Posts for: January, 2014
Hiker Marcus Ross took a 2,200 mile trek from along the Appalachian Trail from April to September this past year. Ross came across some hikers that experienced injuries along the way. As a registered nurse, Ross felt an obligation to provide assistance to the injured hikers, even if that meant putting a halt to the journey along the way. However, despite being a medic Ross couldn’t be prevented from sustaining blisters on his own feet.
Unfortunately for Ross, the blisters grew to the point where it became so painful he actually had to put his hiking expedition on hold in order to have his feet checked by a local podiatrist. “I actually had a lot of problems with blisters and it turns out it was the anatomy of my feet and the way my foot turns when I go to step down,” Ross said. Fortunately, Ross still completed his journey and cites his overall experience as enjoyable.
Blisters can be extremely painful. If you have blisters on your feet, do yourself a favor and pay a visit to podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your blisters as well as provide tips on preventing future breakouts from occurring.
Blisters on the Feet
When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.
What is a Foot Blister?
A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.
How do they Form?
Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.
Prevention & Treatment
Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.
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Emma Thompson walked onstage barefoot when the time came for her to present the award for best screenplay at the Golden Globes as a symbol of liberation from painful women’s’ shoes.
She held her high heels in her hands, then flung them away as she made her speech. Thompson is recognized in Hollywood for her disdain for heels, and also accepted an award while barefoot at the National Board of Review gala the week before.
"I've taken my heels off as a feminist statement really, because why do we wear them?” she said. They're so painful. And pointless, really.”
They may have an age-old fashion appeal, but high heels are not so great when it comes to the health of your feet. To learn more about the damage these shoes can cause, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can show you how high heels increase health risks and can give you advice about how to wear them without hurting yourself.
Effects of High Heels on the Feet
High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.
What parts my body will be affected by high heels?
- Ankle Joints
- Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
- Balls of the Feet
- Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
- Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.
What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Plantar Fasciitis
How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?
If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.
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According to a recent study done by the Institute for Aging Research in Boston, women with flat feet are 50% more probable to get lower back pain. Lead researcher Marian Hannan asked test subjects, most of whom were female and in their 60’s, to walk across a mat outfitted with sensors to determine what parts of their body they put strain on when standing.
They found that 38% claimed to have lower back pain, and many of these subjects also had flat feet. Hannan says the cause of this is the lack of arch support forces the body to put more pressure on other muscles, like those in the back.
There are a myriad of problems that flat feet can cause if not cared for properly. For help dealing with you flat feet, call a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can advise you about how to control your pain and prevent your condition from interfering with your life.
What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
· Pain around the heel or arch area
· Trouble standing on the tip toe.
· Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
· Flat look to one or both feet.
· Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. There are several ways to help treat this pain and help flat feet.
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Track runner Josette Norris of Tenafly is on the road to recovery as she suffered a ruptured plantar fascia. The North Carolina-bound Norris is one of the top milers in the nation, but Norris ruptured her plantar fascia in her right foot during the XC Meet of Champions in November.
Norris unlike many is actually optimistic and excited on her progress of rehabbing her foot. ``I actually just got my boot off on Monday,'' said Norris. ``Very nice considering I was in it for a month and five days, but I can't run just yet. The foot is healing very well though, and I'm continuing my water training and actually tried the Alter-G treadmill this week, which is pretty awesome.
Going to continue both of that the next two weeks and go from there. I also got orthotics for my foot, so I'm going to get used to that these next few weeks and walk around in my sneakers. I walked a mile on the track today.'' Norris stated that she hopes to race soon this season, but is unsure on the exact timetable.
There are many different types of ankle foot orthotics available which may require custom fitting. If you believe you are a candidate for ankle foot orthotics, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will examine your feet and help you determine what orthotics is right for you.
Ankle Foot Orthotics and What They Do
Usually used for the foot or ankle, orthotics provides support for weakened limbs or help direct the limbs so they may function properly. These orthotics can help strengthen muscles as well as benefitting muscles that need to be loosened or lengthened. Usually the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored in order to blend with the patient’s appearance.
When are Orthotics Necessary?
Orthotics are prescribed when someone is diagnosed with diseases that affect the musculature such as polio and multiple sclerosis. However, ailments such as arthritis and stroke, or foot conditions that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.
As opposed to metal braces of previous years, modern orthotics has improved tremendously. Many of today’s orthotics are manufactured with lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of support and comfort.
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For one group of Canadians, barefoot running is a year round sport, and that includes when there’s snow on the ground. According to this small but enthusiastic faction, barefoot running through the snow is effective because the motion creates a metabolic reaction in the feet, keeping them warm. Rod Begg, founder of the cold-weather marathon called the Winter Challenge, is one of these runners. “You could say we’re a fringe of a fringe,” he said. “Some use the word ‘crazy.’”
Barefoot running can be rewarding but should only be undertaken if you know what you’re doing. If you would like to take up this kind of exercise, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can teach you about the benefits of barefoot running and how to avoid getting injured.
The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.
The Advantages of Barefoot Running
-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.
The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.
So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.
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