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Posts for: March, 2019

High heels may cause permanent injury, with most women suffering pain in just over an hour of wearing height-enhancing footwear, a new study has found. Wearing the ill-fitted shoes can cause long-term damage including arthritis, stress fractures, and trapped nerves, which may even require surgery or steroid injections, consultant podiatrist Mike O'Neill warned.

Podiatrist Mike O'Neill

Researchers at The College of Podiatry, UK, found that almost half of women have suffered foot problems after wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes, but 43 per cent will suffer in the name of fashion. One third of women also admitted that they had worn heels they knew did not fit, simply because they "looked nice" - and could not find a pair in their size, The Telegraph reported. On average, high heels start to hurt after 1 hour, 6 minutes and 48 seconds, but 20% of women started to feel the pinch within just 10 minutes.

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.


If you have diabetes and are eager to make the most out of your summer, never walk barefooted. Seashells, glass, or other ocean debris can cut your skin and cause serious infections without your realizing it. Walking barefoot on a hot pavement or hot sand can also lead to severe burns or infections. Avoid wearing sandals, as sand and other foreign bodies can still get into the sandal.

Dr. Cyaandi Dove

Podiatrist Dr. Cyaandi Dove, advises all her diabetic patients to choose closed shoes instead of flip-flops and sandals to give their feet maximum protect. She says: “Insects can still have access to your feet and cause problems with bites and other infections. Rather than saying that you should never wear sandals, you should be very vigilant when you do wear them.”

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.


Velcro has put the shoelace-tying ability of our children in a twist. While kids used to be able to tie their own laces by the age of five or six, they are now learning the skill as late as nine or 10, according to a study. But Lisa Mayo, a member of the Australian Podiatry Association, believes laces are "always better than Velcro."

 

Lisa Mayo

 

"Laces take time and patience to learn but it is the best investment for our children's foot health," Ms. Mayo said. "Tying up laces is a skill children should learn early because it provides better fine motor control and strength in their fingers for other skills, like pencil grip and writing."

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 

 


According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, non-healing wounds affect about 3 to 6 million people in the United States, with persons 65 years and older accounting for 85 percent of these events.

Dr. William Urbas

“In older persons, the rate of wound healing is decreased, so it takes longer for an open sore or wound to heal properly,” stated podiatrist William Urbas, DPM who also serves as medical director of the Advanced Wound Care Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. “Slow healing wounds can severely disrupt an individual’s quality of life, putting them at a greater risk for serious infections and even amputation.”

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.


Major diabetes complications include heart disease, kidney failure, eye problems and foot problems, "but of all the things that can go wrong with diabetes, what puts you in the hospital most often is a foot infection," said Dr. Peter Joseph, chairman of the Allegheny General Hospital podiatry department.

 

Dr. Peter Joseph

 

Treating a foot ulcer -- beginning with seeing a podiatrist, then proceeding to a lengthy hospital stay and ultimately ending with amputation -- averages about $300,000, with additional costs for sophisticated and costly prosthetic devices, Dr. Joseph said. Eighty percent of amputations start with a foot ulcer. "You want to stop the little red spot before it becomes an ulcer."

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 




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