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Don’t Forget to Take Care of Your Feet!

Take Care of your Feet by WPS

Crunches, leg lifts, planks, and more crunches. A lot of us do whatever it takes to strengthen our core, or at least hope to some day. Your core is a key part of your balance, providing strength to your posture and hey…just having toned abs is always a plus, right? However, there are a couple things we probably overlook when it comes to having great posture: our feet. Continue Reading…

A Podiatrist: When and Why to See One

Podiatrist WPS Blog

That lingering, subtle pain in your heel might be more than just overworking it. Your continuously achy arches have become a normal part of your life, but maybe they don’t have to be. There might be some sort of underlying cause for your discomfort, so it’s important to seek assistance from a podiatrist. Podiatrists are doctors that specialize in the treatment of foot disorders, along with ankle and lower extremity issues. There’s a good chance they can help you improve the way your feet feel. Just think of a podiatrist as the “chiropractor for your feet.” Continue Reading…

Proper Care and Prevention of Corns

WPS Corn Care

It’s amazing how a tiny little bump of skin on your foot can cause so much pain and discomfort. If you’ve ever had a corn on your foot, you know how unpleasant it can be. Corns are preventable, but if you do have the unfortunate occurrence of getting one, they are also treatable.

Corns are thick, hardened pieces of dead skin, and they usually occur on the tops and sides of toes. They can make walking very painful. They develop because of rubbing and friction and pressure on the skin. Some corns are caused by an improper walking motion, but most corns are caused by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Some corns also occur on the bottom of the feet and some doctors believe this is caused by blocked sweat ducts.

So in order to prevent corns from occurring in the first place, the best course of action is to make sure your shoes or boots fit properly. Make sure you have the proper size and that they are not too wide or too narrow, or fit too tightly. If you can’t wiggle your toes in your shoes or boots, they are too tight. Also, keep in mind that your feet might not be exactly the same size. You might need two different sized shoes or boots. Continue Reading…

The Ins and Outs of Conductive Footwear

Conductive Footwear

A typical human body may carry around 12,000 to 35,000 volts of electrostatic charges. Conductive footwear provides a continuous grounding path between the human body and an ESD flooring. Conductive footwear is designed to keep you protected when potential electrical hazards are present.

Conductive footwear is designed to discharge static electricity from the body through your shoes into grounded floors. Floors must be grounded so that a charge can be dissipated. Conductive footwear is designed and manufactured to minimize static electricity and to reduce the possibility or ignition of volatile chemicals, explosives or explosive dusts. Continue Reading…

Foot Anatomy: What You Need to Know

Foot Anatomy

The human foot and ankle are complex organs that work together to provide strength and flexibility. The ankle serves as a foundation that provides shock absorption. The foot can sustain enormous pressure and provides flexibility and resiliency. The foot and ankle contain:

  • 26 bones (one-quarter of the bones in the human body);
  • 33 joints;
  • more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments; and
  • a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue. Continue Reading…

Foot Ailments: Causes, Prevention, Advice

Healthy Feet

You are on your feet, working most of the day, so naturally your feet require specialized care. A doctor specializing in foot care is a podiatrist. He can contribute to your total health, starting at the feet. Whether you need regular preventive care or surgery to correct a deformity, information is the strongest weapon against foot ailments. In order to keep your feet healthy, be familiar with the most common ills that affect them. Be aware that self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one, and is generally not advisable. Continue Reading…

Corns: What Causes Them and More

Corns

When tight or narrow work shoes are worn, the body reacts to the pressure and friction by trying to protect the skin and the structures beneath it by forming hard and circular areas just like a kernel of corn. The areas can also become inflamed or ulcerated from the constant friction when they rub against each other. Of the two common types the wearing of improper-fitting shoes while working and/or toe deformities causes hard corns. One type usually develops on the tops and tips of the toes and along the sides of the feet; the other type (soft corn) develops between the toes and is sometimes referred to as a “kissing corn,” usually the result of bone abnormalities in the toes. Continue Reading…

What is Hammer Toe?

Hammer Toe

The toes may seem small and relatively insignificant, but they are vital to walking and working. There are at least six sets of muscles that control each toe. Two tendons join on the dorsal aspect (top) of the toes, and insert into the middle and distal phalanges of each toe. On the bottom (plantar aspect) of the toes are two more muscles that, instead of joining like the extensors, remain separate. Each muscle stabilizes one of the bones in the toe. The flexor digitorum longus muscle attaches to the bone at the end of the toe (distal phalanx) and the flexor digitorum brevis attaches to the middle phalanx. The lumbrical and the interossei muscles stabilize the proximal phalanx (inner toe bone). Continue Reading…

Ingrown Toe Nails and How to Care For Them

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are common, painful conditions that occur when the skin on the side of a toenail grows over the edge of then nail, or when the nail grows into the skin. Ingrown toenails can develop for many reasons: toenails that are too large; toes that curl (congenitally or from disease such as arthritis); trauma to the toes, such as stubbing a toe or having a toe stepped on; frequent running; incorrectly trimming the nails causing them to re-grow into the skin; by wearing excessively tight socks; or by footwear with narrow toe boxes. Bedridden patients may develop ingrown toenails from bedsheets that are tucked in too tightly.

Signs of this condition include when the skin is red, painful, or swollen on the sides of the nail. The warm, moist environment of socks or shoes may provide a convenient entry for germs that can cause infection. At first, the skin around the nail may be mildly red or inflamed. Untreated, the nail can grow under the skin, causing a severe infection. Continue Reading…

What are Bunions?

Bunions

Bunions are caused by a poor alignment of the foot and joint of the big toe. A bump develops on the inner side of the foot near the base of the first toe this is the bunion. The toe twists so that the inside edge touches the ground and the outside edge turns upward. In other words, it describes the deviation of the toe toward the outside of the foot.

The inherited shape of the foot may predispose people to bunions. For example, flat feet are unstable and in walking the body weight is repeatedly transferred to the big toe. This transfer of weight allows certain muscles to become stronger than others. This overpowering of muscles causes the toe to bend and deform. Women who wear tight, pointy-toed, or high-heeled shoes and shoes that are too small are susceptible to getting bunions. Improper boots and shoes exacerbate the underlying cause of flat, unstable feet. Continue Reading…

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