Let Your Feet Breathe

February 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Footcare, Footwear, Health 

Are your feet comfortable? I mean do they get to relax like the rest of you? If you are like much of the population, you get home from work and change into something comfortable. You know, loose fitting clothes that are soft.
     So what do you put on your feet? Socks and comfortable shoes? Thongs or sandals? Or maybe even you chose to go bare foot?  What’s the right choice?
Wigglejpg     In the same way that your body needs something comfortable, your feet do too. After a day cooped up in socks and shoes, or nylons and heels, give your feet a break. Let them out for some air. They need to breathe too. Wiggle your toes. Rub your feet. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, our feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands and produce as much as a pint of moisture per day. Your feet need their space and they need to be let out for air at least once a day. Be nice to your feet and let them breathe.

Fixing Your Feet – Basic Foot Care-It’s Your Job

February 20, 2006 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Foot Care, Footwear, Health, Sports, Travel 


Volume 6, Issue 2, February 2006
John Vonhof, Footwork Publications
Copyright, February 2006, All rights reserved


My editorial talks about basic foot care and why it is your job. There
is one foot care tip, a great bad feet photo, and one non-feet good
stuff item. It also explains why there has not been a newsletter in a while.


The Fixing Your Feet E-zine is published twice a month to inform and
educate athletes and non-athletes about proper foot care skills and
techniques, provide tips on foot care, review foot care products, and
highlight problems people have with their feet.

Read more

Take a Good Look at Your Feet

February 20, 2006 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Footcare, Footwear, Health, Sports 

Let’s confess. You get out of the shower and pull on your socks (male) or put on nylons or shoes (female). Right? You don’t even really glance at your feet.
Skin_on_the_foot_03     Unfortunately, that split second, usually automatic action, causes us to miss things our feet are trying to tell us. So, let’s slow down and see what we might have missed.
1. Start with the toes. Use your fingers to spread them apart and make sure they are dry and there are no signs of athlete’s foot. Look for calluses on the side or bottom of the toes.
2.  Now the toenails. Check for nails that need a trim or filing, signs of ingrown toenails and toenail fungus?
3.  Move on down to the bottoms of your feet.  Check for any unusual bumps that might be plantar warts.
4.  Now around to the heels. Look for cracks in the skin, scaly skin or calluses that indicate dryness and the need for a moisturizer.
5.  Finally, move around to the sides of the foot. Check for calluses that could be reduced.
     This quick check can take only a few seconds but can prevent problems later. Learn to use your fingers and hands to gauge the health of your feet.

Shoe Industry Innovation

February 13, 2006 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Footcare, Footwear, Sports 

The shoe industry is to be commended for trying new ideas. It’s only as they push each other to new levels of innovation that we’ll see shoes develop to where they are really the best they can be. Running shoes are changing. Here are three examples:
The_adidas_1jpg     The Adidas 1 1.1 has a microprocessor in the shoe’s arch that measures heel compression. This information is translated into cushioning changes based on the running surface, and the runner’s weight and size, pace, and foot strike.  The theory behind the shoe is that when someone has optimal cushioning, they can perform better and longer.
Pump2_w_wht_pink     The Reebok Pump 2.0 Wrapshear Cushion Running Shoe offers a unique laceless Pump automatic custom fit system. Controlled by a smart valve, the bladder inflates and releases, with each step, based on the needs of each individual’s foot and activity. The theory is that shoe provides runners with a customized fit for all foot shapes by surrounding the athlete’s foot with an automatic form-fitting air chamber.
3dflite250     The Inov-8 trail running shoes are made for trails. The shoes are light-weight, quick-drying, with a unique lacing system to lock the heel in place, a rounded toe box, side webbing support for increased torque sensitivity, a low Achilles notch, a midsole stiffening shank to allow the metatarsals to move independently, and an anti-clogging outersole. The Inov-8 theory incorporates the natural biomechanical function of the foot needed to traverse undulating terrains into the design of their shoes, making the shoe feel like an extension of your foot—as though you are running bare foot.
     The best way to stay informed of changes in shoe product lines is to read the magazines of your sport (Trail Runner, Running Times, Runner’s World, Backpacker, Ultrarunning, etc.) and do Google searches.

Morton’s Neuroma

February 7, 2006 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Health 

Note: Issues beyond my control have pre-empted my ability to publish for the past month. Bear with me and I’ll try to get back on track.

Morton’s neuroma is pain associated with a nerve inflammation usually affecting the third and fourth toes. It will sometimes be felt between the second and third toes. The nerves running between the metatarsal heads and the toes have become inflamed and irritated as they are squeezed at the base of the toes. The painful, swollen nerve is called a neuroma. There is typically tingling, burning, or a pins-and-needles sensation that radiates to the end of the toes. Some people describe the sensation as walking on a pebble. If you press with your thumb at the base of your fourth toe and feel pain, you could have a neuroma. If untreated, scar tissue forms around the nerve and it becomes more painful.

     This condition can be caused by a shoe’s tight toe box that compresses the forefoot or by the nerves being pressured by the metatarsal heads and the bases of the toes. Sports that place a significant amount of pressure on the forefoot area can cause inflammation of the nerves. As we walk or run, we come up onto our toes and this motion can cause the ligaments supporting the metatarsal bones to compress the nerve between the toes. Limiting your activities for a few days may be enough to allow the inflammation to subside.

     A runner friend’s bout with Morton’s neuroma over several years led him to study treatment options. He learned of the following treatments, from the least invasive to the most. When he wrote the list, he was down to the last step before surgery.

1.      Try shoes with a roomy toe box in both height and width, and make sure your socks aren’t too tight.

2.      Try off-the-shelf orthotics.

3.      Try a metatarsal pad like those made by Hapad.com.

4.      Try deep tissue massage.

5.      Try a cortisone injection—but only one due to its effect on tendons and tissues.

6.      Try custom orthotics.

7.      The last resort is surgery. Find a surgeon who goes in from the top of the foot to lessen recovery time and allow you to be more active during recovery.

     Morton’s Neuroma should not limit your activities. There are solutions. Try one if it doesn’t work, move down the decision list. When you have tried number four, it’s time to find a podiatrist—preferably one who works with athletes.

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