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Shoes for plantar fasciitis

As podiatrists, a very common question we are asked is “what shoes should I wear to help my plantar fasciitis?”. We will talk about shoe selection in a moment but it is important to note that shoes alone aren’t the answer to the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Understanding why plantar fasciitis occurs is the first step in understanding what features to look for in a shoe. The plantar...
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Tinea of the Foot

What is Tinea Pedis?Tinea is a contagious fungal infection of the skin. Tinea pedis refers to the fungal infection being present on the feet. This fungus can affect other areas of the body such as the groin, scalp and underneath the breasts. As with all fungi, tinea needs warm, moist areas to live. This explains why the fungus commonly affects the hot, dark, clammy areas of the body.How is Ti...
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Why do feet hurt in thongs?

Why do feet hurt in thongs?Thongs:  If you are reading this, you are probably wondering why your feet hurt in thongs?  Let us tell you why and give you the best alternative options.If you are unsure of what thongs are, they are a sandal-like shoe with a thin rubber sole and a V-shaped strap that goes from in between the toes to either side of the foot. Also known by other names like flip-flops...
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Backward Foot Surgery

Backward Foot Surgery  Backward foot surgery is an option used when limb salvage is no longer viable and an amputation is necessary. This type of surgery is also known as rotationplasty. It is mainly used in younger patients with bone cancer who need a portion of the thigh bone (femur) removed due to a tumour.  The lower leg is able to be attached to below the site of femur amputation. Wh...
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Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Foot

Rheumatoid Arthritis in the foot: What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects mostly the smaller joints in the body – so especially the hands and feet. The term autoimmune disease means that your body attacks some of its own tissue as if it were a foreign invader.  It is thought to have some genetic factors and some environmental factors, particularly ...
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Iselin’s Disease

What is Iselin's Disease? Pain around the base of the little toe (5th metatarsal) that may radiate down the lateral (outside) of the foot. Commonly a sharp/aching sometimes ‘bruised’ type of pain. This is often associated with localized swelling and redness. Pain typically gets worse with activity occasionally resulting in a ‘limp’.Who gets Iselin's Disease? Common in children between 8-16...
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Fish Pedicure

Fish PedicureIs having a fish pedicure safe?In the last five years, spas around the world have copied the Asian trend of providing tanks of fish to nibble away the dead skin on heels and feet. Pedicures are generally performed by the Garra Rufa breed of fish. These are a small fish, black or dark fawn in colour and usually hundreds of individual fish populate each tank.A research group call...
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Foot Examination / Diagnosis

Foot Examination / diagnosis by a podiatrist.Medicine in general and podiatry specifically have become increasingly high tech in recent years. Personally, I think that, with more technology, we are at risk of forgetting the basic tenets of diagnosis. The physical exam used to involve putting your hands on your patients, testing the range and quality of motion, manual muscle testing for weakn...
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Preventing Fungal infection of Toenails

Preventing fungal infection of toenails & Nail care after laser treatment Fungal spores are a natural part of everyone’s skin flora.  No matter what you do, these bugs are everywhere all the time. However, it is important for the prevention of infection (or re-infection) that you control the numbers of fungi in your environment, even if we can’t remove them all.The main culprits that allow i...
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Can bad feet cause headaches?

Can bad feet cause headaches ?If you regularly suffer from headaches on days involving a lot of standing or walking, it is possible that poor foot mechanics can be the cause.Each day, we walk and stand on hard unyielding surfaces.  Our feet have a natural method of absorbing shock  which is hampered by excessive foot pronation.  This means that, for nearly 40% of us, the feet waste their natu...
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