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http://kuam.images.worldnow.com/images/4160284_G.jpgEddie Vilbar Vega earned the nickname “the Barefoot Bandito” from his hobby of running marathons without any shoes on. Eventually he decided to use his favorite pastime to solicit donations for Soles4Souls, a charity designed to help the millions of children in the world who are to impoverished to be able to afford footwear.

Vega knew that he had to do something spectacular if he wanted to raise a lot of money, so he vowed that he would break the world record for “Most Barefoot Marathons Run in One Year.” As of earlier this month the record is his, along with the title of first person to ever complete 50 full length marathons while barefoot.

Barefoot running can be harder for some people than it is for others. For advice about how to keep your feet healthy while running without shoes on, consult with podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will tell everything you need to know about the risks involved with barefoot running and answer any questions you might have.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running.

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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 ankle injuries.

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Anyone familiar with nature is well aware that Mother Earth can provide the solution for many foot related problems. When it comes to corns on your feet, for example, submerge willow tree bark in warm water for about thirty minutes. After the solution is created, soak your feet inside to treat your feet to an effective solution.  

Are ingrown toenails a problem? The solution happens to be a solution, of grinded acorns and water. If blisters or lesions are the case, apply crushed plantains or yarrow to the affected area for an effective solvent. After applying the plantains or yarrow (you can use both), cover your wound with a bandage so that it heals.

Corns can create a lot of difficulty. If you have foot corns and nature isn’t working out for you, see podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?

Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns

There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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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 ankle injuries.

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Arthritis and Rheumatologypublished a study suggesting that cherries may be able to provide aid for gout patients.  Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that consists of an overproduction and crystallization of uric acid. This uric acid can create instances of swelling and severe pain in joints. 

Researchers involved in the study monitored the rate of gout attacks and medications in over six hundred patients throughout a one year span, focusing on two day control periods involving subjects consuming either cherries or cherry extracted products.  Researchers were able to conclude that both cherries and their extracts reduced the risk of a near-immediate gout attack by 35%.

Gout can make living uneasy.  If you are struggling with gout or any other form of foot or ankle arthritis, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will provide the podiatric care that you need. 

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 for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings,” 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. 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.

For more information about gout, 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 ankle injuries.

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