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Posts for: May, 2019

The temperatures are warming up and local runners are ready to hit the trails. Don’t let common foot and ankle injuries slow you down. Spencer Mortensen, DPM, a podiatrist with Baptist Health says "a lot of injuries I see are from overuse. These include tendonitis, but we also see stress fractures and ligament injuries. A majority of the time these can be treated conservatively, but if this is not helpful, MRIs or x-rays are necessary."
 
Dr. Spencer Mortensen
 
 
"If you are an injured runner, there are some steps you can take including 1) take a break while running,  2) take time off from running, 3) Make sure your shoes are in good shape, and 4) don't push through the pain. This could aggravate or lead to a more severe injury," says Dr. Mortensen.    
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM news.
 
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“Women have been trying at home fixes to alleviate foot pain when wearing heels for as long as heels have been around,” Oloff explained, “Women have tried everything from taping their toes, padding the insole of their shoes, padding their toes, adding moleskin to the heel to reduce friction, applying body glide to prevent friction, adding inserts,” podiatrist Dr. Joan Oloff told Footwear News.
 
Dr. Joan Oloff
 
 
When it comes to at-home remedies and quick fixes, Oloff has heard it all. In fact, it’s what inspired her to create her own line of ergonomically correct luxury footwear. Fact: There is no substitute for shoes that are specifically designed for comfort and support.  
 
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.

 


Podiatrist Dr. Shawn Summers from Cascade Foot & Ankle in Yakima says he has treated countless cases linked to flip-flops. "As dry as the air is in Yakima, it can really dry the skin out, causing fissures in your heels and cracked skin, so you just want to be careful while you're wearing them," said Dr. Summers. 
 
Dr. Shawn Summers
 
 
He says it all comes down to having the right support, something the flip-flop doesn't offer much of. But if you're just not ready to part ways with your flip-flops, Dr. Summers suggests looking for a type that isn't flimsy, which means you might have to spend a little more money. Look for a flip-flop that offers plenty of support for the arch of your foot.  
 
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.

 


Toronto podiatrist Dr. Hartley Miltchin said he sees about six to eight people a week coming in with infections they suspect they've gotten from nail salons, and it has worsened in recent years as more low-price places pop up. He has serious concerns about the nail salon industry based on his experience treating patients out of his North York-based clinic...I'm going to make a major guess that 99 per cent of nail salons are non-sterile," he said.
 
Dr. Hartley Miltchin
 
 
"I know of cases where people have been hospitalized, they've lost the toe, they've lost the foot, and they've lost a leg from infections." Miltchin said podiatrists also sometimes cut nails and they are held to a very high standard of sterilization, using a process known as autoclaving, where instruments are treated with steam and pressure. "The same sterilization used to cut nails should be used in nail salons; it just makes sense," he said.
 
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.

 


"Technology has done a lot in terms of advancing shoewear as well as shoefit," says  Howard Osterman, DPM, current president of the DC Podiatric Medical Association and team podiatrist for the Washington Wizards and the Mystics. "What has been lost is that comfort matters. Too many people are buying shoes online and don't really know their size."
 
Dr. Howard Osterman
 
 
"When the shoe is too tight, it accentuates underlying biomechanical problems such as those that cause bunions or hammertoes. What you wind up is getting an irritation. If you're wearing a shoe that is too large, you get slippages or your toes will grip instead of slide in the shoe, which causes muscle fatigue," says Dr. Osterman.
 
Source: fox5dc.com [5/10/19]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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