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Posts for: March, 2016

By Dr. Alison D. Croughan
March 19, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot tips   Foot Care   nike  

NEW YORK—I just got to try on new Nikes that I never have to lace up, the futuristic sneaks Nike has been talking about for years.

Unveiled to much hoopla at a New York event Wednesday, Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 has power-operated laces. As soon as you step into a pair — as if they were slip ons —and press a "+" button, the laces tighten. The shoe even lights up.

The new shoe was unveiled by Nike CEO Mark Parker, along with a raft of other technologies. They're expected out by the holiday season, but Nike hasn't announced pricing yet.

Nike says the new shoe is "powered by an underfoot-lacing mechanism" — think tiny motor — and it "proposes a groundbreaking solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing."

In other words, if your shoe laces frequently come untied, these have you covered. Read more..http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/03/16/nike-debuts-power-lacing-shoe/81884078/

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By Dr. Alison D. Croughan
March 08, 2016
Category: Sports Injuries
Tags: foot   Tinea   Pedis   Athlete  

Walking around in bare feet, especially in a public place, may not be so safe after all. That's because a family of fungi called trichophyton flourishes in humid environments like gym and bathroom floors and around swimming pools. This well-known fungus is linked with a common condition called athlete's foot, so-named because of how common it is in athletes and people who hang out in gyms.    

How do you know if you have this common condition?

People with athlete's foot develop red, irritated, peeling skin on their feet and between their toes and experience itching and burning. Unfortunately, athlete's foot is contagious, meaning you can spread it to someone else by sharing a towel with them or if they walk on a surface where you walked. If you scratch at the infected areas, the fungi can collect beneath your nails and you can transmit the fungi to surface that you touch or to other skin surfaces. Scratching can also lead to a secondary bacterial infection.    

Anti-fungal medications are available to treat the symptoms of athlete's foot. Topical medications available without a prescription work well for mild cases. If you don't respond, a podiatrist may recommend prescription-strength topical antifungal medications or, in more severe cases, an anti-fungal medication you take by mouth. Always follow the directions and take the medication as prescribed. If you don't eradicate all the fungi, athlete's foot can easily return. Any perspiration makes your sock permeable, therefore we recommend also treating your shoe gear to kill any bacteria or fungus.    

How can you prevent athlete's foot?

Wear cotton socks that "breathe" and avoid wearing tight shoes that allow moisture to build up. The fungi that cause athlete's foot thrive in a moist environment. If you use a public shower or the dressing room at a health club, slip on a pair of sandals so your feet don't directly touch the floor. Always dry your feet and between your toes thoroughly and apply talcum powder to keep your feet dry. What about footwear? Make sure the shoes and socks you put on are clean and dry. Avoid walking around public areas without shoes and socks.    

If you have health issues that reduce your body's ability to fight off infection or diabetes, you're more susceptible to athlete's foot and are more likely to have an aggressive case. If that's the case, talk to your podiatrist as soon as symptoms develop.


By contactus@lifootcare.com
March 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Feet   Feet Tips  

It’s time to swap out the closed-toe shoes for some airy open-toe numbers. But be aware—exposing the tender skin of the feet to the sun can be a hazardous experience. For kicks, Pulse asked Dr. Alison D. Croughan, a specialist in podiatric medicine at Associated Podiatrists in Huntington and Manhasset, to teach both men and women about summer foot care.

Lesson 1: Use Sunblock 
Some people learn the painful way how easily the tops and bottoms of feet can burn at the beach—or just from walking around. If a burn does occur, Croughan warns not to pop blisters. Opening the skin leaves it vulnerable to infection. The best solution, said Croughan, is preventing a burn in the first place. Sunblock is key, especially in reducing the risk of skin cancer. Don’t forget to apply to the tips of the toes and in between them.

Lesson 2: Wear the Right Shoes 
Let’s talk support. Feet need it, especially in the summer. But admit it—almost everyone reaches for a cheapo pair of flip-flops in a hurry. However those 99-cent bargains, said Croughan, should only be worn when walking “from the car to the beach, or from the car to the pool.” She recommends sandals like those from Vioni, which provide the support of a proper shoe with the look and ease of a flip-flop. Prices range from around $50 (on sale) to $140; vionicshoes.com.

Lesson 3: Don’t Go Barefoot 
Hot sidewalks are scorching, but the biggest problem with walking barefoot, said Croughan, is the possibility of foreign bodies entering the foot. Wooden boardwalks and beach parking lots are loaded with debris. In summer months, she regularly treats patients with splinters, sea shells, shards of glass and fish hooks lodged in their feet. These patients are susceptible to cellulitis, a potentially serious bacterial infection.

Lesson 4: Preserve a Pedicure 
The textured sand on the beach can turn a pretty, polished pedi dull. Here’s a simple fix that doesn’t require a return trip to the nail salon: after showering, apply a layer of clear nail polish to toenails, instantly changing them from lackluster to glossy. And when it’s time for a fresh pedicure, Croughan suggests bringing your own nail polish to avoid cross contamination.

Lesson 5: Moisture Control 
Showers at the beach and pool are a breeding ground for mold. To shield feet from those germy tiles, slip on a pair of water shoes or flip-flops. Just realize that shoes need to be switched quickly and thoroughly dried before wearing again. Once dry, Croughan advises spraying a generous dose of anti-microbial and anti-fungal spray. “If you don’t treat the shoes, it’s like chasing your tail,” explained Croughan.

Lesson 6: Stop Hiding Your Feet 
It’s difficult for many people to find the confidence to expose their feet to the world. Fortunately, a cosmetic solution called KeryFlex is available. Croughan uses it to create a realistic looking artificial resin nail that can be buffed, filed and painted like a natural nail. Also, unlike acrylic material, it won’t trap moisture.

Courtsey  




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