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A study conducted in Denmark found that children who are overweight or obese are more susceptible to develop foot, ankle, and leg injuries during engagement in physical activity as opposed to children at lower weights.

Researchers studied 632 overweight children who went to physical education classes for an hour and a half each week for two and a half years.

The group of children experienced 673 lower-limb injuries during this time. The children who were heavier had an average of 5.3 injuries for every 1000 “athletic exposures,” as compared to only 4.4 per 1000 for lighter children. "In the bigger picture the need to get all kids more active, and particularly overweight children, is imperative," sports medicine researcher Malachy McHugh said. McHugh was not involved in the study.

As an epidemic, obesity negatively affects all life stages. Seek the help of podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

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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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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Ankle ArthritisAccording to a study conducted on 350 people affected by early rheumatoid arthritis, patients who were obese had lower remission percentages. Patients also needed anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy longer than patients at a normal weight.

In addition, the obese patients required more drug treatment as opposed to patients at a lower weight. Elisa Gremese, the author of the study, states “Obesity and rheumatoid arthritis are both on the rise, with devastating effects on individuals and society as a whole. These data reinforce the link between obesity and inflammation, and establish that (weight) is one of the few modifiable variables influencing the main outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA affects about one in one hundred people worldwide.

Your feet are an important part of your body, and if you think you may have sustained a foot injury or developed a foot illness due to weight you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your injury as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics – These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

For more information please 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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Obesity and your feetMichelle Schneider and Dave Dunn are on a treadmill while they work at their desks at Evolent, a health-care startup in Arlington, Va. Researchers are trying to determine whether the equipment allows people to burn off glucose that accumulates in the blood stream.

Michael Jensen, a researcher at Mayo Clinic is on the phone and on a treadmill at the same time. While David Dunstan, an Australian researcher uses a speakerphone so he can walk around in his office. Both are trying to find the link between sitting down and premature death. Based on their findings, these two have remained on their feet for the most part of their day.

 Jensen explains that he and his colleagues at Mayo, in Rochester, Minn., were studying weight control when they discovered that some people "spontaneously start moving round and don't gain weight" when they have overeaten. "This really got us thinking about this urge to move," Jensen says, "and how important that might be for maintaining good health."

Your feet are just as important to the rest of your body.  If you think you may have sustained a foot injury or developed a foot illness due to weight you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like 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.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics– These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

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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flip flops pinkWhen a woman is expecting a child they know they will develop swollen ankles, difficulty walking and foot pain. Nevertheless, not many individuals identify that these indications could be a sign of plantar fasciitis. About 10 percent of women counting those who are pregnant have this ailment which causes discomfort in the heel of the foot usually creating pain.

When a pregnant woman gains weight in their first trimester, it usually puts more strain on the plantar fascia causing it to become inflamed. “The result is a sharp pain in the heel, especially after you’ve been sitting for a while or when you wake up in the morning” said Dr. Alan Berman, a podiatrist at Somers Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group. The best thing that one can do to relieve this pain is to ice the feet or keep them elevated when sitting down.

It is important that pregnant women care for their feet. If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet. 

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

• Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
• Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
• Wear shoes with good arch support
• Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
• Elevate feet if you experience swelling
• Massage your feet
• Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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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