Feet & Foot Care

Feet & Foot Care Articles

Ankle problems

The ankle is a vulnerable structure. It connects the ends of your two lower leg bones to your foot. Sitting at this intersection, it is subject to plenty of wear and tear. Sprains and breaks are the most common types of ankle problem. A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament, tendon, or muscle. The ankle is the most commonly sprained joint in the body. A sprained ankle usually occurs when you roll over onto the outside of your foot, placing the full weight of your body on the ligaments supporting the ankle. Symptoms vary in intensity depending on the severity of the injury. They include pain, tenderness, redness, bruising, swelling, or loss of mobility of the ankle. If you think you have sprained your ankle, apply RICE therapy: More »

Foot and ankle health IQ

Feet are vulnerable to a number of common problems. The toes may suffer from a Morton’s neuroma, a bunion, or hammertoe. Two problems dog the toenails: ingrown toenails and toenail fungus. The biggest cause of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis. Pain that strikes behind the ankle may be caused by a tight Achilles’ tendon, resulting in tendinitis. A fallen arch is also painful. This occurs when the main tendon in the foot loses its elasticity. Metatarsal bones in the middle of the feet are prone to fractures in people with osteoporosis. (Locked) More »

Better shoes help you walk away from a common cause of heel pain

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. This intensely painful condition affects the tough, fibrous band of connective tissue (fascia) on the bottom of the foot. The pain comes from the spot where the band attaches to the heel bone. Healing from a flare-up can take months, but in the meantime basic self-help steps can relieve the pain and inflammation. Wearing shoes that support the arches of the feet is important to prevent or relieve heel pain from plantar fasciitis. For cases that do not get better on their own, doctors can offer a range of therapies that help most people recover, but they don’t work for everyone. (Locked) More »

Don't look to insoles to solve your knee pain

Wedge insoles are placed in the shoe to prop up the outside of your foot. They are meant to reduce the load on the inner knee joint. However, there is evidence the insoles do little to relieve knee arthritis pain. (Locked) More »

Quick fixes for your aching feet

Colder weather often brings foot problems to light because people again wear closed shoes instead of sandals. Common problems include fallen arches, pain in the back of the heel known as Achilles tendinitis, pinched nerves in the foot, ingrown toenails, and pain underneath the heel known as plantar fasciitis. When these conditions occur, it is best to get to a doctor as soon as possible, to keep it from getting worse. In many cases, there are quick fixes for each problem. (Locked) More »

Maintaining independence: Don't overlook foot and ankle health

Foot and ankle health are crucial to maintaining mobility and independence. Weight-bearing exercise such as walking can make bones stronger and improve stability. Stretching the hamstrings, Achilles’ tendons, and calf muscles will keep muscles and tendons flexible and better able to do their job. Weight loss, if necessary, can reduce the strain and stress on the joint. Quitting smoking will increase oxygen delivery to the tissues of the feet and toes. Finally, shoes should be wide enough to accommodate the toes, with good arch support for people with flat feet. (Locked) More »

The right shoes: The key to better health

Women’s shoes are not always kind to the feet and can inflict a range of damage, from bunions and corns to hammertoes. Ideally shoes should have a wide toe box and low heel to support and protect their feet and reduce the chance of falling. (Locked) More »

What can you do about corns and calluses?

Corns and calluses on the feet are usually the body’s response to protect against repeated pressure or friction. No treatment is necessary unless the hardened patches of skin are painful. Causes include poorly fitting shoes and pressure on the skin from an underlying problem such as a bunion or malformed bone. Treatment of any underlying condition will help keep the callus or corn from returning. So will removing the offending cause. The best protection is a pair of shoes that aren’t too tight, especially in the toes. More »

High tech ways to better shoe fit

High-tech machines in specialty shoe stores can provide information that leads to buying a better-fitting shoe. Foot scanners are usually computerized mats that map the pressure points on the soles of the feet and determine a person’s arch type. Gait analyzers record the characteristics and support needs of feet in motion. A trained salesperson with an understanding of shoe construction and the mechanics of mobility must interpret the data from the tests to help get the fit just right. (Locked) More »