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  • Nikki McCloskey is professionally certified and  completed the Fundamental and Advanced Kinesio® Taping  Course.
  • Kinesio®Taping is  a popular taping technique preferred by professional sports men and women and becoming popular with amateur sports enthusiasts. It can contribute to pain relief and speed recovery.
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Killer Heels: A Survival Guide

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Killer Heels: A Survival Guide                             

High Heels.The ‘G’ Factor: Glamour, Glide, Guide and Give

Ask any woman…high heels are an essential part of the wardrobe – they make your legs look longer, bottom smaller and can convert you from a drab ‘shopper’ to a diva ‘spectacular’ and no podiatrist would dare to tell you otherwise!

However, ‘high’ heels can become ‘killer’ heels causing problems ranging from blisters, corns and calluses to serious foot, knee and back pain. But as it’s a party essential, rather than wagging the finger in caution, we are offering words of wisdom to help you and your feet.

Lucky for all divas, The College of Podiatry have discovered the ‘G’ Factor of High Heels, offering four easy tips to help women enjoy wearing high heels without damaging their feet:

Glamour – Let high heels give you that extra ‘sparkle’ and save wearing them only for glamorous, special occasions. Try limit wearing them to around three to eight hours, and the height of heels, even for the most ‘A-list’ of events, shouldn’t be so high you have trouble walking! For everyday wear, heel height shouldn’t be more than 4–5 cms.

Glide – Don’t look like you’re rushing to catch a bus…. slow down, take smaller steps and shorten your stride when wearing high heels. Put the heel down first and glide! Not only will this minimise damage to your feet, but will give you that sexy high-heel wiggle! In fact, Lady Di wore low heels as her long legs and slender frame didn’t allow her to wear high-heels and glide elegantly.

Guide – Let the experts guide you into buying the right size shoe. According to leading podiatrist, Trevor Prior, 90 % of his patients wear shoes that are too small. Sizes vary according to the brand and style, so, be sure to have shoes correctly fitted and check that there is up to ½ inch of space in the shoe beyond the longest toe and that the shoes are not too narrow. Also, nip any foot related problems in the bud to avoid them getting worse and before they impact on your lifestyle – use the guidance of experts such as your local podiatrist for advice.

Give – Give your feet some extra special attention during, and after wearing high heels. Exercise the calf, heel and foot muscles by stretching them out to increase circulation and help them relax – you can even do it whilst standing at the bar waiting for a drink! Give your feet a moisturising massage when you get home (after bathing!) to again help your foot muscles relax and put back some of the essential moisture you lose wearing backless, or open-toe heels.

“Forget the X factor, look out here comes the G factor! says TV fashion expert and stylist to the stars, John Scott.

“All women love their heels, they look better, they walk better and most importantly they feel better…. so why do we abuse our feet so much? After all, we have facials and manicures and massages to look after the rest of our body so now lets all do the G’s to look after our feet. Glamour…glide…guide and give will be the new mantra for the new year…so come on ladies put the spring back into your step and follow these simple but oh so effective tips.”

Women’s love affair with high heels means they are never going to go out of fashion. However, following The College of Podiatry’s four simple ‘G’ Factor tips means all women can experience and enjoy high heels!

But, if you are one of eight out of 10 adults who just can’t seem to ‘kick’ foot or joint pain, contact a podiatrist for advice

 Article from The College of Podiatry – http://www.scpod.org

Fungal Toe Nail Infection

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What is a fungal toe nail infection?

Fungal toe nails are caused by a:

  • Fungal infection or yeast infections
  • Fungal skin infection (Athletes Foot
  • Damage to the skin or nail.
  • The fungus thrives in dark, warm, moist  conditions.
  • Socks, stockings and shoes are the ideal conditions for the fungus to thrive.
  • It can also spread easily in communal changing areas

Certain health conditions or health issues can increase the chancesof developing a nail infection such as :

  • Diabetes or Psoriasis
  • A weakened immune system
  • Poor general health
  • Warm humid climate
  • Athletes foot
  • Other foot conditions

      Signs and Symptoms

  • Unsightly toe nails – yellowish brown or green in colour
  • A soft layer of debris, may have an unpleasant smell
  • The nails may split very badly or be crumbly
  • The nails will probably grow thicker than usual

      Treatment

  • Good foot hygiene , wash feet daily with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly
  • Change socks or tights regularly
  • Don’t use the same pair of shoes all the time , spray your shoes with a fungicide spray
  • Use a quality fungicide treatment to the nail, surrounding skin may need treated
  • If the fungus has penetrated the nail bed then a long term treatment programme may be required
  • The nail will be drilled and filed back to remove as much of the infected nail as possible
  • Treatment will be applied
  • This will be done on a regular basis, it is important that the infection is eliminated from the nail bed.
  • The nail can take up to 12 months to grow out.
  • The treatment should be continued even though the obvious signs have gone.
  • In really severe cases anti fungal medication may need to be prescribed.
  • These may have side effects and have to be taken for several months
  • Surgical nail removal can also be done for chronic infected nails

Ingrown Toe Nails

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What are ingrown toe nails?

  • INGROWN TOE NAILS occur when a nail splinter pierces the surrounding skin.

Causes

  • Badly cut toenails
  • Tight-fitting  footwear
  • Excessive sweating or poor foot hygiene
  • Trauma
  • Nail infections
  • Natural shape of the toenail

Symptoms

The symptoms of an ingrown toenail will vary depending on how severe it is.

  • Inflammation of the skin at the end of the toe
  • Pain if pressure is placed on the toe
  • Red skin in the affected area
  • A build-up of fluid in the area surrounding the toe

If not treated then the following symptoms can occur.

  • A build-up of fluid in the area surrounding the toe
  • White or yellow coloured pus coming from the affected area
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the toe
  • Severe pain, redness and inflammation
  • An overgrowth of skin around the affected toe (hypertrophy)
  • Severe infection of the toe

Treatment.

  • The offending spur of nail will need to be removed with the toe dressed appropriately.
  • An antibiotics may need to be prescribed
  • For stubborn chronic ingrown toe nail partial or full nail avulsion (surgery) maybe required

Verruce

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What Are Verrucae?

  • VERRUCA ARE Known as Plantar Warts but they also appear on other parts of the foot.
  • THEY ARE caused by a viral infection.
  • VERRUCAE are very contagious passed from person to person.
  • The virus thrives in damp moist conditions.
  • THE VIRUS Can be commonly found in swimming pool and shower communal areas.
  • THE VIRUS Can enter the skin through a cuT or scratch.
  • The VIRUS can lie dormant in the skin for up to 18 months.

Signs And Symptoms

  • THEY can appear as raised bumps on the feet with black dots WITH a cauliflower appearance.
  • THEY can be found in clusters or on their own.
  • THEY can be unsightly.
  • VERRUCAE can be painful and uncomfortable or in some cases painless.
  • A VERRUCA can feel like you are walking on a small stone.
  • THIS feeling can be similar to having a corn.

Treatments For Verrucae

  • SOMETIMES verrucae may disappear on their own after two years.
  • FOR painful unsightly stubborn verrucae you may want to seek professional help.
  • THE Foot Medic+ @The treatment Hub in Hamilton can diagnose and treat this problem.
  • WE have access to a few types of treatment.

Acid Ointments & Gels
Spirularin VS
Cryospray

Acid Ointments and Gels

  • THESE can be found over the counter, and they commonly contain a small percentage of Salacylic Acid which are most effective. but, a professional is able to provide much stronger version of the Salacylic acid ointment.
  • CARE must be taken not to get any of the is ointment onto healthy skin as it will easily cause damage here.
  • A professional is more adept at reducing the callous surrounding the area ,carefully applying A mask to the healthy skin and knowing where to effectively apply the ointment or gel
  • THESE must not be applied to the skin of diabetics or Those with poor circulation. Medical conditions that affect the feet and Pregnant women must be cautious
  • DO NOT overuse these ointments and gels

Spirularin VS

  • SPIRULARIN VS is a new verrucae treatment which uses a highly concentrated and patented micro-algae extract which has been proven to provide effective protection from warts.
  • This treatment is effective against WARTS / VERRUCA.
  • WITH continual use it protects healthy skin from the impact of bacterial, fungi, and viral infections after treatment is COMPLETED.
  • IT IS SAFE FOR DIABETICS AND CHILDREN ,IT HAS NO KNOWN CONTRA INDICATIONS OR SIDE EFFECTS.
  • We are having great results with Spirularin Vs when treating children for verrucae.

CRYO SPRAY

  • CRYOSPRAY IS SPECIALLY FORMULATED TO FREEZE THE WART
  • THE spray reaches -50 degrees and is applied via a special applicator which destroys the skin an viral tissue
  • THIS may be slightly painful or uncomfortable during treatment
  • A blister may form
  • YOUR skin over the verruca may become darker
  • THE area will be dressed and a follow up visit to check it
  • Follow up treatment maybe required
  • YOU can still swim after treatment

THIS is not advised for diabetics or those with poor circulation or if you are sensitive or anxious.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

  • IF you are in communal dressing or shower areas often then wear flip-flops
  • IF you suspect you have a verruca then visit
  • If you have been diagnosed with a verruca keep it covered to prevent it spreading to others.
  • If you swim, buy AND WEAR a verruca sock WHEN AT THE POOL.