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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:01

morton

Morton's Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet. It usually affects the area between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma refers to a benign growth that can occur in different parts of the body. Morton's Neuroma strictly affects the feet. This condition causes the tissue around the nerves that lead to the toes to become thick, causing pain in the ball of the foot.

This condition can be caused by injury, pressure or irritation. It is common for burning pain in the ball of the foot to be experienced. Numbness and tingling may also occur. With the onset of this condition, a person may feel pain when tight or narrow shoes are worn. As the condition worsens, the pain may persist for days, or even weeks.

There are some factors that can play a role in the development of Morton's Neuroma. These include wearing ill fitting shoes that cause pressure to the toes, such as high-heels. Also, high impact exercise may contribute to the cause of this condition. Another cause includes walking abnormally due to bunions or flat feet, which causes excessive pressure and irritates the tissue.

If you have any questions or concerns about Morton’s Neuroma, or any other foot and ankle issues, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 00:57

bare feet

From heels to boots to sandals… the footwear options are endless. But, did you know that going barefoot has been shown to have various benefits for our health? Yes! In fact, as we evolved as humans, we didn’t have shoes and so our body became designed to walk on bare feet. 

So what are some benefits of walking barefoot?

  • You get more muscle development walking barefoot as your muscles are used in a more intense way to support yourself. The more developed your leg and foot muscles are, the less likely you are to injure your ankle or trip over.

  • It can possibly help you sleep. A study in PubMed revealed that walking barefoot on the earth influences physiologic processes and induces relaxation. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine also reported that people who had been exposed to this had a better night’s sleep compared with those who did not walk barefoot regularly.

  • It can lessen aches and pains. After a day in shoes, your feet can be hot, sore, and cramped. This not only leaves you with achy feet, but your whole body feeling uncomfortable as well. Simply stepping out of shoes lets our feet stretch and readjust,  possibly leading to less overall aches and pains.

When going barefoot, it is important to do so only in a safe, comfortable area. And if you have any serious back or foot issues, be sure to consult with your doctor first! If you have any question or concern about your feet and/or ankles, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:27

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With warm summer weather taking over and the cold days now behind us, most of us are taking out our sandals. Flip-flops are light in weight, allow air to hit our feet freely, and are often a quick solution in our hectic lives. But, did you know they may be causing you more harm then good?

While they may feel comfortable, flip-flops can potentially cause serious foot, hip, knee, and back injuries. Lack of support can cause critical problems in the arch and heel of the foot, including plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of tissue on the bottom of the foot. Wearing flip-flops can also cause long-term arch and heel pain.

Flip-flops can also alter the way you walk. Due to the structure of this type of sandal, our toes tend to crunch up tightly to hang on to the sandal. The tension created from this action often leads to hip, knee, and back pain. Foot doctors often caution that if you plan on wearing flip-flops, shop for brands that offer arch support, and don't wear them for long periods of time.

If you have any questions or concerns about proper footwear, sandals or any other types, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:20

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Summer is almost here and that means it’s almost beach time! Aside from the beautiful view of the ocean, did you know walking on the beach has many health benefits? Here are a few reasons why walking and running on sand is something you should consider…

    • You know that mild struggle you feel when take a step forward in dry sand and your foot sinks a bit trying to get traction? That's your muscles at work! Scientists say it takes 2.1–2.7 times more energy to walk or run on sand than it does to move at the same pace on hard surfaces. That energy is used to strengthen all the muscles between your feet and back, especially your calves, quadriceps and glutes. 
    • Health advocates say that walking barefoot at the beach grounds us.  At the very least, it reconnects us to nature’s beauty which helps reduce stress as life finds perspective. It is so relaxing that most people walk further distances than they normally would on treadmills, tracks or city streets.  Pedometer steps increase without effort.
    • Instead of pounding your joints and feet on hard pavement, sand acts as a natural cushion as well as a natural exfoliant! Wet sand acts as an exfoliant that helps peel dead skin cells from your body. Try it out by walking or running in loose sand and then wandering into the path of shallow waves from time to time to wash it off. It will work for the rest of your body, too!

For a short stroll down the beach bare feet are fine, but if you are going to walk a longer distances then make sure you walk in shoes. If you have any question or concern about your feet and/or ankles, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 



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