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Milind Soman is a marathon runner who was forced to experiment with barefoot running in 2011 when he developed a blister on his foot. In regards to his experience, Soman states “My feet felt refreshed and energized. There were minute changes in my form, balance and posture that made my running movement feel more effortless. I even found that it encouraged me to run from the core.” He mentions that it took him over a year for his muscles to adjust to barefoot running, and that he had to gradually increase his running distance to a half-marathon. Many people are following the barefoot running trend, as they believe it strengthens the feet and is more natural compared to wearing highly-cushioned shoes. However, if you are considering transitioning to barefoot running, it is advised that you start out with shorter distances before working your way up to long distances.

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Apple Podiatry Group. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
- Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
- Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running
- When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced; this can reduce stress injuries.
- It strengthens muscles in the feet, ankles and lower legs.
- Balance of the body is improved, and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
- No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
- Blisters may form.
- Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
- Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our office located in Arlington, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

Do your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately?

Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

How to Treat Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis, more commonly known as Toenail fungus, affects approximately half of all Americans by the age of 70. This fungal infection occurs when microscopic fungi gains entry through a small trauma in the nail, and the growth process arises due to moisture from the patient’s socks and shoes. Common symptoms of toenail fungus include swelling, crumbling, thickening, and yellowing of the nail. In certain cases, some may even experience a complete loss of the nail itself. Toenail fungus can be caused by walking around in damp areas such as gym locker rooms, shower stalls, or swimming pools. The condition can easily spread from one person to another or even to other parts of the body. Those with diabetes should be especially careful when it comes to toenail fungus, because they are at an increased risk of contracting it. This may be due to the fact that diabetics have a compromised immune system.

 

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Apple Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Arlington, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 14 May 2018 00:00

Does Hammertoe Have to be Treated?

One uncomfortable deformity of the middle toes is hammertoe. The name is derived from the word “hammer,” as a result of the toe bending in the middle of the joint. It is typically caused by unbalanced muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the toe and will get increasingly worse if it is ignored and treatment is not sought. If certain shoes are worn, such as high heels that have a small area for the toes, the risk of developing this ailment is heightened. Other causes may include a predisposed inherited gene, certain forms of arthritis that may alter the bone structure of the foot, or injuries such as stubbing the toe. Some of the symptoms that may be experienced can be swelling and redness surrounding the affected area, open sores or corns that can form on the top of the toe, or having difficulty in keeping the toe straight. There are ways to prevent this condition from developing, such as choosing to wear shoes that have adequate toe room. If you are affected by hammertoe, see a podiatrist to learn about the best treatment options for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Apple Podiatry Group. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Arlington, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 07 May 2018 00:00

Can Being Obese Hurt My Feet?

The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and when the body endures pressure from being overweight, the feet bear the brunt of these abnormal stresses. Certain conditions may develop in the feet of an obese person, such as fallen arches and chronic heel pain. If children become obese, their ability to participate in sporting activities may be greatly diminished, potentially due to any pain the feet and arches may encounter. Custom-made insoles may be suggested for an overweight child to wear, and this may provide the support needed to aid in the formation of the arch. Individuals who have this condition may suffer from frequent falls, which is often as a result of a compromised gait. The feet will generally become larger and will benefit from being measured for correct sizing to avoid corns and calluses from developing. If you suffer from foot pain due to obesity, please consider a consultation with a podiatrist for dietary and lifestyle changes.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Apple Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Arlington, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 00:00

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