Posts for: February, 2013
Chelsea McKell, owner of UtahRunningGuide.com and former Brigham Young University cross-country athlete, urges those who have had trouble running not to give up. As an avid runner McKell has experience with choosing running shoes and so she offers some tips to others looking to select the perfect pair.
Buying running shoes a half to a whole size larger than what you’d normally wear is recommended because feet typically swell during exercise and need the extra room. Getting a running-gait analysis is also recommended because it is a process that can assess the needs of your feet. McKell also recommends not buying into trends, since everybody is different.
As McKell points out, getting the proper running shoeis vital to a good workout and learning the difference between walking and running shoescan help you get the most out of your workout and prevent injuries. In order to further help you with your exercise regimen, it is recommended to seek the care of a chiropodist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz can work with you and give you a better understanding how your feet are affected by both running and walking shoes.
Flexibility – walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.
Heel – walking shoes also have a beveled or angled heel. This helps absorb shock and puts less pressure on the ankles.
Light Weight – running shoes are generally made of more lightweight material to reduce the amount of weight your body needs to lift with each stride.
Thicker Soles – running shoes also provide shock absorbers that reduce the rippling effects of impacting the ground during each stride.
To learn more about how these types of shoes play a role in fitness, visit our link below.
Read the Full Article on The Difference Between Running and Walking Shoes.
Ellen Kreiter was able to walk again for the first time in seven weeks due to having surgery on her feet. Her walking was very limited due to the hammertoes she had on both feet. According to Kreiter, she had joint deformation and a tight tendon. Surgery was the way to go for Krieter and now she’s back on her feet again.
Dealing with hammertoes can be a painful experience and look unappealing. Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey treats many patients with hammertoe and with his help; you’ll be back on your feet in no time.
Hammertoe is a painful condition; it is not well-known so it is important to spread the word so that those afflicted with it may seek the right form of treatment. Hammertoe is a deformity of the foot that affects the second, third and fourth toes. Hammertoe involves different joints of the toe and foot and if you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.
Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident.
It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and normal life by being able to walk and complete your everyday tasks.
People may take their feet for granted until an injury happens, as long as you take care of your feet the same way you would care for the rest of your body, all will be well regarding your overall health.
Read the full article about: Hammertoes.
Actor Mark Wahlberg had an ingrown toenail removed on his right big toe. Wahlberg showcased his toe post-surgery on the Ellen Degeneres show and appears to be making a good recovery. Wahlberg had suffered from toe pain since last year and decided to have the nail removed on Thursday during a trip home. “The thing was just growing the wrong way,” Wahlberg said, “and the guy, Mickey O’Keefe, who played himself in The Fighter, his daughter-in-law, thank God, is a podiatrist (and she) came and cut half my toenail off,” said Wahlberg.
Receiving proper foot care is extremely important, and your toes should not be excluded from that care. If you think you have sustained a toe injury such as an ingrown toenail, you should seek out a podiatrist such as Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz can diagnose any injuries that you might have and provide you with treatment options that work for you.
Ingrown Toenails Causes
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.
There are a number of steps you can take:
-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under affected nail may allow toe to grow up
-Rest with feet up
If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure.
Read the full article on Ingrown Toenails.
According to N.J. News Alex Raskin, the NY Knicks will lose center Marcus Camby about 2-4 weeks from a strained left plantar fascia. Veteran center Camby suffered the foot injury in a loss to the Pacers last week aggravating the injury. The Knicks are currently hampered with injuries tacking on two other players and now in the midst of losing Camby. "It's another setback, but we've got to keep it moving." "We'll get him back rehabbed again and then try to get him back out on the floor when we can," said Knicks coach Mike Woodson.
If you are experiencing significant pain in your heels or the ball of your foot, where the plantar fascia is, then it is highly recommended you seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz can examine your feet and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options to ensure safe foot recovery.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
· Ill-fitting shoes
· Weight change
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
How Can It Be Treated?
· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience. Requires multiple sessions. This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.
Read more on Plantar Fasciitis.