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Alm Foot Care: Walter A. Alm, DPM
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According to statistics, seventy-five percent of Americans experience foot health problems at some time in their lives. Any number of factors can cause foot disorders and related issues to develop, ranging from diseases, injuries, deformities, biomechanical flaws to improper footwear.
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Just as the name implies, a hammertoe resembles a “hammer” with the toe bending at the middle joint into a claw-like deformity. Hammertoes are progressive—they don’t go away by themselves, and usually get worse over time. Visit your podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and a customized treatment plan for your specific needs.
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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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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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The ancient Romans used a “barleycorn” to measure feet when making a sandal. In 1324, King Edward of England signed a royal decree making barleycorns the official unit of measurement for sizing shoes. The ‘barleycorn’ system is still in use today and is the basis for shoe measurement in the United Kingdom and Ireland. A barleycorn is approximately 1/3 of an inch, the equivalent of one shoe size.
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According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, people take around 8,000 steps every day. By the time you turn 50, that comes out to over 50,000 miles!
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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/USnb50g1bmr
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The skin on your feet is particularly vulnerable to germs and other hazards. If you have unusual bumps or lesions on your feet, it’s important to have them diagnosed by a podiatrist, especially if discomfort is interfering with your daily activities or if you have diabetes, poor circulation or other medical conditions.
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Read this interesting article to learn more about hammertoe and when a surgical procedure to treat the condition may be the most appropriate option in care: http://ow.ly/2Xyp50g1bml
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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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