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5 quick and easy tips to healthy feet and legs | The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz

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There are many causes of leg pain right from muscle cramps and inflammation of tendons to arthritis, varicose veins and nerve damage. Leg pain due to muscle strain following an injury or wearing tight shoes for a long time can be prevented by following few simple tips:

  1. Stretch the leg muscle: One of the most effective ways to prevent leg pain due to a sudden muscle twist or cramp is to stretch the muscle. This not only improves blood flow to the injured muscle but it also helps in reducing muscle tension thereby relieving muscle soreness.
  2. Take a warm shower: If you suffer from leg pain, then take a warm shower to relax the muscles. If taking a bath is not feasible, then placing a heating pad on the affected areas can also help. A heat pack works best if the pain is due to a previous injury as it not only relaxes blood vessels but also improves blood circulation, alleviating leg pain.
  3. Wear a proper fitting athletic shoe: Most people fail to choose the right fitting shoe, which is one of the common causes of leg and heel pain. To get the right fit, determine the shape of your foot using the ‘wet test’. For this, step out of the shower onto a surface that will show your footprint, like a brown paper bag. If you have a flat foot, you will see an impression of your whole foot on the paper. If you have a high arch, you will only see the ball and heel of your foot. When shopping, look for athletic shoes that match your particular foot pattern.
  4. Choose the right sports shoe: Not many people are aware that different types of shoes are specially designed to meet your sports requirement. Did you know running long distances in court-style sneakers can contribute to shin splints? It is important to choose the shoes according to your sport or fitness routine.
  5. Go slow if you are a beginner at the gym: One of the common mistakes that most people commit is to overexert on the first day of the gym, which not only exerts pressure on the knee but also causes muscle soreness and leg pain. The key to preventing leg pain and sticking to your workout routine is to build your fitness level slowly. You can start off with less strenuous workouts and then gradually increase the duration, intensity, and frequency of your exercise regimen.

For any foot problems, contact The Podiatrist.

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Beyond the backpack: Back-to-school shoe-shopping tips to keep kids healthy and parents happy | The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz

The importance of looking after your child's feet

For parents faced with kids’ changing tastes and opinions, navigating shoe shopping can be a harrowing process. Buy him the wrong backpack and he’ll be the uncool kid at school. Pick out the wrong jeans for her and she’ll be shamed by society. While neither scenario will cause kids any real harm, there is one area of shopping where a wrong move could have health ramifications for kids – shoe shopping.

Foot health is directly related to overall health, no matter your age. Proper footwear is essential to foot health, so it’s important for parents to ensure kids are provided with a good foundation on their feet. Shoes are one of the most important purchases parents will make.

Children’s feet change and grow with them, and parents may find they need to update their kids’ shoes and socks every few months to accommodate this growth. Shoes that don’t fit properly can irritate the feet and affect how well a child walks, runs and plays. The Podiatrist offers parents some advice for finding shoes that are good for kids’ feet and also live up to their exacting tastes:

* Always buy new, never used, and never hand down footwear. Sharing shoes can spread fungi like athlete’s foot. What’s more, children’s feet are as unique as they are. A shoe that fits one child comfortably may not fit another child as well. Plus, shoes that have been worn will tend to conform to the foot of the wearer, and may be uncomfortable for anyone else to put on.

* Test the shoe before allowing a child to try it on. Check for a stiff heel by pressing on both sides of the heel counter; it shouldn’t collapse under the pressure. Bend the shoe with your hands to ensure it will bend with your child’s toes; it shouldn’t be too stiff. Try twisting the shoe; it should be rigid in the middle and never twist in that area.

* Go shopping together. Shopping with your child ensures you can have his foot professionally measured, that he can test the shoe for a proper fit, give you his opinion of it and learn from you the finer points of buying a good shoe. Kids who learn how to select a comfortable, supportive shoe may be less likely to make wrong footwear choices as adults – which could save them a lot of discomfort.

* Remember to shop for shoes later in the day when feet are at their largest, and always buy for the larger foot. Having your child’s feet measured will help identify which foot is larger. Additionally, remember to have the child wear the type of socks or tights he or she will most likely wear with the shoe.

* Avoid buying shoes that need a “break-in” period. Optimal footwear should be comfortable right away. Once the school year is underway, keep an eye on your child’s shoes – active kids may wear out footwear faster than adults. Be vigilant for signs of irritation, such as your child always wanting to remove one or both shoes. The footwear may no longer fit properly, especially if it’s been a few months since you bought the shoes.

Finally, be sure children wear shoes that are appropriate for their activities. If your daughter plays sports, she should wear a good athletic shoe designed for that sport. If your son is a runner, he’ll need a good running shoe. For daily wear when kids do a lot of walking, choose a good, supportive shoe. Keep sandals, flip-flops and heels for occasional wear only.

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Summer Foot Care Basics and Tips

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Ok so now that summer is officially in full swing (well kind of) it may be time to actually take some time to pamper those little puppies walking around in flip-flops and going bare in the sand.  Not only are your feet much more visible than they are in other seasons during the hot summer months, but they can also suffer more from increased walking and from less than supportive shoes.

This being the case, it might be a good time to think about giving your feet a little R and R.

Basic foot care involves some, well, basic tips. 

First of all it is important to wash your feet every day in order to insure that bacteria and fungus don’t get a chance to grow.  Even when you are not showering, you should take the time therefore to wash your feet.  This is even more important when walking around in flip flops or sporting bare feet on the beach because your feet will be exposed to a great deal more of these unpleasant germs. 

Always be sure to wash between the toes as well as over the foot itself. You also should avoid trimming or shaving off calluses no matter how tempting that little shaver at the pedicurists might be.  While your feet may be smoother than ever for a few days, thick layers of dry skin will grow back and you may be exposing yourself to a risk of infection.

Consult The Podiatrist if you are having trouble with stubborn corns and calluses.
Always wear shoes that fit properly. Walking around in tight fighting shoes will leave you at least hobbling. Because your feet swell and sweat in the heat, shoes without socks can become especially uncomfortable as your feet slip and rub against the shoe.  Make sure you have broken in your shoes before taking a long walk and make sure that they fit before buying them.  No matter how cute that little pair of ballet flats might be, if they don’t have your size then do let them go.

Tips on how to take care of our feet during these hot and sticky summer months.

It’s easy to forget that feet can get sunburned. Be sure to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 when barefoot or if feet are exposed through open sandals, and don’t forget to apply to both the tops and bottoms of your feet. 

With sandals and open shoe styles, feet are exposed to the elements. Dry, cracked heels are common during the summer months so make an effort to moisturize daily. The Gehwol Fussfraft foot care range have a balm for every skin type.

Keep Feet Clean: Foot perspiration is typical in the summer and can lead to fungal infection and unwanted odor. Wash feet daily, and let them dry thoroughly before putting shoes on. Also, consider using a foot powder to minimize odour. Why not try the Gehwol Herb Bath Salts, and use the Gehwol Fussfraft Mint balm- ideal for cooling the feet.

Add Cushion: When wearing high heels, your feet are feeling the pressure. Cushion the impact with an insole like Podsoft Foot Angles.

Sandals and jandals: with warmer weather, people tend to be more active and on their feet. To relieve tired, achy feet add extra support in your shoes. The Vasyli range of medical sandals are ideal for the summer.

Having perfectly manicured toes can make for a nice beach time public display but if you forget to follow these basic guidelines your feet will be more disaster than delight.  Remember always that your feet are important so to treat your them to a little basic pampering every day.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us.

 

The Podiatrist

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Foot Pain Treatment: Podiatrist Talks Bunion Causes, Pain & Treatment The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz

Bunions may progress in size and severity

Bunions are such an eye-sore! They can turn back the dial on even the hottest heels. But just what the heck are these things anyway?

Contrary to common belief, bunions are not a bone growth. Instead, a bunion is a progressive change of position of bones in the foot. Specifically, the bone commonly known as the bunion, is the 1st metatarsal. The first metatarsal moves away from the foot and is it changes, it pushes out the side of the foot where it appears as the “bunion bump”

As the 1st metatarsal moves one direction, the big toe moves in the other direction and leans towards the 2nd toe. These two bone changing position causes the 1st toe joint to be out of alignment and destabilizes the area leading to more progressive change and pain the joint.
Just how do bunions form?
The great majority of bunions are 90% genetic. The remaining 10% are caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and similar disorders. The mechanics that are genetically inherited allow the bones to change position over time as described above.

Women are more genetically prone than men to get bunions 10:1. If one has genetic predisposition to get bunions, outside influences such as tight shoes and high heels may speed the progression. However, if one does not have genetic predisposition, tight and high heeled shoes will not cause a bunion.
Are there any potential treatments?

There are some effective preventive treatment for bunions. Bracing or splinting the toe, different shoe gear or arch supports/custom orthotics have shown to be beneficial in preventing the formation or progression of bunion deformity.

When bunions become painful, getting into wider and/or deeper shoes may provide symptomatic relief. Devices to protect the area may also provide relief but often make the shoe fit tighter, leading to more discomfort. When those alternatives are not effective, surgery is a consideration.

If you have any concerns, call The Podiatrist.

Get started on resolving your foot problem today.

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Steps to Easy Summer Footcare at Home | The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz

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We are nearly into the summer months. That means your feet are (and have been) on constant hibernation in shoes and socks. It’s almost time for backyard barbecues, tubing trips, stoopside soirees and every other sandal you can imagine. If the thought of open sandals makes your toes curl (in a “hide me now” kind of way), it’s time to crank up the TLC on those sore, tired puppies and give them some much-deserved love. They are, after all, the hardest-working two feet you’ll ever run around town on.

To get the lowdown on best at-home foot care practices, we recommend seeing The Podiatrist for regular professional care. A regular at-home regimen should keep your feet clean, smooth and, above all, healthy.

Soak.
Do this in warm water for at least 10 minutes before you use any tools on your feet. It softens the skin and gives you an excuse to catch up on that stack of magazines you’ve been meaning to read. To kill off any bacteria and fungus lurking on your feet, Le recommends using an antiseptic product like Gehwol Herb Bath.

Exfoliate.
Slough off dead skin with a pumice stone, or Gehwol foot scrubbing stone.

Clip.
Trim and file your nails weekly to avoid dirt build-up. Be sure to routinely soak your clippers in rubbing alcohol before and after use to avoid spreading bacteria.

Moisturize. Slather on the foot cream which has a rich, creamy formula with emollients to lock in moisture for at least a couple of hours. If you’re doing this before bed, throw on a pair of socks to keep the moisturizer in its place. This is also an opportune time to dab a drop of tea tree oil on each nail to protect from fungus.

We have an extensive range of foot care products to keep your feet looking good for the summer

Get started on resolving your foot problem today.

Call The Podiatrist for any foot care needs.

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Taking Care of Feet Before, During and After Physical Activity | The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz

there are many reasons for sore feet

While enjoying outdoor sports and activities is a must, it’s important to consider foot health and recovery throughout these adventures. Tramping, biking, running and even just chasing the kids around the amusement park can take a toll on feet, exacerbating pain and soreness and at times putting a stop to activity. For this reason, it is important to take proper steps to prevent aches and pains before exercising.

Find a shoe that suits your sport or activity. If you are going for a run, be sure to have on proper running shoes that fit the needs of your feet. The same thing goes for tramping-tough terrain requires a shoe that will offer stability to the feet and ankles.

It is just as important to provide feet with the necessary support post-workout. Walking barefoot can cause the foot to break down, and can ultimately lead to excruciating foot pain.

Slipping into a pair of supportive sandals or shoes immediately following physical activity, or whenever walking or standing on hard surfaces. The worst thing you can do for your feet is to deprive them of appropriate support after a workout. Instead of taking off your sneakers and walking barefoot, step into a shoe or sandal that will support the arch and cup the heel, preserving your natural footprint.

Supportive footwear even while walking around the house and running errands. Feet were not designed to walk on hard, unnatural surfaces. You will have much better results if you take care to support your foot’s natural contours with the right footwear.

While enjoying your favuorite activities — whether training for a marathon or simply taking a leisurely stroll around the block — it is important to consider foot health before, during and after.
Get started on resolving your foot problems today.

Call The Podiatrist for all your Foot care needs.

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