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Sep
24
If you want to wear heels, there's a healthier way to do it

When you wear heels, that throws off the alignment in your foot, that then goes to your ankles, your knees, your hips, your back — your whole skeletal alignment is off, adding extra stress onto the joints, which in turn can cause arthritis over the years.

wearing heels can also cause more acute problems, like stress fractures and neuromas. A neuroma happens when a nerve in the foot gets sandwiched too tightly between bones, growing enlarged and causing pain. And while heels don't actually cause bunions or hammertoes, they can easily make them worse.

The worst part of my heel-wearing experiment wasn't that my feet hurt more than usual. It was that I moved way less than usual.

I love taking walks at lunchtime or post-dinner to stretc...


Sep
10
Review the following factors in order to choose the best shoe

Some people are more prone to toe jam than others

A police officer’s feet endure many stresses, aches and pains associated with prolonged standing and walking as might be seen on a patrol beat, parade duty or traffic accident, as well as the explosive multi-directional bursts of speed required in a suspect foot chase.

Just like athletic shoes, manufacturers have been taking a close look at the demands of public safety, offering a variety of utility shoes and police duty boots in an attempt to make policing a little more comfortable and functional while mitigating acute and chronic lower extremity injuries.

Minimalist and maximalist sound like terms associated with art. In fact, they are associated with a growing trend in footgear t...


Aug
24
What is toe Jam and how to get rid of it?

Some people are more prone to toe jam than others

Although toe jam is common and its causes are nearly unavoidable, certain lifestyles, footwear choices, and medical conditions can make you more likely to find crud between your toes. People who are on their feet for longer periods of time, individuals who have a tendency to sweat more profusely, people who wear shoes that have poor ventilation and breathability, and people who are overweight tend to be more predisposed to developing toe jam between their toes.

which are areas of thickened skin on the feet, can contribute to the development of toe jam. Furthermore, Some skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis, are characterized by dry, flaking skin, which can accumulate between the t...


Aug
10
How to avoid and fix Ingrown Toenails?

An ingrown toenail may seem like a minor thing, but they sure hurt!


Jul
19
Things to do when your Toenail Is falling off

While losing a toenail is a common ailment for runners, it can happen to anyone and for a number of reasons. Here's how to make sure the new one arrives in good shape.

If your toenail is about to fall off, you're probably thinking "Help!" in sheer panic and making the same face as the "scream" emoji. But when it comes to losing one of these little guys, it pays to take a chill pill and wait.

Here's everything you need to know about the super-common issue of losing a toenail.

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Jul
10
Do not ignore Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers can begin in a mundane way. Maybe it’s a new pair of shoes or an extra long walk. Next thing you know, you have a small callus or blister on your foot.

The problem arises when you lose feeling in your feet. If you keep walking instead of stopping or changing shoes, a small sore may turn into a more serious wound. Up to 10 percent of people with diabetes will end up with a foot ulcer.

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How can you prevent foot ulcers?


Jun
29
Tips for your Aching Feet

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

Of course, Thoreau was speaking of the beauty of the natural world all around us, the earthly realm under our feet.

However, it isn’t very heavenly when feet are tired and sore.

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Our feet take a beating every day. Studies and walking app data confirm that the average American walks somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 steps a day. Five thousand steps is about 2.5 miles and equal to about 912 miles per year. Active folks may be walking 5 to 7 miles a day, upping the yearly total to 2,500 miles or more!


Jun
20
Learn how you can help your Ingrown Toenails

If you have an ingrown toenail, the side border of your toenail — usually your big toe —starts to dig in and irritate the skin. The sharp edge digging into the skin may set a pathway of irritation to inflammation (warmth, redness, swelling) to infection (drainage, pus), all of which cause pain.

More so, ingrown toenails hurt so a lot because the skin near your nail corners is a particularly sensitive area, since it has a high number of nerves.

The big question however is how do they happen in the first place, and how can you get rid of them? Here are several tips that can be of help.

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Jun
08
Best Shoes for your Flat Feet

An estimated 20 to 30 percent of the population has flat feet, a condition that occurs when the arches flatten, allowing the soles of the feet to completely touch the floor while standing. Many issues can cause the condition. For some people, it's hereditary. Others develop flat feet because of pregnancy, aging, obesity, or a health condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Whether or not your flat feet cause you pain, wearing the right shoe is vital. Slipping your feet into the wrong pair can lead to ankle, knee, hip, back, shoulder and even neck problems. And not to mention, the right shoe will provide a comfortable haven for tired, achy, and swollen feet.

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May
18
Clip your Nails correctly to avoid ingrown nails

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An ingrown toenail may seem like a minor thing, but they sure hurt!

When inflamed, they can make it extremely difficult to walk and usually require a GP or health professional to surgically remove the nail from causing further damage to the skin of the toe.

According to the NHS, the irritation usually occurs when the side of a nail grows into the surrounding skin on a toe. It’s more common on the big toes and can cause an infection when the nail begins cutting into the skin.

In most cases, the single leading cause of an ingrown toenail is because of the way the toenails are cut. If they’re cut too short or the edges are trimmed too far back, it can cause the skin to grow over the nail, then as the nail grows, it digs in to that skin. While common, it’s not the only reason why people develop them, however.

If you regularly wear tight shoes or tight socks, stockings or tights, you’re adding pressure on the skin around the toenail and possibly pushing it against the sharp edges of your toenails.

It’s also common for people to develop an ingrown nail after an injury to the toe. For example, if you accidentally drop something on your toe, stub it or participate in activities where the toes are subject to constant pressure such as running, it’s likely for the nail to be impacted.

Moisture in the feet can also cause the skin around the nails to become softer and the skin to be able to grow over them. If you spend a lot of time in the water or have a problem with sweaty feet, it makes for the perfect environment for a nail to start growing into the skin.

For others, ingrown nails are an unlucky side effect from the shape of their nails or toes. Some people have curvy nails that naturally grow into the surrounding skin. And fungal infections can cause nails to become thicker and wider and more likely to dig into the skin too.

As a result, just touching the ingrown toenail can be very painful, while the nail and the skin around it can become raised, red and infected. Fluid typically builds up in the toe and it’s not uncommon to notice pus forming in the area.

It’s always important to try and avoid infection where possible, but sometimes, the nail has to be removed in order to clear up the irritation.

That can be done via two methods. Doctors will either remove part of the nail (a partial nail avulsion), or remove the whole nail (a total nail avulsion). Doctors typically also prescribe antibiotics to help clear an infection when the nail is removed, but there are still things you can do to relieve the painful symptoms before seeking professional help.

Where possible, always try and cut toenails straight, rather than curving around. If you do notice some slight pain or a nail slowly growing into the skin, it may be possible to push the skin away with a clean cotton bud or another sterilised tool.

It’s also important to wear sensible footwear. Choosing shoes that let the feet breathe such as flip-flops or sandals can be a great help, while something with a sturdy heel that isn’t too high can also prevent them – very high heels push the toes into the tip of the shoe, putting pressure on the skin and nail and making ingrown nails more likely.

If you do suffer from ingrown nails regularly but are nervous of having the nail removed, it may be worth consulting a podiatrist or your GP, who cut able to cut your nails in a way that makes them less likely to become ingrown.


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