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By Dr. Thomas Vail
February 23, 2017

There's no question that yoga can be beneficial for not only your physical health, but also your mental well being.  Did you know that yoga can be particularly great for your feet?  Yoga not only helps to stretch the muscles of your feet, which can alleviate pain associated with plantar fasciitis, it also promotes good circulation going down to your toes.

'Hatha' yoga in particular puts great emphasis in the importance of your feet.  This kind of yoga is primarily standing, and almost every pose relies on the foundation of the feet for balance.  Over the next few days, we will share a series of poses that promote good foot health and circulation.  At the end you should be able to piece them all together into a relaxing routine that helps not only your body in general, but your feet as well. 

By office
January 26, 2012
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Try a Trend - Don't Trash Your Feet

Boots were such a hot fall trend that they have stuck around for winter.  Check out the American Podiatric Medical Association's "Fall Into Boots That Feel Good Article" and find the boot that suits you. Some additional tips for boot shopping are listed below.

 

  • Have Feet Measured
  • Buy for the larger foot
  • Try boots on in the afternoon - feet swell during the day
  • There shouldn't be a break in period
  • Take an insole with you, in case a boot lacks support
  • Boots made of natural material are best
  • Choose a boot with toe room, a firm heel counter, and traction
By office
December 29, 2011
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For many, it is time to recommit to diet and exercise programs for the new year.   However, some Americans might have trouble making it to the treadmil.  A recent study by the American Podiatric Medical Association has found that foot pain stops 72% of Americans from having a healthy work out routine. 

The most common cause of foot pain is ill-fitting or improper shoes.  Running and exercising are enough work, don't let poor quality shoes get in the way of your work out.  To ensure happy feet, get fitted every time you buy a new pair of shoes.  It is also important to buy the appropriate shoes for your sport or activity. Be sure to bring the socks you plan on wearing with your shoes, as the thickness of different socks can impact the fit of the shoe.  You may way to invest in moisture wicking socks, especially if you sweat a lot, to prevent blisters from building up during your work out.  Blister prevention patches are also great for minimizing pain at the gym.  Try Engo's blister prevention patches, available through our online product store.  It's a low friction patch manufactured with pressure sensitive adhesive.  Apply them directly to your footwear for blister protection and relief.  Best of all, they are sweat proof so you can still get the maximum benefit from your work out.

Don't let foot pain compromise your health. It's possible to get a good work out and not have foot pain get in the way! If you are experiencing problems with your feet, make an appointment to see your podiatrist.  Build your health from the ground up!

By office
December 28, 2011
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Socks are really great.  They are one of the best holiday gifts and can be given at any holiday.  Best of all, you will never regret buying a pair of socks because they are something that is worn everyday.  Socks are especially important for diabetics and require a special kind of sock.  Our online product store features several diabetic socks. For example, Smoothtoe Diabetic socks have no irritating toe seam, keep feet cool and dry, unique hourglass construction, heel to toe comfort sole, and a secure fit.  These socks fit your specific diabetic foot's needs. If you are diabetic, be sure to also follow the American Podiatric Medical Association's tips to maintain your foot health.  

Inspect Feet Daily

Check your feet and toes everyday for cuts, bruises, sores, or changes to the toenails such as thickening or discoloration.

Wear Thick, Soft Socks

Avoid socks with seams, which could rub and cause blisters or other skin injuries

Exercise

Walking can keep weight down and improve circulation. Be sure to wear appropriate athletic shoes when exercising.

Have new shoes properly measured and fitted

Foot size and shape may change over time. Shoes that fit properly are important to those with diabetes.

Don't go barefoot

Don't go without shoes, even in your own home. The risks of cuts and infection is too great for those with diabetes.

Never try to remove calluses, corns, or warts by yourself.

Over-the-counter products can burn the skin and cause irrepearable damage to the foot for people with diabetes.

See your podiatrist

Regular check ups by a podiatrist - at least annually - are the best way to ensure your feet remain healthy. Call our office at 419-423-1888 or visit our website, vailfoot.com, to request an appointment.

By office
December 28, 2011
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Although dry skin is not usually serious, it may not be attractive and can cause you to be uncomfortable.  There are several factors that may cause your heels to become dry and cracked, weather being the number one culprit.  Some people enjoy the sparking winter wonderland that the first snowfall can bring but the winter months also bring harsh, cold weather. The decrease in humidity and temperature cause your feet to become dry.  Turning on the heat to escape from the cold weather may also be to blame, as air conditioning and central heating also decrease the humidity.   The weather may also worsen any existing skin conditions. 

Your hygiene routine may also be a cause of your dry skin.  Hot baths and showers can cause your skin to dry out as well as harsh soaps and detergents. Hot showers, especially long ones, break down the lipids in your skin causing it to dry out and the soap you are using may also be a cause.

But don't worry.  You can continue to enjoy your showers and soap because there are doctor approved products designed to help your dry skin.  Barefoot Bontanica cracked heel repair cream dissolves away dry callused skin and moisturizes the underlying healthy skin.  This product is great because it is a special podiatric physician and pharmacist formula.  It also contains certified organic ingredients and is easy to use. Simply apply to rough,dry, cracked or callused areas of feet twice daily (best after bathing, to trap moisture in skin.) For severe cases, use under cotton socks overnight the first few days of treatment. As callus tissue softens, gently reduce with a pumice stone. Barefoot botanica and other great doctor approved products are available through our online product store.  Remember, foot pain is not normal.  If you are experiencing any problems with your feet, don't hesitate to call our office at 419-423-1888 or visit our website to request and appointment.





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