Let’s Kneipp!

Imagine if public parks had a water therapy feature where citizens could walk barefoot in cool water. If one could practice earthing as they traverse through water troughs lined with pebbles to stimulate the feet, it would encourage circulation.  Imagine if hospitals in our country, as part of therapy for respiratory illness and rheumatic conditions,… Read more »

If The Shoe Fits

Our feet are capable of pretty amazing feats. The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day which adds up to approximately 115,000 miles in an average lifetime! And when running, your feet absorb the force of three or four times your normal body weight. This is especially impressive considering the foot is an… Read more »

Oh, My Aching Foot!

Morton’s neuroma, or metatarsalgia, is caused by inflammation of the nerves leading to the toes or a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves in your toes. The condition results in foot pain or discomfort that may feel like a pebble in your shoe and a burning sensation or numbness of the toes.… Read more »

Functional, Fashionable Footwear

Few fashion items seem as elusive as finding the perfect summer shoe. As the years grow on me, my tootsies demand more respect (and support) than an inexpensive pair of trendy flip flops can provide. In addition, I have finally accepted that Birkenstocks and Crocs, albeit comfy, are not always the most suitable choice to… Read more »

What Can Cause Forefoot Pain?

Many people at some point in their life experience pain on the ball of the foot, commonly known as the forefoot. Some patients describe the pain as feeling like they are walking on a pebble or sometimes like they are walking on a hot coal. At times the pain can prevent people from doing the… Read more »

100,000 Mile Check-Up

We may take better care with our car tires than our feet. We rotate the tires regularly; we switch them out with uneven wear and also replace them at a certain mileage. For the average adult, the 100,000 milestone for the feet comes around the age of 50, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. … Read more »

Every Shoe Tells a Story

A shoe is like a book. If you know how to read one, you can learn a great deal. Worn out shoes and shoes that do not fit properly can interfere with the feet, pelvis and spine. A survey by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society showed that 88% of women wear shoes that… Read more »

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Sometimes, when you’ve been on your feet all day your “dogs” are barking. And sometimes they are barking so loudly you want to call animal control. You may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that supports the arch and is the most common cause… Read more »

There Is a Fungus Among Us!

Nail fungus is not only annoying and embarrassing, but can also be hazardous to the health of your nail long-term. Although many topical ointments claim to cure the condition, because of their inability to penetrate the nail, the standardly prescribed treatment is oral medications. However, a new technology, hot laser therapy, is proving to be… Read more »

To Shoe Or Not To Shoe

In the last several years, the “toning” or “fit” shoe has inundated the fitness market with claims to burn more calories, improve posture and endurance, decrease the pain of arthritis and tone leg muscles. These shoes have a rocker bottom or curved sole that was created to provide an unstable walking base and mimic the… Read more »