Posts for: July, 2011
As a follow up from my last entry on sandals, I’ve decided to write about sunburn as it applies to your feet. Most people are aware of the dangers of overexposure to the sun (e.g. sunburn, skin cancer) and during the summer months most people take due diligence -applying sunscreen to their body if they will be spending extended periods of time outdoors, whether it be on a hike, relaxing on the beach or swimming. However, sunscreen is often not applied to the feet!
Wearing sandals or going barefoot leaves the foot exposed to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. A sunburn on your feet looks very similar to a sunburn on any other part of the body: redness, swelling, blisters (a second-degree burn) and PAIN! Preventing sunburn is the key. Use a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30, the higher the better. Reapply every two hours and after going into the water, even if the sunscreen is labeled "waterproof" or "water resistant”. Don’t be fooled by the weather, you can get sunburn on cloudy days!
So, what should you do in the event you do get sunburned? Below are some suggestions to help ease your discomfort:
1. STAY OUT OF THE SUN!
2. Drink lots of water. You need to rehydrate yourself!
3. Take anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen (e.g Advil). NSAIDS stop inflammation and reduce the amount of redness and pain.
4. Take a cool shower or bath (don’t use cold water). Apply cool compresses 3-4 times a day.
Remember, preventing sunburn next time is your best defence. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet.
Despite Beautiful weather Saturday 16th of July, 60+ podiatric practitioners turned up at the University of Toronto, Medical department to better their knowledge and skills in a variety of advance surgical techniques.
I had the great pleasure of meeting and lecturing with Dr Ali Sadrieh, from California. He arrived late the night before and brief call at 11PM post check in lead to an ever expanding conversation that had me slippin into bed long after my intended bed time.
Too early next morning I met an unnervingly bright eye non sleep deprived /non jet lagged Dr Sadrieh in the beautiful campus of the University of Toronto, Medical facility. An hour long strategy session has us both keen to get started on what promised to be a lot of fun.
I believe what the attendees got was more than simply an excellent instructional seminar, but rather an introduction or revisitation, to a refreshing mindset for providing care based completely on the needs of the patient, with guidance and advice from the practitioner. For myself presenting along with Dr Sadrieh was particularly rewarding as he so eloquently put into word so many of the core values that our two practices share as their core values. His enthusiasm for patient care and the constant revision of the environments we create to provide these services will undoubtedly fuel food for thought in all the minds of those he encounters.
Once again I am compelled to thank again the Ontario Society of Chiropodists for having the vision to organize this seminar and pave the way for improved foot health care in the future. Also special thanks to Greg Lawrence for inviting me to participate and for organizing what proved to be a very fulfilling seminar.I look forward to continuing to participate in such events in the future as our profession continues to evolve and the provision of care exceeds the limits of our present imagination.
Summer has arrived, and with the beginning of the warm weather, many of us choose sandals as our main choice of footwear. Unfortunately, sandals don’t offer our feet as much support as our regular footwear, and it is usually impossible to use your custom orthotics while wearing them. This often results in overworked muscles and tendons and increases the risk for ankle sprains. It is not uncommon for sandal wearers to develop tendinitis and plantar fasciitis during the summer months.
One of the more popular types of sandals is flip flops. Flip flop type sandals offer the foot NO arch support and NO heel support - the foot has no support or control. Birkenstock style sandals are also very popular. This style of sandal may have some degree of an arch, sometimes includes a strap around the ankle, and may offer some shock absorption. However, the arch support is not custom to your foot, and the sandal does very little in terms of controlling the foot.
Does this mean all is lost for sandal wearers? No! But there are three general rules that you should follow:
1. The sandal should fit your foot! Your foot should not hang off the back, sides or front edge of the sandal. If it does, you need a bigger size. The foot should sit completely on the footbed of the sandal.
2. You shouldn’t be able to bend the sandal. The sandal should be rigid through the middle. If you can bend the sandal in half or ball it up, throw it away! You are getting very little to no support if you can do this.
3. The sandal should have some sort of restraint in the mid-foot area and a strap around the ankle. This will ensure that your foot is held securely and has adequate support.
The best option, however, is incorporating your existing custom orthotic in your sandal. Some sandals have removable foot beds which can be removed and replaced with your existing custom orthotic. Other sandals have the custom orthotic embedded directly into it.
If you follow the above three rules and incorporate your custom orthotic when selecting your sandal, your can prevent many of the ailments that sandal wearers suffer from, which include plantar fasciitis, tired feet and lower back pain.
Make an appointment today and take a look at our selection of custom orthotic sandals (including Birkenstock, Naot and Alegria) and see how we can help your feet.
William Jacob, D.Pod.M.