The Truth About Bunions

A bunion is an enlargement of the the joint at the base of the big toe. This is caused by pressure on the big toe joint, causing the big toe to bend towards the second toe, gradually resulting in a change in the bone structure. The skin around the joint becomes sore and painful, and can develop into persistent pain. Bunions can cause numbness and/or throbbing pain. Bunions can gradually increase in pain and worsen over time. If the bunion is mild, wider shoes can help alleviate the pain. Orthotics can also help slow the progression of the bunion especially if one has flat feet.

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Shermi Parikh
Orthotics Aren't Just for Adults

As humans, we put a lot of strain on our feet on a daily basis. The older we are, the more time we've had to put strain on these important parts of our body, so we spend a lot of time researching and discussing problems with our feet and ankles as adults, but kids experience a lot of similar troubles!

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Shermi Parikh
Winter and Your Feet

Winter is coming! Are your feet prepared?

As the weather cools down and we trade in our flip-flops for winter boots, our feet say goodbye to the fresh air and hello to the warm, moist environment of closed toe shoes.

Did you know that the bottom of your feet have more swat glands per unit area than any other part of your body?

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Strengthening Your Ankles to Increase Athletic Performance

Most people don't realize that your feet and ankles, as the base of movement and shock absorption in the body, need to be trained and strengthened like any other part of the body. Athletes in particular put a great deal of stress on the ankle and surrounding muscles as they run and jump around. The stronger the ankle musculature, the greater the force it can withstand before sustaining injury. 

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RICE (Not the Food!)

So, the weather in the Chicago area has been a little crazy! It was 75 degrees last week, and then 50, then 60. The warmer weather is a great excuse to start running and exercising outside. Remember to take precautions when running outside, as it's easier to sprain your ankle running on uneven pavement or twist your ankle off a sidewalk curb than hitting the indoor treadmill. 

 

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Caring for Your Feet with Diabetes

Diabetes, a condition that affects nearly 26 million people in the U.S., prevents the body from making or properly using insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot process and convert sugars, starches, and other foods to energy, which elevates glucose levels in the blood and raises the body’s blood pressure. Over time, this condition can damage your eyes, heart, kidney, nerves, and even your feet.

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Custom Orthotics: What Can They Do For You?

Custom orthotics are devices designed to help restore natural foot function and correct foot mechanics. They are placed inside the shoe and help redirect and reduce motions that place strain on the body while you're walking. They can be used to treat a number of different foot problems, including: heel pain, hammertoes, bunions, foot ulcers, and even back pain - conditions often caused by poor foot mechanics. 

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New Resolutions

Happy new year! It's that time again, resolutions for the new year. A lot of us want to start exercising to lose weight and to be healthy. Its great to start an exercising program but it can be a bummer if your feet start to hurt. Make sure you get gym shoes with good arch support. Look at the side of the shoe and examine the arch, does it have an arch?

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