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Mark Costopoulos, D.P.M.
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Plantar warts often make running, jumping and even walking uncomfortable. Unfortunately, ‘over the counter’ preparations are generally unsuccessful in treating plantar warts. However, your podiatrist can offer a range of treatments to completely and permanently eliminate plantar warts, including topical applications of an acid, liquid nitrogen, a surgical procedure or laser surgery.
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Your feet are the foundation of your body, supporting and balancing your weight and giving you the ability to move from place to place. During high-impact activity, the forces on your feet can be more than twice your bodyweight!
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When you’re shopping for shoes, keep in mind that healthy footwear should provide shock absorption, arch support and good cushioning, and should promote proper body alignment among other benefits.
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The collagen and elastin that cushions the heel and bottom of our feet tends to thin as we age. Without this padding, moving around on older feet can become quite painful. Wearing cushioned, comfortable shoes with insoles or gel pads can help. Your podiatrist may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications and orthotics.
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Women experience about four times as many foot-related problems as men. High heels and other types of ill-fitting footwear are chiefly to blame, because of the unnatural pressure and strain they add to the arch and toe box.
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Children’s feet grow rapidly in their first year of life, reaching almost half their adult size by the time they’re 18 months old. Their adult foot size is approximated by twelve to fourteen years of age.
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Ever wonder why your feet are so ticklish? It’s because there are 8,000 nerves in the feet. While ticklish feet are usually a good indication of health, non-ticklish feet can indicate problems with nerve receptors caused by illnesses such as diabetes mellitus, arthritis, a vitamin deficiency or thyroid problems.
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Numbness in both feet, known as peripheral neuropathy, can be a side effect of chemotherapy or be caused by diabetes or chronic alcoholism. Numbness in only one foot may be due to a number of things, including a pinched nerve.
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There are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, capable of producing up to half a pint of sweat a day! Without proper care, sweaty feet can cause skin rashes, yeast infections, athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and warts. But effective daily hygiene, good foot care practices and visits to the podiatrist can keep sweaty feet in check.
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Foot doctors have seen the incidence of injuries to the Achilles tendon increase by almost 300 percent in little over a decade. Here is some advice on preventing damage to the Achilles tendon: http://ow.ly/lYxP30imMFf
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