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Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy

Posted 1 day 13 hours ago by

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – A robotic training device helped improve the walking ability of children with cerebral palsy who suffer from a condition known as "crouch gait," a small study found. The device provided strength training for muscles that were too weak to support fully upright posture, explained senior researcher Sunil Agrawal. He is a professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine and mechanical engineering at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. "Children improved their posture, their walking speed, their balance, as well as the symmetry of their walking, through this approach," Agrawal said. Crouch gait is an abnormality caused by a type of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia. In spastic diplegia, stiff muscles in both legs hamper the normal give-and-take of walking, preventing a normal stride. Human movement relies on two sets of ... Read more

Related support groups: Cerebral Palsy, Foot Care

Health Tip: Ease the Pain of a Blister

Posted 8 days ago by

-- A blister may be painful and uncomfortable, though it's best to avoid popping it. But it's important to keep the area clean, especially if the wound pops on its own. The Mayo Clinic offers these care suggestions: Washing your hands with soap and water before touching the blister. Using soap and water to carefully wash the blister. Using iodine on the wound. Applying Vaseline, then covering the area with a gauze bandage that won't stick to the skin. Repeat this daily until the wound heals. Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care

Health Tip: Preventing Diabetic Foot Sores

Posted 9 days ago by

-- Foot sores are more common among people with diabetes, who often have problems with circulation to the legs and feet. To help prevent this dangerous condition, the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Maintaining tight control of your blood glucose. Avoiding walking barefoot. Seeing a podiatrist regularly. If you already have an ulcer, keeping the area clean and covered with a sterile bandage. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Foot Care

Flip-flops: Fun in the Sun, but Tough on Feet

Posted 12 days ago by

SATURDAY, July 15, 2017 – Americans love flip-flops – just slip them on, and you're out the door. But, the unstructured footwear can cause problems, one expert says. "This time of year I frequently see patients with foot conditions related to wearing flip-flops," Dr. Christina Long, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release. "Wearing flip-flops is better than going barefoot because they do provide some protection for the bottoms of your feet, but that's about it," she said. "Flip-flops don't offer any arch or heel support, and you have to grip them with your toes to keep them on. Wearing them for too long or for the wrong activity can cause a lot of different problems," she explained. Flip-flops leave feet exposed and susceptible to cuts, puncture wounds, bruises, torn nails, insect bites and sunburn. Walking in ... Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care

Health Tip: Coping With Sweaty Feet

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by

-- If your feet are sweaty much of the time, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. While it's not cause for worry, you can do things to cope with excess sweating. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Wash your feet daily, especially between the toes, with antibacterial soap. Dry feet well, then sprinkle cornstarch, foot powder or an antifungal powder to keep feet dry. Choose socks made of synthetic materials that wick sweat away from the feet. Avoid socks made of 100 percent cotton. Wear shoes made of breathable material. Keep an extra pair of socks with you and change them during the day. Read more

Related support groups: Hyperhidrosis, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Pedis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Preventing Ingrown Toenail

Posted 22 May 2017 by

-- An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin, causing pain and sometimes an infection. To avoid the problem, the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Trimming toenails straight across. Avoiding tight shoes that squeeze the toes. Protecting feet from injury. Using nail clippers to trim the nails, and using a nail file to gently smooth sharp edges. Never rip a nail with your fingers. Keeping nails trimmed to the tips of the toes. Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Foot Care, Nail Dystrophy

Health Tip: Avoid Tight Shoes

Posted 19 May 2017 by

-- Fashion can be stylish without being uncomfortable. Shoes that are too tight can actually injure your feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association says tight shoes can lead to development of: A bunion. Corns. A hammer toe, in which the middle toe joint curls. Crossover toe, in which the second or third toe crosses over the next toe. An ingrown toenail. Sores, especially among people with diabetes who have foot nerve damage. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Foot Care

Health Tip: Protect Your Feet From Warts

Posted 15 May 2017 by

-- Warts are small bumps, caused by a virus, that are highly contagious. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to reduce your risk of developing warts on the feet: Don't walk around barefoot. Each day, wear a clean pair of socks and alternate your shoes. Wash feet regularly, and dry them thoroughly. Regularly inspect children's feet. If someone else has warts, avoid direct contact with their skin. Let your doctor know about warts, growths or other changes in your skin. Read more

Related support groups: Warts, Foot Care

Health Tip: Sandals May Cause Foot Problems

Posted 3 May 2017 by

-- Sandals may be fun and fashionable during warmer weather, but your feet may pay the price. The American Podiatric Medical Association mentions these potential injuries from different sandals: Sprained or twisted ankles from wedges or espadrilles. Bunions and hammertoes from peep toe sandals. Poor support, heel pain and arch pain from flats and slides. Injuries to the ankle and pain in the ball of the foot from high heels or platforms. Calluses, poor support and irritation between the toes from strappy or lace-up sandals. Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care

Health Tip: Dealing With Foot Arthritis

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by

-- Just about everyone has occasional foot pain, but persistent symptoms may signal foot arthritis. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests seeing a doctor about: Having swelling that affects one or more joints. Having ongoing tenderness or pain in a joint. Having a joint that feels hot or is red. Being unable to move a joint. Having a growth, rash or other changes in the skin. Read more

Related support groups: Osteoarthritis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Think You Fractured Your Foot?

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by

-- If you believe you've fractured a bone in your foot, it's important to see a doctor as quickly as possible. If there's time before your office visit, here are suggestions to follow, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Place an ice pack on the foot to minimize swelling. Keep your foot elevated. Avoid putting too much weight on your foot. Use a soft compression bandage to gently wrap the foot. Read more

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Foot Care

Health Tip: Recognize a Foot Neuroma

Posted 14 Mar 2017 by

-- A neuroma is a non-cancerous, thickened nerve between the toes. The American Podiatric Medical Association says possible symptoms include: Pain between the toes or in the forefoot. Pain, a tingling sensation or numbness affecting the ball of the foot. Swelling between the toes. Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care

Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoe for a Hammer Toe

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by

-- A hammer toe means the toe is pointed permanently downward, a painful deformity that typically stems from a shoe that's too tight. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: Choose a shoe with a soft toe box with plenty of wiggle room. Make sure the shoe is at least 1/2 inch longer than your longest toe. Select a shoe that's not too tight or narrow, and does not have a high heel. Avoid sandals. If you do develop a hammer toe, have the shoe stretched professionally to accommodate the condition. Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care

Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by

-- Children need carefully-fitted, sturdy shoes to support their growing feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these shoe-shopping tips: A child's feet typically grow quickly, so sizes may change every few months. Always measure your child's feet before buying a pair of shoes. Shoes that don't fit well can lead to discomfort and irritation. Check for these and signs of uneven wear, which could need a podiatrist's care. Avoid secondhand shoes, which may not fit well and could spread fungal infection. When it comes to shoes, there's no such thing as a necessary break-in period. Make sure shoes are comfortable from the start. If your child's feet are different sizes, buy the size the fits the larger foot. Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Corporis, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Pedis, Onychomycosis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Help Prevent Skin Infections

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by

-- Skin infections are common in athletes, often triggered by sweaty equipment that rubs against skin. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these prevention tips: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Or use a hand sanitizer. Take a shower as soon as possible after practice or a game. After each use, wash and thoroughly dry your uniform. Never share personal items, such as razors, towels, lotions or soaps with others. Use a towel to protect your skin from equipment that is shared with others, including sauna and weight benches. Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Candida Infections, Foot Care

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