When we think of exercise, we usually go straight to the high intensity activities like running and sports.
Walking is probably one of the most underrated forms of exercise out there. It has countless health benefits and is the easiest exercise you can do.
One of its main benefits is that it helps to greatly reduce the risk of falling. When we walk we’re engaging our whole body to keep us balanced. By doing this we’re building bone strength and improving our muscle strength and flexibility. This in turn helps improve our sense of balance.
Having a sedentary lifestyle is one of the worst things you could do for yourself as long-term this results in muscle loss, poor balance and increased chance of falls.
A lot people think that by not walking they are actually reducing their chance of falls but it’s the exact opposite in reality. Ideally, a brisk walk is the best way to feel these benefits long-term.
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Tip toe walking is when children walk or stand predominantly on their tip toes.
It is one of the most common queries we get at Achilles Foot Clinic.
Tip toe walking is relatively common; between 7 and 24 out of 100 children will tip toe walk. It is more common in boys and often seen in many family members.
It is most common for kids aged between 10 and 18 months to walk on tip toes when they are learning to walk as it helps with their balance.
Some children continue this up to the age of six or seven, where it usually resolves naturally. However, a small number of children may continue to walk this way as they get older.
There are many possible underlying causes, but the following can cause toe walking in some children:
With the amount of runner’s available these days, it can be a daunting task to choose the right runner for you. I found myself standing and staring blankly at the footwear in front of me, hoping something would pop out and bingo, the perfect running shoe for me. Well, today I am going to help you by giving you some tips to make this process a lot easier for you!
There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before heading into a sports shop, so you have an idea of what sort of runner you’re looking for.
Depending on the runner you are, whether it is for someone just starting out, someone who hits 5km regularly or a marathon runner, there is a running shoe to suit every runner.
Just follow our handy guide to find out what questions you need to ask and what some of the phrases used to describe certain runners means.
Starting off with a simple but an important question - What is the main terrain/surface you are running on?
Flat feet are a usually painless condition where the arches on the inside of your feet are completely collapsed arches so that the entire sole of your feet touch the floor when standing.
Flat feet can develop after an injury to the foot, such as a ligament, tendon or muscle tear, or as a result of arthritis or they may develop because the condition runs in the family.
People with flat feet can often complain of their feet rolling inwards when walking or a feeling of their foot collapsing.
Flat feet can cause a whole load of symptoms, from experiencing pain in the foot, heels, arch, calves, the shin, the knee, the hip and into the lower back or they may find it hard to stand on their tippy toes.
The most common symptom of flat feet is pain in the feet. This can occur as a result of strained muscles and connecting ligaments.
Abnormal stresses on the knee and hip may result in pain in these...
Intoeing is when the feet turn inwards when walking and running rather than pointing straight ahead. People sometimes described this as being pigeon-toed. Intoeing is very common in childhood and usually resolves without treatment as children grow up.
Most people think that intoeing is a foot problem. However, intoeing can originate from the foot, tibia (lower leg) and/or femur (upper leg).
Parents often bring their child to see our podiatrists because they are concerned their child is walking and running differently to other children. They may also have a tendency to trip over.
Despite all this, intoeing is usually considered normal and just needs to be monitored.
While intoeing generally resolves itself, it needs to be checked out if it is:
Causing pain/fatigue in the legs/feet
Severe and not improving with time
Only present on one foot/leg
Causing a child to trip regularly and making it difficult for them to participate in activities
Your foot is a strong, mechanical structure comprising of 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. The load on the feet is consistent daily, and we expect them to take us the distance we want.
This intricate and highly developed structure needs a little care on a regular basis and with so many working parts, a regular trip to the podiatrist is a good investment in long term foot strength, and health.
If you’re wondering what that niggling feeling is in your foot, here’s a summary of the 5 most common foot problems and foot pain we see week to week.
1. Plantar Fasciitis
When the plantar fascia is overstretched it becomes inflamed and that is what we call plantar fasciitis.
Try to think of plantar fasciitis as a rope pulling away from the heel bone causing heel and arch pain.
If tension and stress on this becomes too much, it can lead to the development of small tears, causing irritation and...
But Before we can be apart of the Riverdance we need to make sure we have shoes that fit properly to do our best Michael Flatly impression.
Footwear can be very difficult for people to buy but outlined in this blog are some tips of what to look out for when shoe shopping and general foot care when wearing shoes.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A SHOE
Firstly I will go through what four basic characteristics you should look for in any shoe. From dress shoes to casual every day. These include
Most runners will find themselves sidelined with a foot injury or pain at some point.
Anything from a simple blister to a more complex stress fracture can put a halt to training plans.
Most running injuries generally involve the lower body, including the knees, ankles, hips, groin, and legs, but more often than not the feet take a significant hit compared to the other body parts.
As any runner can tell you, the feet take most of the heat when pounding the pavement.
If you overtrain, ignore pain, or neglect preventative care, you may find yourself with one of the following foot issues that runners experience.
Blisters may not be a serious injury, but they sure are painful.
Blisters are small pockets of clear fluid under a layer of skin.
Blood blisters may look red or black and are filled with blood instead of clear fluid.
An infected blister can be hot and filled with green or yellow pus...
With the cold blast we are having at the moment, you may be feeling it particularly in your feet or toes.
Your feet are prone to feeling cold, the problem affects everyone from time to time.
On a chilly day, your body reacts to the drop in temperature by constricting the blood vessels in your feet. This keeps as much warm blood as possible circulating in your head and torso so that your vital organs can continue working properly.
The downside is numb toes!
Let’s be honest Ireland is not the hottest of places so chilly piggies are very common.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make your feet warmer during winter. By putting on a thicker pair of socks, placing a hot water bottle at the end of your bed or exercising, you should be able to banish that chilly feeling.
Keeping your feet cosy is important, not least because doing so helps you to avoid foot problems such as chilblains, which can develop after prolonged...
I firmly believe that…
Nobody Should Be Given Orthotics Unless They Really Really Need Them.
I have made it my mission in Achilles Foot Clinic to tell people like you the truth regarding orthotics and why we continually invest in the Latest and Most Cutting Edge Technology when it comes to resolving our patients Foot Pain.
The world of orthotics is seeing some exciting developments as we move away from the traditional practice of creating orthotics toward a more sustainable, patient friendly service.
Orthotics are shoe inserts worn to give support to an injured or weak part of the body which is causing pain, discomfort or damage. A...