Posts for: December, 2011
Do you already have a New Year's resolution in mind? Every year people make resolutions: drink less pop, read every day, workout three times a week, be nicer to people, etc. Resolutions are great for about a month, but the majority of people lose interest or forget their resolutions after that. Don't make the same mistake this year--pick a resolution that's achievable: feet.
Your feet really don't require that much maintenance in order to keep healthy. There are simple steps you can take every day (or every week) to ensure foot health and they won't be challenging or take much time.
1. Shoe Selection. One of the number one mistakes people make regarding their feet is shoe selection. What you walk around in every day has major effects on the health of your feet. Women especially often have terrible shoes because of what's fashionable: high heels, plastic flip flops, and Uggs are all shoes that have almost no benefits for feet.
2. Hygiene. Keep your feet clean and dry to avoid fungi like athlete's foot and toenail fungus. This is especially important for diabetic patients.
3. Trimming Toenails. Lots of people may have heard it but don't follow the rule: trim toenails straight across. It's true, you should trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. When a patient has an ingrown toenail, the nail grows sharply into the skin on either side of the nail and causes pain, inflammation, and sometimes infection. Don't let it happen to you.
4. Don't Ignore Pain. "Walking it off" is not a method we endorse at the Markham Foot Care Clinic.If your feet hurt, something isn't normal. Our staff is here to help if you're sensing a problem in your feet; do not let it go untreated. Many problems only get worse if ignored.
You can't deny it, sometimes running is just plain boring. There you are: Running...still running...made a turn...but you're still running. Are you getting anywhere? Do you have a destination? Is there a reason? If you run on a treadmill it's even worse! Hopefully you're lucky enough to have a TV or an iPod to listen to, but if you don't, it can be brutally boring.
Have you ever watched the scenes in movies where trainees in the army are scaling walls and army-crawling under nets? Imagine that kind of intensity and then multiply it by 5. These guys thought plain running was boring too; that's why they came up with crazy ways to make it interesting. Would you ever consider running through fire, swimming through freezing water, or scaling a truss to cross a river? If you said yes, then Tough Muddermay be for you!
If Chuck Norrisran marathons, these are the ones he would run. British special forces have designed this event to test physical strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. It's not a race; participants face obstacle after obstacle while running a course that can be 10-12 miles long. Even though it sounds lengthy, most participants feel it's shorter because of all the adrenaline and excitement. Since there's no winner, participants often help each other and encourage one another.
The course can include running through bales of burning hay, swimming across frigid rivers, enduring electric shocks and more. If you're looking for a more exciting alternative to running, you've found it. Running does not get more exciting than this. Ladies, if you think this is too much testosterone for you to handle, don't be afraid. Lots of women also participate in Tough Mudder. Watch the video at http://toughmudder.com/.
You can also follow all the hype at http://muddernation.com/
Thick socks, warm boots, and fuzzy slippers keep our feet protected from the elements during these cold winter months. Though they may protect your feet from frostbite and snow; your socks, boots, and slippers won't ward off ingrown toenails, fungus, blisters, or heel pain. It's easier to remember to take care of your toes when you're wearing flip flops and walking barefoot in the grass, but they don't cease to exist just because you're wearing thick socks.
Markham Foot Care Clinic can treat foot problems all year round; one of the things you should watch for the most during the winter is ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can be brought on by tight-fitting socks and shoes along with poor trimming habits. Remember to cut your toenails straight across; the corners of your toes are what dig into the tender skin on either side of your toenail and become enflammed and painful.
You can also fight off ingrown toenails by soaking your feet in warm, soapy water whenever you get a chance, recommended 2-3 times a day. This softens the toenails while cleaning your feet which prevents infection and fungus. If you feel comfortable, you can also try to peel up a corner of the toenail when the nail is soft to encourage growth above the skin.
If an ingrown toenail becomes severe, surgery may be required which includes cutting out the section of toenail that's become ingrown. If you're concerned that you may have a severely ingrown toenail, call our office to schedule an appointment.