Diabetes can negatively affect your physical health in numerous ways. For instance, those with diabetes experience a higher risk of developing various foot ailments.
As a responsible parent, you should add pediatric foot problems to the long list of things to keep an eye on.
If you log more than 30 miles per week of running, you’re probably familiar with that unsightly foot condition known as “runner’s toe.” The medical name for this repetitive traumatic injury is subungual hematoma, and it also plagues skiers, tennis players, dancers and fast walkers.
Every foot consists of three arches: two that run longitudinally from front to back on each side of the foot, and a third that runs transversely across the middle from inside to outside. Arches are made up of tendons, ligaments and bones, and are one of the most structurally significant parts of the foot. Consider this when it comes to the importance of arches: It's estimated that our feet absorb up to 300,000 pounds of pressure for every mile that is walked. Aside from absorbing stress and pressure, arches also play a significant role in helping people adapt to uneven surfaces and assist in stabilizing the body. Bad arches aren't just going to result in pain and discomfort while walking and running, but they may also lead to more serious conditions.
People who spend a lot of time on their feet, as well as certain athletes, are at risk for developing plantar fasciitis. Genetics play a role as well, because those with high arches or flat feet are more at risk. Also, women are twice as likely to develop it than men. Fortunately, treatment is available.
For more information on Plantar Fasciitis check out our Plantar Fasciitis - Symptoms and Risk Factors blog.
Topics: Plantar Fasciitis
An ankle sprain is a common injury that can affect patients of any age. Below is some basic information about ankle sprains and how they can affect you.
Topics: Ankle Injuries
There are some misconceptions about what causes a foot stress fracture. Unlike other commonly damaged bones, a stress fracture in the foot generally does not occur from a single hard impact. They are more commonly suffered from repetitive use and excessive load bearing.
Also known as Hallux Valgus, a bunion is foot condition that occurs when the big toe bends toward and pushes the smaller ones. It causes the joint to stick out, forming a painful soft tissue and a protruding bony bump at the base of the big toe.
Now that schools back in session, it's important to make sure your kids have the proper footwear to last them through the school year. One of the most important back-to-school purchases you can make for your child is a pair of good quality, proper fitting shoes. Not all shoe styles and brands are created equal. Just because your child wears one size in a certain style or brand, does not mean that they wear that style in all styles and brands.