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When To Opt For Orthotics

When To Opt For Orthotics

It’s a pretty universally accepted truth that the older we get, the more we experience little inexplicable aches and pains. Most of the time, we just accept that this is a natural part of life and go about our day, as long as the pain is not unbearable. But while this “natural process” mentality may be right a lot of the time, there are also times when it can cause us to write off things that maybe deserve a second look.

Your Festival Foot Guide

Your Festival Foot Guide

It may not be Christmas, but the festival season is certainly upon us. Glastonbury, arguably the biggest festival of the season around these parts, may have just wrapped up, but there is still a long line of festivals all across Ireland and Europe that will be taking place this summer. As enjoyable as these events are, most fans will agree that they are not exactly easy on the body.

The Truth About Fungal Nails

The Truth About Fungal Nails

Onychomycosis refers to the fungal infection of one or more nails, usually the toenails. While the condition may not be a major threat to your health, fungal nails can be painful, inconvenient, and embarrassing. Fortunately, onychomycosis is relatively easy to treat, and a few simple steps can prevent it from coming back in the future.

The Importance Of Good Footcare For Diabetics

The Importance Of Good Footcare For Diabetics

Different conditions require different amounts of care and treatment in order to be properly managed. Diabetes is a condition that falls towards the more-demanding end of the spectrum, with things like diet, glucose levels, and insulin injections needing to be tracked and monitored on a near-constant basis. But there are many more than just these three examples that people living with diabetes need to be aware of, and it is all too easy for people to become weary and let their attention wane.

The Benefits Of Bare Feet

The Benefits Of Bare Feet

We’ve spoken at length about the different kinds of shoes and the effects they can have on your feet. We’ve looked at topics such as which shoes are best for various sports, which shoes are beneficial for people with diabetes, as well as how to assess which shoes are best for your own feet in general. We’ve even looked at how different socks can affect your foot health in different ways. But one topic we have rarely touched on is that of bare feet.

5 Things To Know About Ankle Injuries

5 Things To Know About Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries can be a very frustrating thing. While they are usually not the most serious of health problems, they can be extremely inconvenient. Without being able to simply put some weight on our foot, we suddenly find it very hard to get around, and our whole lives are disrupted. And if you play sports, the recovery time alone can destroy your ability to practice and set you back quite a bit. Unfortunately, ankle injuries are a fairly common occurrence, so here are a few things you should know.

What You Should Know When It Comes To Heel Pain

What You Should Know When It Comes To Heel Pain

Sore feet are far from a rare occurrence. A long day at work or a late night out is all it takes to bring on that familiar sense of throbbing when we finally sit down at the end of the day. But this kind of pain is usually gone by the next day, and doesn’t really cause us any long term problems or discomfort. Pain that is concentrated in the heel is a different story. Heel pain is usually the result of a problem that has been building up for some time, and so, it also tends to stick around longer. If you have been experiencing heel pain for more than a few days, here are some things you should know.

When Is It Time To Visit A Podiatrist?

When Is It Time To Visit A Podiatrist?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that can go wrong with our feet. Skin and bones can break, blisters can form, toenails and even toes can grow the wrong way, and the list goes on. Despite the fact that most of these are not very serious health risks, these can easily become very uncomfortable and debilitating, as our feet are not only used practically all day every day, but also bear the weight of our entire bodies.

Why Have I Got Chillblains In My Toes?

Why Have I Got Chillblains In My Toes?

Chilblains are swollen, painful patches that appear on the skin of our extremities in cold weather. Also known as pernio, perniosis, or cold-induced vascular disorder, chilblains are generally considered harmless, although they can be itchy, painful, and cause lesions or blisters. They are usually red in colour, although they can be blue, and the skin surrounding chilblains may look shiny as a result of swelling.

Footcare Tips For Returning To Sports

Footcare Tips For Returning To Sports

If you have decided to return to sports after staying out for a while, you are probably aware that you need to ease back into things. Most people don’t need to be told that they will have lost flexibility, strength, and skill after an extended period of inactivity, and will be extra conscious about any potential injuries. But even the smartest and most well-meaning people can forget things, and one of the most overlooked areas of the body is the foot.

Why We Should Strengthen Our Feet

Why We Should Strengthen Our Feet

If you have decided to return to sports after staying out for a while, you are probably aware that you need to ease back into things. Most people don’t need to be told that they will have lost flexibility, strength, and skill after an extended period of inactivity, and will be extra conscious about any potential injuries. But even the smartest and most well-meaning people can forget things, and one of the most overlooked areas of the body is the foot.

Getting Back Into Your Shoes After A Boot Cast

Getting Back Into Your Shoes After A Boot Cast

After weeks of wearing a cast, your foot is likely to feel a little strange when it comes off. Apart from looking a bit pale and wrinkled, your foot may also be swollen and a bit stiff. But once the cast is off, your foot will feel lighter and easier to manoeuvre. But just because the cast is finally off doesnt mean you can just pick up where you left off. There are a few things you should do first to make your transition back to normal life as easy as possible.

8 Ways To Prevent Blisters

8 Ways To Prevent Blisters

Blisters are small, fluid-filled bubbles on the skin that form as a result of friction, heat, or infection. The majority of this fluid is lymph, which helps keep our tissues and bloodstream clean, although a blister may also contain some amounts of plasma, blood, or pus as well. Blisters actually form as a defense mechanism to protect the lower levels of skin, but despite their best intentions, they can be quite painful. For this reason, we have put together a list of 8 ways to prevent blisters.

Are Pedicures Bad For Your Foot Health?

Are Pedicures Bad For Your Foot Health?

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.

Looking After Your Child's Feet

Looking After Your Child's 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.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis And How Does It Happen?

What Is Plantar Fasciitis And How Does It Happen?

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.