If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, then it’s likely that your GP and diabetes nurse have made it clear: your feet are at risk, and you must look after them carefully. But what are they at risk of – why is foot care so important – and of all the areas of the body to be concerned about, why the feet?

Today, Australia’s leading podiatry team here at My FootDr answer these questions and show you why your body will endlessly thank you for taking the time to look after your feet. 

First Thing’s First: Why The Feet?

The symptoms of diabetes often begin in the feet first as they are the furthest away from our heart and spine, making them prone to poor circulation and nerve damage. This makes your feet vulnerable to a number of problems that can quickly turn serious – and even limb-threatening – without the right care and attention.

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When you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with large amounts of new information. From what foods should be avoided and the regular blood sugar monitoring, to learning and understanding the signs that something isn’t right, to how to best protect your health so that serious problems don’t develop – it can be a lot for a person to take in. 

Foot problems pose a large risk to the health of those with diabetes, yet many remain unaware of the dangers, are unable to reach their feet to adequately care for them, or may place their foot health on the backburner while they navigate coming to terms with the other aspects of their diabetes.

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Aside from managing injuries, improving running performance is one of the reasons patients come to us for orthotics. We understand the many goals that runners have – from maintaining their comfort over long distances when their feet start to tire and technique may drop off, to overcoming the vulnerabilities created by their gait or foot type to keep running pain-free – to gaining a competitive edge and beating their personal bests. Here is how orthotics can work to help runners run better, for longer – and help leave them feeling great on their feet after their run.

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Foot pain from running
Foot Pain When Running

As podiatrists with a keen interest in sports medicine, we see and treat thousands of runners every year with a common problem: foot pain that comes on during or after running

Given that running can exert a force of up to three times your bodyweight when your foot strikes the ground1, and you take approximately 1212 steps per kilometre when running at 7.5 min/km2, this can place some hefty demands on your feet during every run you do. So, it’s not surprising that up to 70% of recreational and competitive runners sustain injuries during any given year.3

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Recently retired or counting down the days? While the thought of retirement and being able to spend our days enjoying activities like golf, long walks and ample time with the grandkids is very exciting, there’s an unspoken catch: to maximise your involvement in all the physical activities you enjoy, you’ve got to stay mobile and comfortable on your feet

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Changes to feet as getting old

Does the ground feel firmer and less forgiving than it used to?

Do you struggle to find comfortable shoes – or ones that are wide enough for your feet?

Do your feet often swell and you’re not sure why?

All these changes, alongside many others, can be explained by the natural changes our feet go through as we get older. Thankfully, these changes don’t have to mean putting up with aches and pains in our everyday lives – especially if these symptoms are affecting our ability to move, stay independent, and do the things we love. Our podiatry team helps older adults stay active and pain-free on their feet every day – and today we’ve shared seven common changes to your feet that you may experience as you age.

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My FootDr Kids on the Move

Not only are we podiatrists, but parents too! As parents we are always looking for fun ways to keep our kids entertained, but also improve their cognitive development. A great way to work on this is with matching and sorting games. Kids on the move has created this super simple activity for you to try at home.

How can kids games help with cognitive development?

Matching and sorting games can help:

  • Improve concentration.
  • Increase attention to detail.
  • Improve the ability to find similarities and differences in objects.
  • Help to classify objects that are grouped by similar traits.

All you need for this perfect pairs sock matching game is mulitple pairs of socks and an area to play! Make sure you separate the pairs of socks and mix them all up in a pile. There are a few different ways your kids can sort the socks:

  • Matching pairs
  • Colour groups
  • Short or long

This is a great way to grow your child’s cognitive development and get the laundry sorted.

My FootDr Kids on the Move

Don’t miss the ‘chance’ to get the kids active before heading back to school!

It’s back to school time, meaning our little ones will be back to learning, homework and sitting down for long periods of the day. Having to learn and remember a large amount of material each day can be very draining for kids, so make sure you give them a brain-break with exercise and energy busting activities! Getting your kids moving not only has many health benefits but can also help them at school with:

Kids on the move has created this convenient and effective energy-burning workout: All you need is a deck of cards!

Materials

  • Deck of cards
  • A piece of paper and pen (optional)

How to play

  1. Choose four different active exercises that you feel your kids can safely and confidently perform.
  2. Assign each exercise to a suit. Write down each suit to its assigned exercise.
  3. Shuffle the cards and place them in a draw pile, face down.
  4. Every player picks a card and performs the exercise corresponding to the suit and performs the exercise the same amount of times as the number on the card (Jack = 10, Queen = 11, King = 12, Ace = 13).
  5. Continue choosing cards until the whole deck is used (or you get too tired).

Have fun assigning different exercises to the suits!

We’ve also provided detailed instructions for how to perform these exercises in the downloadable PDF below

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any foot and lower limb questions and/or concerns about your child or your feet, please contact your local podiatrist. If you have any general medical questions, please contact your health provider. For the full terms of use visit myfootdr.com.au/kids-on-the-move-terms-of-use/

Ever wondered if your nails grow at the same speed? Our toenails grow 2-3 times slower than our fingernails! It’s very important to cut and look after toenails correctly to avoid ingrowing and infections, otherwise you’ll be waiting a while for the nail to grow out.

Can I stop ingrown toenails in my child?

It’s estimated that 50% of ingrown toenails in kids and adolescents are caused by nail cutting technique. Usually if our patients are suffering from ingrown toenails and have poor cutting technique, we observe the following:

  • Nails that curve down into the edges
  • Nails that cut deep down into the edges
  • ‘Picked’ or ripped off nails

These issues are easily preventable by always cutting the nails straight across with nail scissors.

How to correctly trim toenails

  • Trim straight across your toenails
  • Use proper nail trimming scissors or straight-edge clippers every time 
  • Manage sharp ends gently using a nail file
  • Leave just a couple of millimetres of white nail at the tips
  • Aim to trim or check your child’s toenails every month

Need fast relief from ingrown toenails?

Our podiatrists offer ingrown toenail treatment so make sure to make an appointment if you, or someone you know is suffering.

This ‘Fitness Fortune Teller’ will get the whole family moving!

As podiatrists and parents, we know how important it is to keep our kids active and moving. Keeping active is not only an important part in maintaining our kid’s overall health, but foot health too!

Kids on the Move has created this fun and simple ‘Fitness Fortune Teller’ activity that you can download and print for easy fun at home. The fitness fortune teller includes various active movements for the players to complete, putting a ‘fitness’ spin on this classic school-recess activity.

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How can exercise benefit my child’s health?

Getting your kids moving can have many benefits including:

  • improving strength
  • coordination
  • flexibility
  • posture
  • building confidence

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s balance, walking or anything lower limb related, our podiatrists are highly skilled at assessing children’s feet and lower limb biomechanics.

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any foot and lower limb questions and/or concerns about your child or your feet, please contact your local podiatrist. If you have any general medical questions, please contact your health provider. For the full terms of use visit myfootdr.com.au/kids-on-the-move-terms-of-use/