Flip-Flopitis

This time of year, I tend to see a number of patients with a concern of foot pain. These patients come in with tenderness on the bottom or top of the feet. The problem originates from the metatarsal pads, or the tendons on the top of the foot. Either origin,  I relate this pain to fun summer shoes, Flip-flops.  After repetitive wear of these casual loose style sandals, the lack of support around the heels can lead to painful pressure points on the metatarsal pads, or the mid-foot, under the “Y” shaped thong.    I talk with my patients about their symptoms, their summer shoe selections, and become suspicious of a condition I have coined  Flip-flopitis”.  Consider alternating your shoes before this occurs. 👠 👟 👡 When I am suspicious of this condition, I advise my patients to change to a supportive shoe for two weeks, as in a tennis shoe or a flat sandal with an ankle strap.  Dr Elizabeth Rudd, owner of Well Equipt Physical Therapy, recommends daily exercises for good foot health.  These same practices can help prevent or treat Flip-flopitis.  Consider these daily exercises : 1) work the foot /toe flexors by scrunching a towel with the toes, 2)balance on one leg, and 3) work the arch with “arch lifts”.  It is also important to have proper gait mechanics. For further information, visit “Big Toe Big Deal” or “What’s the Deal With Heels” on Instagram at @wellequipt. Enjoy those fun summer shoes while the weather permits,  and prevent Flip-Flopitis! Best wishes for Happy Feet. Missy Keith...

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Spring Allergies or am I truly sick??

Pretty blossoming flowers and springtime are upon us. Sniffles begin. So how do you know if it’s truly allergies or a cold? It can get confusing trying to distinguish between the two, because they share many of the same symptoms.  The answer is in the symptoms. If you have allergies, your immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances called “allergens”.  In response to this, the body release a chemical called “histamine” which leads to symptoms.  These allergens come from pollen, ragweed, grass, trees, blooming flowers, (as well as ongoing dust mites, animal dander, mold, mildew, that happen year round- but we are talking mainly about springtime allergies here).   Such symptoms include sneezing, itchy clear runny nose and throat,  itchy (sometimes red) watery eyes, congestion, fatigue and sometimes sore throat. Symptoms flare up as soon as you come in contact with the allergen.  Allergies typically occur in the warmer months, when the air is full of pollen.  Springtime allergies may last up to 6 weeks and are not contagious. Symptoms may improve with over-the-counter antihistamines. While allergies are caused by allergens, colds are caused by viruses.  During a cold, your immune system attacks the virus.  Symptoms include sore throat, congestion, thicker mucus, stuffy  nose, cough,  and usually creep up over a few days.   Such symptoms typically run their course and can last up to 2 weeks. (The key point here is that symptoms of allergies and colds do not include high fever, discolored nasal mucus, severe fatigue, severe body aches, which can indicate the progression to  a sinus infection or flu, and need further evaluation.) Colds are more common in...

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