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Winter Shoes Can Boost Bunion Pain

Posted 9 days ago 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 Irritation, Minor Skin Conditions

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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Will 'Unloading' Shoes Help Your Arthritic Knees?

Posted 12 Aug 2016 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 – For reducing pain from arthritic knees, "unloading" shoes don't offer a leg up over conventional walking shoes, new research indicates. With their modified midsoles, unloading shoes aim to reduce the force (or "load") placed on an affected knee joint, according to their manufacturer. But after focusing on one brand – the "Gel Melbourne OA" shoe by Asics – the Australian researchers concluded the special shoes were no better for knee arthritis than standard lace-up footwear. "With its specific design features, [the unloading shoe] does significantly reduce the forces acting across the inner compartment of the knee joint," said study lead author Rana Hinman. But its users didn't report greater pain relief than those wearing new regular walking shoes, said Hinman, an associate professor of physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. Among study participants, ... Read more

Related support groups: Osteoarthritis, Knee Joint Replacement, Foot Care

Health Tip: Buy the Right Running Shoes

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by

-- Using the correct running shoes can help your feet feel great and protect against injury. Here are guidelines for which shoes to buy, courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association: Choose running shoes that offer plenty of shock absorption. Look for shoes that are compatible with your arch type, whether it's high, medium or low. Meet with a podiatrist, who can help identify your type of arch. Get a new pair of running shoes about every eight months. Understand that good shoes can help prevent problems including plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, shin splints and Morton's neuroma. Read more

Related support groups: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoes

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by

-- Shoes that provides a sturdy base can improve balance, especially among seniors prone to falling. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends: Checking for support on both sides of the heel, flexibility in the toes and stability in the middle. Having the store measure your feet every time you shop, in case there have been changes. Packing a pair of socks that you'll wear to try on shoes. Not buying shoes that aren't comfortable when you try them on. Don't assume that breaking in shoes will help. Talking to your podiatrist about the best shoes for your needs. Read more

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Health Tip: Easing Bunions

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by

-- Bunions are painful bumps that develop on the side of the big toe If you have a bunion, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests Change to a pair of shoes that fit well and don't squeeze your toes. Use bunion pads inside your shoes to ease pressure. Consider shoe inserts or splints worn at night to relieve pressure. Ice the bunion a few times a day for about 20 minutes at a time, using something to protect your skin from the ice. Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug to help ease pain and swelling. Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Against Athlete's Foot

Posted 18 Jul 2016 by

-- Athlete's foot is an itchy, often painful fungal infection. But there are things you can do to help prevent it. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends: Using soap and water to wash feet daily, taking care to thoroughly dry between the toes. Always wearing sandals or shoes in public locker rooms or restrooms. Wearing shoes that are lightweight and breathable. Changing your hosiery, socks and shoes often. Choosing socks that help keep your feet dry. Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Pedis, Foot Care

Don't Let Painful Blisters Spoil Your Summer Fun

Posted 18 Jul 2016 by

SATURDAY, July 16, 2016 – You might think of blisters as painful nuisances on your feet, but one expert warns that blisters can appear anywhere that skin rubs against clothing or another part of the body. The good news: You can keep blisters at bay by preventing chafing. "Prevention is really the key when it comes to blisters," said Dr. Anthony Rossi, an assistant professor of dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. "To stop them before they appear, pay attention to your skin and take precautions if you know you're going to do a lot of walking, running or other physical activity," he said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. Rossi offers these tips: Wear socks. Try nylon and moisture-wicking socks, and throw on an extra pair of socks if one doesn't do the trick. Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose. When you're active, wear ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Caring for Foot Ulcers

Posted 11 Jul 2016 by

-- Foot ulcers are wounds that commonly develop under the big toe or on the balls of the feet. They're common among people with diabetes. To care for a foot ulcer, the American Diabetes Association suggests: See your healthcare provider about an ulcer, even if it doesn't hurt, to prevent possible infection and serious complications. Get rest and stay off your feet if you have an ulcer. Use a brace, cast or special shoe if your doctor recommends it. Keep blood sugar under control. Continue to care for your foot carefully after the ulcer heals, and wear special shoes that offer better protection. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Foot Care

Health Tip: Recognizing Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis

Posted 5 Jul 2016 by

-- Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tendon in the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and painful. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society says risk factors include: Being female. Being overweight. Working in a job in which you must walk around or stand on a hard surface for long periods. Walking or running long distances regularly. Having tight calf muscles, flat feet or high arches. Read more

Related support groups: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Care

Dos & Don'ts for Easy Splinter Removal

Posted 20 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 20, 2016 – Along with the hot days of summer will come a perennial hazard of outdoor living: splinters. Fortunately, dermatologists say splinters are usually easy to remove so you or your child can move on to more pleasant activities. "Splinters come in all shapes and sizes, and they can really hurt," said Dr. Robert Sidbury, division chief of dermatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. "To reduce pain and the possibility of an infection, splinters should be removed as quickly as possible," he added in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. Sidbury provided the following tips for safe and easy splinter removal: With soap and water, gently wash and dry the area where the splinter has entered the skin. Use a magnifying glass if the splinter is very small. Look to see its size and the direction it entered the skin. To remove ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Foot Care

Health Tip: Protect Your Feet

Posted 20 Jun 2016 by

-- With dangers from sunburn to fungus, summer can be perilous for unprotected feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions: Don't go barefoot. When walking to the pool, beach, locker room or around a hotel, always wear a pair of flip flops, shoes or sneakers. Apply sunscreen to all areas of your feet and ankles. Reapply after getting out of the water. Drink plenty of water every day, all day. Practice calf stretches, toe wiggles and ankle flexes to promote circulation. If you're heading to the beach, lake or river, find out if any special footwear is needed. Seek medical attention for any foot injury. Pack a small emergency kit that includes bandages, moleskin and nail clippers. Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Foot Care, Prevention of Sunburn

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