Monday, 1 February 2016

Plantar Fasciitis, what is it?

I found this great article  on Plantar Fasciitis.  Thanks to DLT for a the great post.DLT Chiropody.

Plantar Fasciitis (PF) is a degenerative syndrome of the plantar fascia resulting from repeated trauma at its origin at the calcaneus1.

It is reported to be the most common cause of inferior heel pain in adults2.

Plantar fasciitis is also known as painful heel syndrome, heel spur syndrome3, runner’s heel, policemen’s heel, subcalcaneal pain, calcaneodynia and calcancal periostitis.

Treating the causative factors of plantar fasciitis is key to designing a treatment for your patient.Using the point of pain test will indicate if the pain is Lateral, Central or Medial.
Valmassey refers to plantar fasciitis as affecting both pes planus and pes cavus foot types4 with opinion being that different pain regions may be suffered depending upon the foot structure (watch video).Generally speaking the following often applies:
• Lateral Heel Pain is often associated with an uncorrected forefoot valgus and pes cavus foot type.
• Central Heel Pain often indicates a forefoot valgus is present, in addition to rearfoot pronation.
• Medial Heel Pain generally indicates the patient will exhibit excessive rearfoot pronation.
 Point of Pain TEST
In each case, treatment will involve prescribing an orthotic device to control rearfoot pronation and provide biomechanical correction. In the cases of Central and Medial pain, a heel deflection (referred to as a ‘horseshoe deflection’) in the orthotic can also assist by relieving pressure on the attachment. Low Dye Strapping can be used to provide short term pain relief, as it mimics the support and control offered by an orthotic device.
Shockwave therapy has also been used to some effect in breaking up scar tissue. Anti-inflammatory medications, massage and surgery are generally less successful in the long term treatment of Plantar Fasciitis.
ICB Sports Orthotics  have an intrinsic 5° rearfoot varus angle to assist in controlling rearfoot pronation, and a horse shoe deflection making them ideal for treatment of Plantar Fasciitis.
1. Cornwall MW. McPoil TG., Plantar fasciitis : Etiology and Treatment.  Orthopaedic Sports Physiotherapy (1999);29:756-76
2. Singh D. Angel J. Becky G. Trevino SG.,Fortnightly review. Plantar fasciitis. BMJ (1997):315:172-17.S.
3. Lemont H, Ammiiati KM, Usen N. Plantar Fasciitis: A Degenerative Process (fasciosis)
Without Inflammation. American Journal Podiatric Medicine Assoc (2003); 93:234-237
4. R.L. Valmassey, Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremities. (1996) p76

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Hello Fall! What does it mean for the skin on our feet?

Hello Fall! What does it mean for the skin on our feet?

Change in climate and weather conditions, also mean change in the skin of your feet. Two vital factors causing the existence of climate zones, are temperature and moisture. These factors affect the skin of your feet just as much as they affect your wardrobe and shoes. Here’s what the weather means for your feet, depending on where you live:
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  1. Places like Calgary and Mount Pearl are already seeing the end of a cool summer. The weather becomes drier, lacking moisture in the air. Furnaces also produce much drier air. The skin on the feet, as elsewhere on the body, becomes much drier and in need of extra moisturizing. Use Footlogix’s moisturizing formulas such as the DD Cream Mousse and Daily maintenance Formulas to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized
  2. Do you live in Miami or Las Vegas? You are probably still in sandals and flip flops. But they could cause dryness and heavy callusing to your feet.  Don’t let your flip flops make your feet go “ouch-umph.” Wear the Footlogix Rough Skin formula preventatively to avoid the sand-paper like feeling on the skin of your feet. If walking barefoot outside or on the beach, observe the bottom of the feet for any blisters, scrapes or cuts when you come back inside.
  3. Places like Toronto, New York and Chicago are still experiencing  a pleasant mid 20 degrees Celsius/ 70 degrees Farenheit temperature. Stubbed toes are common if you are still wearing open-toed shoes in this climate. Use the Footlogix Nail Tincture preventatively on stubbed toes.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Love your skin ! Love your Feet !

Love the Skin You're in! 

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Loving your Skin has a lot to do with what the heart feels. Your feet, despite their distance from the heart can possibly affect your overall health. The skin on your feet need to stay hydrated and moisturized all the time.

Love your feet and they will love you! 

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Great Newsletter with lot's of Information on the function of your skin and why you need to love your feet as the skin you are !


What Does Our Skin Do? What Are the Functions of the Skin?

The skin function is our first line of defense. Our skin has the ability to recognize, identify and destroy foreign substances that may potentially be harmful to the body. When our skin is unhealthy (dry or cracked) it is open and vulnerable to picking up bacteria and fungus. This may lead to infection and potentially to more serious complications.

Footlogix acts as an invisible protective barrier preventing invaders from entering while still allowing the skin to function naturally.

Thousands of pores on the surface of the skin can absorb vitamins, minerals, water and oxygen, providing moisture and nourishment to our skin. Applying occlusive products to our feet, therefore sealing the skin, may impede its ability to perform this function properly.
Footlogix products contain essential oils and botanicals that help enhance the skin's natural function and can improve issues that may have been there for years. 

The skin is the body's largest waste removal system. Toxins are released through the sweat glands and pores.
If the skin and nails on our feet are not healthy, most likely our sweat glands are not performing as they should which may contribute to dry skin. Remember when our skin is dry and rough, it is at risk of picking up something more serious such as bacteria or fungus.

The skin on most of the body secretes oil and sweat, creating the skin's acid mantle to help protect from external invasion. The acid mantle has a pH that ranges from 4.5-5.5. However the anatomy of the skin on the feet is different as it does not have any oil producing sebaceous glands.
Footlogix mousse is pH Balanced and will help to restore the skin's natural pH range. In addition, selected Footlogix mousse products provide moisture where it is needed.

The skin regulates the body's temperature by sweating; when water from sweat on the skin evaporates it gives off heat and cools the body.  

The skin contains millions of nerve endings. This allows us to detect sensation such as heat, cold, pain and pressure. Often, this function is impaired due to lifestyle.
Generally, 15-20 years ago the average adult had a healthier lifestyle. Today, diabetes is on the rise and is the fifth leading cause of death in North America. Many more people are on medications for health issues such as blood pressure, cholesterol etc. Naturally because our feet are the furthest extremity from the heart, they often suffer the impact first. The circulatory system has to work its hardest to pump blood to and from the feet, supplying nutrients and removing waste.   

When any of these 6 functions are impaired, the skin may start to break down, potentially leading to serious consequences, especially with seniors or people with diabetes. 

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