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If you should choose podiatric medicine as a career, you will be treating the ankles and feet for multiple foot conditions. These may include performing proper treatment techniques for corns, bunions, foot ulcers, which may typically originate from diabetes, hammertoe or ingrown toenails. Other important functions of a podiatrist is to offer preventative foot care advice in addition to possibly performing surgery to heal specific foot issues. There are certain skills this type of physician may benefit from, including excellent communication, finesse, and a caring and compassionate nature. If you are interested in pursuing a career in this type of…
Research has shown the differences between walking and running shoes. If you should engage in daily or frequent running or walking practices, it’s beneficial to be educated on the right types of shoes for the right activity. There are different forms of running, including racing and long-distance, and it’s important to choose the correct shoe. Running shoes have more cushioning in the heel and toe areas because of the impact the feet have on the ground while performing most running movements. The opposite is true of many people who choose to walk, and will most often need less cushioning. Lighter…
It’s important for most people to check their feet frequently for abnormal conditions, and this is especially true for diabetic patients. If cuts, scrapes and blisters are not noticed, the chances of developing an infection may be amplified because of the body’s inability to heal efficiently. If there are wounds on the feet, recent research has shown the importance of resting frequently, which takes pressure off of the affected area. If you notice cuts on your feet and ankles, it’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible. At this time a treatment plan can be discussed, which may include…
If your physically active child complains of heel pain, it may be a result of a condition referred as Sever’s disease. It is generally caused by excessive strain put on the growth plate of the heel, and typically affects children who are young adolescents. There are several symptoms that may be associated with Sever’s disease, including swollen heels, difficulty while walking, and tenderness in the foot and heel. The child may experience general pain and discomfort and it’s suggested to cease the activity that caused this condition while the healing takes places. Despite the fact that this ailment may be…
Many people experience the feeling of their feet “falling asleep” after an extended period of inactivity. This feeling is the result of prolonged pressure on the nerves or blood vessels that supply them. However, once the pressure is gone, the sensation immediately disappears. This entire process is commonly referred to as having poor circulation in the feet. If you are looking to “wake up your feet” when they fall asleep, one of the best ways to do so is by giving them a massage. Massages help stimulate your nerves and muscles while improving circulation. The massage should be done by…
Studies have shown that cracked heels are a common ailment for men and women of all ages. This problem may cause simple activities like walking to become difficult. If you are experiencing problems related to cracked heels, it is important that you seek treatment right away before your condition potentially progresses into eczema, or other types of inflammation. There are many different reasons why you may have cracked feet. Some common causes include obesity, aging, psoriasis, pregnancy, fungal infections, and vitamin deficiency. While these are not the only causes for cracked heels, these are some of the most common reasons why…
If you have gout, it is more than likely that your diet contains more purine than what is necessary. If you fail to take action against the amount of purine in your body, your kidney function will become disrupted. Purine is a substance that, when broken down, creates uric acid, which is filtered by the kidneys. A balanced amount of uric acid will help regulate blood throughout the body by promoting healthy blood vessel linings. When there is an excessive amount of uric acid in the bloodstream, urate crystals gather in the joints, which creates a condition called gout. If…
If you have ever experienced a corn on the top of the toes, you most likely are aware of the pain that is associated with it. Corns are generally the result of increased pressure and rubbing, and typically originates from shoes that do not fit correctly. It appears to be a small area, and the skin will be hardened and thick. There are known to be two types of corns and are referred to as hard and soft corns. The latter generally develops in between the toes and are often soft, because of the excess moisture and sweat that is…
The foot condition that is referred to as gout often develops as a result of increased uric acid levels that are found in the blood. Crystals will form in the joints in the bottom of the big toe, often producing severe pain and discomfort. Foods that contain high amounts of purine are typically responsible for the onset of gout. These group of foods may include certain types of seafood, liver, bacon, or alcoholic beverages. There are several ways to prevent gout from forming, including losing weight slowly if needed, drinking plenty of fresh water daily, and increasing your consumption of…
If you stand for extended periods of time you may experience a condition that is referred to as cracked heels. Certain skin conditions that may include psoriasis and eczema may also play a significant role in the development of this condition. The formation of deep cracks, which are also known as fissures, may result in pain and discomfort, and walking may become difficult. The skin on the heels will typically become dry and is usually a result of obesity, wearing shoes that have an open back, and cold winter weather, which may aid in producing dry skin. An effective remedy includes washing and…
If you are afflicted with arthritic feet, you may find it difficult to perform certain activities, including walking. There is typically a moderate level of inflammation that surrounds the joints of the foot, which may produce considerable pain and discomfort. There are several different forms of arthritis which may affect the feet. If the cartilage begins to decay at the base of the toe, you may have what is referred to as osteoarthritis. This may contribute to other foot conditions such as bunions. Preventive measures may include choosing to wear wider shoes that do not put pressure on the bunion.…
Our feet are crucial parts of our bodies, and the appearance of them may say a lot about our health. The color of your toenails may reveal whether or not you have an infection; most of the time, toenail discoloration will be a sign of a fungal infection. Another sign of poor health you should look for on your feet, is the amount of hair on them. It is natural to have hair on your toes, and a gradual loss of hair could be a sign of poor circulation. Additionally, the big toe may say a lot about your health.…
Flat feet or fallen arches is the name given to a condition where the arch is absent from the foot. This is evident when the foot lies completely flat while standing. The foot may roll inward, which is often referred to as over-pronation. In addition to the 26 bones that comprise the foot, there are muscles, ligaments and tendons which work together to allow movement to occur. Daily activities such as standing and walking are easily achieved when a normal arch is present. There are several reasons that contribute in the development of flat feet including damaged tendons, arthritis, or…
The definition of a heel spur is a bony protrusion that comes from the heel of the foot and grows into the arch. This condition is often the result of tears in the plantar fasciitis which is a thick band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot. General symptoms may include pain and discomfort under the heel which may be worse in the morning and experiencing a tender feeling when the heel is touched. There may be several causes for heel spurs to develop, including excess weight the heel endures from being obese, certain sporting activities that…
An important task that caregivers perform is to properly care for their elderly patients’ feet. This includes checking the feet daily for any cuts or cracks in the skin, in addition to trimming the toenails correctly. Infections may be common in older people, and this may generally be indicated by bleeding sores, discolored toenails, or blisters that are found on the feet. When the toenails are kept short by being trimmed properly, the risk of scratching the skin and breaking any nails may diminish. This can be achieved by using sterile nail clippers that are only used by one person.…
If you are experiencing excessive sweating in your feet, you may have a condition that is referred to as hyperhidrosis. The purpose of sweating is to cool the body to avoid overheating. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the body is not in a state of being overheated and doesn't need to be cooled. The soles of the feet may feel wet the majority of the time, possibly resulting in the development of certain skin conditions and unpleasant odors. If this condition is not treated, toenail and bacterial infections may develop. Further side effects may include the patient experiencing anxiety and discomfort in…
Running is a great way to stay in shape, and you can try to limit the amount of injuries you endure by running “softer”. A recent study looked at “320 novice runners and measured their landing force at two paces – a slower 12-minute-per-mile pace and a quicker 8-minute-per-mile pace”. Those leading the study had half of the participants learn to run “softer” while others made no changes in their styles of running. According to the study, “After 12 months, researchers found that the runners who learned to run ‘softer’ had 62 percent less injuries than the runners who made…
The purpose of the Achilles tendon is to connect the calf muscle to the heel bone. The back of the heel is often the area of discomfort when an injury occurs. Research has shown that it may be common among athletes who participate in running and jumping activities such as soccer, volleyball, softball and similar sports to incur this type of injury. Additionally, the Achilles tendon is referred to as one of the longest tendons in the body, and may endure wear and tear from daily activities such as walking and running. Damage inflicted on the Achilles tendon typically begins…
Stretching the feet not only feels good, but it will benefit the entire body. The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and research has indicated the muscles, tendons and ligaments become stronger when proper stretching techniques are performed. Implementing a yoga practice into your daily routine, which generally incorporates foot stretches, will aid in strengthening the ankles and toes. When the feet feel strong, proper alignment in the body will become attainable, which could allow daily activities to become more manageable. Correct foot stretches may also aid in the prevention of medical conditions including bunions and…
Bunions are typically the result of a bone deformity that affects the toes. The big toe typically leans toward the second toe, and this may cause a bump to form on the bottom of the big toe. Fluid may develop in the surrounding joint, in addition to the skin becoming thickened. This is often a painful condition, and as a result other ailments such as arthritis may develop. Research has shown that it’s beneficial to wear proper shoes that can accommodate the bunion and possibly diminish the pain and discomfort. Relief options may include using adequate padding over the bunion for…
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