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Foot Care
January 23, 2019

What to do about warts under your feet

Plantar warts are small growths that appear mainly on your heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet. The pressure on these warts can cause them to grow inward, creating a clump of hard, thick skin (mosaic warts). Warts can also appear on the hands, and these are called palmer warts. Plantar warts are common, particularly in children. Most people will have a wart at some point in their lifetime. Some corns and calluses are mistaken for plantar warts. In some warts, little black dots appear. These are called “seed” warts. The black dots are small blood vessels that have…
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Foot Care
November 30, 2018

What is Morton’s neuroma?

Do you often feel pain in the ball of your foot? Does it feel like there’s a pebble stuck in your shoe that’s putting pressure on your foot? If so, Morton’s neuroma could be the culprit. Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, specifically the area between your third and fourth toes. It is caused by the thickening of the tissue that surrounds one of the nerves leading to your toes. This results in a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes may also be affected and may burn, feel…
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Foot Care
June 6, 2018

Should I get insoles for my heel pain?

There’s nothing like strutting your stuff in your favourite pair of shoes… until ouch! They’re worn away to nothing, and your feet feel like they’ve lived through a war. The answer may be insoles. Insoles are the inside part of a shoe that supports the bottom of your foot. You can thank ancient innkeepers for this handy little foot friend. They created the first insoles for tired travellers who complained of their tired, aching feet. At first, they used animal hair as matted pads to cushion the feet, but later, professional shoemakers innovated on the idea and turned to thermoplastic…
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Foot Care
April 20, 2018

Why do you have swollen feet?

You’re trying to slip into your favourite shoes, but they don’t fit! Why? Have your feet grown overnight? Almost! Say hello to swollen feet. Your feet have a massive job: they enable you to walk, stand, jump, run, dance and support your entire bodyweight. It’s no surprise, then, that everyone has swollen feet at some point of their lives, for various reasons. The most common cause for swollen feet, is a build-up of fluid, usually around the ankles. Other causes include injuries, being on your feet too much, being inactive or anytime when your feet doesn’t move around a lot.…
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Foot Care
October 24, 2017

Are flip-flops bad for your feet?

They’re cheap, easy to slip on, and certainly help keep your toes cool on scorching hot days. The bad news though, is that flip-flops aren’t the most sensible and safest choice of footwear. These shoes are flimsy and provide little to no protection for your feet, making you vulnerable to foot pain, muscle fatigue, blisters, hammer toes, and injury. Because of their lack of support, flip-flops can even change your natural gait (the way you walk), which can cause problems for your knees, hips and back. What’s more, they’re a breeding ground for bacteria. Researchers at the University of Miami…
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Foot Care
March 13, 2017

Eight ways to walk away from athlete’s foot

Your feet have been itching fiercely for the past few days and it looks like you haven’t had a pedicure in this lifetime. If you’ve been careless about where you’ve been walking, you may have athlete’s foot. Tinea pedis, commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on your feet and can spread to your toenails and sometimes, your hands. This fungal infection is called athlete’s foot because it’s commonly diagnosed among athletes. It’s not seen as a serious or incurable condition, but can sometimes be hard to treat. If it’s combined with lifestyle…
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Foot Care
February 10, 2017

10 ways to alleviate your foot pain

Painful feet? Don’t worry. You’re not the only one. Foot pain is a very common problem, affecting as many as 75 percent of people at some point in their lives, according to the College of Podiatry in London. The foot is a complex structure with 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 ligaments! Your feet support your weight, act as shock absorbers, and help maintain balance. But as important as they are, it’s easy to take them for granted – until they cause you pain. Speak to one of our doctors if your foot pain is persistent and untreated. What’s…
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Foot Care
June 19, 2016

Give your feet some love after a hard day’s work!

You've just got home and you can’t wait to take off your new pair of heels – they’re gorgeous, but your feet aren't happy that you've spent the whole day “wearing them in.” So, give them some love after a hard day’s work – after all, they carry you every step of the way! Here are our quick fix tips for relieving tired and aching feet. (more…)
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Foot Care
January 29, 2016

Are your flip flops foot-friendly?

By Grant Wood Summer means beaches, braais and freeing your feet from closed shoes – bring on the flip flops! They’re the season’s footwear of choice, but podiatrists aren’t convinced they’re foot-friendly. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons. (more…)
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Foot Care
June 18, 2015

6 Common foot problems and how to solve them

The foot is made up of 26 bones and 33 joints, making a good secure base for your body. Problems with this base means problems for your knees, hips and back, pain and difficulty walking making a big impact on your life. Let’s have a look at some of the more common foot problems: (more…)
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