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October 30, 2014
Category: HEALTH
Tags: foot quote  

 

      "THINK OF THE MAGIC OF THAT FOOT, COMPARATIVELY SMALL, UPON WHICH YOUR WHOLE WEIGHT RESTS.  IT'S A MIRACLE, AND THE DANCE IS A CELEBRATION OF THAT MIRACLE."

         MARTHA GRAHAM


October 30, 2014
Category: HEALTH
Tags: foot quote  

 

 'DANCING IS THE POETRY OF THE FOOT'

        JOHN DRYDEN


 

By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects soft areas between the toes and sometimes other parts of the foot. It may lead to severe itching, flaking, scaling, burning, bleeding and stinging. (1, 2)

The condition is called Tenia pedis and is one of the commonest types of fungal infection. 

This type of skin fungal infection is related to ringworm and jock itch. 

It is sometimes referred to as the “ringworm of the foot”. It is caused by skin fungi called “trichophyton".

Is Athlete’s foot contagious?

Although the condition is very contagious, it can be treated effectively with antifungal medications. 

It can spread in wet places like shower rooms and baths. 

The fungi remain on the wet floors of the bathhouses until someone else comes into in with bare feet. 

It may also spread through shared infected towels or shoes. It can affect the groin where it is called “jock’s itch”. 

Risk factors for Athlete’s foot

Risk factors of getting athlete’s foot include (3):

  • Wet feet or sweaty feet over long time
  • Wearing closed shoes especially those that are plastic lined
  • Too much sweating
  • Minor skin or toe nail injury
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces at pools, showers or baths

Treating Athlete’s foot

Therapy with over-the-counter antifungals is effective and safe. These are applied twice or thrice daily locally. 

If they are ineffective oral medication may be used. 

Prevention includes keeping away from likely infected places and keeping shoes and socks dry. 

Good foot hygiene and keeping it dry at all times also prevents this condition. Nails should be clipped regularly and kept clean.

Walking barefoot at public bathhouses and pools should be avoided. Wearing shoes and socks that allow the foot to sweat more (nylon for example) should also be avoided. 

Use of talcum powder and zinc oxide based nappy-rash creams in people who sweat too much is also helpful. 

Tenia pedia is often difficult to get rid of and keep away. It tends to recur. (2, 4)

Sources

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/athletes-foot/DS00317
  2. http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/14647/1/What-Is-Athletes-Foot.html
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001878/
  4. http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/disease/athletes_foot.html

AT DR. HARDY'S TORONTO FOOT CLINIC WE TREAT MANY CASES OR ATHLETES FEET SUCCESSFULLY AS WELL AS INSTRUCTING THE PATIENTS IN WAYS TO PREVENT RE-INFECTION.  IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE REQUIRES QUALITY FOOT CARE OR CUSTOM ORTHOTICS FROM A CARING STAFF, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US AT 416-465-8737.

FOOT SPECIALISTS WHO LOVE THEIR PROFESSION AND ARE DEDICATED TO THEIR PATIENTS.


 

FOR A DIABETIC A FOOT ULCER IS VERY DANGEROUS AS THE END RESULT MAY BE AMPUTATION.  BUT THERE IS NEW HOPE AS RESEARCHERS FROM STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IN CALIFORNIA HAVE DEVELOPED A DRUG DELIVERED THROUGH A SLIN PATCH WHICH HELPS THE WOUNDS HEAL BETTER BUT ALSO PREVENTS THOSE WOUNDS FROM RECURRING.  IN AMERICA 29 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE DIABETES.  60% OF LOWER-LIMB AMPUTATIONS UNRELATED TO TRAUMA ARE PATIENTS WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSES WITH DIABETES.  ONCE A PATIENT HAS AN AMPUTATION THERE LIFE BEGINS A DOWNWARD SPIRAL DUE TO INACTIVITY, ETC AND AMPUTEES ONLU HAVE A 50% 5 YEAR MORTALITY.

DR. JOHN A. HARDY'S 5 FOOT SPECIALISTS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY TREATING DIABETIC PATIENTS FOR YEARS.  THEY ARE CONSTANTLY UPGRADING THEIR CLINICAL SKILLS AND ARE HIGHLY EDUCATED.  MY FOOT CLINIC HAS INVESTED IN THE LATEST EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY.

MY FOOT CLINIC IS PRESENTLY EXPANDING TO ALLOW ANOTHER FOOT SPECIALIST TO BE ABLE TO WORK FULL TIME.  THE LATEST 2 TREATMENT ROOMS WILL BE FULLY EQUIPPED WITH THE FINEST AND LATEST TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE.  OUR SECOND STAGE OF EXPANSION WILL ALLOW ANOTHER 2 FOOT SPECIALISTS TO WORK FULL TIME, BRINGING OUR TOTAL FULL TIME FOOT SPECIALISTS TO 6.  THIS WILL HELP REDUCE THE CURRENT WAITING TIME TO BE SEEN.  WE ARE AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL TORONTO FOOT CLINIC DUE TO OUT 100% DEDICATION TO OUR PATIENTS WELFARE.  

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE REQUIRES QUALITY FOOT CARE OR CUSTOM ORTHOTICS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US AT 416-465-8737.

REMEMBER WE ALWAYS TREAT OUR PATIENTS LIKE FAMILY!

 


 

PODIATRIST, DR. ETHAN J. CIMENT STATES, "SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED ABOUT THE LONG-TERM RAMIFICATIONS OF WEARING STILETTOS?  THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS THAT HIGH HEELS AREN'T GREAT FOR YOU.  THERE ARE MANY POTENTIAL LONG-TERM PROBLEMS THAT CAN RESULT FROM CONSISTENT, EXTENDED WEAR.  MOST NOTABLE AMONG THESE IS FOREFOOT PAIN, BUNIONS, HAMMERTOES, NEUROMAS (UBER-PAINFUL NERVE GROWTH), HEEL PAIN, AND OSTEOARTHRITIS."

PODIATRIST CIMENT ALSO STATES, "THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU AREN'T DOOMED TO HAVE THESE ISSUES IF YOU WEAR HIGH HEELS.  WHETHER OR NOT YOU WILL ACHE DEPENDS ON MULTIPLE FACTORS, INCLUDING YOUR HEIGHT, WEIGHT, AND FOOT TYPE.  HIGH HEELS ARE LIKE ANY OTHER 'VICE'  --THEY AREN'T ENTIRELY GOOD FOR YO0U, DO MODERATING YOUR INDULGENCES MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE."

DR. HARDY NEVER, EVER RECOMMENDS THAT FEMALES WEAR HIGH HEELS AS THEY ARE THE WORST THING FOR YOUR FEET, BUT ALSO YOUR HIPS, KNEES AND SPINE.  AS A RETIRED CHIROPRACTOR I ONLY KNOW TOO WELL THE PROBLEMS WITH WEARING HIGH HEELS.  THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF SPINAL PAIN AND THEREFORE MY FOOT CLINIC RECOMMENDS THAT THEY NEVER SHOULD BE WORN.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE REQUIRES HONEST, COMPETENT HIGH QUALITY FOOT CARE OR CUSTOM ORTHOTICS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US AT 416-465-8737.

FOOT SPECIALISTS WHO LOVE THEIR PROFESSION AND ARE DEDICATED TO THEIR PATIENTS.

 




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