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Posts for: March, 2013

By Brian Cragg
March 19, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters   spring makeover   toenails   dry skin   sandals  

Spring Makeover for Your FeetSpring is on the way—are your feet ready?  Winter boots are great for the cold and snow, but they can leave your feet looking for a breath of fresh air!  How can you get your feet ready for their spring debut?

If your feet have spent most of the winter enveloped in wool socks and warm footwear, they may need some extra attention.  Cold weather can be drying to the body—including the feet.  Take some time to carefully trim your toenails straight across, use a pumice stone to rub away dry skin, and moisturize your feet with a hydrating lotion. 

Next, have your own shoe fashion show.  Dig out all of your spring favourites, and try them on for size.  You may find that your feet have grown, so don’t be afraid to donate pairs that no longer fit.  Also, take note of any shoes that slip on the heel, or seem to be rubbing your feet.  You can prevent blisters, calluses, and corns by being proactive.  Use shoe pads to decrease slip and Band-Aids to protect your skin against friction.

As you make the transition to fun flats and sandals, give your feet a break.  These types of shoes affect the feet differently than winter footwear.  If your feet feel tired at the end of the day, soak them in warm water.  Adding Epson salts, or essential oils can add to the relaxation process.  Massaging the feet with lotion in a circular motion can also give the feet a little extra TLC during this time.

Foot pain should never take the spring out of your step.  Chiropodist Brian Cragg understands your foot health needs.  Call the friendly staff at Markham Foot Care Clinic today at (905)294-8087.  You can also schedule an appointment online.

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By Brian Cragg
March 06, 2013
Category: Footwear
Tags: shoes   personality   shoe fit   bright shoes  

What do your shoes say about you?Imagine being asked to make conclusions about someone’s gender, age, emotional standing, financial status, and other identifiers—based on their shoes!  In an article published in the “Journal of Research in Personality,” conductors of a study did just this, and the results were surprising.  Participants were able to determine the answers to these questions with an accuracy rate of 90%. 

According to this study, our shoes tell others a lot about our personality and standing in life.  Bright shoes tend to be worn by those who are extroverts, while polished and tidy shoes denote an owner who is diligent.  It might seem obvious that expensive shoes would indicate an owner with money, but you might be surprised to find out that boring shoes indicate the person has a hard time building relationships. 

What do your shoes say about you?  Do you tend toward boots or sneakers?  While boots may indicate a more somber side, sneakers can give your feet a hipster vibe.  Men, do you slip on loafers or tie your dress shoes?  Either way, your feet look successful with slip-ons giving you a little global flair.  No matter your gender, flip-flops give the “I’m on vacation” message, so wear them when you’re keeping it casual. 

When it comes to foot health, the fit of your footwear is much more important than the style.  Make sure that you are wearing shoes that fit.  Shoes that are too tight can cause many issues including blisters, calluses, and corns.  Shock absorption, support, and comfort should top your “must have” list. 

Are you experiencing pain when you put on your shoes?  Just like your footwear, healthy feet and ankles say a lot about you.  Call the office of Chiropodist Brian Cragg today to schedule an appointment.  You can reach our Markham, ON office at (905) 294-8087, or schedule an appointment on our website.

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