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All Posts in Category: Foot and Ankle

Prevalent Symptoms of Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenail is a common condition characterized by the corner (or side) of the toenail growing into the soft flesh.

The condition often affects the big toe and can result to redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, an infection.

While minor cases will respond to homecare treatments, others might result to complications that will require medical intervention.

Complication risk is higher for those individuals who have diabetes or other conditions that causes poor blood circulation to the legs and feet.

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Prevention and Treatment of Achilles Tendinitis

The largest tendon in the body is the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon which connects to the calf muscles to the heel bone is used when walking, jumping, or running. While the Achilles tendon can often withstand stress from jumping and running, it can become prone to tendinitis. Achilles tendinitis is characterized by pain along the back of the leg (near the heel).

Essentially, the condition is attributed to both degeneration and overuse.

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Common Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injury is very prevalent that many people have had them at one point or another.

While these problems are not often attributed to body movements, symptoms often develop from overuse, injury, and everyday wear and tear. Foot and ankle injuries often occur during:

  • Work-related tasks
  • Projects or chores done around the house
  • Recreational or sports activities

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High Heels

High Heels—Friend or Foe?

For many women, high heels is one fashion accessory they can’t live without. While it no doubt adds a striking and elegant element to any outfit, they are considered orthopedically unsound.

When worn excessively and for long periods, it can affect the posture by pushing the center of mass in the body forward, taking the hips and body out of alignment. In addition, while high heels can make the wearer appear taller and make the legs look longer, it also puts more pressure on the forefoot the higher they are. Since it will force the calf muscles to contract and adjust to the angle of the ankle, it can cause the calf muscles to shorten and tighten. This may improves the contour of the calf but can lead to other issues associated with an over-tight Achilles tendon.

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Essential Toe Care: Keeping Ingrown Toenail at Bay

Fast Facts

  • When the corners or edges of the nail grow into the skin, ingrown toenail occurs.
  • If not infected, ingrown toenail will often respond to home treatments. However, medical treatment is recommended if the nail has pierced deep into the nailfold.
  • People with diabetes or other conditions that may cause poor blood circulation are at a higher risk of developing complications from ingrown toenails.

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Achilles Tendon

Recognizing Achilles Tendinitis: The Essentials

The largest tendon in the body is the Achilles tendon. It connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and is used in walking, running, and jumping. While the Achilles tendon can often withstand stress secondary to jumping and running, it can become susceptible to tendinitis, a condition associated with degeneration and overuse.

Simply put, tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendon. The condition characterised by pain along the back of the leg (below the calf down to the heel) is called Achilles tendinitis.

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Bunion Removal: When is it Necessary?

The painful and bony bump that develops on the inside of the foot (at the big toe joint) is called a bunion. It is also referred to as hallux valgus. Bunions develop gradually. Pressure on the joint of the big toe, like by tight pointy shoes, can cause the big toe to lean toward the second toe. When the big toe subluxates outwards over time, it results to a bunion bump.

While anyone can get bunions, the condition is more common in women.

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Kids' Feet

Pediatric Heel Pain: Causes and Treatment Options

Heel pain is common among children. While the condition is typically not serious, proper diagnosis and prompt attention is important.

Children that limp, walk on their toes, experience tenderness in the back of the ankle or foot, or complain of heel pain might have calcaneal apophysitis or Sever’s disease or might be suffering from an injury like Achilles tendinitis.

Injuries to the heel and foot usually develop gradually and are often attributed to overuse and possibly inappropriate shoewear. This is especially true among children who are engaged in competitive sports and have rigorous training regimens. Fortunately, overuse injuries often respond to rest and noninvasive treatment measures.

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Common Running Injuries

Getting injured stinks.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a serious athlete or you just started training for your first marathon, being side-lined is not only physically but mentally frustrating. As mindful runners, we can take all the proper precautions to prevent ourselves from getting hurt, but no one is immune to injury. Let’s take a look how to avoid and recover from some common running injuries.

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