Thought you were the only one praying for sun? What about your tootsies, confined to claustrophobia for what seemed like the longest winter in history? Time to bust those suckers out. Too pasty and mangled, you say? Fear not. Whether you’re a dude anxious to slip into Reefs or a lady shopping for this season’s peep-toe wedge, a few easy steps can prepare your feet for sunshine–and public viewing. “A good foot inventory is the
After a 5-mile trail run I ended up with blisters on my feet. What should I do about them? – Gretchen L.; Eldersburg A: Blisters are a common foot problem for runners. Caused by friction, heat, dirt, moisture, and shoes that are too small, blisters are small bubbles of skin that are typically filled with clear fluid. Some blisters are painless; others are extremely painful, forcing you to discontinue your run. “Friction causes layers of
By Lori S. Weisenfeld, DPM, Sports Podiatrist One of the more common and often mistreated overuse injuries that I see in my practice is Achilles tendinitis. This post will help runners understand this common injury. I’ll tell you how important it is to treat Achilles tendinitis correctly, and give you some tips for preventing it in the future. What is Achilles tendinitis? The Achilles tendon is the cable-like structure that you can feel behind your
Feet blisters all start the same way—friction. It might be from too-small running shoes, too-big toes sliding forward on high heel shoes, or too-sweaty toes rubbing together in flats, says Lori Weisenfeld, M.D., a New York City sports podiatrist. “Friction causes layers of skin to separate and foot blisters are the painful pockets of air or fluid that form between the layers,” she says. Here are three ways to avoid them and treat blisters so
An ingrown nail “Tight shoes can compress your toes, forcing the flesh into the nail,” says Jenny Salazar, a nail technician in New York City. Another culprit: Nails that are too short and curved in at the corners can dig into the skin, says Salazar. Soak your foot in a tub of warm water three times a day to help reduce inflammation. If the pain and swelling don’t subside within 48 hours, see a podiatrist,