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The APMA Approves Select Blundstone Footwear

The APMA Approves Blundstone Work Boots

The APMA Approves Blundstone Work Boots

The health of your feet is a very important factor when thinking about your work. Uncomfortable work boots and shoes can be a pain in the butt, and in the foot, especially if your job requires you to be on your feet for several hours a day.  No one wants to suffer from tired, achy feet day in and day out, but how do you know what types of footwear won’t cause foot pain and discomfort?  Luckily, the American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) Seal of Acceptance Program does the homework for you and finds the best in footwear – shoes and boots that are not only comfortable, but also promote good foot health if worn long term. 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 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…

What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists

When your discussing footwear and foot protection, often the term podiatrist will come up. You may wonder what a podiatrist is exactly. Podiatrists specialize in medical care of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. They must have a doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree from a college of podiatric medicine. They must pass written and oral board examinations and must obtain a state license to practice podiatric medicine. Like other doctors, podiatrists work in private practices, hospitals and clinics. They also retain the ability to become professors at colleges of podiatric medicine, department chiefs or hospital administrators. There they demonstrate their knowledge of foot, leg and ankle problems which may lead to special footwear needs. Continue Reading…

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