Whether you’re getting ready to go barefoot or just looking to be pampered, pedicures are a popular way for people all over the world to treat themselves. Our feet are often one of the first parts to get sore when we work hard or exercise properly, so getting them massaged and beautified can feel like a great, well-earned reward. But as nice as they may feel, there are certain health risks associated with pedicures that often get overlooked.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition where the life cycle of skin cells is accelerated, causing them to rapidly accumulate on the surface layer. It most commonly manifests as red, scaly patches or small spots, and can cause skin to crack, itch, and burn. There are many different types of psoriasis, but not all of them can affect the feet.
All new parents learn pretty quickly that there are very few aspects of your child’s existence that don’t require your intervention. Whether that realisation comes as you clean a surprising amount of dandruff out of their crib, or as you use a nasal aspirator to clear their nose, everyone eventually figures out just how many things we assume happen naturally actually require a parent’s attention. In terms of your child’s footcare, there is a lot more to it than simply buying the right shoes and making sure they don’t stub their toes. Here, we’re going to give some advice on how to look after your child’s feet.
When you see the suffix “-itis” used in terms of anatomy, such as tonsillitis or tendinitis, it means that the body part in question has become inflamed. Plantar fasciitis therefore is the swelling of the Plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heels to your toes. The Plantar fascia is one of the most commonly used ligaments in the human body, so it is not surprising that Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain as well. Most of us will experience Plantar fasciitis at least once in our lives, even if we never realise.
A foot ulcer is an open sore on the foot, usually beneath the big toe or on the balls of the feet. They form when skin tissue breaks down and exposes the lower layers. They begin as a sort of shallow crater, but if left untreated, this can extend into the deeper layers, possibly even reaching the bone.
A hammertoe is a toe that is abnormally bent, usually the second or third toe, although it can happen to any toe at all. This usually occurs because of a muscle/tendon imbalance, although ill-fitting shoes can exacerbate and speed up the formation of hammertoes. A hammertoe usually starts out as a mild abnormality, but if left untreated, they will always get progressively worse.
A heel spur is a bony growth that protrudes from the calcaneus bone. They occur as a result of chronic, localised inflammation, where the ligaments meet the bone. The spurs can form underneath the heel if the Plantar fascia is inflamed, and on the back of the heel if it is the Achilles tendon that is inflamed. Heel spurs usually form as a result of repetitive athletic strain, but can also be brought on by an inflammatory disease, such as reactive arthritis.
Each one of your feet has about 125,000 different sweat glands, more than any other body part based on surface area, so it’s easy to see why they can become one of the smelliest body parts. In particular when we are wearing shoes and socks, the sweat we produce becomes trapped inside, and that moist, warm, enclosed space becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which are actually the cause of the smell.
An ankle sprain is an extremely common injury that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. An ankle sprain usually occurs as a result of a misstep or fall, which can stretch or tear the ligaments that help us balance. Although it is a relatively common injury, ankle sprains can be very painful and can take us out of action for weeks or even months.
High heels have been a fashion staple for hundreds of years, but as time goes on, more and more questions are being asked about what effect they have on your health. Any woman at the end of a long night can tell you how much pain high heels can cause feet, but the damage extends far beyond that. In this blog, we’re going to look at how wearing high heels can have negative effects on your feet, legs, back, and overall posture.
The sun and heat that come with summer can be great for getting us out of the house and back into the real world. For a few shorts months, we can actually go outside without wrapping ourselves up in warm, waterproof clothing fit for an Arctic expedition. During summer, we tend to show off more of our bodies than we usually would, and this is especially true of our feet. Although they spend most of the year wrapped up in shoes and socks, summer is a time when showing off your feet is much more common. With that in mind, we’ve put together a short list on how to get your feet summer ready.
If you are suffering from lower back pain, you could be forgiven for thinking that the problem originates in your lower back. In reality, there are a number of things from head to toe (literally) that could be causing your pain. In this blog, we’re going to look at how improper foot posture can result in back pain, and what you can do to prevent it.
Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the Plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that connects your heel to you toes. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of pain experienced at the bottom of our feet, and occurs as a result of this tissue being overstretched and developing small tears, usually as a result of too much walking or running. We have previously discussed ways to help alleviate the pain associated with Plantar fasciitis, but in this blog, we will focus on how you diet can affect the condition.
If you have a firm, painful bump at the base of your big toe, it is most likely a bunion. While small bunions, known as bunionettes, can also form at the base of your little toe, the overwhelming majority of bunions form on the big toe. Once a bunion has formed, there are no easy ways to undo it, with surgery being the only effective treatment to get rid of it. However, surgery is usually a last resort, and if caught early, there are methods to reduce the pain and severity of the bunion. In this blog, we will focus on how bunions form, and what you can do to prevent them.
Whether you work in food, sales, or nursing, a lot of jobs require you to spend more or less the entire day on your feet. If you do work one of these jobs, you’ll know just how bad your feet can feel after a full day of running around. While some days you might be tempted to work through the pain, that is not a long-term solution. In this blog, we’re going to give some tips on how to protect your feet and avoid any unnecessary pain.
For most kids, going shopping for school shoes is a chore to get finished as quickly as possible. As a parent, you may be tempted to do the same thing, but as chaotic as the whole experience may get, you want to at least walk away with a good pair of school shoes. Below, we have listed a few of the top tips to help you choose the perfect pair.
If you’ve never been to a podiatrist, then your idea of the best shoes for your feet is probably the pair that looks the best, feels comfortable, and falls within your price range. But choosing the correct shoe is much more important than most people realise. Not only do we spend most of the day with our shoes on, the type of shoes we wear will gradually shape our feet over the course of years. This means if we choose the wrong one, we could end up with problems such as hammertoes or fallen arches. In this blog, we’re going to help you identify what type of shoes you should be wearing.
One of the most important aspects of being a parent is making sure your child is healthy. Not only do children understand less about their health than their parents do, when they know something is wrong, they will often try to hide it to avoid a trip to the doctor. There are so many different aspects of a child’s health & safety to monitor that it can sometimes be overwhelming, and some things can slip under the radar. In this blog, we will outline some of the biggest signs to look out for that indicate your child may have a foot problem.