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Posts for: May, 2014

caris-levert-msu.jpgCaris LeVert, junior guard for the University of Michigan, recently incurred a stress fracture in his foot that had to be corrected with surgery. His procedure went well and it’s predicted that he’ll be back to full health in about eight to ten weeks.  “He is doing well . . . We are confident he will participate in our late summer training and play in our August trip to Europe,” said John Beilein, Michigan’s coach.

LeVert’s skills have made him a formidable player in the Big Ten. He had been planning to attend the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in the summer, but because of his surgery his enrollment status is uncertain for now.

Stress fractures are common among those who partake in a lot of physical activity involving their feet. For assistance dealing with a stress fracture in the foot or ankle, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can determine how badly hurt you are and help you get the care that you need.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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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 injuries.

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IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT PATRICK DUFFY?!Actor Patrick Duffy, 65, was seen wearing leather clogs during a recent stroll down the streets of Los Angeles.  According to the Enquirer, Duffy’s choice in footwear stems from a longtime foot problem called Morton’s neuroma.   Duffy says his role as a half man half fish in the show “Man from Atlantis” (1976) caused him to develop this painful condition.  According to the Enquirer, Duffy spent so much time running around barefoot with webbing between his toes that he irritated the nerves in his feet.  Duffy had surgery to remove the affected nerve in 1989, but has struggled with lasting pain.  

“I have terrible feet,” said Duffy. “I really beat them up dur­ing ‘Man from Atlantis,’ because I was barefoot all the time – run­ning through fields, running on cement, jumping out of the water, slapping them around for years.  So the nerves on the bot­tom kind of went all to hell.  Since then, I’ve chosen to wear clogs.”

While few cases are caused by excessive activity in webbed feet, Morton’s neuroma is a common condition.  If you are experiencing foot pain, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will help you take steps towards recovery.

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present. 

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet will make it less likely that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- High impact exercise
- Sustaining injuries
- Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)

For more information about Morton’s Neuroma, please 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 injuries.

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theresa georgeAccording to licensed massage therapist Theresa George, a good way to keep one’s feet healthy is to regularly get pedicures, visit podiatrists, and have the soles massaged. She believes these measures become even more important as people get older and their skin and toenails lose their durability. George also claims that massages in particular can relieve stress in elderly patients.

"Many seniors can't see their feet as well as they used to and pedicures give us the chance to look for problems like broken toes, cracked, bleeding skin, thickening of toenails, ingrown toenails and nail fungus," said Julie Defelice, district manager at Salon PS. "If we catch a fungus quickly it can be treated."

Older individuals often have trouble taking care of their feet, and thus more susceptible to many kinds of conditions and injuries. If you know someone who is older and could use help caring for their feet, think about seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can take a look at the feet in question and recommend steps to take to ensure that they stay healthy.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away.  Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly. There are many complications that can lead to serious issues, if the problem is not taken care of right away.

Common Conditions 

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
Shoes that don’t fit properly
Pressure sores
Loss of circulation in legs & feet
Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
Injuries left unnoticed
Insect or pet bites can also become inflamed and infected

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

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Dutch wooden shoesWilliam Van Marel, Jr. of Orange City worked in expert shoemaker Wilhelm Jansen’s factory when he was a child. There he learned the skills involved in carving traditional wooden Dutch footwear so that he might make them himself one day. Jansen taught him how to harvest wood from the forest and critiqued his early attempts at making the shoes, or klompen.

When Van Marel became good enough at carving them, they started to be featured in the yearly Tulip Festival, although they were only for show, as the ones actually worn during the event come all the way from Holland. Jansen died a few years ago, but Marel continues to make wooden shoes and keep the tradition alive.

Proper foot support is essential to having healthy feet. If you have questions about finding supportive footwear, consider seeing podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can identify the source of your discomfort and provide you with a wide array of treatment options.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

For more information about the Importance of Proper Foot Support, follow the link below.

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

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