. Gender, the amount of exercise you do daily, your diet habits, and the consumption of diuretic drinks like alcohol are all common factors that can lead to excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis can also be caused by a medical condition, and there are two types of hyperhidrosis to look out for. Primary focal hyperhidrosis has no specific cause and can occur more in certain areas on the body than others, while secondary generalized hyperhidrosis is caused by a medical condition and occurs across the body.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis 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.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for 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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Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve disorder that can cause numbness and pain in those suffering from diabetes. The feet, legs, arms and internal organs can all be affected by the condition. The longer you have diabetes the higher the chances of developing neuropathy. Poor circulation, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking and alcohol use can all contribute to the disease as well. Performing a daily foot examination, checking shoes, and properly cleaning the feet can all preventative measures to the keep the feet healthy, especially when dealing with diabetes.

Aside from neuropathy and paresthesia, several nerve complications can ail the feet. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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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