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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Reflexology Is a Type of Foot Therapy

There are pressure points on each foot that are connected to specific organs in the body. A type of foot therapy known as reflexology is considered to be an ancient Chinese practice. Reflexology is performed by applying pressure to certain parts of each foot and this is done by a therapist. An additional benefit of having frequent foot massages and reflexology performed can be the positive effect it may have on the overall body. Many people also find it helpful to roll their entire foot on a tennis ball from the toes to the heels until a pressure point is found. It is suggested that diabetic patients consult with their podiatrist before partaking in reflexology as it may affect the nerves that are unable to be felt as a result of neuropathy. If you would like more information about how this type of foot therapy can help you, please speak with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, one of our podiatrists of Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

About the Four Types of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a highly contagious fungal infection, also called tinea pedis, that usually begins in between the toes. The fungus thrives in moist, warm, and dark places. Symptoms of athlete’s foot include an itchy rash that also may sting and burn. Further, it may develop into blisters that are filled with fluid and can become painful. In addition, the skin around the infected area can become dry, cracked, and scaly. The most common form of athlete’s foot is a toe web infection that often targets the spaces between the 4th and 5th toes. A moccasin-type infection usually covers the bottom edges of the heels and feet. A vesicular infection, characterized by small fluid-filled blisters, can form anywhere along the bottom of the feet. An ulcerative infection, which is both rare and extremely uncomfortable, consists of painful open sores that can form on the bottom of the feet or between the toes. Luckily, athlete’s foot is easily treatable with creams, lotions, powders, and sprays. If you are experiencing difficulty with an athlete’s foot infection, it is a good idea to visit a podiatrist for advanced treatment options. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii.  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 16 October 2022 00:00

Are You Suffering From Nerve Damage?

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Elderly Foot Care

Elderly foot care can help prevent injuries, falls, and complications from chronic diseases like diabetes. Since muscle tissue on the feet can thin and nerves work less effectively with age, one might not feel if they have cuts, blisters, or sores on their feet. Daily examination of the feet with a mirror is therefore important. Wear well-fitting shoes that provide stability. When going outdoors, wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet and prevent cuts and scrapes. Keep toenails trimmed by cutting them straight across and not too short to avoid ingrown toenails. To promote good circulation, stop smoking if you smoke, stretch your feet each day, prop them up on a stool or couch when sitting, and wiggle your toes when sitting for long periods. Wash your feet daily, dry them well, and apply a moisturizer. Change socks regularly to prevent fungal infections. If you are a senior and have a problem with your feet or just want to ensure your feet remain in good shape, visit a podiatrist regularly for foot checks.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Aching Feet and Ankles From Standing All Day

Many professions require workers to stand on hard surfaces all day. Because of this requirement, it is no wonder their feet and ankles become tired and sore. The muscles and tendons of the feet and legs can become stiff and the tendons throughout the feet can become calcified, which can cause various health problems, including ligament damage, ankle sprains, and more. Standing on your feet all day can put stress on bones in the body and interfere with proper circulation that can lead to clogged arteries and heart disease. It should be uplifting to know there are some simple things that can be done to help alleviate discomfort. These things include taking regular rest breaks, breaking up routine movements by varying tasks throughout the day, and wearing well-fitting, supportive shoes, with good arch support. When the day is done, one can get relief from doing regular foot soaks, massaging the feet, stretching the legs and feet, and elevating them. Seeing a podiatrist can help with providing additional suggestions for how to deal with pressure that builds up in the muscles from prolonged standing.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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