Updates of whats up in Podiatry

A Podiatry Friend in Croydon, Australia

A huge shout out to my friends downunder at Croydon Total Footcare. They are a well established podiatry clinic that have been very supportive of what I do, hence the shout out.

You can read more about then at Yelp, on Podiatrists Online, a map at Whereis, a listing on Bing local, at the Podiatry Tradeshow, at True Local where they support the community, and at Podiatry TV. They also have a good write up at PodiaPaedia and Rate MD and indexed at dLook.

September 9, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Comments Off on A Podiatry Friend in Croydon, Australia

Trench Foot

Trench foot was a cold injury that was really common in the trenches during war time. Th soldiers were subjected to cold and damp as well as unsanitary conditions. This no freezing injury affected a lot of soldiers and still is an issue in today’s armies.

It is just not a problem now for the army, but trench foot can occur in extreme sports in cold environments and in those with occupational risk such as cold store workers. It is more appropriately called a non-freezing cold injury. Frostbite is a freezing cold injury and the cold directly damages the tissues. In a non-freezing cold injury the tissue damage is more related to changes in the circulation.

September 29, 2013 Posted by | Skin Condtions | | Comments Off on Trench Foot

Running Drills

With all the interest in recent years on running technique and running form, more and more runners are now spending time to do running drills to help improve their running technique. One of these drills is the 100 Up technique, which is supposed to help teach a better running technique with a forefoot strike. It was first used in the 1800’s and has recently being “rediscovered”.

With its “rediscovery”, it has certainly been given a lot of publicity, but very little critical analysis, as there are some problems with it.

September 1, 2013 Posted by | Sports Medicine | , | Comments Off on Running Drills

Calcaneal Apophysitis

Calcaneal Apophysitis is the technical name for severs disease. This is an injury or inflammation to the back of the heel bone in growing kids. The classic symptom is pain on squeezing the sides of the heel bone. The pain is usually present with activity and can limit sports participation.

This video from PodChatLive is an in-depth look into calcaneal apophysitis.

The standard treatment for this condition is to use a heel raise to lesson the pull from the achilles tendon and cushion the impacts with the ground. A reduction is sports activity is often needed. If none of these treatments help, then calcaneal apophysitis should be placed in a walking cast.

December 12, 2012 Posted by | Foot Problems | , | Comments Off on Calcaneal Apophysitis

Hoka One One

The Hoke One One are new entrant into the running shoe market coming from France. They are what could be considered a maximalist running shoe, having maximum cushioning and support.

The shoe is becoming very popular which is surprising considering all the interest in barefoot running or running in shoes that offer minimal support and minimal cushioning. There are plenty of testimonial from runners to like these shoes.

December 11, 2012 Posted by | Sports Medicine | , | Comments Off on Hoka One One

Circulation Booster

This is a product that seems to be coming up more often and I was not familiar with it so did some digging around. The Circulation Booster uses a subtle electric current to stimulate the muscles on the bottom of the foot to activate them to increase the circulation around the body.

Does the Circulation Booster work? There are plenty of testimonials but very little research I could find. There was this discussion, with lots of different opinions and there have been some issues with the claims being made and advertising regulations bodies in a couple of countries. I have not actually seen one to try, so I assume we just have to wait for more research.

December 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Circulation Booster

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome is a particularity unpleasant problem that can drive people crazy. When at rest, especially at bed at night, they have an uncontrollable urge to move the legs.

There is very little that can be done for the problem, except getting up and walking or taking drugs to help the sleep. Drugs can often deal with a lot of the symptoms, but it can take a while and some trial and error to get the exact drug or comobination in the right does right for the individual. There are a number of natural approaches that have been advocated, but very little evidence supports these approaches, though the testimonials do suggest that they help some people. Support groups, in person and online, are often helpful.

December 7, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Comments Off on Restless Legs Syndrome

Barefoot Running Shoes

This sounds something like an oxymoron. How can you have such as thing as barefoot running shoes? A barefoot running shoe is something that probably should be called something else. A shoe that is considered a barefoot running shoes would be a shoe that is so minimal that it does not interfere with the way the foot functions, so it might as well have no shoe on. The Vibram Five Fingers are the most well known. These shoes became a fad in around 2009-2010, but that fad droped off from around 2013-2014 and you hardly ever see anyone running in these types of shoes anymore.

These shoes are not without their controversy as a lot of claims get made for them reducing the injury rate, but those that treat a lot of running injuries are reporting seeing a lot more injuries in runners using these shoes, in some cases, they are quite serious. However, these shoes despite there decline in popularity still exits and are still used by a small hardcore group of runners.

December 5, 2012 Posted by | Sports Medicine | Comments Off on Barefoot Running Shoes

Forefoot Valgus

Forefoot valgus is a foot type in which the forefoot is in an everted position when the subtalar joint is in its neutral position and the midtarsal joint is maximally pronated. It is the opposite for the forefoot varus foot type.

Forefoot valgus is a difficult foot type to understand as it will function very differently depending on the range of motion at the midtarsal joint. A rigid midtarsal joint will mean that the rearfoot supinates. A flexible midtarsal joint means that the rearfoot will pronate more (more).

November 26, 2012 Posted by | Biomechanics | Comments Off on Forefoot Valgus

Vibram Five Fingers

The Vibram Five Fingers are a favorite shoe with those who prefer barefoot or minimalist running. They are shoes that cover the foot like a glove and also have a pocket for each toe.

They are not without their controversy as they are facing legal action over the health claims that they made and Podiatrists are seeing a lot of injuries in those that use them. A recent motion to dismiss the class action was rejected.

November 26, 2012 Posted by | Footwear | , , , | Comments Off on Vibram Five Fingers