iPodiatry

Updates of whats up in Podiatry

Pose Running

There are a number of different running techniques that runners can use to allegedly be more efficient and reduce the risk for injury. Each of these different techniques have their passionate supporters with little evidence to support one over the other. One of the more high profile approaches is Pose Running, that uses a forefoot strike, shorter stride length and high cadence.

There is not a lot of support for Pose Running from biomechanists and a number of the underpinnings of it are not biomechanically sound. There is one study that suggests that Pose running is less efficient than other forms of running, but those that promote Pose running are very critical of this study.

October 27, 2012 Posted by | Sports Medicine | , , , | Comments Off on Pose Running

Reflexology

Reflexology is the alternative medicine approach to health in which there is a belief that every organ system in the body can be mapped to a zone on the foot. It is believed that massaging the area or zone on the foot can affect the health of that organ system.

There is no evidence that reflexology actually works and all the good research has shown that it does not work. A good foot massage will probably help anyone feel better and this is probably why there are so many testimonials from people who have had reflexology when the claim it improved. Anyone who is stressed or has a chronic illness will probably feel better after a good foot rub!

October 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Comments Off on Reflexology

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the life blood of so many podiatry clinics. It something we see day in and day out. It is the most common musculoskeletal problem seen in the foot and I suspect that for every case we see, there are several others out in the community not be being treated. If its painful under the heel and if it worse after resting (ie sleeping) for the first few steps then it is probably plantar fasciitis.

The most appropriate treatment for plantar fasciitis is stretching and lots of it. Foot orthotics also help a lot at reducing the load in the plantar fascia. There a lots of secret sauces, miracle cures that you can buy, but there is nothing secret or magical about them! But it all comes down to stretching and reducing the load in the plantar fascia. Run Junkie probably has the most sensible approach to plantar fasciitis that I have seen.

October 19, 2012 Posted by | Foot Problems | | Comments Off on Plantar Fasciitis

Pitted Keratolysis

Pitted keratolysis is a relatively simple problem to deal with, yet is so common in the community and many to not seek treatment or seem to attempt the wrong self-treatment. Pitted keratolysis is a bacterial infection that tends to occur in sweaty feet (more). It creates a ‘soggy’ appearing skin with many ‘pits’ or little holes.

The treatment is simple topical antibiotics and removing of the sweaty conditions that create the environment that the pitted keratolysis develops in. That is not hard and is just good simple basic foot hygiene.

October 14, 2012 Posted by | Skin Condtions | , | Comments Off on Pitted Keratolysis

Growing Pains in Children

This is a really common problem and not a lot is really known about it. The classic symptoms are pain behind the knee that only occurs at night. generally it will wake the child from sleep and be distressing foe the child and parent. There are a number of rare conditions like bone tumors and juvenile arthritis that need to be ruled out as causing the pain, which is why the symptoms have to be taken seriously. The condition is self limiting and reassurance is all that is needed.

There is a paucity of research on growing pains with lots of opinions and ‘old wives tales’ on how to manage it. Most of these do seem to help in a lot of cases.

October 13, 2012 Posted by | Foot Problems | , | Comments Off on Growing Pains in Children