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Deliberate food choices can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more. The same well-balanced diet can keep feet and ankles healthy and pain-free.
IF your new sandals aren’t comfortable, they really aren’t a bargain at all. How can you make sure that you’re picking the perfect pair? Here are some tips from Dr. James M. McKee to keep in mind as you go shopping:
Like everything else related to your health, much about foot and ankle health is beyond your control. Illness strikes and accidents occur.
You know that regular physical activity is critical to foot health and overall well-being, but it can be hard to stay motivated. It can be easy to talk yourself out of exercising. You might be tired or busy.
What you may not know is this: regular exercise is also great for foot and ankle health. If you’re not someone who enjoys heading to the gym, you can still get all of the benefits of exercise.
Exercise and stretching are essential to good foot health. When stretch the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of your feet and ankles, you ensure that they stay strong and supple.
Many people – men, women, and children – will experience a callus at one time or another. Known medically as tyloma or keratoma, a callus is a rough, thick patch of dead skin cells.
Your diet is the foundation not only for whole-body wellness but for foot health as well. With just a few mindful choices and conscious swaps, you can maintain and improve the state of your feet, ankles, and lower legs.
Have you ever heard of an enchondroma? Pronounced en-kon-DRO-ma, this is a type of tumor that develops in the cartilage found inside your bones.
Summer’s here, and many people have vacation plans over the next couple of months. Some are taking road trips, but many others will be enjoying air travel this summer.
Some orthotics are firm and designed to provide support; others are soft and intended for cushioning. Podiatrists use orthotics to treat a variety of conditions, including:
Anyone can break a toe – men, women, and children of all ages are equally at risk. Most toe fractures are the result of accidents. Common causes include tripping and falling, dropping something on the toe, and athletic injuries.
A cramp is an involuntary spasm of any muscle, anywhere in the body. With more than 100 muscles, the feet are particularly vulnerable to cramps. The arch, the toes, and the calf are common sites.
There are many reasons that patients schedule a visit to see James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS or any other podiatrist for the first time. Some have experienced foot and ankle injuries.
When a patient arrives at the podiatrist’s office complaining of pain when standing or walking, custom orthotics are often employed to correct posture or gait. How much do you know about orthotics?
Are you familiar with the terms pronation and supination? These refer to the inward and outward movement of your ankles and feet when you walk or run.
Bad habits can create health issues in your feet. How many of these bad habits are you still indulging? Here are recommendations from James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS for three that it’s time to leave behind.
Every 20 seconds a limb is lost to diabetes. When you have diabetes, you are more at risk of having foot problems and complications. This typically happens due to nerve damage, or neuropathy, in the feet and toes.
Your feet are the foundation for everything you do. From standing to walking to running, your life depends on your being able to move through your day free from pain.
You know that there are medical specialists for different parts of your body. You might see an ophthalmologist for eye care, or perhaps a cardiologist who takes care of your heart. Similarly, your board-certified podiatrist is a medical expert.
t’s not unusual for patients to come to Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A. to see James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS because they are experiencing pain in the area between their arches and their toes on the bottom of the foot, often in the area of the five bones behind the toes.
Other factors also increase your risk of diabetic amputation, including poorly managed blood sugar levels, obesity, and tobacco use. Everyone, diabetic or not, should eat a sensible diet and cut down or quit smoking immediately. Talk to your doctor for help.
Your feet and ankles are among nature’s miracles. Each foot is made of 26 bones and nearly 100 muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues, all working together to form the arches and joints that allow you to stand and walk upright without pain.
There are 26 bones in each of your feet. That’s approximately one-quarter of all the bones in your body. When you take steps to ensure bone health, you protect your foot health.
Podiatrists often recommend RICE to patients who are recovering from foot and ankle surgery or who have sustained foot and ankle injuries, but frequently get a quizzical look at that suggestion that seems to say, “What on earth could eating rice have to do with speeding up my recovery?
f you’re an athlete, you might think that your most valued gear is a racquet, or a stick, or a pair of shoes…but you’d be wrong. Any athlete’s most important piece of equipment is a strong, flexible, healthy body. When something goes wrong with your body, you can’t play.
Each time of year comes with its own unique beauty and unique risks to foot health. Changes in season require some modification in the ways you take care of your feet.