Posts for: February, 2015
The feet are an incredible part of your body. They are perfectly designed to help carry all the weight of your body, keep you balanced, and provide movement to get you from one place to the next. You stomp them, kick, slip, walk, run, hop, stub, jump and yet they still work every single morning. During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of a fully loaded cement truck. Does that cause your feet to stop? Nope!
Here are some fun facts about your feet:
According to APMA – the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day which can be about 115,000 miles in a lifetime. That is more than four times the circumference of the globe!
There are 26 bones, 33 joints, 100 + muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet.
There are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet; they can excrete up to a ½ pint of moisture each day.
When walking, each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight.
Most people have one foot larger than the other which is why it is important to measure the larger one when choosing shoes.
It is important to keep your feet healthy and functioning because a quarter of the body’s bones are in the feet. If they are out of alignment, so is the rest of your body. Be sure to get your feet checked out if you are experiencing any type of pain as this could be a sign of a bigger problem. At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, our focus is to keep you informed and your feet healthy and happy!
Taking a stroll down that infamous red carpet is not as easy as it may appear. Millions of people are watching each celeb’s every move through the TV and critiquing their choice of dress, footwear, and hairdo. Hundreds of photographs are snapping away to have these photos reprinted in magazines or displayed on websites for years to come. No one wants to be the one on the “worst dressed” page!
Celebrities will prep for months in advance to get Oscar glamified, and in various forms of extreme:
- Exercising at least 6 weeks in advance to get as toned as possible
- Diets, detox, and near starvation to slim down
- Visits to the dermatologist for laser zapping, tissue tightening, and Botox injections
- Teeth whitening and brightening
- Body treatments such as facials, massages, scrubs, and peels
- Waxing and other forms of body hair removal
- Spray tans to give the body a bronzed glow
- IV drips of B12 and other vitamins for energy
- Having a team of stylists choosing each item to be worn that evening
Let’s not forget about their tootsies! Feet need prepping too. Dry heels will be buffed, and all toenails will be polished to perfection. Shoes must complement their outfit, and most females will forgo comfort for fashion this evening. I wonder how many have considered dermal fillers such as Restylane to add cushion to the balls of the feet? I can assure you that there will not be any signs of fungus,ingrown toenails infections, or warts visible on anyone’s feet this evening. The feet usually are shown off in those stilettos, and any appearance beyond stunning is definitely not acceptable. People still talk about this actress’ poor choice of heels!
What extreme would you go to if you were on the red carpet? Would you find this and exciting or frightening experience? I think in my case… it would be a pretty fun night!
BY: Diana Emini
Do you suffer from dry and cracked heels during the winter months?DM Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Emini and I see a rise in patients who complain of this very problem during the colder months of the year. Besides its obvious appearance, dry heels can lead to bleeding and discomfort in your everyday life. It may start with red or flaky patches, itchy skin, then start to peel and crack and eventually it can lead to bleeding, infection, and pain.
What causes dry/cracked heels?
Dry heels can be caused by many factors. For some people it is simply genetic disposition to dry skin, while others may be a using a soap or chemicals that irritate the skin. Lack of hydration, aging, caffeine, smoking, and alcohol can all directly or indirectly contribute to dry heels. Cracked heels are called Heel Fissures; the skin thickens as a result of friction which can lead to pain and cause bleeding. Skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, athlete's foot, and thyroid disease can lead to heel fissures. Open-backed shoes that allow slippage around the heel while walking are often the culprits of heel fissures. In the cold weather, the lack of moisture in the air is the cause of the dry heels.
How can dry/cracked heels be treated?
Wearing proper shoes and the use of deep skin moisturizers and lotions can reduce the dryness associated with the condition and allow the foot to heal. Use warm water instead of hot water when showering because the hot water can further dry out your skin. Also, you should exfoliate your feet on a regular basis, be sure to use a gentle exfoliating scrub to get all of the dead skin off. Be careful when using heel repair creams, most contain chemicals that can aggravate your skin, the correct creams should be prescribed by your podiatrist.
This month at DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we are offering a limited edition, top of the line foot spa package for just $5! It can be used by both men and women; you can buy it as a gift for your significant other or treat yourself for Valentine’s Day! This package includes everything that you need to help rejuvenate your heels from this cold winter weather. So be sure to take care of your heels today!
Millions of Americans were glued to their TV’s Sunday night watching one of the most anticipated events of the year… The Super Bowl! Many rejoiced as the New England Patriot’s took home their fourth Super Bowl title, while others cried as they emptied their pockets to bets lost on the Seattle Seahawks. Regardless of which team you were cheering for, the Super Bowl kept fans on their feet until the very last minute of the game. It was a game full of excitement, emotions, and unforgettable moments.
Whether you are a professional athlete or play sports just for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs during football can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints, knee pain, lower back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Added to these are common complaints such as corns, calluses and athlete's foot.
It doesn’t matter if it’s college football, flag football, arena football, or touch football, the foot and ankle are very susceptible to injury when playing a high contact sport like this. Your running style, quality of footwear, and even minor limb length differences can contribute to injuries.
At DM Foot & Ankle Associates we treat many athletes that have injuries or problems that can be avoided by implementing a few easy habits into their routine. Here are some tips that could help to prevent future injury or foot problems for athletes:
- Picking the right type of shoe for your sport is one of the most important things you can do to ensure proper balance, control, and support for the high stress and intensity that your foot will go through.
- Using custom orthotics will further support your foot and customize the right fit.
- Wash your feet everyday and dry them thoroughly.
- Replace your shoes every year or if they show signs of unevenness when placed on a flat surface, display noticeable creasing, and/or when the heel counter breaks down.
- Wear only good quality, well- fitting socks that not only help to cushion your feet but also keep moisture away from the feet.
Dr. Kim and I treat all types of sports injuries and problems, from sprained ankles to broken bones to foot fungus. If you or someone you know has any of these issues, make an appointment to get your foot assessed and we can start immediate treatment to get you back out on the field. It is important to protect your feet and ankles in any sport that you participate in so that you can stay involved in the things you love to do and play like a champion!
By: Diana Emini