When was the last time you thought about the way you walked?
Chances are that you’ve been doing it on autopilot for so long that your habits, patterns and techniques are deeply ingrained. Unfortunately, this doesn’t factor in the changes that our bodies, specifically our feet, undergo over the years. From thinning fat pads (that cushion our steps) to fragile or stiff bones, our walking technique (“gait pattern”) can either help keep us going comfortably for many years to come - or leave us in pain and needing help.
Today, we’re sharing four small changes you can make to your gait today to help you move more efficiently, use less energy (so you get less tired) and help reduce your risk of injury. Please tell your future self - you’re very welcome.
Whether you call them foot orthotics, orthoses or insoles, these devices can help treat many lower limb problems, improve lower limb function, and help alleviate painful symptoms. Unfortunately, every so often, we come across patients that previously had orthotics that didn’t help them as they’d hoped. It’s disheartening - and patients often begin to believe that orthotics just don’t work for them, without understanding why. Today, we’re sharing why orthotics may not have helped you previously, why you shouldn’t lose hope in them, and how our orthotics are created differently.
Fungal nail infections often get worse over time because the fungus grows and continues to ‘eat away’ at your nail. Your nails can become discoloured, thick, flaky and can crumble away. If you’re concerned about a fungal toenail infection, we recommend nipping it in the bud as soon as possible before things get worse.
Here’s a timeline for you to see what infections can look like, and what is happening at each stage: