Intoeing and Out-Toeing

It takes a while for even completely normal, healthy children to develop a smooth, confident, adult-like walking style. That said, parents may still notice certain oddities or abnormalities that give them cause for concern. One of the most common “defects” reported is feet that point inward (intoeing) or outward (out-toeing), rather than straight ahead. Intoeing […]

What to Consider When Buying Shoes

Wearing uncomfortable, ill-fitting, or lesser-quality footwear can lead to a host of foot and ankle problems, as well as foot injuries and even foot deformities over time. Use this checklist to make sure you choose the best shoe to head off foot issues before they start: Footwear should have a comfortable, durable design, be made […]

Nutrition for Your Feet and Ankles

Osteoporosis, or weak, brittle bones, may affect the feet before other body parts, resulting in stress fractures. Every bone in your body, including the ones in your feet and ankles, can benefit from sufficient amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Exercising and strength training regularly can also help strengthen your bones.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, known as onychocryptosis, most commonly occur on the big toe and are caused by pressure that drives the edge of the nail into the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails can result from improper nail trimming, injuries, fungal infections, and toe deformities; they can also be inherited. The condition causes pain, redness, inflammation, swelling, and […]

Fungal Problems

Fungal problems can develop on the feet in areas such as between the toes, on the sole of the foot, and on the toenails. Since the feet are frequently exposed to moisture due to sweating and wet weather conditions, fungal infections are common. Fungi flourish in warm, dark, and moist environments, making the feet the […]

Foot Self-Exam

Here are some helpful hints for checking if your feet are healthy and problem-free: Skin: Do you have any calluses, corns, blisters, rashes, or irritations? Are you experiencing areas of friction or pressure due to ill-fitting footwear rubbing against the skin? Also, a bluish, reddish, or purplish tinge to the toes or feet can signal […]

Foot Odor and Smelly Feet

Fungal problems can cause foot odor and smelly feet. Since the feet are frequently exposed to moisture due to sweating and wet weather conditions, fungal infections are common. Chronic foot odor can signal an infection or heavy perspiration or sweating of the feet. Fungal infections like athlete’s foot can be prevented by the following suggestions: […]

Foot Care for Seniors

Most people experience some sort of foot problem with age; however, it is important to know that foot problems can be a symptom of several serious health issues, such as diabetes, poor circulation, nerve problems, and arthritis. At the first sign of a foot problem, seniors should contact a health care provider such as a […]

Foot Care at Work

Many people do not consider the safety of their feet when aiming to stay injury-free at work. Whether your job involves long periods of standing or potentially dangerous working conditions, it is important to wear appropriate footwear to avoid injuries to the feet and toes on the job. The National Safety Council reports that approximately […]

Foot and Toe Stretching Exercises

When it comes to exercise to keep the body physically fit, the feet and toes should not be neglected. They are a complex network of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tissues, and nerves that endures constant pressure and stress, making them susceptible to pain from injuries and general wear and tear. Here are foot and toe […]