Hammertoe, what is it and how do you treat it

Hammertoe is a condition in which the toe deforms and bends downward from the center joint which makes it look like a hammer. Hammertoes will typically start as a mild inconvenience but will eventually evolve into something more severe. These afflicted toes are usually flexible in the beginning, and symptoms can be managed if treated shortly after discovery of the problem, but without treatment, the toe will become more rigid and may require surgical treatment.Hammertoe is often caused by our footwear, especially by those who wear high heels as they make the toes overlap one another and bend up. Anyone...

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Bunions, what are they and what causes them?

Bunions are a common affliction of the metatarsophalangeal joint that causes the inner portion of that joint to enlarge at the base of your big toe. They appear as a bump on the side of the big toe and are often the result of the shifting of the framework of the bones in the front part of your foot. Your big toe will begin to lean toward the second toe, messing up the alignment. Bunions form slowly and can usually be attributed to the wrong kind of shoes as well as genetics. Bunions typically begin developing for people who are...

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Tips for Spring Foot Care

Spring is an exciting time. The flowers are blooming, the trees are growing their leaves, and the weather becomes warmer and more inviting. All of these factors work in harmony to urge you to take your exercises out of the house and into the outdoors to enjoy the fresh air. While sitting or reducing your exercise during the winter months, your lower limbs and feet can weaken a bit and become more susceptible to injury or general foot pain. Whether you are trying to help increase your general outdoor activity or are beginning a brand new workout regimen, use caution! Even...

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Plantar Fasciitis: Exercises to Relieve Pain

When stress is placed upon the plantar fascia ligament, heel pain can occur due to an irregular stretching motion. This causes inflammation and small tears to form. By performing strengthening and stretching exercises, you can help this ligament achieve flexibility and strengthen the muscles that provide arch support which will in turn reduce the stress placed upon it. Exercises for plantar fasciitis when combined with other steps such as resting, icing, using shoe inserts, wearing toe alignment socks, avoiding vigorous exercise that worsens the pain and taking pain relievers can successfully relieve heel pain. Exercises for plantar fasciitis may be...

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National Yoga Month

September is here. The weather is starting to cool a bit in many parts of the country and fall is soon to arrive.This is also the official National Yoga month as designated by the Department of Health and Human Services since 2008.Many of you practice yoga and are well aware of the benefits of this ancient practice. But did you realize that the development of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years and some believe that it could even be more than 10,000 years.In the US, what we think of yoga is what is known as Hatha Yoga which...

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