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Diagnosed with flatfoot (pes planus) and what it means to you

flatfoot diagnosisHigh arches, low arches, medium (or neutral) arches — do you know which one you have? For those who have high or low arches, a number of considerations should be taken into account when selecting footwear and avoiding injury or complications. However, what happens when you are diagnosed not just with a low arch, but without flatfoot, also called pes planus? Left untreated, flatfoot may lead to further complications and foot deformities. As a result, it is important to have a complete examination and evaluation in order to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and improve foot health.

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Diabetes and the way you walk

diabetes and walkingIf you are a diabetic patient, you may already spend focused time maintaining your blood sugar and monitoring your overall health and diet. However, did you know that diabetic patients are at greater risk for walking, abnormalities than non-diabetic patients? For some, the changes are subtle, maybe walking a tiny bit slower than others, while for others the difference is obvious as the patient leans to one side or relies on a walker to get around. As diabetes complications arise, it is not uncommon for a patient’s gait to change significantly. Unfortunately, such changes may also increase risk of additional complications and injuries. If you are a diabetic patient, here is what you need to know about walking and related concerns.

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Swimming, biking, running: Common triathlon injuries

Triathletes are a special breed of people, usually fully dedicated to their sport. Unfortunately, such dedication often comes with risk of a number of injuries and other maladies. Triathlons have grown significantly in popularity, and as a result, so have the number of associated injuries. The vast majority of injuries suffered by triathletes involve the feet, ankles, and lower legs, and are typically due to overuse.

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Athletes: Don’t get sidelined by heel pain

heel-pain-in-athletesOne of the most vexing conditions an athlete may face is heel pain. Not only is the pain itself problematic, but so is the typically long treatment phase for many heel pain maladies. However, the keys to healing and preventing future similar injuries rely on proper diagnosis, an appropriate treatment plan, and patience. When it comes to treating athletes with heel pain, the process is twofold. First, pain must be treated and reduced while starting the process of healing, and second, the causes of heel pain must be addressed so recurrence can be prevented.

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Diabetes, your feet, and pedicures

pedicures-for-diabeticsA pedicure may feel like a luxurious treat and a chance to relax while someone else pampers you. However, if you have diabetes, this little luxury may not be worth it no matter how great the rewards. Unfortunately, diabetics are at increased risk for foot-related complications. What might be a minor cut or infection for most people can have significant complications, even limb or life threatening risks, for a diabetic. Before getting a pedicure, consider the risks carefully, and consider pampering your feet at home instead.

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