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I am sure many of us have been in a walk today. So we decided to share with you... Where to walk😀 enjoy It’s pretty obvious that you can walk almost anywhere but as you get into walking you may want to try different routes and also walk with other like-minded people for motivation and company. We have found a number of sites, apps and organisations that will help you do just that. Walking Routes Walking for Health - Walk Finder National Trails - National Trails pass through some of the most stunning landscapes in the UK National Trust - Walking route and event finder Walk London - London’s top seven walking routes including Thames path route Sport London - Get active London activity finder. Search walking. Ramblers – There are hundreds of walks organised each week Woodland Trust – Over 1,000 woods to visit Walking Groups and Organisations Living Streets - Working to make the streets you live, work, shop and play in safe, attractive and enjoyable spaces Ramblers - Britain's biggest walking community Walking for Health - Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walk schemes Walk4Life - Find walks, events and groups to walk with Walk Unlimited (formerly Walk England) - A Social Enterprise helping people walk Walking Apps Either click on the links below or search for the app in the app store for your device: Charity Miles - Earn money for charity when you walk, run, or bike. IOS and Android Health – IOS Built in App. On IOS 8 iFootpath - Online Walking Guides and Directions for the UK. IOS and Android. Mapmywalk - GPS walk tracking app. IOS, Android and windows phone Runtastic - GPS Running and Walking Fitness Tracker. IOS, Android, Blackberry app & windows phone Pedometer+ + IOS Walk4Life - a simple way to record all your walking journeys. IOS. ... See more
Moisturise your feet...
What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (OA) is often called the ‘wear and tear’ arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage of a joint (a thin layer of gristle that covers the end of the bones and allows them to glide over each other) becomes damaged. When the cartilage deteriorates, the bone underneath can thicken, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. The joints most affected are the knees, hips, hands and big toes. In severe cases, the cartilage can deteriorate to the extent that the bones rub together, making it difficult to move the affected joint at all. Symptoms vary from person to person and some people may have OA without experiencing many symptoms at all. What can I do to ease the problem myself? If you develop OA in your feet, there are many things you can do yourself to help ease the condition. Footwear Minimise the stress on joints by wearing well-cushioned shoes. Choose shoes with lace-up fastenings or an adjustable strap - these will keep the heel in place and stop the toes being pushed to the front of the shoe. Your feet should keep their natural shape when in shoes. There should also be a centimetre between the end of your longest toe and end of the shoe. Shoes shoud be roomy enough to accommodate any swelling so a wide, deep pair are best. Exercise We don't often think about exercising our toes, but by doing so and stretching them regularly, yu can help nourish the joint cartilage and strengthen the muscles and tendons around the joints. For example, try putting your feet side by side (say while you are in the bath) and then try to move your big toes towards each other; do this regularly three or four times a day. Ideally you should exercise your whole body to keep your joints flexible, your muscles strong and your bone and cartilage tissues healthy. Yoga is a great exercise for all your joints, including your toes. Swimming is also great because it doesn’t put any pressure on your joints. What are the treatments? Your GP may recommend painkillers or steroids to ease the pain. There are also creams and gels which can be absorbed into the bloodstream if rubbed on the affected joints when they are painful, such as after exercise or at the end of the day. Ideally, you should be seen by a team of rheumatologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists. When should I see a podiatrist? Although there is no known cure for OA, there are many ways your podiatrist can help you ease the pressure on the affected joints and therefore reduce the pain and inconvenience. Orthoses Orthoses are special shoe inserts that help redistribute the pressure as you walk. They’ll help you walk in such a way that alleviates the pain in your joints. Shoes Your podiatrist can advise you on the best type of footwear to wear for your exact problem. If you develop hallux valgus (where you big toe drifts towards your second toe), your podiatrist may recommended a shoe with a stiff sole as these relieve pain by reducing the movement of the big toe. In some cases, a shoe with a slight heel raise may be more comfortable. Strapping and padding Your podiatrist may strap the feet for a short time to limit joint movement. They can also provide protective shields for your toes or padding to relieve pressure and friction. Surgery If your problem doesn’t improve with the above measures, you may be referred to a podiatric surgeon who will evaluate the extent of your problem and see if you are suitable for: Excisional arthroplasty (replacement of joint surfaces) Interpositional arthroplasty (placing soft tissue, especially joint capsule, between the resected bone surfaces) Osteotomy (decompresses and realigning the joint surfaces) Joint replacement (used for irreversibly damaged joints) Arthrodesis (where the bones are fused together) However, surgery is only used as a last resort. Specialist teams of rheumatologists, podiatrists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, along with specialist nurses, will provide the most effective care and treatment for arthritic patients, especially those with rheumatoid arthritis. If you experience any foot care issues which do not resolve themselves naturally or through routine foot care within three weeks, it is recommended to seek the help of a healthcare professional. To talk to a podiatrist (also known as a chiropodist) about the options available regarding treatment, you can contact an NHS podiatrist or a private practice podiatrist. In both cases, always ensure that any practitioners you visit are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC) and describe themselves as a podiatrist (or chiropodist). ... See more
What is an ingrowing toenail? An ingrowing toenail is where a piece of nail pierces the flesh of the toe. It can feel as if you have a splinter, and be extremely painful and inflamed or infected. In more severe cases, it can cause pus and bleeding. Ingrowing toenails most commonly affect the big toenail, but can affect the other toes too. A nail that is curling (involuted or convoluted) into the flesh, but isn’t actually piercing the skin, isn't an ingrowing toenail but can feel very painful and can also appear red and inflamed.
Dr. Todd Brennan of Healthy Feet Podiatry in Tampa, Wesley Chapel and Brooksville, Florida shows how the removal of a painful ingrown toenail is so satisfyin...
What is hallux rigidus? 'Hallux' refers to the big toe and 'rigidus' suggests a rigid toe. However, this is not always a correct term for this condition as movement may be available but is reduced. https://vimeo.com/505465692 Hallux rigidus is occasionally confused with a bunion, or hallux valgus, as it is often associated, as part of the degenerative process (wear and tear), with new bone formation over the big toe. However, the bone bump is normally over the toe joint, not on the side as in bunion/hallux valgus deformity. The thinning/wear and tear of the joint may cause the toe to lean towards the other toes, further confusing this with hallux valgus deformity. What is the cause of hallux rigidus? Often there is no definite cause: as with other joints the big toe is subject to wear and tear and cartilage becomes progressively thinned and damaged. Past injury, such as a sprained or broken toe, can lead to early wear and tear. Hallux rigidus can also be secondary to gout or other inflammatory conditions that can cause damage to the joint. Biomechanics: The foot primes itself to bear weight onto the great toe and to allow the toe to move. Certain foot types may predispose to early jamming of the big toe and wear and tear. Common presenting problems Although some people may have a stiff big toe without pain, the main presenting complaint is pain and stiffness. This can be a problem in certain occupations such as tiling or carpet laying where kneeling causes pain as the big toe is required to bend. It can also interfere with exercise such as yoga or pilates or even push ups - essentially any activity that requires movement of the big toe. Having a stiff big toe changes the way one loads the foot and can also give rise to pain in other areas of the foot and lower limb. Footwear can be limited as the bone bump that forms over the toe joint can result in irritation of the overlying skin causing pain and limiting footwear choices. The stiff big toe also limits the heel height you can wear. Treatment Your podiatrist or podiatric surgeon can advise you on non-surgical as well as surgical ways of managing this condition. Non-surgical Footwear Wearing shoes with a deep toe box will prevent irritation of the skin overlying the bone lump over the toe. Avoid thin-soled flexible shoes and wear a low-heeled shoe with a firm stiff sole. This is likely to help because if your shoe does not bend this will help protect/limit painful movement of your big toe. Orthotics Orthotics/insoles may be of some benefit by off-loading the big toe joint reducing the stress. These can also be used to reduce the flexibility of shoes. Rocker soles or bars Rocker soles or rocker bars added to your shoes will help you roll off your big toe, preventing painful movement. Anaesthetic injections If the toe is very painful injecting a long-acting anaesthetic with steroid is likely to improve this. This can be given in clinic and occasionally either ultrasound or x-ray is used to guide the needle into the joint. However, the length of time that you benefit from this treatment can vary. Surgical If the pain continues despite conservative management, surgery may be considered. There are a number of procedures possible dependent upon the symptoms you present with, the severity of the wear and tear within the joint and the amount of movement that remains. Cheilectomy In the early stages, where impingement pain occurs over the big toe on walking as you load your big toe, a Cheilectomy may be possible. This involves removing the upper part of the joint that jams together causing a bone block to movement and pain. If carried out at the right stage the majority of patients have less pain. Other procedures that involve realigning the big toe joint to help to further improve movement and function of your big toe may be possible. However because of the wear and tear within the big toe joint there are limitations to these procedures and you may require a further operation in the future. Joint replacement or fusion With more advanced wear and tear and painful stiff toe other options are joint replacement or fusion of the big toe joint. Fusion of the big toe joint in majority of patients stops pain as this completely stiffens the toe. The positioning of the fused toe is critical to allow walking and running and wearing a heel. If you do not want fusion you have the option for joint replacement; however, depending on a number of factors, this may not be appropriate. There is a risk of failure of the implant and on-going pain and stiffness of the big toe. Deciding on your treatment Your podiatric surgeon will discuss your options in a shared decision-making process taking into account your presenting symptoms, your age, activity level, occupation and medical history, and will request the imaging required. Your podiatric surgeon will help you to make an informed decision as to what is best for you. Podiatrists and podiatric surgeons are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You can check your professional is registered here. ... See more
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What are verrucae? Verrucae are plantar warts that commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is contagious through direct person-to-person contact. There are various forms of HPV, which all relate to various parts of the human body.
What are chilblains? Chilblains (also called pernio) are small itchy, red (and sometimes purple) swellings on the skin, which can become increasingly painful, swell and dry out leaving cracks in the skin that expose the foot to the risk of infection. They occur on the toes (particularly the smaller ones), fingers, the face (especially the nose) and the lobes of the ears. They can also occur on areas of the feet exposed to pressure, for instance on a bunion or where the second toe is squeezed by tight shoes. They can also lead to blisters and break down to become a small ulcer prone to infection. What causes them? Chilblains are caused by the skin's abnormal reaction to cold. They develop when the tiny blood vessels under the skin constrict under cold conditions reducing the flow of blood until the area warms up again and causes some leakage of fluid into the surrounding tissue. Not everyone develops them - it depends to a large extent on the efficiency of your circulation. People with poor circulation and other health problems involving their blood vessels are likely to be more prone to developing chilblains. In addition, damp or draughty conditions, dietary factors and hormonal imbalance can also be contributory factors. It is thought that rapid temperature changes from cold to hot can also be a cause: if the skin is chilled and is then followed by too rapid warming next to a fire or through using a hot water bottle, chilblains may result. Who gets them? Although chilblains are common, the condition mainly affects young adults working outdoors in cold places or people who do not wear socks or tights in winter. Elderly people whose circulation is less efficient than it used to be, people who don’t take enough exercise and those suffering from anaemia, are also susceptible. How do I know I have them? During the onset of winter, susceptible people will experience a burning and itching on their hands and feet which intensifies upon entering a warm room. There may also be some swelling or redness, and in extreme cases the surface of the skin may break down and sores (ulcers) may develop. What are the treatments? If you have developed chilblains do not scratch them. Instead use soothing lotions such as witch hazel and calamine to reduce the discomfort. If the chilblain has ulcerated, apply an antiseptic dressing. If you have diabetes or are undergoing medical treatment, it is important that you have the ulcer assessed by your GP or podiatrist. If the chilblain has not broken, you can paint it with a mixture of Friar’s Balsam and a weak solution of iodine which your pharmacist can make up for you, or an over-the-counter preparation. At night, rub some lanolin ointment into the feet to help retain the heat. How can I prevent them? The best way to prevent chilblains is to keep your legs, feet and body warm, especially if your circulation is poor and your mobility is limited. The whole body, rather than just the feet, needs to be kept warm. Trousers, long boots, tights, leg warmers, long socks and gloves will also help. When should I see a podiatrist? If you experience any foot care issues which do not resolve themselves naturally or through routine foot care within three weeks, you should seek the help of a healthcare professional. To talk to a podiatrist (also known as a chiropodist) about the options available regarding treatment, you can contact an NHS podiatrist or a private practice podiatrist. In both cases, always ensure that any practitioners you visit are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and describe themselves as a podiatrist (or chiropodist). ... See more
This is an example of why corn plasters with salicylic are not advisable. The acid can damage the surrounding skin causing ulcers.
Fiona Bruce on Questions time caused quite a stir when appearing on the shoe/show wearing her trainers. For us it’s all about comfort and function. Well done Fiona for breaking the mould👍😀
We love a good before an after. Here we see a painful corn on the apex of a patients 2nd toe. After pain free debridement and enucleation we made this patient an custom made toe prop to lift the toe gently reducing the pressure which causes these types of corns.