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Article on the worst shoe advice parents receive, according to Podiatrist Gaby Tan

Have a read of the article in Kidspot on “the worst shoe advice parents receive”, according to our Podiatrist Gaby Tan.

Our Podiatrist Gaby Tan has helped write an informative article that covers important advice for when choosing shoes for your children.  The article also goes over some of the common mistakes and incorrect advice often given to parents when buying shoes for their children.  A very good article to help you choose the best possible shoes for your child and ther foot health!

Article by Leah Goulis at  kidspot_logo Article on the worst shoe advice parents receive, according to Podiatrist Gaby Tan on July 24, 2020 click here to read full article.

Blisters

Brent Radford, the owner of Foot Focus Podiatry, had the privileged of working with Rebecca Rushton at Esperance Podiatry as his first position upon graduating from Curtin University. Since opening Foot Focus Podiatry in 2000, he has always been keen to learn about (and stock) podiatry foot products that work. When it comes to blisters, Rebecca Rushton is the guru. Her Engo Patches and blister tips are so good. Foot Focus Podiatry has been providing Engo Blister Patches to their clients since they were introduced into Australia in 2012. So please read on to learn more about blister treatment and prevention.

Blisters can really ruin your day, but they are sometimes an unavoidable reality. New shoes, walking further than expected, starting a new exercise regime and even holidays are some of the common blister scenarios. Fortunately, they are 100% preventable, and manageable if looked after early and properly. At Foot Focus our Podiatrists can help you manage your blisters.

 

Some tips about stopping blisters in their tracks:

 

Blister Prevention:

  • Choosing the right sized footwear is important, as incorrect sizes will contribute to the factors that cause blisters. Make sure you choose shoes that have enough space at the end of the shoe (around the width of your thumb), enough wiggle room, and that it fits so the heel doesn’t slip when you walk.
  • Wearing socks or stockings will help keep your feet dry and prevent blisters. So will wearing breathable shoes. Feet inevitably perspire and that moisture increases friction levels. So, if you can allow it to evaporate, you’ll keep friction levels lower and blisters less likely.
  • If you’re going on holiday or running your first half-marathon or anything new like this, make sure your shoes are broken in first. Shoe materials can be pretty stiff when you first get them and it takes a little bit of time for them to start to flex freely and evenly, just where your feet need them to. Skipping this step will almost certainly cause blisters to form, which is a terrible thing to happen when you’re trying to enjoy your holiday or trying to meet your running goals. Wearing your shoes in will save you a lot of pain and disappointment. Start with wearing them around the house. Then do a couple of short walks, then slowly start taking your time and distance out further.
  • If you play sport, run or like to go for long bushwalks, you’ll have noticed socks aren’t what they used to be. Just looking at any online store you’ll see a huge range of moisture-wicking socks, each with special technology developed for comfort and function. Some people like to wear two pairs of socks, or even toe socks.Different socks will suit different needs, for example, thicker socks will provide more cushioning but thin socks will often keep friction levels a little lower. Particularly when bushwalking, your choice of socks can really affect the quality of your hike. As an extra tip, bring an extra pair of socks so you can change if your feet get too sweaty!
  • Once you’re happy with your shoes and socks, taping can provide a little extra protection. There are all sorts of taping techniques for your heels, toes, arches and the balls of your feet. Here’s a great video about forefoot taping techniques that you can practice. Combining these preventative measures will go a long way to ensuring you don’t have to worry about blisters, no matter what your activity.
  • If you’re unlucky and the above basic blister prevention measures aren’t enough to keep your feet blister free, don’t worry! There are some more specialised products and methods you can use to target your blister-susceptible area.
  • Gel toe protectors are excellent for preventing most toe blisters. They cushion prominent joints really well and they absorb blister-causing forces brilliantly. Alternatively, your podiatrist can make you a custom-made toe-prop for persistent toe blister issues that are the result of hammertoes or curly toes. At Foot Focus Podiatry we sell all these products.
  • One of the main components to blister formation is high friction levels. And the best way to lessen friction levels is with a product called ENGO Blister Patches. These shiny blue stickers apply to your shoe, insole orthotics, rather than your skin. That way, they’ll stay in place for months and months. Every time you put your shoe on, they’ll already be there. Otherwise, you can apply greasy lubricants or BlisterShield powder each time for a similar though shorter-term effect. These patches are highly recommended for back-of-heel blisters, arch blisters and blisters under the ball of your foot. You can pick up your ENGO supplies here at Foot Focus Podiatry.

 

If you just can’t seem to get on top of your blister issues, come and see us at Foot Focus Podiatry for some professional assistance. There are a couple of blister locations that can be helped greatly by insoles, orthotics or modifications to your gait. This could be the missing link to your blister prevention success, so don’t put it off.

Blister Treatment

Sadly, the treatment of blisters is something that is largely misunderstood by most people. For example, it’s doesn’t help to “let the air get to it” so your blister dries out. It might get a scab over it, but a scab isn’t healed skin. A scab is simply healing fluids that have dried and contracted over your wound. It is inelastic, scratchy and easily broken.

Not only that, there are misconceptions around things like the use of Compeed, popping blisters and the role of taping in blister treatment (as opposed to prevention). To help you take the appropriate action on your blisters, the following videos and infographics will cover the key approaches to prevent the issue from worsening and lower the chances of infection.

 

  • How To Treat Your Blister (According To The Integrity Of Your Blister Roof)

 

  • The Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid Using Compeed (And Other Hydrocolloids)

  • How To Pop A Foot Blister, When It’s A Good Idea & How To Ensure It Doesn’t Get Infected

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As soon as you think you might have a hotspot, you need to stop immediately and check the area. People often fall into the trap of continuing because they are experiencing a rush of adrenaline or they downplay the significance of the niggle. The best thing to do, of course, is to stop and take some preventive action. Some tape, an ENGO Patch or firm up your laces – it all depends on where your blister is and what’s causing it.

 

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What do you do if you miss the hotspot stage altogether and you notice you’re getting a blister? The best thing to do is to implement the correct treatment (as above) and let the blister heal in its own time. If you have to carry on walking or wearing the offending shoes, you’ll be keen to do anything you can to minimize the pain and prevent further damage. This is best achieved by putting in place the preventive measure you should have implemented earlier. This will make all the difference.

How can you reduce the pressure on your blister, or reduce the friction levels over your blister? These are the questions you need to ask yourself. How you achieve this will depend on where your blister is on your foot. For example, if I had a blister under the ball of my foot, I’d use a donut pad and an ENGO patch to achieve these two aims. But if it was on the tip of my toe, I’d go for a toeprop and firm up my laces. If you’re not sure what your blister needs to help it heal and feel less painful, see one of our podiatrists – they will definitely be able to help.

 

Infection

If you get a blister and you’re treating it diligently, it’s quite easy to avoid infection. But it’s something you should be on the lookout for, just in case. The signs of infection generally include:

  • Pus
  • Redness
  • Heat around the blister
  • Heightened pain and sensitivity around the region
  • Red streaks moving away from the blister as the infection gets worse

 

To limit the chances of infection, follow these steps:

  1. Wash your hands using antibacterial gel or soap to remove germs etc.
  2. Clean the blister, if the blister has any dirt, dried blister fluid or blood this can be washed away using a saline solution (salt water is fine), you can also rinse it with soap or just water if that is all you have access to. By doing this, you are physically removing germs from the site of the blister.
  3. Disinfect the blister – Using antiseptic, you can eliminate the remaining germs at the site of the blister.
  4. Protect the blister – Cover up the blister with a sterile dressing once it has been cleaned. This will prevent new germs from taking up residence in your blister. It will also provide your blister with an environment that is conducive to healing.

 

Be sure to monitor your blister over the coming days. Every time you have to change the dressing, check for the signs of infection. Our podiatrists at Foot Focus can assist you with blister treatment.

Blister Supplies

Blister prevention and treatment supplies should be part of your first aid kit, even if you think you’re not prone to getting blisters. You never know when a blister might pop up so remember to always be prepared. You’ll need island dressings (eg: Band-Aids), hydrocolloid blister plasters (eg: Compeed), antiseptic (eg: Betadine), some cotton wool balls or buds, a couple of gel toe protectors, a selection of ENGO patches, some felt so you can make a couple of donut pads if you need to, and the tape of your choice. Especially if you’re covering a lot of ground on holiday or hiking, it’s worthwhile having a sterile hypodermic needle or blade to lance any large troublesome blisters, to help keep you on your feet. If you’re planning an adventure of some sort and you need a ready-made blister kit, Blister Prevention has a range of three to choose from. Otherwise, you can make your own and get many individual supplies directly from us, including gel toe protectors, felt and ENGO patches.

 

Conclusion

Foot blisters are a common problem! When it comes to blisters, prevention is always better than cure. If you’re struggling to get on top of your, please don’t hesitate to come and see us at Foot Focus Podiatry. We have ENGO Blister Patches available for you to purchase. Each of our podiatrists are fully trained in the latest blister management principles and look forward to helping you with this very common problem. Bring your shoes and any of the products you’ve used in the past and we’ll help you get your feet back to blister-free!

 

How we are helping keep you safe

 

Extra steps we are taking to help keep you safe while at Foot Focus Podiatry:

  • We have reduced the number of Podiatrists on at one time, so the clinic is quieter.
  • The seating in the waiting room is reduced and spread out for social distancing.
  • We have removed reading material and children’s toys in the waiting area.
  • You can let us know you have arrived for your appointment, then wait in your car and we can ring when you are able to go straight in for your appointment.
  • We have appointments available for high risk patients where there is only 1 Podiatrist working, so there will be very few people in the Clinic.
  • We have increased the frequency that we disinfect the public areas such as: reception desk, door handles, seating, handrails and the bathroom area.

Our aim is to make Foot Focus Podiatry as safe as possible for you.

COVID19

We hope this finds you well in this interesting time.

This is a short email to let you know what we are doing at Foot Focus Podiatry to maintain our safety and hygiene during this health conscious period.

All of our team are regularly washing their hands and using hand sanitiser. Our Podiatrists are wiping their work areas with disinfectant after every patient.

In reception we are regularly be wiping down the reception bench, eftpos machine and door handles with disinfectant. There is also hand sanitiser available for patients to use.

We have changed to disposable paper towels in the bathroom.

In addition to this, we are doing the easy things for ourselves that we suggest for you as well. Plenty of sleep, good food and exercise.

Should you are feel apprehensive chat with our staff. Podiatrists can wear a mask if this helps give you peace of mind.

If you have any signs/symptoms of illness, or if you are in a period of selfquarantining, please do not come into this clinic.

More information on Covid-19 you can visit the Health.gov.au website.

Yours in Health
From the team at Foot Focus Podiatry

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What You Need To Know About Podiatrist Insoles

What You Need To Know About Podiatrist Insoles

Walking is something we must do to move. Did you know people over 18 years old usually walk around 4,000 – 18,000 steps per day?

Some of you might walk less than that. But I believe and you may have heard about the suggestion about walking 10,000 steps per day to gain health benefits.

But the question is, should you? Is there any benefit you can gain by walking?

Walking Benefits

While it seems like the most accessible sport ever, walking offers various health benefits such as reducing risks of:

  • cardiovascular disease
  • stroke
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • depression

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10,000 steps

According to Prof David Bassett from the University of Tennessee, walking 10,000 steps a day doesn’t have any evidence for spectacular healthy benefits or a cure it all. It just felt like a number that was indicative of an active lifestyle.

However, a research team at Kyushu University concluded that people who walk 10,000 steps a day could decrease the risk of coronary artery disease.

Which makes sense because it correlates to approximately 30 minutes of daily exercise that has been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to walk these exact numbers. Until now, there hasn’t been a study that tests various numbers like 8,000 or 12,000.

What we can know for sure is that the more effort you give, the more benefit you gain. So if you think you can do it, then go for it.

But, if you have any specific chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, or any leg injuries, you should consult with your doctor and podiatrist first. Because making a rapid jump to 10,000 could lead to adverse consequences, which we don’t want.

How Many Steps We Should Walk

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Research from Tudor-Locke has shown that if we wanted to follow the health guidelines of 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day, you should walk at least 7,500 steps.

Now, after knowing all the benefits you can gain just by walking around I believe you can’t wait to go outside the house and start walking.

But preparation should be made so that you can optimize the way you walk. One of the things you can do for your feet is to prioritize comfort. And you can do that by using podiatrist insoles or orthotics (also referred to as shoe inserts; shoe insoles; arch supports).

Introduction to Podiatrist Insoles / Orthotics

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Podiatrist insoles, or also known as orthotic insoles, is used when you need extra cushioning. The purpose is for arch support, especially for those who suffer from foot pain. You can simply slip it into your shoes for added comfort.

There are two types of podiatrist insoles: factory-made and custom-designed insoles. While the factory-made (off the shelf) follow the usual size guidelines of foot size, custom-designed podiatrist insoles are specifically made to give you the perfect fit, which is usually the reason why it is more expensive than the factory-made.

Custom designed podiatrists’ insoles are also known as prescription insoles/orthotics because podiatrists make them. Only a licensed podiatrist, orthotics in Perth can prescribe them by taking a cast (custom mold of your feet). They are trained in lower body anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, and the actual fabrication of custom foot orthoses.

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They are prescription medical devices that you wear inside the shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues such as walking, standing, and running problems.

Factory-made insoles/orthotics or known as ready to wear insoles are insoles that you can buy in stores without a prescription can provide cushioning and support. They are made of materials like gel, plastic, or foam.

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It is still important that you see a podiatrist to make sure factory-made insoles/orthotics are sufficient to correct your foot problems.  Where necessary our podiatrists will add various wedging and padding to make them semi-customized to your feet.

Because if it is improperly prescribed, they can lead to pain and discomfort, and even cause serious injury.

Dr. Positano, a foot and ankle specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery, explains, “When indicated and prescribed correctly, they are beneficial to the user. When unnecessary or prescribed incorrectly, they can be dangerous.”

The patient has to be measured by the podiatrist in Perth. A full biomechanical examination is also necessary before making the impression of the foot.

But don’t worry because the latest off the shelf insoles offers various styles and size.  Let one of our podiatrists choose which is most suited to your foot function and activity.

Podiatrist Insoles Benefits

Podiatrist insoles provide support and realignment for the feet.

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According to Dr. Positano, it can be used to stabilize a joint, reduce pain, prevent deformity, provide better positioning, or improve the biomechanical function of the foot.

It is known to help relieve the pain for people who suffer from foot pain like heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, ankle instability, arthritis, or have special conditions like walking imbalances.

It is also suggested to wear insoles to help with pain and inflammation in the knees, hips, and lower back.

Dr. Jim Christina from American Podiatric Medical Association said that 80-85% of patients who use custom orthotics get relief from their symptoms.

Podiatrist Insoles Types

According to web.md, there are several types of podiatrist insoles.

  • Made from plastic or carbon fiber. Used for walking shoes, dress shoes. Designed to ease foot aches and strains
  • Made from soft compression materials. Provide cushioning for specific conditions.

How Do Podiatrist Insoles Work

They work by reducing or removing pressure and stress from painful areas in the foot and ankle by bringing your feet back into proper alignment.

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Orthotics alter the way a person walks, stands, and absorbs shock from the ground.

It is designed to align your foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position.

Why You Should Use Podiatrist Insoles

If you have severe foot pain like plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, arthritis, diabetes, neuroma, capsulitis, and tendonitis, you should consider wearing podiatrists insoles.

For example, people with diabetes often benefit from custom insoles because their disease usually interferes with circulation in the feet. People with arthritis have problems with foot joints that might be helped by wearing insoles.

Or even if you don’t, you can use it for added support so you can walk or run with ease.

Whether you are a runner or an avid exerciser, as long as you wear your podiatrist insoles, you will get more benefits.

How To Get The Right Podiatrist Insoles

  1. Know what the purpose of the insoles is.

Are you looking for preventive use? Curative purpose? If you are looking to treat some specific foot pain, it is better to get a custom made insoles, especially made just for you. Custom podiatrist insoles have excellent arch support and also provide superior shock absorption. In other words, they are super comfortable. But on the other side, it is more expensive. If you are looking to prevent foot pain, then it’s okay to buy ready to wear insoles.

  1. Know what shoes you will placed the insoles

Are you going to wear athletic shoes? Or are you going to wear dress shoes or even high heels? Some brands offer ready to wear insoles with specific purposes. There are even insoles that can be worn in ballet flats or lower profile shoe types.

  1. Set your budget

Custom podiatrist insoles have excellent arch support and also provide superior shock absorption. In other words, they are super comfortable. But on the other side, it is more expensive.

If you are willing to pay more for comfort, then you should go for custom made insoles. But if you prefer more affordable insoles, go with the ready to made insoles.

  1. Watch the details

Some brands come with a wide variety of styles based on gender, activity, degree of cushioning, and metatarsal support.

Tips To Pick Insoles

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A suitable insole should provide a supportive mixture of hard and soft structures that work together to reshape the alignment of your feed. Thinner insoles don’t mean it’s always better.

Insoles also have a breaking in period, that’s why you might not get the instant comfort right out of the box.

Insoles work like braces for your teeth. You have to apply pressure to specific areas to move them into the correct position.

People with medical conditions such as foot pain, hammertoes, bunions, arch/heel pain, leg/knee pain, hip pain, back pain, or neck pain should consider using custom podiatrist insoles to get the maximum result and proper alignment.

Embrace the Walk and Wear Podiatrist Insoles

Walking has so many health benefits it could offer to our body. Want to add more steps to your daily routine? You can start small by walking to the nearest coffee shop, bookstore, or grocery store rather than using a car. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Or even park your car further away so you have to walk more.

Now you don’t have to worry about standing or walking for long hours.

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