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http://media.graytvinc.com/images/gdp-FalconsJones.jpgAfter undergoing surgery for a broken foot last October, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones is ready to return to the field. Jones had broken his foot last season during a loss to the New York Jets. The athlete’s goal is to be ready for the season opener, in which the Atlanta Falcons will host New Orleans; he is sure he will be prepared. Jones was able to exhibit his regained season at the end of a recent Falcons practice, where he ran past cornerback Desmond Trufant to catch a 40-yard pass from quarterback Matt Ryan. It has yet to be determined whether or not the Falcons will allow Jones to play in the upcoming preseason games. Nonetheless, Jones is resolute in guaranteeing that he will have no interferences.

Getting back into sports after injuring a foot or ankle can be very difficult for both the body and mind. See Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas if you have been injured and are looking to return to sports. Dr. Wynn will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.

The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.

It is best for injured athletes to allow themselves time to heal. Some athletes need hours of re-training, exercise, check-ups with their physical therapist, and other remedies.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The Top Shoes of 2013 (So Far)Luxembourg scientists held a study focusing on runners and the rate of injuries incurred. These focuses consisted not only of runners and their rate of injury,  but also the type of shoes being worn and how intense their training was. The study discovered that subjects who made it a habit to switch their shoes routinely reduced their chance of injury by at least 39%.

Researchers say that the reason for this lowered rate is because runners often strain the same muscles over and over. Conversely, alternating pairs of shoes can place some of that pressure on different tissues. "The concomitant use of different pairs of running shoes will provide alternation in the running pattern and vary external and active forces on the lower legs during running activity,” the scientists said.

Fortunately, running injuries can be avoided. However, if you sustained a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynncan address and treat your running injuries.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber

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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Flip-flops, despite their usefulness around the pool, should not be worn on pavement or while playingAnchor sports, reports Dr. Melissa Leber, assistant professor of orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine. “No one should be running in flip-flops,” she commented. “Noting faster than a walk.”

Twisted ankles are often a result of the wearing of flip-flops due to their lack of support. In toddlers or growing children, twisted ankles can create mild fractures because of their weaker growth plates and bones. Many patients with broken toes and damaged toenails have seen Dr. Leber after falling on stairs or tripping on curbs while wearing flip-flops.

While many praise flip-flops for their comfort, the long-term effects of flip-flops can be detrimental. For more information about the effects of flip-flops, consult with podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops. Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer. However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes. Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections. Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet. These flip flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

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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 needs.

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Members of the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) at Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care have been walking in a new, health-promoting way thanks to the help of Savannah, Georgia’s Sandy Haeger. Sandy has incorporated Saturday morning walks into the program that especially exercise the feet.

“Heel, ball, toe,” is the mantra that Sandy’s walkers are repeating; the repetition of the phrase helps walkers concentrate on using the entire foot in this manner, engaging more muscles from the foot to the hip. To help maintain good position, Sandy suggests holding on to a wall, tree, or other stationary object for balance before lifting the knee with the foot flexed, touching down, and lifting again.   

There are many other activities one can perform to exercise the feet. See Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texasto learn more about how you can exercise your feet and maintain good foot health. Dr. Wynn will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.  

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

For more information about Exercise for Your Feet, 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 care needs.

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A Seoul court awarded a man known by the surname “Yoon” a subsidy due to his condition. Yoon contracted a nerve disorder after working on a waste pipe at a Samsung semiconductor plant in 2012. Because he did not wear any protective equipment, Yoon was exposed to hydrofluoric acid.

This hydrofluoric acid caused Yoon’s extremities to stop functioning correctly. Yoon appealed his claim to the Seoul Administrative Court, which acknowledged the fact that hydrofluoric acid often causes nerve damage. As a result, Yoon was awarded due to the physical damage he sustained.

Anyone suffering from nerve complications in the feet know the difficulties involved. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.

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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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