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  • Why People with Diabetes Should Take Extra Care of Their Feet

    If you've recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. You may have heard that this is a particularly difficult illness to deal with and you're going to have to be very careful to balance what you eat due to your blood glucose levels. While you may certainly be looking at some significant changes in your lifestyle and support from experts as you get to know your options, you may not yet realise that you have to take particular care of your feet from now on, as well.
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  • How to Protect Your Muscles and Joints When Running or Playing Sports

    If you're serious about running or playing a sport, you need to ensure you're protecting your muscles and joints, as it's very easy to damage tendons, ligaments and even bones if you don't protect them properly. This can lead to everyday aches and pains, as well as long-term injuries that can interfere with your chosen sport and your overall mobility. To protect your muscles and joints when running or playing any sport, note a few tips to discuss with your doctor.
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  • How Podiatrists Can Treat Two Chronic Foot Injuries Common In Gymnasts

    Whether you're a professional gymnast or a casual amateur, practising gymnastics can be a great way to stay in shape while greatly increasing your strength and agility. However, the varied and high-impact nature of gymnastics can take its toll on your body over time, and the feet of gymnasts can be particularly prone to accidents and injuries, even when all proper precautions are taken. Luckily, podiatrists and other foot health professionals are well-versed in the various aches and pains that can be caused by gymnastics, and offer a range of treatments to help you get back on the horse (figuratively and literally) more quickly.
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  • Calm Your Nerves: Non-Surgical Treatments For Morton's Neuroma

    Human feet are wonders of natural design and are able to take all kinds of punishment without complaint. However, they are not invulnerable, and incremental damage suffered over time can cause a range of chronic conditions. One of these nasty foot conditions is known as Morton's neuroma, and many patients who suffer from this illness choose to accept the risks and pain of corrective surgery to cure it. However, podiatrists can offer a range of non-surgical treatments that can reduce or even eliminate symptoms without going under the knife.
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  • Heel pain in runners - what can be done?

    Running is a high impact exercise which can cause a number of different physical problems, most of which relate to the knee and the foot. Perhaps one of the most common issues affecting runners is heel pain; this is often the result of inflammation of the fascia, a band of tissue connecting the toes to the heel bone. This tissue helps the foot to absorb shock, and also provides supports for the arch.
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  • Here's How You Care for a Sprained Ankle

    A sprained ankle is a common foot injury. They result from torn or stretched ligaments, which hold the ankle bones together and prevent them from shifting out of place. Ankle sprains are caused by different factors. You might twist the ankle severely when walking or running, land awkwardly on one of your feet after jumping, or slip off your high-heeled shoe when walking. Common signs for an ankle sprain include tenderness or pain on the ankles, swelling, or numbness around the ankle.
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  • Understanding the Impact of Pregnancy On the Health of Your Feet

    Morning sickness and back pain are common complaints during pregnancy, but the changes to your body that pregnancy brings can also affect your feet. As your bump grows, your centre of gravity shifts and this can cause your feet to experience strain beyond that required for normal daily activities. Additionally, the release of a pregnancy hormone called relaxin can affect the supportive structures of your feet. Relaxin softens the ligaments and blood vessels in your body to prepare you for labour, and when the ligaments in your feet soften, your feet can spread out and lose strength.
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  • Don't Fall Flat: Everyday Care For Feet With Fallen Arches

    Flat feet may sounds like a minor, easily ignored condition to many of us, but those of us unfortunate enough to suffer from fallen arches know just how debilitating this innocuous sounding condition can become. Without the support of a properly formed arch, a flat foot can become swollen and painful as overworked tendons become damaged, a problem exacerbated by sports, exercise or even a gentle stroll.  However, there are many treatments available that not only relieve the discomfort of flat feet, but help correct the shape and mechanisms of the fallen arch or arches, with the end goal of reshaping the foot back into a healthy curve.
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  • Signs That It May Be Time to See a Podiatrist

    Sore and aching feet don't always need the attention of a doctor; soreness after being on your feet all day or wearing shoes that pinch can be expected, and certain minor injuries of the feet may simply heal on their own. However, there are times when you want to see a podiatrist to have your feet examined and have him or her intervene. Certain conditions may not heal by themselves and may be very serious, so they may require medical attention as soon as you notice them.
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  • What Are Bunions And How Can Your Podiatrist Help?

    If you are experiencing pain and swelling at the base of your big toe, you could have a "bunion".  So, what are bunions, and how can your podiatrist help to resolve the problem?  Read on to find out more.  What are "bunions"? Bunions are large painful reddened lumps that form on the outside of the base of your big toe.  Often, your toe joint will be enlarged and affected by degenerative arthritis.
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