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Health Tip: Think You Fractured Your Foot?

Posted 2 days 9 hours ago 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

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Health Tip: Recognize a Foot Neuroma

Posted 15 days ago 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

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Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoe for a Hammer Toe

Posted 16 days ago 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

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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

Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Poor circulation and nerve damage leave people with diabetes at increased risk for potentially serious foot problems, especially during the cold weather, a foot and ankle specialist warns. "When it comes to your feet, rain, snow and slushy weather have something in common: they cause dampness. Moisture that collects between your socks and your feet and toes can form bacteria, which can lead to an infection," said Dr. Michael Ambroziak, a Michigan-based foot and ankle surgeon. "Patients with diabetes should change out of wet or damp socks, and towel dry their feet as soon as possible, remembering to pay close attention to the area between their toes," he advised in a news release from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. People with diabetes also need to moisturize their feet daily to prevent their skin from itching or cracking. But avoid areas ... Read more

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Protecting Ankles, Feet From Winter's Assaults

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – From broken bones to frostbite, you're at extra risk for foot and ankle injuries during winter. But you can protect yourself, according to a surgeon who specializes in podiatry. "During the winter months, patients should take extra precaution to keep their feet warm and dry when navigating frigid temps, especially patients who have existing health conditions," said Dr. Greg Catalano, a Massachusetts-based foot and ankle surgeon. The first step is to wear proper footwear, he said. "Whether caused by wearing high heels on icy surfaces or just sheer accident, falls are one of the most common causes of weather-related injuries. Oftentime, wintertime falls result in an ankle sprain, or worse, a broken bone in the foot, ankle, heel or toe. I encourage patients to wear low-heeled shoes or boots with a traction sole to help prevent slipping," Catalano said. ... Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care, Prevention of Falls, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Caring for Psoriasis on Your Feet

Posted 4 Jan 2017 by

-- Psoriasis causes red, scaly, itchy plaques on the skin, including the feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these ways to soothe it: Moisturize your feet regularly. Choose a moisturizer that's hypoallergenic and non-irritating. Soak feet in an oatmeal bath. Ask your doctor about special light therapy. Avoid psoriasis triggers, such as alcohol and exposure to dry air. See a podiatrist if your foot psoriasis doesn't improve. Read more

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Health Tip: What's Behind My Foot Arthritis?

Posted 21 Dec 2016 by

-- The stiffness and pain that accompany arthritis are particularly noticable when they affect the feet. Here are possible reasons behind foot arthritis, courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association: Foot injuries, particularly if they were not treated properly. Viral or bacterial infections that affect the joints. Inflammatory bowel disease. Prescribed medications or use of illegal drugs. An autoimmune disease. Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Foot Care, Felty's Syndrome

Cushioned Shoe Inserts Won't Guard Against Injury: Review

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 – The millions who run, walk or play sports may think shoe inserts that cushion the foot can help prevent injuries. But a new review challenges that notion. Only orthotics, which are actually molded to a person's foot, seem to be able to do that job, Australian researchers reported. "There appears to be little merit in using shock-absorbing insoles for the prevention of injury, while there is some evidence that foot [orthotics] are effective for the prevention of some injuries like stress fractures and shin pain," said review author Daniel Bonanno. He is a lecturer in podiatry in the College of Science, Health, and Engineering at La Trobe University in Melbourne. However, Bonanno noted that the studies the researchers evaluated weren't done well, so whether cushioned inserts are worthless is still an open question. "Given that the majority of studies included in ... Read more

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Foot Care, Prevention of Fractures

Winter Shoes Can Boost Bunion Pain

Posted 25 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 25, 2016 – As temperatures tumble and women switch from sandals to closed-toe shoes, bunions can be a real pain, experts say. Bunions are bony bumps on the joint at the base of the big toe. Their cause is unclear but they develop over time. And shoes with narrow foot boxes can rub against them, causing inflammation and pain, according to members of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). To prevent these problems, women should avoid high-heeled shoes and other styles that crowd the toes together, St. Louis podiatrist Dr. Karl Collins advised. "If a patient has a shoe that fits well everywhere else, but there's just a little bit of irritation at just that one spot, we may recommend that they have the shoe modified (by a shoe repair shop)," he said in an ACFAS news release. It's important that the front of the shoe is wide, said Dr. Michelle Butterworth, who ... Read more

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A Guide to Coping With Corns and Calluses

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – Corns and calluses are sometimes painful areas of thickened skin that develop on the feet due to repeated rubbing or pressure. Those on the toe or top of the foot are called corns. Those that develop on the bottom of the foot are called calluses. No matter where they are, corns and calluses can hurt, and can lead to serious problems in people with diabetes or decreased circulation, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). "Mild corns and calluses may not require treatment. If the corn or callus isn't bothering you, it can probably be left alone," according to an association news release. "If corns or calluses are causing pain and discomfort or inhibiting your daily life in any way, see a podiatrist. Also, people with diabetes, poor circulation, or other serious illnesses should have their feet checked," the group advised. Your doctor may ... Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

Health Tip: Help Prevent Corns and Calluses

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by

-- Corns and calluses can be very uncomfortable, but the right shoes often can prevent them from forming. Consider these suggestions from the American Podiatric Medical Association: Make sure you only wear shoes that fit properly. Talk to your podiatrist if you have a foot deformity or problem that requires special shoes. Wear gel pad inserts inside your shoes to ease pressure points. Ask your podiatrist about how to place them. Read more

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Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoes for Sports

Posted 23 Sep 2016 by

-- If you're a scholastic or recreational athlete, your shoes can make a significant difference in your performance and risk of injury. Here are recommendations from the American Podiatric Medical Association: Shoes for basketball, volleyball and tennis should include a rigid, thick, supportive sole and high ankle support. Soccer shoes should have a supportive, high-quality footbed, molded rubber cleats and an appropriate stud type for the playing surface. Football and lacrosse shoes need high ankle support and good traction. Baseball and softball shoes need good arch support. Kids younger than 13 should not wear metal cleats. Read more

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Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well

Posted 26 Aug 2016 by

-- Kids need sturdy, supportive shoes that fit their growing feet. Here are some shoe-shopping suggestions from the American Podiatric Medical Association: Every few months, your child will probably outgrow shoes and socks. Poorly-fitted shoes can irritate your child's feet. Measure feet at each shopping trip, and inspect feet often for signs of irritation. Don't let your child wear secondhand shoes. They may not fit correctly, and may spread fungal infections. Check the heels of your child's shoes for uneven wear. Let your child shop for shoes and help decide which to buy. Buy the size that fits the larger foot. Have your child try on shoes with a favorite pair of socks. Make sure the shoes are comfortable right away. Read more

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