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My quest for the right running shoes

It all began when my left leg had ITB problems.  Visits to the physiotherapist and hundreds of ringgit did help.  However, my foot kept feeling cramped and it had that ‘tired’ feeling and, I had to deal with runner’s toe as well.  They weren’t pretty – my second left and third left toes were black and beyond repair.  It’s a waiting game of anticipating when the dead nails will come off before I have nice toe nails again.

I looked at my running shoes - I bought men’s because I needed the broad and large feet room.  Yes, I’m one of those unfortunate Asians born with broad, flat feet which I think would never appear in any feet commercial.   I couldn’t find any answer as to why with so much room at the front, I’m having problems.  To cut the story short, I was plain puzzled and frustrated at the same time.  I paid close to RM500 for my Asics and my other pair of Adidas weren’t cheap either.  I over-pronate .  So, I needed certain types of shoes – so, I thought. 

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Press Release - 11.10.05


Alison Deacon B.Sc. (Hons) Podiatry, MChS, HPC  - 23.8.05 – Swindon


Heel pain is very common but there are many things a Podiatrist can do to help alleviate the pain.
  • Do seek advice as soon as possible from a Podiatrist 
  • Rest your feet as much as possible.
  • Many people feel a gradual onset of pain, and can be progressive.
  • The pain is often felt under the middle area of the border of the heel.
  • Mostly just 1 heel is affected
  • Pain usually starts in the morning on weight bearing.
  • Pain can reduce once you start to walk around, but become worse at the end of the day.
If you imagine yourself as a puppet on a string…the bones being moved by your strings (your muscles) then you can perhaps understand that the muscles which come from your tibia and fibular are getting too tight (sometimes by wearing high heels) and pull on the bones in your foot. The Achilles heel is indicated in this problem and you are said to be over pronating.  This is a biomechanical problem and you will need shoe advice and perhaps insole therapy – your Podiatrist will be able to assist you.

Sometimes the pain comes from the plantar facia.  The tendons of the muscles of the leg insert into the heel in the same area that the plantar facia (a skin like band that comes from the heel or calcaneum).  The planter facia inserts into the base of the toes, and therefore any abnormal pull of any of the muscles/tendons can cause pain and inflammation.

Cramp in the legs can also be an indicator of problems in your feet.

Sometimes a heel spur can be the cause of pain, but this will only be evident on x-ray.  At Optimum, we believe in starting with the basics, discussing your shoes, exercises and the use of orthotics (insoles).

PLEASE do not be tempted to buy over the counter orthotics.  A Podiatrist takes 3 years to train, something over the counter/bought from the internet may not be what you require, and could actually cause more problems.

Treat Your Working Feet

Think you’ve had a hard day’s work? Spare a thought for your feet. 

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists are launching their ‘Working Feet’ campaign to give women some helpful foot care advice on how ‘working feet’ problems can be avoided. The campaign urges women to be more aware of the dangers of hard working feet and hopes to encourage them to look after their feet properly and avoid problems. 

Wearing your killer heels to the office everyday may be super stylish, or squeezing your feet into uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes might mean not having to buy new ones, but it can be murder for your feet. Wearing the wrong type of shoes for long periods can cause a range of problems from blisters, corns and callus to serious foot, knee and back pain and damaged joints.

That is why the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists want you to treat your ‘Working Feet’ to some tender loving care this summer. 

In terms of working feet, amongst the worst culprits are shop assistants, cabin crew, teachers and nurses, whose feet are subjected to all-day standing, causing a lot of pressure to be placed on the feet over long periods? This may also cause swollen, hot, and painful feet, which can be exacerbated if the wrong shoes are worn. 

“Protect your feet at work” says Alison Deacon your local Podiatrist who is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. “It’s important to wear comfortable shoes to work that fit properly. Feet can spend hours in the same shoes and if your feet hurt it can affect your concentration, efficiency and attitude to work. Ignoring painful feet could also lead to problems in the long term.” 

Top tips for healthy working feet:
  • Wear shoes that are appropriate for your job and suitable for your work conditions
  • If you must wear high heels, stick to a heel height of around 4cm for everyday shoes and stretch your calf and heel muscles daily to keep feet supple
  • Always wear comfortable footwear that fits you – if in doubt, ask for a proper fitting
  • Vary your heel heights from day to day
  • Wear shoes with a strap or lace over the instep rather than slip-ons. This will help stop your foot sliding forward, a bit like a seatbelt in a car
  • Alternate your shoes so that you’re not wearing the same pair constantly
  • Adopt a regular foot care regime to keep your feet in tip-top condition
  • Make regular visits to a chiropodist or podiatrist to keep your feet in good health.
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Warnings over nail salons health risk 

NAIL salon patrons are contracting fungal and bacterial infections because of poor hygiene, experts warn. They are also exposing themselves to more serious risks, such as hepatitis C and HIV. Australian Podiatry Association (APA) NSW vice-president Brenden Brown said there had been a boom in nail salons offering quick and inexpensive manicures. But many had poor hygiene standards, such as inadequate cleaning or sterilising of equipment. "They are using the same instrument from person to person - it's scary," Mr Brown said. Fungal infections such as tinea and candida albicans were the most typical health problems resulting from unhygienic nail treatments, he said. 

And, while the chance of becoming infected with hepatitis C or HIV from a nail salon was slim, it was still a "definite possibility". Each week, Mr Brown's podiatry practice treats between three and five patients who have contracted fungal or bacterial infections at salons. Permanent damage to the nail can result and there could be more serious implications for those with weak immune systems or diabetes. He expressed concern about the practice of foot soaking, which podiatrists stopped doing 15 years ago because of the risk of spreading bacterial infections such as staphylococcus. An American woman died this year after contracting a staph infection at a Texas nail salon. Last year, consumer monitor Choice conducted a "shadow shop" of 53 Sydney nail salons, examining hygiene standards, the quality of service and prices. Researchers found more than one-third of salons to be unsatisfactory. "They weren't cleaned up properly between clients, they were covered with dust, sometimes even pieces of skin," Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn said. Poor ventilation and the smell of hazardous chemicals were also listed as concerns. Nail salons are not regulated in NSW, although they must register with the local council. 

However, many councils investigate only if a complaint has been made, Choice said. The NSW Department of Health has a list of guidelines for nail technicians, but these are only recommendations. Choice, the Australian Professional Fingernail Association and APA NSW have all expressed concern about the lack of regulation of nail salons. They say health authorities should carry out regular inspections. 

The Australian Professional Fingernail Association receives up to 15 complaints about nail salon hygiene and quality each month. Spokeswoman Vittoria Hall said customers should ensure the nail technician is fully qualified and holds a certificate I or II in nail technology from a registered institution. She said salons should clean each implement with a sanitisation product between customers. In cases where blood was drawn, the implement should be sterilised in an autoclave or soaked in solution for up to 24 hours. 

"If the salon staff pick up implements from somewhere else and they look dirty, if there is dust on the table or the implements, if the towel isn't clean, the customer should walk out," Ms Hall said. Staff at salons approached by The Sun-Herald said that they maintained a high level of cleanliness and hygiene. Rosie Tran, from Rosies Nails in Neutral Bay, said she had a certificate II in nail technology, but not all manicurists shared her level of qualification. "We clean straight away after we use equipment and we have got a special machine to sterilise tools," Ms Tran said. 

Jenny Tran, from USA Nails in Potts Point, said all equipment was cleaned between customers and the salon also had an autoclave which sterilised scissors for cutting cuticles.    

Jehane Sharah and Caroline Marcus - Article found @ www.smh.com.au