If you or a family member have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed by the adjustments you have to make to stay healthy. The good news is you don’t have to stop doing your favourite activities. On the contrary, an active lifestyle is important to staying healthy. However, diabetes can have a serious impact on the well-being of your feet so you need to stay on top of all foot-related issues to prevent small concerns from becoming serious problems.
For many of us, winter means hockey. Whether you play on a neighbourhood team or are a member of a competitive league, you probably have two goals: to perform your best and to remain injury free.
Many hockey players understand the role good quality, professionally-fitted skates play in game performance and injury prevention. However, do you know that custom foot orthotics, designed specifically to fit inside your skates, can have an even greater influence on your game and reduce your risk of injury?
As a child, when I played outside during the winter, my mother always used to tell me to come inside if my feet and hands got wet as she was concerned I would catch a cold. Although colds are caused by viruses, not cold, wet feet, my mother was right to make me come inside to dry off. Today, as a Canadian Certified Pedorthist, I advise my patients to do the same.
When water seeps through your footwear, your skin absorbs the water causing your feet to become waterlogged and wrinkly. The longer your feet are wet, the greater the damage to your skin, including tears and the formation of blisters and deep painful cracks. Depending on where they are located on the foot, these injuries can be painful and may limit your mobility. If you are living with diabetes the injuries can be life changing as they may lead to serious ulcers that become infected and take many months to heal.
Holiday parties are all about sparkle and for many women that means cocktail dresses, bling and an elegant pair of high heels. Unfortunately, what looks great in the evening, often doesn’t feel good in the morning, especially when it comes to high heels. As a Canadian Certified Pedorthist, I’ve treated patients with foot, back and knee injuries that have stemmed from high heels and I often get asked if it’s possible to wear high heels to a party without suffering the following day and beyond.
High heels cause pain because they unnaturally force your weight onto the ball of your foot, a part of the body that is not designed to bear weight for an extended period. The pain is compounded as raising your heel shortens your calf muscles which forces the muscles in your knees, hips, pelvis and lower back, to work harder than normal to stop you from falling forward. The higher the heel the more your body is forced to compensate.
My feet are so sweaty it’s embarrassing.
Jokes abound about smelly, sweaty feet, however, if you persistently have wet, uncomfortable feet you know it is no laughing matter. Sweating helps our bodies cool down, but if your feet sweat profusely in hot weather and cold, you may have Hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating. In addition to being unpleasant and often embarrassing, sweaty feat can cause a host of other foot conditions including blisters, plantar warts and athlete’s foot.
If you are suffering from sweaty feet, here are some tips to help ease your discomfort and reduce the risk of developing sores, fungus and other skin conditions:
Tips to keep weekend warriors injury free
Many time-deprived parents know that engaging in an intense bout of exercise one day a week while remaining sedentary the other six days increases their risk of injury, but they still persist with irregular, hard workouts. I understand completely as I’m often at fault of the same behaviour. Since my son arrived this summer, I have been trying to balance my desire to spend as much time with him with my busy clinical schedule. On the days I work this means I rarely find time to exercise.