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Feb
28
Foot Problems Can become Serious!

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If you want to know the state of your health, try looking down. “There’s no question it’s extremelyimportant that people pay attention to their feet,” says Terry Philbin, D.O., spokesperson for the AmericanAcademy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a foot and ankle specialist at the Orthopedic Foot and AnkleCenter in Westerville, Ohio. The condition of your feet can give you clues to a host of medical issues, suchas diabetes, arthritis, and even heart disease. Read on to find out what to look for and what it may mean.1. Pain“There’s no pain that should be ignored,” says Jane Andersen, D.P.M., a podiatrist in Chapel Hill,North Carolina and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. An...


Feb
14
When is barefoot training ever good?

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Lately, it seems like shoes have become optional for getting in a good workout. While we all remember the barefoot running craze from a few years back, a more recent spike in barefoot lifting has forced more gyms and weight rooms to develop “you at least have to wear socks” policies. On the flip side, most yoga, pilates, and barre studios won’t even let you step foot into their classrooms unless you take off your shoes first.

So what’s barefoot training all about? And when is it a good idea to ditch your sneakers—and when is it just asking for an injury? We talked to sports medicine doctor, a kinesiologist (an expert in the science of body movement), and a podiatrist to find out. Here's what they said about lifting, running, and taking classes barefoot.

Turns out, wearing shoes all day every day lets our feet slack off—and over time, they become weak.

There’s a reason podiatrist call shoes "foot coffins." "When you’re wearing shoes, the muscles and connective tissues don’t have to work very hard to stabilize your body," Gennady Kolodenker, D.P.M., a podiatrist with Hoag Orthopedic Institute in California, tells SELF. The shoes do much of the work for your feet, which more or less just chill out in your shoes.

What’s so bad about that? Well, your feet are designed to function as the foundation for your entire body. When you don't use them in that way every day, they aren't as good at doing this job and will need to be "retrained," Alberta-based kinesiologist and medical exercise specialist Dean Somerset, C.S.C.S., tells SELF. He explains that it’s a lot like wearing a cast on your arm. Remove it after a few weeks of wear, and you’re bound to notice a drop in your bicep curls, triceps extensions, and even your ability to type and write. Now envision wearing that cast on your foot for a good 12 hours per day, 365 days per year. Exactly.


Jan
31
Good Foot Care For Those With Diabetes

Intensive management of type 2 diabetes can make a difference in how long and how well you live, even if you don't start until middle age, researchers report.

People who were already at risk of type 2 diabetes complications were randomly selected to continue with their normal treatment or to be placed in an aggressive and multipronged treatment group.

Two decades after the study began, the researchers found that people in the aggressive treatment group lived almost eight years longer.

Not only that, they lived better -- their risk of heart disease, kidney disease and blindness all dropped. The only complication that didn't seem to improve was nerve damage caused by diabetes.

"Early, intensified intervention in type 2 diabetes patients wi...


Jan
17
Let's Talk About Your Feet

Let’s hear it for our “gnarly” friends. I am speaking of course about our feet.

We often hear about our aching backs or other part of our bodies, but publicly talking about your feet is often not fashionable.

It has been said that “when you are smiling, the whole world smiles with you.” I don’t know when that was written, but it goes along with Socrates when he said, “When our feet hurt we hurt all over.” It’s hard to smile when every step you take causes pain.


Nov
15
Does Pedicure Risk Your Health?

You have been walking all day long and to round up the day you head to a salon for a heavenly pedicure. It feels so nice to just put your feet in warm water and let the beautician do her magic. Pedicures have not just online has become a cosmetic treatment but a reason to escape this fast growing world to rejuvenate yourself. Men and women, both use pedicure to keep their feet healthy.

But the question arises do pedicures really make your feet healthy? Well, you can say yes and no. this is because even though pedicures make your feet clean but they come with a warning tag which most of us choose to ignore. Regular pedicures can increase the health risks and can harm your feet in a long run.

Cons of pedicures

No matter how rejuvenating or c...


Nov
01
Treating Dystrophic Hallux Nails in a Six-Year-Old Boy

A 6-year-old male who likes to play sports presents with painful great toenails that have been present in the current condition since birth. They are painful in various shoes. His mother has taken him to other physicians who stated that the condition is not caused by nail fungus but they have offered no other solution. The patient has no pertinent past medical or birth history, no medications and no history of this on any other digit.
Upon examination, his bilateral hallux toenails are discolored, thickened, rough in appearance and deviated laterally. No lesions are present on the other toenails or fingernails.

Key Questions To Consider


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Oct
25
Why Does Heel Pain Occur?

Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics (walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. The stress may also result from injury or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear, or being overweight. Heel pain is also common among children ages 8–13 due to a rise in sports activity between these ages.

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Causes
Plantar Fasciitis—inflammation of the band of fibrous connective tissue running along the bottom of the foot. This condition is common among athletes who tend to do the extensive walking and running.

Excessive Pronation—excessive flattening of the foot (pronati...


Oct
18
Treating Foot Pain in Alpine Skiers with Pes Planus

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The foot plays a unique role in downhill skiing. Subsequently, several of the pa- technologies that are experienced commonly by skiers are unique to the sport of skiing. The question then arises, whom should the skier consult when experiencing foot pain while skiing?

Many of the pathologies suffered by skiers are simply secondary to poor-fitting boots or lack of support inside the boot. Many of these skiers can benefit greatly by working with an experienced and skilled boot fitter in a ski shop. In fact, most of the problems suffered by skiers can likely best be taken care of by a boot fitter.

There are, however, several conditions commonly experienced by skiers that, in most cases, are best treated by a medical profess...


Oct
11
Getting the best of bothersome bunions

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Your big toe deserves some sympathy. Its position and length set it up for stubbing and other injuries. Shoes press in on the toe from the side and down on it from the top. Moreover, the toe also bears much of the body's weight with each step. And the result of the constant wear and tear is often a bunion. The medical name for bunion, hallux (big toe) valgus (turned away from the midline), provides a pretty good description of the way this problem creates a bump at the side of the foot.

How bunions develop
Dr. James P. Ioli, chief of the podiatry service at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital, cites several reasons some women develop bunions, including the following.

Improper f...


Oct
11
What causes your heels to hurt?

Trust me, you aren’t the only one! It is one of the most common problems I see. The best way to combat this problem is to attack it with full force...as soon as possible.Heel pain can have many different causes. The patients that generally suffer most from this condition are the ones on their feet a lot. Continuous standing; walking on a daily basis; starting a repetitive activity, such as a new exercise routine, without proper shoes, can put a lot of stress and strain on the ligaments in the foot. It eventually results in inflammation and pain.The good news is, heel pain is treatable. If treatment is sought early, all but a small percentage of affected patients will experience relief with conservative therapies. These include: li...


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