If you have seen a child on a Jolly Jumper (also known as baby bouncers or jumperoos), you might know the look of delight on their face whilst they bounce away. In recent years, however, Jolly Jumpers have come under scrutiny as to whether the may potentially do more harm than good when it comes to healthy lower limb development and reaching developmental milestones.
This is a question many of our team members are asked by new parents with concerns as to whether they should use one with their child. To help parents make an informed decision, we have explored the current research and facts about jumpers and walkers from a foot and leg health perspective.
If you’ve recently had a baby, then we want to start by saying a massive congratulations! Your body does incredible things during pregnancy – and that’s just before baby arrives! Whether you knew it, or not:
- Your blood volume increased – by up to 50% – to help supply enough oxygen to your growing baby
- Your heart may have grown by up to 12% to accommodate the extra blood and get it pumping to your body and baby
- Aside from growing a baby, you also grew a new organ! Your placenta was formed to provide your baby with the nutrients and oxygen they needed
- Your uterus expanded more than 500 times its normal size!
With your little one here, you may be wondering when you can throw on your running shoes again – and what your body can handle. To help, we’ve put together a guide on what you can expect when it comes to getting back into exercise in your first three months.
Foot pain is frustrating. Foot pain with a new baby to care for can seem hopeless. Unfortunately, many mums are vulnerable to foot pain throughout their pregnancy due to the increased stress on their bodies, combined with a surge of ligament-relaxing hormones.
We see and treat many new mums who put off their appointment for months because they don’t have the time or energy to come in (plus a part of them was hoping the pain would get better on its own!). If this sounds like you and you haven’t made it in to see your podiatrist yet, we’ve put together some easy and gentle foot and leg exercises that you can complete at home while looking after your little one.
No equipment needed and nothing strenuous – just simple movements to get the limbs moving, slowly improve flexibility and strength, and get the blood pumping to assist your body’s repair process. This way, when you do make it in to see us, you’ll already be one step ahead on your road to recovery.
To learn more about how pregnancy affects your feet and legs, click here.
Katrina Richards interview with ABC News from Australian Podiatry Association on Vimeo.
In a recent interview, President of the Australian Podiatry Association, Karina Richards, talks about the growing prevalence of infections coming from visits to nail salons.
Mrs Richards comments on the increased numbers of fungal nail infections, infections around the nail, and skin infections currently being seen and treated by Australian podiatrists. She describes them as being “painful, disfiguring and distressing” for patients, which mirrors what patients at My FootDr tell us when they seek help for a nail or skin infection.
While the instruments used for nail care in podiatry clinics must comply with strict hygiene and sterilisation protocols at a government level, nail salons remain largely unregulated. This means that salons are free to use the same instruments from one foot to the next. You don’t know if the person before you had a fungal infection, or if their nail service resulted in bleeding, meaning you are exposing yourself to potential harm.
What should you do if you suspect that you have a fungal nail or skin infection?
See your podiatrist. We are qualified to diagnose and treat fungal infections of the skin and nails, and can help you differentiate between fungal nail infections and other causes of nail discolouration like trauma and psoriasis.
Our treatment options for fungal nails include laser treatment, which has shown to have higher efficacy than both over-the-counter pharmacy medications and oral tablets .
Book your appointment online here or call us on 1800 FOOTDR
The way that a woman’s body changes during pregnancy is amazing. The way that women adjust to these changes may be even more so. Our centre of gravity shifts forward, the way we walk changes with a wider hip stance, the pressure on the muscles and tissues in our feet and legs skyrocket – and we haven’t even started on everything that’s going on inside – hormones and all!
With these changes often comes pain, and the hips take a particular toll. To help mums understand what they can expect – or are currently going through, here are the top four causes of hip pain we see during pregnancy.
In-toeing is the position where the feet turn in to face one another, and is often referred to as pigeon-toeing. For many kids, in-toeing is a normal part of early development as kids learn to walk and find their feet. While this foot position should correct itself before the age of four, it can persist and cause tripping, falling, clumsiness and pain as a result of these incidents.
When in-toeing persists, specific orthotics called gait plates can be used to encourage the feet to turn out. Today, we’re sharing what gait plates are and how they may be able to help your child with their in-toeing.
“I know you can be born with flat feet, but can your arches really just fall as an adult?”
This was the exact question we were asked last week by a patient, concerned with the possibility of his feet spontaneously flattening. Our answer? Yes. Your feet can flatten as an adult. But it’s not ‘spontaneous’. Let us explain.
Ingrown toenails can feel like having a small needle permanently stabbing your toe. Just replace the needle with a sharp nail spike, and the description is pretty accurate. Every step you take, you feel the pain. Your discomfort is aggravated by wearing shoes, and in some cases, even resting a bed sheet over your feet.
We treat a lot of ingrown toenails every day, and the majority of these are preventable. That is, they were caused by something the patient has done unknowingly, as opposed to uncontrollable genetic causes.
Today, the My FootDr team have shared their top three simple things you can do to address these common self-inflicted causes – as well as how to permanently fix this painful problem.
If you’ve ever heard your child say their legs are achy, and wondered if they’re just tired or if it could be something more, this is for you. As parents, we understand the battle between hoping that it’s fine and the pain will resolve, and deciding whether to bring them in for a check-up. To help, we’ve asked our team to put together the common causes they see for achy legs in children’s podiatry appointments, so you better can understand what could be going on.
If you’ve noticed your young child walking on their toes, you may be wondering whether it’s normal – or if something is wrong. Today, the My FootDr team is explaining toe-walking, why kids do it, what it means, and if it’s a problem!