Will Orthotics Help With Managing Heel Pain?


Most clients who visit the podiatrist's office because of heel pain go with a bag of different types of orthotics other doctors or friends recommended, or they saw a TV advert. According to them the orthotics only worked for a while and then stopped and the pain came back worse. What is the reason for this? Well, while orthotics can help relieve some forms of heel pain, they may not always be useful because of the following reasons.

1 November 2017

Two conditions that podiatrists frequently treat


Podiatrists are trained to treat a wide range of conditions that affect the lower limbs, ankles and feet. Here are two conditions which most professionals of this kind treat on a regular basis. Plantar fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is an extremely common issue, particularly amongst long-distance runners. It is a condition which causes the fascia (a tendon which stretches from the toe bones to the heel) to become inflamed. This tendon serves as a shock absorber for the foot and helps to support its arch.

9 October 2017

How to Avoid Foot Pain When Running: 3 Top Tips


Running is a great form of exercise, which can help people of any age stay healthy and fit. One of the reasons that running is so popular is that it is a very accessible sport. You do not need to purchase an expensive gym membership. You can just go outside and do it. However, once you take up running, it is important you do everything you can to avoid injury. Running can place a lot of strain on your feet.

19 July 2017

Plantar Warts: Grainy Growths That Can Cause Pain In Your Heels


Pain in the heels can be caused by different reasons. It could be that you exert too much stress on your heels when you walk for too long, or it could be that you have too much weight, which applies excess pressure on your heels. Another reason might be plantar warts. If you suffer from plantar warts and the former reasons look less likely to be the cause of your heel pain, there is a high chance that plantar warts are the sole reason.

16 January 2017

Ingrown Toenails: Reasons Your Baby May Develop This Ailment


Babies are quite fragile. As such, most parents will pay close attention to their health needs. However, some body parts may be neglected. One of the more common body parts that are often not paid keen attention are the toes. Although ingrown toenails are common in adults, it does not mean that babies cannot develop them too. Knowing the causes and the symptoms would make you better at discerning whether your baby has this problem and if you should consult with an ingrown toenail podiatrist.

13 December 2016

Podiatrist: Common Foot Ailments You May Develop


Podiatrists are in the business of ensuring that your feet and ankles are in healthy condition. Despite the fact that these body parts support all your body weight, not many people take the time to care and maintain their feet. Below are some of the different common foot ailments that you may develop and require medical assistance from a podiatrist. Plantar Fasciitis This is also commonly referred to as general heel pain.

12 December 2016

Ju-Jitsu Foot Care


Jiu-jitsu is a fantastic sport to take part in because of the variety of different health benefits it can bring. From improved cardiovascular endurance to muscular strength and mental well-being, jiu-jitsu can improve your quality of life in many different ways. Unfortunately though, due to the nature of barefoot training, doing jui-jitsu can open you up to some pretty nasty problems with your feet if you fail to follow some general foot care on a daily basis.

8 December 2016

Tips for Using Crutches During Foot-Treatment Recovery


If you have undergone a procedure on your foot and have been fitted with braces, callipers or splints by your hospital orthotic-services department, you may also have been given crutches in order to help you to walk until your foot heals. So, how do you use crutches correctly? Here are some top tips to help you get around until you're back on both feet again! Using the correct position In order to use your crutches comfortably, you must position them correctly.

7 December 2016

3 Cutting Edge Alternatives to Plantar Fasciitis Surgery


As much as 10% of the population suffers from plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain. The condition is caused by inflammation of the ligament that runs down the foot, from the heel to the toes. This inflammation is common in people who are on their feet a lot, such as sportspeople and soldiers. As most cases of plantar fasciitis can be effectively treated with a combination of stretching and orthoses (shoe inserts), podiatrists are hesitant to recommend surgery until all other options have been exhausted.

7 December 2016