Items filtered by date: January 2023

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Flip-Flops and Walking Distance

Flip-flops are an incredibly popular form of summer footwear. However, despite their popularity, flip-flops have a well-documented list of potential health defects. For example, flip-flops have a notable lack of support or cushioning both in the heel and arch areas. Additionally, there is another reason why the use of flip-flops may be problematic for those who wear them. Namely, walking with flip-flops negatively impacts one’s walking style. When someone wears flip-flops, they must essentially take a more significant number of steps than they would if they had worn supportive footwear. Therefore, it takes an individual a larger number of steps to travel the same distance than someone who is wearing supportive sneakers. Although the reason for this phenomenon is not immediately clear, it may have something to do with the negative impact that flip-flops can have on your feet. If you typically wear flip-flops, consider contacting a podiatrist who can teach you more about their adverse effects as well as recommend appropriate footwear. 

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assist you with 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; they're 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 regularly 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 that 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cypress, TX .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 January 2023 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Children’s Foot Position While Eating

Can the position of children’s feet as they eat result in appetite changes? Studies have been done that may link feet that are dangling while eating may lead to having a reduced appetite and increased fatigue. The recommended position for sitting during a meal is for the ankles, knees, and hips to be bent at 90 degrees. When the feet are supported, the core muscles work less to stabilize the body, possibly causing improved attention. It may be beneficial to add a footrest that can help to achieve this balance. Parents who have children that are difficult eaters may find improvement by changing the position their child is in while eating. The benefits may include trying new foods and textures and remaining seated for longer periods. If you have specific questions about how this is accomplished, please speak with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cypress, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Larger Blisters May Need to Be Drained

A blister on the foot can cause discomfort, despite its small size. It is defined as a bubble that is filled with liquid, forming directly over the portion of skin that has become damaged. It is the body’s natural defense in protecting the new skin as it grows, and it will gradually drain when it is no longer needed. Larger blisters may need to be drained, and this is done by puncturing the edge of the blister with a needle that has been sterilized with alcohol. It is suggested to people who are diabetic to refrain from doing this, which may help to prevent an infection from developing. Open blisters require an application of petroleum jelly, followed by covering them with a bandage. It is beneficial to remove the bandage at night, which may help to accelerate the healing process. Blisters on the feet occur from excessive friction and may be common among people who frequently run or jog. A podiatrist is specialized in guiding patients to learn specifically what causes blisters on the feet, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can provide you with preventive methods.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Diabetes and the Feet

Diabetes is a disease that can affect the entire body. It occurs as a result of elevated glucose levels in the blood and can happen from the foods that are eaten. Insulin is a natural hormone that helps glucose get into the cells, and inadequate amounts of insulin can cause glucose to build up in the blood, resulting in high blood sugar levels. Neuropathy, a common side effect of diabetes, is a nerve condition that causes the inability to feel existing cuts and scrapes on the feet. If left untreated, an infection may develop, which may lead to serious complications. This is extremely dangerous, and it is crucial for diabetic patients to practice correct foot care. This can begin with washing the feet, followed by examining the soles by using a mirror, or with the help of a family member or caregiver. Additionally, it is beneficial to wear shoes and socks that fit correctly. Circulation may be improved by performing gentle stretches. If you have diabetes, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly help you to manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially 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, as 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 Cypress, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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