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5 Foot and Ankle Stretches to Loosen Your Feet and Prevent Injuries

Stretching and exercising your feet is a good way to prevent foot and ankle injuries and ease discomfort. To start taking better care of your arches, heels and toes, incorporate these five simple stretches into your daily routine. 1. Get Rolling Sit on a chair with both feet planted on the floor, and place a golf or tennis ball under one foot. Roll the ball back and forth under your arch, letting the ball move from your toes to your heels, for about two minutes. Do this once for each foot to stretch the plantar fascia ligament. 2. Write the…
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Maintain Diabetic Foot Health: 5 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

What you eat affects many different aspects of your life. This is especially true for people with diabetes. For diabetics, a poor diet can lead to a number of health-related issues, including foot complications and problems affecting the heart, kidneys, and eyes. The best way to maintain a healthy body and prevent diabetic foot problems is to control your blood sugar by eating well. This can be difficult to do during the holidays, but it’s not impossible. Here are five tips to help you get through the holidays: 1. Avoid standing by the food table. If you find yourself at…
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Sore Feet: Are Orthotics the Answer?

Look inside almost any shoe you own, and you’ll most likely find an insert with a slope in the arch area. These pre-packaged inserts are designed to support the arches of the average person’s feet. However, not all feet are the same, and different people may require different levels of arch support (think about people with flat feet, for example). Because of this, for many people with foot pain, shoe inserts or custom orthotics are often the answer. If what you’re looking for is something to provide more comfort and support, a shoe insert may be all you need. Some…
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Three NFL Athletes Battling Foot and Ankle Injuries

Despite all of the training and conditioning that professional athletes do on a regular basis, sports injuries still happen. In fact, injuries are often the result of athletes pushing themselves harder in order to perform at a higher level. Foot and ankle injuries are some of the most common, often leaving players sidelined for weeks and even months at a time. Here are three professional NFL athletes currently suffering from an injury to the foot or ankle: 1. Peyton Manning - plantar fasciitis Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had been suffering with plantar fasciitis for weeks before partially tearing his plantar…
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Avoid These Common Foot and Ankle Basketball Injuries

Each year, over 200,000 children under the age of 15 visit the emergency room as a result of a basketball-related injury. Foot and ankle injuries are the most common. They affect more than 38 percent of boys and 36 percent of girls. With high school basketball season getting ready to start, it is important for you and your child to know the types of injuries that are most common and how to prevent them. Ankle Sprains Playing basketball requires constant movement, including running, jumping, and frequent stops and starts. Because of this, ankle sprains are very common. They often occur…
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Is Wearing High Heels Causing Irreparable Damage to Your Knees?

If you think that the only downside to wearing high heels is foot pain and soreness in the legs after a long day, think again. According to a new study from scientists at Stanford University, walking in heels that are three and a half inches or higher puts high levels of strain on the knees, which can cause the joints to age prematurely. In some cases, it can even lead to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most prevalent form of arthritis, affects million of Americans each year. It occurs when the cartilage that pads the ends of your bones wears down, often…
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Three Common Causes of Foot Pain

Together, your feet contain about 25 percent of all the bones in your body. With 26 bones each, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and multiple muscles and tendons, they are one of the body’s most complex structures. They are also one of the parts of the body that people tend to neglect. In fact, about 75 percent of Americans will suffer from a foot-related problem at some point in their lives, requiring the services of a podiatrist or foot and ankle specialist.   Do you suffer from foot pain or discomfort? Here are three of the most common causes of foot…
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Is Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Right for You?

Toenail fungus infections are easy to contract but oftentimes difficult to treat. This is a common annoyance for many patients who struggle with infected nails. Though many of the symptoms appear to be primarily cosmetic, anyone who has experienced a fungal infection knows that the condition is much more than just brittle, yellow nails. In fact, some infections can be very painful, and the affected nails may even separate from the nail bed. If at-home care and over-the-counter products aren’t effective in curing your fungal infection, a local podiatrist can help. Oral antifungal drugs, such as Lamisil, are a common…
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Learn How to Prevent Diabetic Foot Problems

If you have diabetes, you know that taking good care of your feet is extremely important. This is because, in diabetic patients, ingrown toenails and other minor foot issues, can lead to serious complications. They can even put you at a high risk for limb amputation. The good news is that diabetic foot problems can be prevented. You can visit a podiatrist at least once a year for proper check-ups, but you should also make a habit of checking your feet at home daily. A few minutes of your day can go a long way in preventing foot issues. Follow…
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When to Seek Treatment for a Sprained Ankle

Each year, over 1 million people will visit an emergency room to seek treatment for an ankle injury. While ankle sprains account for about 10 percent of those injuries, many more sprains and strains often go untreated. This can result in recurring ankle injuries and even chronic pain. Whether you twisted an ankle while playing sports or after a misstep on an uneven surface, it is important to know when the right time is to seek treatment. But how do you know if a sprain will go away on its own or if the injury is more severe? Three Degrees…
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