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Health Tip: Do You Have Athlete's Foot?

Posted 4 days ago by

-- Athlete's foot is a fungal skin disease that leads to pain and itch, notably between the toes. The warm, moist and dark environment created by our footwear is an ideal breeding ground for fungus. The germ often lingers on pool decks and in public showers. The American Podiatric Medical Association says athlete's foot symptoms may include: Itching and burning between the toes, which may increase as the infection spreads to the rest of the feet. Scaling and peeling skin. Swelling of infected areas. Blisters, which may lead to cracking or peeling skin. When blisters break, small raw areas of tissue are exposed. Read more

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Health Tip: Pedicure Pointers

Posted 12 days ago by

-- Giving yourself a home pedicure, or getting one at a salon? The American Podiatric Medical Association has these suggestions: Before your pedicure, consult a podiatrist if you have diabetes or poor circulation. First thing in the morning is the ideal time to schedule a pedicure, because salons are typically cleanest earlier in the day. Bring your own pedicure tools to the salon. If you don't have any, make sure the salon sufficiently sterilizes the equipment between uses. If doing it yourself, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub to eliminate calluses. When trimming nails, use a clipper with a straight edge to ensure your toenails are cut straight across. Curved-shaped clippers increase the risk of ingrown toenails. Use an emery board to smooth nail edges. Do not scrape the nail's surface while filing. Run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails to remove ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Foot Care

'Exoskeletons' May Help Kids With Cerebral Palsy Walk

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – A robotic exoskeleton attached to the lower leg may someday help kids with cerebral palsy maintain the ability to walk. Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder, characterized by impaired motor function and muscle control. By adulthood, half of those with cerebral palsy no longer walk, often because of a crippling gait pattern. Enter the motorized exoskeleton, which aids knee extension at specific points of the walking cycle. "Current standard interventions often include highly invasive orthopedic surgery, muscle injections and physical therapy," said study lead author Zachary Lerner. But these treatments are "unable to prevent the debilitating loss of walking ability for many children with cerebral palsy," added Lerner, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Northern Arizona University. Many of these children bend their knees excessively when ... Read more

Related support groups: Orthopedic Surgery, Cerebral Palsy, Foot Care

The Right Shoes Can Help Prevent Falls

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by

-- Falls are the leading cause of death among people 65 and older, government surveys show. More than 2.8 million adults were treated in the emergency room and 27,000 people died from falls in 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Wearing the right shoes can help prevent falls, the American Podiatric Association says, suggesting while shopping for shoes you should: Press on the shoes to make sure the heels won't collapse and the shoes won't twist in the middle. While trying on the shoes, make sure you're wearing the socks you wear most often. Have your feet measured every time you shop for shoes. Even in mature adults, foot sizes can change frequently. Buy the shoes only if they feel comfortable and steady. . Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care, Prevention of Falls

Health Tip: Caring for Your Feet

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by

-- Summer is here, and it's time to remember your feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends: Don't walk barefoot; wear a pair of flip-flops at the pool, beach or in a locker room. Protect feet with sunscreen. Reapply regularly, and after swimming. Drink lots of water to help reduce swelling of the feet and ankles. When traveling, take frequent breaks to flex your feet, ankles and toes. Use water shoes if you're visiting the beach, a creek, pond or lake. Pack a pair of dry shoes to change into. Create a foot first-aid kit, including moisturizing cream, bandages, nail clippers and blister pads. If you hurt your foot, see a podiatrist. Read more

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

Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy

Posted 26 Jul 2017 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 20 Jul 2017 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

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Health Tip: Preventing Diabetic Foot Sores

Posted 19 Jul 2017 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 16 Jul 2017 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

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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

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