Nice Feet!

July 31, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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In June I helped on the medical team of the Raid the North Extreme Adventure Race. It was held in the wilds of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Much of the race took place on the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast (by a nice 7 hour ferry ride) of Prince Rupert.
    There were 23 teams of four athletes each. The disciplines included kayak paddling, trekking, and mountain biking.
Dscf0725_1     The picture I am sharing here is of one of the women racers, on day three. I want you to appreciate how good her feet look – red toenail polish and all. Her skin looks great. Her toes look great. Her heels looked great. I don’t recall hearing any complaints about her feet.
     In the picture, she is applying some lubricant to her feet before changing socks. The team had just come off a long kayak section. There were more than two full days left in the race.
     The purpose of showing you her feet (Ok, I know it is only one foot, but the other one looks just as good!), is to show you that you can be an extreme athlete and have nice feet.

The Most Important Issue of my Fixing Your feet Ezine

July 25, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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Last Friday I released the July issue of my Fixing Your Feet Ezine. If you are active and want to take good care of your feet, I urge you to read this issue. I have pasted the summary of the newsletter below so you can see the focus.

FIXING YOUR FEET E-zine – Blisters with Blood, and Staph and Cellultis Infections, and a lot more

This is a huge issue – almost 14 pages before formatting. However, in the seven years of publishing this newsletter, I think this is the most serious and important issue yet. It has in-depth focus on infections as a result of blisters. First read my editorial, Blisters Can Lead to Serious Infection, and then the feature article, My Infected Blister – Almost My Life! I think you’ll agree with Denise Jones, the Badwater Blister Queen, who told me, “This is indeed sobering and shocking (literally). I think people need to see this because I do not think they take blisters very seriously!” I urge you to fully digest the articles, then read the articles on Blood Blisters and Infections, Staph Facts and Cellulitis Facts.
     The issue also has several foot care products, a link to a video of my lancing a huge toe blister on YouTube, a Bad Feet photo and story, and reader feedback.

FIXING YOUR FEET E-zine – Blisters with Blood, and Staph and Cellulitis Infections, and a lot more

July 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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FIXING YOUR FEET E-zine


Volume 7, Issue 7, July 2007
John Vonhof, Footwork Publications
Copyright, July 2007, All rights reserved
 


THIS ISSUE IN SUMMARY

This is a huge issue – almost 14 pages before formatting. However, in the seven years of publishing this newsletter, I think this is the
most serious and important issue yet. It has in-depth focus on
infections as a result of blisters. First read my editorial, Blisters
Can Lead to Serious Infection
, and then the feature article, My
Infected Blister – Almost My Life!
I think you’ll agree with Denise
Jones, the Badwater Blister Queen, who told me, “This is indeed
sobering and shocking (literally). I think people need to see this
because I do not think they take blisters very seriously!
” I urge you
to fully digest the articles, then read the articles on Blood Blisters and
Infections
, Staph Facts
and Cellulitis Facts.
     This issue also has several foot care products, a link to a video
of my lancing a huge toe blister on YouTube, a Bad Feet photo and
story, and reader feedback.


PURPOSE

The Fixing Your Feet E-zine is published monthly 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

“Face Lifts” for Feet

July 20, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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I recently learned of a new term for foot procedures – face lifts for feet. This was used an Associated Press article about the trend in cosmetic foot procedures. Some of these are called toe tucks, toe slim, toe shortening, along with common procedures like bunnionectomy and hammer toe surgery. Many of the patients are women who want their feet to look prettier. Others are those who are in pain from their feet.

     One podiatrist says these procedures make up the bulk of his practice. A

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podiatric surgeon says he does five cosmetic cases a month, most shortening the second or third toe, or lengthening the big toe, at a cost of $1500 to $2000 per toe.

     I have heard from many athletes who have foot problems and could benefit from surgery. Bunions, hammer toes, Morton’s toe, metatarsal pain, ingrown toenails, and toenail removal, are a few examples. Rather then “put up with” the problem, there comes a time when surgery may be the right F91b7d16 choice. For example, the photo shows a person with Morton’s Toe. The toe is quite a bit longer than the big toe and could present many problems to an athlete. This person might happily have surgery rather than deal with the issues of such a long toe.

     Before choosing foot surgery, make sure to get at least two opinions, and three may be better. Investigate your condition on the Internet, at trusted websites. Become educated so when you contact a podiatrist or other specialist, you know what questions to ask. 

The Best Fit?

July 13, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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The other day I was reading one of my many outdoor magazines when I saw an ad for hiking boots. These are custom made boots – Esatto. The ad was small but it caught my eye. It showed a hiking boot, the Boot_smallheader “Esatto Custom Boots” and the tag line, “The fit you’ve looked for all your life.” It was the tag line that made me tear out the ad.
     Can the fit of a boot be that important? Have I really been looking for this fit all my life? In reality, I know the ad is perfect for someone who has struggled finding a good fit with off the shelf boots. Esatto boots are leather custom made by a very detailed tracing and pattern of pressure points of each foot. One tracing measures the off-weighted outline of the foot, another the weighted outline. This is important because of the foot spread as we stand, walk and run. Four measurements are taken at specific points of the foot. Then any abnormalities are noted and measured. This tracing is sent with a photo of each foot so the company can make a boot that fits each of your feet.
     Is all this expensive? Yes, but… If you want a boot that fits perfect, that has been made to eliminate pressure points and reduce friction, and that has been made for each of your two feet, money may be 570irrelative. Esatto currently offers one boot and one walker but is planning more designs. If you are interested in Esatto boots, give them a look. Their web site is very informative.
     The Esatto web site says, “We combine the skills and craftsmanship of old world shoe making with modern technology to provide you with footwear that fits precisely and comfortably. If I wanted or needed custom made boots, they have me sold.
     In my next post I will tell you about boots I used when I went to BC Canada to help at the Raid the North Extreme. Not custom made, but I loved them.

Great Feet for Life

July 8, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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Many readers of this blog are athletes. Some are extreme athletes while others are casual, weekend warriors. Most of us take pretty good care of our feet. How we care for our feet today can reward us in the future.
     I recently had the pleasure to review the book, Great Feet for Life, written by podiatrist Paul Langer. Dr. Langer wrote Great Feet for Life: Footcare and Footwear for Healthy Aging to fill a need for Great_feet_for_lifeexpert footcare as we age.
     This is a great book to read in order to understand how our feet change as we age. It is important to realize that the changes to our feet: from toenails to skin, bunions to hammertoes, heel pain, arthritis, and more conditions and ailments, affect how they fit into our choices of footwear. 
     In the book, we are encouraged to appreciate the uniqueness and complexity of our amazing feet. Chapter focus on skin care, nail care, foot conditions and injuries, hammertoes and bunions, blood flow conditions, nerve conditions, shoes, insoles and orthotics, and staying active.
     Dr. Langer stresses that to lead an active lifestyle it helps to have healthy feet. We can see evidence of this all round us. Aging adults can usually stay more active as long as they have healthy feet. Walking is a great way to stay healthy, control weight, and keep one’s heart healthy too. This is much easier to do with healthy feet. Get a copy of Great Feet for Life for yourself and another copy for an older adult in your life. Your feet will be happy and so will you.

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