Heel pain in runners - what can be done?
13 April 2016
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.
Here's How You Care for a Sprained Ankle
22 February 2016
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.
Understanding the Impact of Pregnancy On the Health of Your Feet
13 January 2016
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.
Don't Fall Flat: Everyday Care For Feet With Fallen Arches
13 November 2015
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.