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Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail, usually on the big toe, grows into the skin adjacent to it. This causes pain, and if left untreated may result in infection. Signs of an infection include redness, swelling, and discharge at the edge of the toenail. Inflammation may increase to the point where…

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Toenail Trauma

If you stub your toe or drop something heavy on your feet, you may develop subungual hematoma, which is blood trapped beneath the toenail. This gives the toenail a red, black or purple discoloration. It is often called black toenail for that reason. Subungual hematoma is usually caused by blunt trauma from a heavy object…

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What Is a Foot Analysis?

Do you need motion control shoes, arch supports, or high-end shoe inserts? Walkers often wonder how to find the right shoe and how to modify it with inserts to get the best fit and comfort. While a serious running shoe store can do some basic analysis to put you into a neutral or motion control…

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Treatments for Painful Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of foot pain, and finding relief from painful symptoms can be frustrating for many patients. It is not uncommon for symptoms of heel and arch pain to persist for months after starting treatment for this condition. The good news, is that more than 90% of patients find relief of…

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Seven Tactics to Preclusion of Blisters

Blisters are one of our biggest complaints as walkers. But are blisters inevitable? Can you make it through a marathon without painful blisters? Can you survive a multi-day walking event with intact skin? Yes, there are ways to toughen your feet and to prevent most blisters. We’ll review the top ways to prevent blisters both…

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Treadmill Walking

Treadmill workouts are a great way to get cardio exercise. To get the most out of treadmill walking, avoid these common mistakes. Proper walking form and posture are important in preventing pain and strain as well as helping you to walk smoother and faster. Mistake 1: Getting onto the Treadmill The first mistake is getting…

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Flat Feet – Fallen Arches – Flat Foot

Walking flat-footed is a walking mistake that can be corrected, while having flat feet or fallen arches are conditions that may cause you pain. They have different solutions. Painful Flatfoot and Fallen Arches – When Flat Feet are a Problem Do you have fallen arches or flatfoot that cause you enough pain that you avoid…

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When to seek the opinion of a Podiatrist

People experiencing foot pain and problems often seek relief with over-the-counter insoles. They may go a step further and visit a shoe fitting store that has a pedorthist to get a custom shoe fitting and insole recommendation. When asked to comment on the limitations of these methods and when it is best to see a…

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What is Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spur?

My heel hurts when I walk and people say it might be plantar fasciitis. I’ve seen it spelled planters fasciitis or planter fascitis. Any way you spell it, it hurts. What is it and what can I do about it? About Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is that pain in the bottom of your foot or…

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Insoles vs Inserts vs Orthotics

When feet hurt, walkers seek relief. The first step is to get the right shoes, but the answer to pain may be a step further – to insoles, arch supports, and orthotics. Consulting a foot health specialist can bring definitive diagnosis and treatment for your pain. What a shoe does and doesn’t have: •Arch support:…

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