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Does running cause bunions? The short answer—no. People without bunions will not suddenly develop them when they start a training program. “It’s not that running causes bunions. If you have bunions to begin with, running can perpetuate that deformity,” says Richard T. Braver DPM, a sports podiatrist located in Fair Lawn, Riverdale, and Englewood, NJ.
 
Dr. Richard Braver
 
 
Addressing the fit of a shoe is often the first conservative approach for runners. Dr. Braver suggests creating a small opening on the side of their running shoe where the bunion protrudes. Put the shoe on, feel the area where the bone is most prominent, mark it with a pen, and then cut a small "X" in the center. This allows the big toe to have more room to move while running.
 
Source: Kristan Dietz, Running Competitor [8/16/17]  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.

Flip-flops may be comfortable to wear during summer weather, but many people don’t realize that they can wreak havoc on the feet. Overuse of this style of footwear can lead to the development of hammertoes, bone injuries, and tendonitis. Some doctors speculate that they may be just as bad for the feet as high heels, if not more so.

However, that doesn’t mean that flip-flops should be avoided at all times. It’s best to wear them every once in a while, and only in situations where you won’t be doing any strenuous physical activities. “There's only 26 little bones in the feet compared to the rest of the body so if you start throwing your foot off from a biomechanical standpoint, the next thing it goes is to the knees, the next place is the hip, next place is the back so it's important that you start with your feet,” said physician Dr. Valerie Tallerico. “Have the best shoe support that you can.”

Hammertoe is one of the most common problems that occur from wearing flip-flops excessively. If your toe appears to be deformed, make an appointment with chiropodist Marz Hardy of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics. Marz Hardy can identify whether or not you have a hammertoe and determine the best course of action to take to treat it.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. 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. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

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 healthy life.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Toronto, ON. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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THE HARDY'S, DR. HARDY, MARZ AND SHANNON ARE OFF TO BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA FOR A PODIATRY SEMINAR.  ALSO SHANNON IS STARTING PODIATRY SCHOOL IN BRISBANE IN JULY.  THAT MEANS IN 4 SHORT MORE YEARS WE WILL HAVE A CARING, PASSIONATE PODIATRIST JOINING OUR TORONTO FOOT CLINIC.  

ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS FOOT SPECIALISTS ARE ALWAYS UPGRADING THEIR KNOWLEDGE WITHIN THE FOOT CARE FIELD BY ATTENDING THE MOST RELEVANT SEMINARS AND COURSES IN PODIATRY, CHIROPODY AND PODIATRIC MEDICINE.  SHANNON JUST FINISHED HER 4 YEAR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES IN ST. ANDREWS UNIVERSITY IN SCOTLAND AND LAST YEAR WORKED IN OUR TORONTO FOOT CLINIC AS HER SCHOOL YEAR STARTS IN JULY.  WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO SEE SHANNON FINISH HER DEGREE.  SHE GOT TIRED OF THE WEATHER IN SCOTLAND AND DECIDED BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA WOULD BE MORE TO HER LIKING.

 
  1. Do you stand or walk on hard surfaces for more than 4 hours a day?
  2. Do you participate regularly in any physical sport (basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, etc.)?
  3. Are you age 40 or over?
  4. Have you ever had a prior injury to your knee, back, or neck?
  5. Do your shoes wear unevenly?
  6. Do you have joint pain while standing, walking, or running?
  7. Is one of your legs shorter than the other?
  8. Do you have knock-knees or bow legs?
  9. Do you have any obvious foot problems (bunions, corns, flat feet, etc.)?
  10. Do your feet "toe out" when you're walking?

If you give an affirmative answer to any of the above, consider yourself a likely candidate for flexible, custom-made orthotics.

Toronto Foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics has had a special interest in custom orthotics since 1980.  If you or  a loved one requires honest, competent advice or quality foot care or custom orthotics, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-465-8737.

 

 

 

 

DR. HARDY'S LOVELY WIFE, MARZ HARDY AND HIS BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, SHANNON HARDY AROSE EARLY AT 5:00 A.M. TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2014 SPORTING LIFE MARATHON.  WE SLEPT ON OUR BOAT AT OUTER HARBOUR MARINA LAST NIGHT AND MARZ AND SHANNON LEFT ON SHANNON'S VESPA TO MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE STARTING POINT.  THEY REPORTED BEING A BIT CHILLY ON THEIR MOTORCYCLE RIDE BUT THE WEATHER IS GOING TO WARM UP AND SHOULD BE QUITE PLEASANT LATER ON IN THE DAY.  NONETHELESS, GREAT WEATHER FOR A LITTLE RUN.

THE HARDY'S HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY ACTIVE AND BELIEVE STRONGLY IN PHYSICAL FITNESS.  WE HAVE A FULL WORKOUT CENTER ON OUR FARM IN SCARBOROUGH WITH A STAIRMASTER, TREADMILL, COMPLETE BOWFLEX SYSTEM AS WELL AS FREE WEIGHTS, ETC.

THE REST OF THE DAY WILL BE SPENT WITH THE MOTHERS AND A SMALL FEAST.

ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS WISHES EVERYONE A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!



Academy Clinics has a special interest in high quality custom orthotics.

 

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