Posts for tag: Feet
The Leprechauns are doing the Irish Jig... but how do they protect their toes?
If you've ever seen Irish dancing such as Riverdance, you know that there is quite a bit of stepping and impact to the feet! You may have wondered how Irish dancers, and other performance dancers, endure the repeated pounding to the ground.
Here is a list of problems dancer's may face when it comes to their feet and our recommendations on how to maintain them:
Shoes fit is important - Make sure the shoe fits, then wear it. If a dancer's shoes are too loose, this causes the skin of the foot to rub against the shoe causing friction and irritation. If a dancer's shoes are too tight, they run the risk of forming bunions, hammertoes, and skin irritation. The shoe should have enough room in the ball of the foot to prevent these problems.
Preventing friction to the skin - To avoid being a victim of foot friction while dancing, an Irish dancer can wrap areas that are more prone to friction with band aids or medical tape before any problems start. By doing so, the band aids or medical tape take the abuse of the friction and not your feet.
Sore spots and blisters - Sometimes sore spots and blisters happen no matter how many precautions are taken. When this happens, a dancer can use moleskin to help. Moleskin can be cut to fit and cover the sensitive spots so that dancing can still be done.
Foot and toe protection - If a dancer's toes are already sore or are more prone to being sensitive, a gel toe cap may be useful. To use, a dancer slips the silicone gel toecap onto the problem toe. The toe cap absorbs pressure and reduces friction. We sell a variety of these at our office, cost is $4.00 - $8.50+tax depending on the size of the toe cap.
Cushioning for the foot - The allowed room for extra cushioning in an Irish dancer's shoes is very minimal. To provide extra cushioning, a dancer may apply gel cushions that adhere directly to their foot. A gel metatarsal pad cushion is a good pad to start with. This type of padding helps reduce pressure from the toes and metatarsals while providing extra comfort.
Corns and Ingrown nails - Due to so much movement and hard impact, Irish dancers regularly suffer from corns and ingrown toenails. To help avoid getting these, toe separators can be used. The toe separators are placed between the toes to help reduce the friction and absorb the impact that may cause a dancer to get corns or ingrown toenails.
New shoes - When an Irish dancer's shoes are new, they can cause painful rubbing to the dancer's ankles and cause blisters. Blister booties are great to use when trying to avoid being a blister victim when it comes to new dance shoes. These booties are form fitting and pull onto the foot. The bootie, which looks like a toe-less sock, absorbs the friction to the ankle that is caused by the new, stiff shoes so that the dancer does not have to.
Foot health - Since a dancer's feet and ankles are always under excessive impact, it is ideal that they be seen by a podiatrist regularly. By doing so, a podiatrist can identify any underlying issues that may be happening and provide treatment options to help alleviate any issues the dancer may be experiencing.
At DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we treat feet of all sizes. If you live in or near the Lemont, Homer Glen, Lockport, Hinsdale or Burr Ridge areas, contact our office to schedule an evaluation with one of our physicians to have any of your foot and ankle issues taken care of.
A new year can mean a new YOU. This year, keep these tips for your feet in mind to make sure you it’s started on a happy and healthy foot
Moisturize - The winter months bring dry winter air that can take a toll on the skin. Be sure to moisturize your feet daily to help avoid dry, cracked and irritated skin. Continue to moisturize in the summer months as well, but be sure your summer moisturizer contains SPF to further protect your feet from sun damage.
Exercise your feet - Do you experience muscle cramps? Stretching your feet is a great way to avoid this pesky discomfort. Try placing a small towel on the floor and using your toes to pick it up and hold it for 1 second. Repeat this at least 10 times for each foot. Rotating your ankles can also help relax feet. A great exercise to try is sit and point your toes towards you. Do not move your knees. Rotate your ankles in a circular motion clockwise 10 times and then counterclockwise 10 times.
Massage - Who doesn’t like a foot rub? Not only do they feel good, but they're also a great way to release tension, boost circulation and refresh skin after a long day on your feet. Take a few minutes at the end of your day to massage your feet. Use lotion and take care of moisturizing at the same time!
Raise your legs - Feet and ankles can swell from sitting too long in one position or if you’ve been on your feet all day. Remember to elevate your legs to reduce swelling. Lay or sit and lift your legs above your heart.
Wear smart shoes - we all know wearing the best shoe for your foot is sometimes easier said than done, but it is important! Your footwear should always have good arch support and a padded sole. A great way to test your shoes to see if they are supportive enough is to pick it up and try to bend the shoe at the arch. If the shoe bends, it does not provide adequate support. If it resists your pressure, you’re on the right track to a smart shoe.
Get help - Feet shouldn’t hurt all the time. If you’ve kept up with these tips and you continue to experience persistent foot pain this could be an indication of injury, irritation or illness. Don’t hesitate to schedule a visit to see your podiatrist.
#WeTreatFeetOfAllSizes at DM Foot & Ankle Associates. If you, or someone you know is having foot or ankle troubles, don’t hesitate to see one of our podiatrists today!
BOO! Halloween is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to be caught with freaky feet! Here are some of our freakiest diagnoses and how they can be treated:
Bunions - Bunions a very common foot deformity. A bunion is an abnormal, bony bump that forms at the joint of your big toe. This deformity can be caused by heredity, improper fitting shoes or arthritis. Bunions can be treated by changing shoes, padding and strapping, medications, cortisone injections, orthotics or surgical intervention.
Corns: Corns occur as your body’s response to friction or pressure against the skin. These can range from a slight thickening of skin to a painful, hard bump. They often form on the top of the toes at the buckled toe joints (hammertoes), but can also occur at the tips of or in between your toes. Corns should never be considered “normal” as they are usually an indicator of poor foot structure or poor biomechanics of the foot. You can treat your corns by changing your shoes, padding in the proper areas, orthotics or by a visit with your doctor. If they are caused by and underlying structural problem, surgery is also an option.
Warts: Warts are a non-cancerous, soft tissue skin growth caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus invades through small or invisible cuts, cracks, fragile skin or abrasions. Over time, the wart develops into a hard, rough growth on the surface of the skin. You may experience a solitary wart which appears as a single lesion with distinct edges, or a mosaic wart which is a cluster of smaller wart lesions that combine to form one larger mass. Warts are most commonly seen on the bottom of the foot (plantar wart), but can appear on the top of the foot as well. They can be treated with topical medication, oral medication, laser, cryotherapy or surgical excision.
It may be freaky to experience any of these issues. If you or a loved one suffer from any of these, call DM Foot & Ankle Associates at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an evaluation with one of our podiatrists.
Hallux what? Nearly everyone has heard of bunions, but not too many people have heard of "hallux limitus." This is a similar, yet different, problem that can happen to the big toe joint of the foot.
With each and every step we take, we need to push off with our big toe joint to get the proper propulsion motion required to walk or run. The optimal range of motion needed for this is about sixty-five degrees. Sometimes, due to the structure of the foot, the big toe joint cannot achieve this full range of motion. Instead, it may only get thirty degrees or less of motion. This is what we call "hallux limitus."
Basically, hallux limitus is the name we use to describe the loss of movement in the big toe. It starts off as a mild limitation of motion and can continue on to become a completely bone-on-bone arthritic joint. Eventually, as the two ends of the bone continue to collide and jam against each other, there is progressive inflammation, loss of cartilage, formation of bone spurs, and loss of joint space. Symptoms include pain in the joint with upward motion, swelling in the joint, stiffness of the joint, and changes in the appearance of the big toe joint. Common causes include abnormal alignment of the first metatarsal, a long first metatarsal, or trauma.
Early treatment options include functional orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, or cortisone injections. If these do not alleviate the symptoms, then surgery is the next possibility. The earlier the condition is treated, the better the outcome of your big toe joint.
That's why out-of-sight, out-of-mind shouldn’t apply when it comes to your feet. You may not be wearing flip-flops or sandals for much longer, but you don’t want to forget about your foot health. Now is the perfect time to come into DM Foot & Ankle Associates to get your feet evaluated!
Flip flops, sun dresses, beach towels, and sunglasses...the true signs of summer. Now that we are in full fledged summer mode, all of the newest 2015 summer fashion trends are popping up on Tv, at the beach, and all around town! One trend that will never seem to go out of style are flip flops. Most people choose to wear sandals or flip flops during the summer but don’t know the consequences that come along with wearing them. Here are a few things to keep in mind when opting for a pair of flip-flops:
According to American Podiatric Medical Association:
- · Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
- Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
- Do ensure that your foot doesn't hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.
- Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete's foot.
- Don't re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
- Don't ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.
- Don't wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.
- Don't do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.
- Don't play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.