Have you ever heard the old Japanese adage, “ten thousand steps a day”? Studies have shown that a simple brisk walk everyday is so good for the mind, body and spirit. The benefits are endless and, when done regularly and effectively, these rewards include cardio-vascular health; maintaining optimum weight; improvement of circulation; good posture and over-all sense of well-being...just to name a few. But if you suffer from foot ailments, it can be very difficult to take advantage of this great form of exercise. So here are some tips to make your walking more enjoyable: Wear socks or stockings with your footwear to keep them dry and to cushion and protect them from excess pressure. Take advantage of a nutritionally balanced diet that includes all essential vitamins, oils and minerals. Avoid smoking. Believe it or not, this bad habit can actually increase your risk of foot problems. Make sure that you stretch properly before each and every walk, especially during the colder months when we’re more susceptible to injuries. If you suffer from health problems such as osteoporosis and arthritis, consult a physician first before embarking upon a regular walking schedule. To minimize the likelihood of injury, I recommend a
Raynaud’s is a disorder marked by brief episodes of vasospasm. Vasospasm is characterized by constriction of small arteries in the toes and fingers. If you primary or secondary Raynaud's, cold temperatures or stress can trigger "Raynaud's attacks." During an attack, little or no blood flows to affected areas, as a result, the skin turns white then blue for a short time. As blood flow returns, the affected area may turn red, throb or burn. Attacks can last less than a minute or as long as several hours and can occur daily or weekly. Often, the cause of Raynaud's isn't known, primary Raynaud's (Raynaud's disease) and secondary Raynaud's (Raynaud's phenomenon) have no cure. However, treatments can reduce the number and severity of Raynaud's attacks. Treatments include lifestyle changes, medicines, and rarely surgery. Infracare Bio material socks can also help keep the feet warm. They are not compression stockings and are designed to decrease heat loss with proven evidence to keep cold feet warm. Your foot specialist is an excellent source of information and management of this condition. By Anamelva Revoredo B.Sc., D.Ch., IIWCC In an ongoing series, Anamelva will share her knowledge regarding common foot ailments and appropriate treatments.
Your big toe is red to the touch. Could it possibly be an ingrown toenail? Stubbing your toe or other injuries can lead to an ingrown toenail but it also can result from toenails that are not trimmed properly. An ingrown toenail occurs when the it. Left untreated, an ingrown toenail can become infected. Your toe will puss or can form an abscess that requires prompt medical attention. Some facts about ingrown toenails: They are most common in young adults. They usually occur in the big toe. If left untreated, they can become infected and cause pain. Ingrown toenails occur due to a number of causes, including: Heredity A fungal infection in the toe Repetitive sports injuries bunions, etc) causing abnormal gait. Trimming the toenail with a rounded edge, rather than straight across If you have redness and swelling or fever or if the condition becomes more painful, infection might be present. A for evaluation and treatment. If you're concerned that you have an ingrown nail, schedule an appointment. By Anamelva Revoredo B.Sc., D.Ch., IIWCC In an ongoing series, Anamelva will share her knowledge regarding common foot ailments and appropriate treatments. Most of us will encounter a problem
Sandal season is around the corner so if there was ever a time to deal with bothersome bunions, it’s now. Bunions aren’t attractive (some people think they look like a foot deformity) and even worse, they hurt. Bunions form when the big toe shifts from its normal position and moves toward the second toe. The joint at the base of the big toe “bumps” out of alignment, causing the side of your foot to look enlarged with a bump sticking out. Bunions don’t just form overnight – in fact, it can take years for the bump to form. That’s why it’s so important to be proactive at the first signs of a bunion. A chiropodist can do a thorough exam and recommend early treatment options to help relieve the pressure and slow down the deformity of the joint. Orthotics may help keep your feet aligned correctly or in severe cases, a bunionectomy may be the best course of action. Anamelva Revoredo has continuously served at the College of Chiropodists of Ontario in various roles over the years as an exemplary member of her profession. She uses the latest techniques and technology to accurately evaluate and treat your foot care needs.