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it appears the barefoot running debate is over !

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Looking after your feet on the slopes   Skiing brings with it a number of dangers the least of which is looking after your feet. Below are a few tips to help keep you able to keep on skiing    Socks. Frostbite can occur silently and you’ll only be aware of it when you get back into the warm. Frostbite can be very painful and can in extremes lead to the toes being amputated. Things to look out for are very red swollen areas of tissue especially the ends of the toes and on the ball of the foot ….

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 I see lots of patients this time of year with ingrown toenails ..its the time of year when we start to wear more closed in shoes and probably don’t see our feet that much (as I’m writing the rain is pouring down !) Its really simple to avoid ingrown toenails…DONT CUT THEM TOO SHORT ! Most ingrown nails i see are due to the patient cutting them too short, cutting them down the sides and pulling bits out with scissors or fingers . this can lead to a small infection starting down the sides of the nail ..when that happens…

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Apparently its summer now – so i thought id write just a little about looking after you feet when its “warm” or warm and damp 1 try to air your feet as much as possible – keeping feet in warn tight shoes might lead them to become sweaty and a bit smelly ! 2 leaving your feet out of shoes discourages any fungal infections 3 keep an eye out for fungal infections – these usually look like a red rash and dry flaky skin that may be itchy 4 Check between toes for any signs of cracking or soreness . If…

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just to let anyone who wants to know ..my wife gave birth to a beautiful daughter on the 24th April . 7lbs 11oz . mum and baby doing well ! andrew

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Corns are  small round areas of hard skin with a painful centre area . They are usually found  on a bony area of your feet …your little toe or the ball of your feet . They are caused by friction or pressure . Tight or ill fitting shoes can cause corns – especially on the little toe . Corns on the ball of your feet might be caused by the way you walk or the type of activity you do . Be careful not to confuse Corns with Verruca _ to the untrained eye they can look very similar ! They can be…

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 Diabetes affects approximately 1 million people in the UK ..and more have it but are undiagnosed ! But do you know how important is to look after your feet when you’ve got diabetes ? My very pregnant wife (who has gestational diabetes at the moment – this is a diabetes induced by her pregnancy- it should disappear after the baby is born ) spurred me to write something about diabetes ! Diabetics can ,due to the excess sugar in the blood , can damage the nerves in your feet and hands,can damage your eyes and can lead to minor infections…

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I am very excited today …a patient i saw yesterday actually said that she reads my blog ! So in her honor i will talk a little about nails i see lots of patients with distorted painful nails ..most people assume that any pain around the side of their nails means that they have ingrown nails …this is not always true they pain they describe can be usually divided into two types of nail issues 1. Involuted nails – these are nails that press into the skin around the edges of the nail (see picture above ) they don’t actually…

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  Happy Valentines day ! whilst today is not exactly the best day to be looking at your feet, i guess i could give you some advice about a communicable foot ailment …namely Fungal infections !   Fungal infections are extremely common and can present in 2 different ways . the first is a white moist itchy area between the toes – this can sometimes split open and become very painful . keeping the area dry and using firstly a fungal foot powder then a good fungal ointment usually clears this – but it might take a week or so…

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According to the “Journal of applied physiology” a study, who’s findings have just been announced, found that wearing high heels can permanently damage your calf muscles, as wearing high heels can increase the strain on the muscle, shortening the muscle fibres . This is due to the flexed position of the toes , which remain flexed after you take your shoes off …you have been warned …again !

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