Autumn Foot Care Tips- From The Dublin City Foot Clinic

Farewell Summer …….Its “Crunch Time”Autumn Foot Care Tips So that’s it, another summer flies off into the ever fast approaching sunsets. Well, it’s not been too bad really, at least we got all had a chance (albeit fleetingly) to air our sandals and flip flops.  Our chiropodists at the Dublin City Foot Clinic have been busy preparing our clients for the annual pilgrimage to warmer climes, even if that is only Killarney !! Now, our thoughts turn to the dreaded “closed in shoe” or heaven forbid even boots, Aghhhhhh,,, if the weather requires warm legs & ankles !! So, here are some tips from our expert chiropodists at the Dublin City Foot Clinic you may find useful as we head into the darker evenings and falling leaves: Socks: Wear a thicker sock that allows your foot to breathe; it is...

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Should I wear high heels?

They can cause bunions, corns, knee strain and back ache – but hey don’t they make women feel wonderful. According to many high-fashions shoe websites a “low heel” is considered less than 2.5 inches 6.4cm, while heels between 2.5 and 3.5 inches are considered “mid heels”, and anything over that is considered a “high heel”. An estimated eight million – a third of the adult female population – regularly wear high heels. Five million suffer some pain. High-heeled shoes push the foot forward and down while bending the toes up. The more feet are forced into this position, the more the calf muscle will shorten. The higher the heel, the bigger the body’s incline, greatly increasing the weight concentrated on the ball of the foot. That means wearing a 3in heel concentrates double the body’s weight on this area. Problems...

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Do I have a corn or verruca?

  Our podiatrists regularly get asked “I think I have a verruca, how can I tell if I do and how would I have got it? This is a good question; I would conservatively estimate that only 20% of clients who attend Dublin City Foot Clinic complaining of having a verruca actually do have one. A verruca is a virus, the human papilloma virus (HPV) the same virus that causes warts on fingers. There are a few strains of the virus that cause different types of verruca. When you attend our clinic our podiatrists will give you a definite diagnosis of having a corn or a verruca or something else. Verrucae often present in ring shape, or mosaic of rings, on the sole of the foot and they sometimes have the little black dots. Our body is incredible, it is...

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The pain of cracked heels, what causes them and what can I do.

  Oh the pain, I think together with an ingrown toenail nothing compares to the pain of cracked heels. One of the most common problems our podiatrists at Dublin City Foot Clinic encounter (especially during the summer) is cracked heels. So, what causes our heels to crack open often so badly that they can bleed. Well, to be honest there is no one answer to this question, as there are a number of possible causes. Undoubtedly having a tendency towards dry skin can be a problem, this can be simply age related (our feet loose moisture as we age) or related to other medical conditions such as an under active thyroid gland, vitamin A deficency and diabetes. Other conditions can also increase the hard skin production. These include Psoriasis which decreases the skin viability and some forms of Rheumatoid Arthritis...

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Summer is on the way, some useful foot care tips

So, the clocks have gone forward, the evenings are getting longer and we are all turning our attention to the prospect however remote of some welcome sun. We look forward with a large degree of scepticism that within a few weeks we can start to dust off those sandals and open toe shoes. For most of us it’s a time when our thoughts turn to our feet. Our podiatrists always see an increase in foot problems such as athlete’s foot, cracked heels and hard skin (often due to wearing inappropriate sandals). There are a number of very simple tips which can assist help as we prepare our feet for the much anticipated hot summer. If you are able to cut your own nails then always use a proper nail clippers and cut straight across, not too short, and not down...

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