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Tuesday, 31 May 2022 00:00

How to Prevent Running Injuries

While most runners will likely endure an injury at some point, preventative methods can be employed to help stave them off. One of the most frustrating aspects of a running injury is having to curtail running until it heals. Shin splints, hamstring and groin strains, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis are among the most common runner injuries. Increasing intensity, distance, training regimens slowly, and varying workouts may be the most important factors in helping to prevent a running injury. Also, a runner who sustains recurring injuries often does so because of improper treatment and not allowing enough time before reengaging in running. Wearing comfortable, well-fitting, and supportive running shoes, alternating running shoes between workouts, doing warm-up and strengthening exercises beforehand can reduce risk of injury. In addition, being aware of how the body feels and tending to physical and mental health will also help prevent injury. If you are a runner and want to make sure you are in the best shape to head off injury, as well as treat an injury properly once it happens, developing a relationship with a chiropodist is suggested.

Although running is a wonderful exercise to keep you in shape, it can wreak havoc on your feet and ankles if you don’t take preventive measures. If you have sustained a foot and ankle injury from running, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Some common running injuries include:

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Shin splints

  • Ankle sprains

  • Stress fractures

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Bursitis 

What causes injuries? 

These injuries are usually caused by overtraining, wearing the wrong shoes, running on hard surfaces, having tight and inflexible muscles, or having biomechanical issues in the feet or ankles. 

What can I do to prevent injuries? 

  • Train slowly and gradually

  • Give yourself plenty of time to recover following a run

  • Wear shoes that fit properly and support your foot

  • Avoid running on hard surfaces, like concrete

  • Stretch and strengthen the muscles of your lower legs

  • Warm-up prior to a run

  • Have your gait analyzed and your feet examined by a chiropodist to determine if there are any biomechanical problems that need to be treated 

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

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Tuesday, 24 May 2022 00:00

Can Obesity Lead To Flat Feet?

Being overweight can create a variety of negative effects on the body that may be proportional to your level of obesity. Obesity is often a factor in foot pain and impaired mobility. For instance, an increased body mass index (BMI) is sometimes associated with flat feet. The condition of flat feet (pes planus) can range from lower-than-normal arch height to arches that are completely collapsed. When obesity is associated with flat feet, it is believed to be proportionate to the height of the fallen arch. Arches in people who are obese need to work harder to support the weight they are enduring. In other words, the heavier a person is, the lower their arch may be. Flat feet may produce symptoms such as aching, pain, or fatigue in the arch and muscles of the feet and legs. The body may even compensate for the extra weight by changing the way you walk, which can further exacerbate flat-footedness. If you have flat feet and are experiencing any discomfort, consult with a chiropodist to explore treatment options. 

Being obese affects every part of your body, and your feet are no exception. Because they bear the full weight of your body as you go about your daily life, your feet are under a lot of pressure. Carrying excess weight can strain the feet and cause a variety of unpleasant side effects. If you are obese and concerned about your foot health, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Obesity can:

  • Cause foot pain

  • Increase the risk of foot and ankle injuries

  • Reduce mobility

  • Make the feet wider 

  • Flatten the arch

  • Make gout more likely

  • Make arthritis more likely

  • Increase the risk of diabetes

Your chiropodist may suggest lifestyle changes to address foot and ankle problems that are caused by or affected by obesity. These may include changes to your diet, exercise, and footwear, as well as wearing orthotics. The treatments for specific injuries or health problems will vary depending on what they are, but weight loss is often suggested to decrease strain on the feet. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022 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 May 2022 00:00

Several Kinds of Arthritis

Some of the symptoms that are associated with arthritis are severe pain and inflammation. There are different types of arthritis, and osteoarthritis is considered to be the most common. It can affect the cartilage lining of the joints in the feet and generally causes stiffness, possibly making it difficult to walk. Women are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than men, and pain and swelling often accompany this type of ailment. It is said that men are more likely to be affected by the type of arthritis that is known as gout and the discomfort from this condition can be debilitating. It affects the joint in the big toe and can develop from an excess amount of uric acid in the bloodstream. If you have any of the above symptoms and it becomes difficult to complete daily activities, it is strongly advised that you confer with a chiropodist who can provide arthritic foot care treatment.

Osteoarthritis in the feet or ankles can be a painful and disabling condition that may interfere with your daily activities. If you have arthritis, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Osteoarthritis? 

Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the protective layer of cartilage in the joints breaks down over time. This loss of cartilage causes the bones to rub together during movement, leading to pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis is associated with aging, and often affects the small joints of the feet and ankles. 

Symptoms

Symptoms of osteoarthritis include: 

  • Joint pain

  • Joint stiffness

  • Swelling in or around the joint

  • Restricted range of motion

  • Difficulty walking

Diagnosis

Osteoarthritis can be diagnosed through physical examination. You may also need to have an X-ray taken to assess the extent of the damage caused by arthritis. 

Treatment

Treatment for osteoarthritis focuses on reducing symptoms and improving the function of the affected joints. Conservative treatments include oral pain medications, orthotic devices, bracing or immobilizing the affected foot or ankle, steroid injections into the affected joint to reduce inflammation, and physical therapy. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. 

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022 00:00

Why Is My Toenail Black?

If you notice that your toenail has turned black, it is a sign that you may need a new pair of running shoes. Running too far for too long is a primary cause of black toenail, causing a soft tissue injury. Black toenails are common among long-distance runners and soldiers who march a long way in boots. A blackened toenail is caused by a subungual hematoma, or bleeding under the toenail, often called a jogger's toe. The main cause is continued rubbing inside the shoe, but may also be the result of dropping something heavy on your toe. Symptoms include a blackened appearance of the nail, a feeling of throbbing pain, and in some cases the loosening of the nail from the bed. The blood collects under the toenail, causing the black appearance, and pressure causes the pain. Treatment for black toenails includes draining the blood from under the nail or removing the nail. If you have developed a black toenail, please see a chiropodist for an examination and treatment options.


 

Injuries to the foot and ankle are very common among athletes. If you have experienced an injury, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Injuries Among Athletes: 

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Ankle strains or sprains

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Fractures

  • Turf toe 

  • Joint dislocations

  • Sever’s disease

  • Morton’s neuroma

Symptoms

Symptoms will depend on the cause and severity of the injury. Common symptoms for a foot or ankle injury include pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, a reduced range of motion, and difficulty bearing weight or walking on the affected foot or ankle. 

Diagnosis

Sports injuries are typically diagnosed after carefully examining the affected foot or ankle. This includes moving the injured area to test its range of motion. Medical history will need to be provided, as well as detailed information about how the injury occurred. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, may be used to confirm or rule out certain diagnoses. 

Treatment

Just like symptoms, treatment will depend on the type of injury and its severity. Initial treatment for many sports injuries is aimed at controlling inflammation and promoting the healing response. The acronym R.I.C.E is a helpful guide to implement for most acute injuries. This method involves resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected foot or ankle. In addition, anti-inflammatory medications may be administered and orthotic devices may be prescribed. For more severe injuries, surgery may be required. Lastly, rehabilitation or physical therapy may be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area.

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

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Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 00:00

Reasons Bunions Can Develop

The location on the foot where a bunion generally develops is the bottom of the joint in the big toe. It can happen due to genetics, or if an injury has occurred. The bony protrusion of a bunion that develops in this area may cause the big toe to shift toward the other toes, and the foot may look deformed. Many patients have to purchase larger shoes to accommodate the shape of the foot. Additionally, walking may be uncomfortable, and limping may help to alleviate the discomfort. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is soaked in warm water, and it may help to wear a protective pad over the bunion. Effective prevention methods of bunions can include avoiding wearing high heels, wearing shoes with bigger toe areas, and by developing strength in the feet with a routine exercise regime. If you have developed a bunion, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist who can effectively treat this condition.

Bunions progressively worsen over time and may cause walking in your shoes to become difficult. To learn more about bunions, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Are Bunions? 

A bunion is a bony bump that protrudes from the base of the big toe. Bunions are caused due to a misalignment of the first metatarsal. The characteristic bump of a bunion forms when the metatarsal shifts outwards from its proper position. Bunions develop slowly over time and progressively worsen without treatment. The skin over the bunion may develop calluses due to the friction from shoes. Eventually, a bunion can make walking uncomfortable or even painful. Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities and are especially common in women and older adults.

Symptoms

A bunion appears as a bulging bump on the outside of the base of the big toe.

The bunion may also: 

  • Be swollen, red, or sore 

  • Develop corns or calluses over it

  • Cause pain

  • Limit the big toe’s range of motion

Treatment

There are several different treatments available for bunions. Conservative treatment options include wearing shoes with a wider toe box, cushioning the bunion with a specialized pad, wearing shoe inserts, icing the bunion if it becomes inflamed, and taking medications to relieve pain. In more severe cases, more invasive procedures may be done. This may involve removing the swollen tissue around the bunion, straightening the big toe, realigning the bones at the front of the foot, or a combination of these procedures. 

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