Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk. This can in turn cause knee, hip and back pain. The good news is that looking after your feet can prevent most of these problems. Investing a bit of time and thought
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How happy are your feet? Moisturize Dry winter air and cold temperatures can take a toll on skin. Moisturize feet daily to help avoid dry, cracked and irritated skin. Exercise your feet Stretching is a good way to avoid muscle cramps. Stave off toe cramps by raising, pointing and curling your toes for five seconds. Repeat
Limited ankle mobility is a common finding in people with flat feet and over pronation problems. When the ankle joint is stiff, the body has to compensate for the lost motion by increasing movement at other locations. This compensation often happens in the joints below the ankle leading to excessive pronation and a collapsing of
Pick up your supplies. For a good quality pedicure, you’ll need some basic toe-tampering supplies. Grab a tub and water for soaking, nail clippers, a nail file, a cuticle stick/orange stick, a nail buffer, a pumice stone or scrubbing brush, a clear top and base coat, and a polish color of choice. Optional additional supplies include
You're more prone to foot problems like corns, blisters and foot infections in later life as the skin becomes thinner and less elastic. But painful or uncomfortable feet aren't a natural part of ageing, and can be alleviated. If you’re having trouble looking after your feet, you're not alone. Age UK reports that nearly one
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A heel spur is a bone growth at the bottom of the foot, the place where the plantar fascia is inserted. In a radiograph it has the appearance of a prominent bone. The spur is the most frequent pathological condition that involves the heel. Because of the area of pain, it may cause some controversy
Restless leg syndrome (RLS, restless legs syndrome) is a common cause of painful legs. The leg pain of restless leg syndrome typically eases with motion of the legs and becomes more noticeable at rest. Restless leg syndrome also features worsening of symptoms and leg pain during the early evening or later at night. Restless leg
What do we mean when we refer to the term “Equinus”? Equinus can be refered as the problematic ankle joint or the ankle bone compartment, which simply means its limitation to dorsiflex. It has been a primary concern in both podiatric and orthopedic societies. Most of the time this condition accompanies or compensates with other
Heel cracks are usually linked with dry thick skin. Dry skin is more common in dry climates. Heels crack when the skin is dry and unable to stretch. As the heel strikes the ground when walking, the heel bulges and the pad of the heel gets wider. If the skin is too dry, it loses
You can help your feet to stay healthy by doing the following: Wash your feet with soap every day Use water and soap to wash your feet and legs. Use a cloth to wash between all the toes. Give the soles of your feet some special attention too. Wash the top of the feet and
Medically, the big toe is referred to as the hallux. Hallux limitus is a progressive arthritic condition that limits the motion and function of the hallux, usually at the big-toe joint. The big-toe joint is located where the first metatarsal bone and proximal phalanx meet, or at the base where your foot and toes meet.
High arched feet tend to have a small foot print surface. Observing thefootprint left in the soil or the wet footprint on a cement floor shows the area of the foot on the ground. The force exerted on this small footprint is likely to be higher than average arched feet. This canresult in corns and
Fashion items for some, equipment for sport for others, a necessity for work - but for people with diabetes footwear is a must for health. Why are shoes so important for people with diabetes? Shoes should be worn to protect the feet. Let the sole of the shoe protect the sole of the foot. Once the skin
Feeling for pulses in the feet is an important part of learning about how healthy the feet are, as it indicates how blood is flowing to the toes. There are two pulses in each foot. It is good for a person with diabetes to know where their foot pulses are located, and they should be
Corns are thick hard skin areas like callouses, but usually are more painful to walk on. They are thicker and have a more central point of pain. For people with diabetes if you have a corn and it’s not painful, you need to see doctor as soon as possible. Special care may be required to
A muscle cramp is an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. Almost everyone experiences a muscle cramp at some time in their life. There are a variety of types and causes of muscle cramps. Numerous medicines can cause muscle cramps. Most muscle cramps can be stopped if the muscle can be stretched.
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Whether you are a professional athlete or play sport just for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints (leg pain), knee pain, low back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Sport demands a lot of our
There are several ways of classifying the muscles of the foot: (1) By location or innervation (ventral an dorsal divisions of the plexus layer); (2) by development on the basis of their points of insertion (a posterior group in two layers and an anterior group); and (3) by function (i.e. extensors, flexors, adductors, and abductors).
Remember the guy in college who went barefoot everywhere? He may have seemed eccentric, but it turns out he was on to something. Walking barefoot, also known as "earthing," has gone from being a kooky counter-culture trend, to a scientifically-researched practice with a number of remarkable health advantages, such as increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep. Earthing
The toes are comprised of small bones (called phalanges), which are susceptible to breaking when exposed to blunt trauma. Most broken toes are called "stress" or "hairline" fractures, which means a small surface crack that's not serious enough to misalign the bones or break the skin's surface. Less commonly, a toe can be crushed such