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5 Ways to Control Foot Odour

Do your feet carry an unpleasant odour after being cooped up in shoes all long day at work? Or maybe after a good workout? Foot perspiration is a normal occurrence, but it can lead to odours that are downright embarrassing. Continue reading if you want to know 5 ways you can control your foot odour this spring season!

Practice proper foot hygiene

Wash your feet daily, not neglecting to wash and dry well in between the toes to help reduce bacterial and fungal load on the foot. Use an antibacterial soap in lukewarm water and once in a while, exfoliate your feet using a foot file.

Wear socks with your shoes

Wearing socks with your closed toe shoes is the simplest way you can control your foot odour. It not only reduces the friction between your skin and the interior of your footwear, but it also reduces the accumulation of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. Make sure to wash your socks regularly and wear a new, clean, and dry pair every day

Moisture wicking socks (and shoes)

Cotton, wool, bamboo socks will help to wick the moisture away from the skin keep the feet dry. Socks with anti-bacterial components such as, copper, silver, and zinc are also a good option.  In the same way, stay away from shoes made of materials that provide poor ventilation like leather, rubber, and other synthetic materials.

Foot powder

Applying foot powder helps to absorb moisture on the foot and reduce sweating, which is usually the cause of foot odour. Using a foot powder with antifungal properties will also protect against fungal infections. Remember, fungus love moist and dark environments. Try Gehwol Med Foot Powder to fight against odour, excess moisture, and fungal infections.

Gehwol Med Foot Powder

Foot and shoe deodorant

Gehwol also carries a line of foot and shoe deodorants, both in cream and spray format. Gehwol Med Deodorant Foot Cream utilizes a combination of  manuka oil and active zinc oxides help to protect the skin from bacteria and fungi, eliminate foot odours, and leave the skin soft and protected.  Gehwol Foot and Shoe Deodorizing Spray can also be used to spray into your shoes and is great for the athlete on the go.

Gehwol Deodorant Foot Cream and Gewhol Foot & Shoe Deodorizing Spray

Regain your confidence by following these simple steps to odour-free feet. For more information and selection on Gehwol products, visit Feet First Clinic located in Downtown Toronto. One of our staff will be more than happy to assist you. If you are concerned you may have a bacterial or fungal infection, book an appointment with one of our chiropodists for a foot assessment.

4 Tips To Protect Your Feet As Temperatures Rise

Summer is a wonderful time of year for outdoor enthusiasts!

Any reason you can head outdoors when it’s warm is a good one. But with warmer temperatures and more sun exposure, it’s important to take certain precautions because it’s not only nice to have your feet looking their best, but it’s important to keep them in good health.

Use sunscreen

With rising temperatures and the change in seasons comes higher UV indexes. In all likelihood, you’ll be going barefoot, or wearing open-toed footwear, more often in the summer months. When being outside for prolonged periods of time, applying sunscreen is essential. Being exposed to UV ratings of 10-15 means you could sunburn in as few as 10 minutes.

When applying sunscreen, you often remember the usual spots: face, ears, arms, and legs. But don’t forget the tops of your feet. Note that your feet may not be exposed to the sun as often as the rest of your body so protection against UVA and UVB rays – the two most damaging to our skin – is particularly important. UVB rays can cause sunburns as they tend to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers while UVA rays can penetrate to the deeper skin levels.

According to Health Canada, look for sunscreens with SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or more that have “broad-spectrum” on the label to screen out most of the UVA and UVB rays.

Wear proper socks

Your socks are the last line of defense when it comes to foot protection. In the summer, your feet can perspire. Keeping your feet dry can help prevent athlete’s foot, fungus, and blisters. So, moisture-wicking socks can come in handy. Further, use household items like baking soda to put into your shoes to absorb moisture and use cornstarch on your feet for the same effect.

Leading brands and industry favourites include Stance, Darn Tough, Balega, Drymax, and Smartwool.

Don’t skip on arch support

Convenience is the goal in the summer. Slipping in and out of flip-flops and sandals is easy when lounging around the pool, at the beach, or hanging out on your deck and patio. They’re great for short-term usage, but be careful when wearing them for hours on end. Their lack of support under your arch can make your feet ache and cause painful injuries including plantar fasciitis and to your metatarsal bones.

Though some sandals and flip-flops lack adequate arch support, some brands do. Birkenstocks, for example, mold over time to the shape of your foot, equalizing pressure and weight across the foot instead of putting pressure on the balls of your foot and heel. We offer an excellent selection of Birkenstock products in-store at Feet First Clinic. Check us out at 2481 Bloor Street West.

Even popular sports brands like Hoka One One now offer supportive flip flops called the Ora Recovery Slide. Of course, everyone reacts differently to footwear so experiment until you find products that work best for you.

Treat your feet

Protect your feet in the summer by adressing issues including discoloured or black toenails, callouses, dried skin, fungus, and blisters.

Tips To Protect Feet Summer

Simple tips including keeping your nails short, scrubbing away dead skin, and keeping your feet dry (or moisturizing, if necessary) can help keep your feet healthy throughout the summer. If any foot issues arise or persist, visit the clinic and talk to an expert to discuss the appropriate course of action.

How to Put A Spring in Your Step

Whether you have a long commute, you’re on your feet for most of the day at work, or you like to keep active at the gym, you have probably experienced foot pain at one time or another. Pain may be at the heel, the arch, the ball of the foot, or even at the base of your big toe.

 

If you have heel pain, especially if the pain is at its worst with your first steps in the morning, you may have something called, plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation or irritation of the soft tissue structure that runs from your heel to your toes and supports the arch of your foot. To help relieve some of this pain, roll a Rubz Hand and Foot Massage Ball under the heel and arch to massage the area. The ball uses numerous stimulating fingers and ancient acupressure techniques to apply pressure to help reduce tension, relax muscles, and stimulate circulation.

Foot Rubz Massage

If you have arch pain, proper footwear and a modified insole may give the relief you need. More often than not, the cause of this pain is faulty biomechanics, specifically overpronation.

Overpronation is when your foot rolls inwards towards its arches when walking and is the culprit of a number of foot anomalies. To counteract overpronation, an Arch Pad to support your arches along with a Rearfoot Post is a standard modification to the insole of your shoe.

Arch Pad

Overpronation may also lead to metatarsalgia (ball of the foot pain) or even a neuroma (irritation of the nerve bundles between the base of your toes). To help relieve pressures from the balls of your feet and splay the bones in the midfoot to reduce irritation of the nerve bundles, a Metatarsal Pad would be an acceptable addition to your insole. Although it may be slightly uncomfortable at first, with time and patience, your feet will be sure to thank you.

Metatarsal Pad

Finally, a Reverse Morton’s Extension is another useful modification in the case of hallux limitus or a dropped the first ray. This modification works in two ways: One, it removes direct pressure from the joint thereby relieving pain. And two, it encourages your foot to push off on the big toe to engage in proper propulsion forward.

 

In general, any type of foot pain should be assessed by a Chiropodist who is trained to determine the cause of pain and the treatment options available to manage the pain and/or correct any gait abnormalities. Book an appointment with a Chiropodist at Feet First Clinic, a clinic located in Downtown Toronto to get your feet closer to being pain free!

 

3 Simple Ways to Get Relief from Your Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects the heel of the foot with the toes. When your ligament is inflamed, you can experience frequent pain in the heel or arch of the foot. The pain is often stronger first thing in the morning, or when you’ve been walking or standing at length. The common condition is called plantar fasciitis.

If you’re struggling with the near-constant discomfort from plantar fasciitis, read these simple tips to get relief and rectify the problem:

1. Stretches

Stretches can do two major things to alleviate irritation and discomfort: they will loosen the tightness of the ligament, and they will strengthen the limbs over time. By incorporating plantar fasciitis stretches into a daily exercise regimen or night-time routine, you can achieve positive long-term results. 

To deal with the ligament directly, take off your shoes and socks so that you’re barefoot. Sit down on a chair, loop a tea towel under the arch of one of your feet. Push outward with the foot while pulling back with the towel for gentle resistance. Do this several times with each foot. 

You should also stretch out your hip flexors because they can contribute to this painful condition. Strained hips create a domino effect on the limbs, changing your gait, tightening your calf muscles and overworking the plantar fascia. Many yoga routines incorporate stretches that work out the hip flexors like the pigeon pose or the bound angle pose.

Sitting too much will tighten hip flexors. Try to break this cycle by getting up from your desk or couch more often. 

2. Massage

One of the best treatments for painful plantar fasciitis is massaging the arch of the foot — this can be achieved with the help of a professional masseuse or completed on your own. If you’re doing it yourself, you can use your hands to loosen the tight ligament, or you can use a tennis ball. For the tennis ball, place it under the arch of your foot and roll it around your sole. Repeat the step with the other foot.

3. Change Your Footwear

One of the most common plantar fasciitis causes is over-pronation or flat feet — this means that the weight doesn’t distribute properly across the foot. The biomechanical issue puts more stress on the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation and discomfort.

That’s why orthotic shoes and custom orthotic inserts are excellent non-surgical methods for plantar fasciitis treatment. These will counter-balance the vulnerabilities caused by overpronation, giving your heel and arch the additional support they need for everyday activities.

You can click here to see your orthopaedic footwear options from a variety of trusted brands like Sorel, Birkenstock and Mephisto. We have shoes for every possible occasion. We have stylish dress shoes for the office, sneakers for the gym, sandals for the beach, slippers for the house and more.  

For immediate relief from a bad flare up, give your feet a break. If it’s happening in the middle of a jog, walk or workout session, understand that you are putting your feet under duress. Stop doing the activity and give your feet time to rest. When the pain and discomfort are hard to ignore, press a bag of ice or chilled gel pack onto the area. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory can also reduce symptoms in a short amount of time.

Good Tips for Foot and Leg Care When you Have Diabetes

People living with diabetes need to make foot care a priority. As someone who has been diagnosed with the medical condition, you will be at a greater risk of developing foot injuries and infections. Diabetes makes it harder to heal from foot infections and to feel them forming, due to symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

Neglecting proper foot care can lead to severe infections that require intensive medical intervention. At worst, you could require amputation as a health and safety measure.

Check Your Feet Every Day

One of the essentials of diabetic foot care that you should practice is a daily inspection of your feet. If you can’t easily reach your feet and see the bottoms, either use a mirror to help you see different angles or have someone you trust to do it for you. What you’re trying to do is look for any vulnerabilities that could turn into medical problems in the near future:

Cuts

Redness

Blisters

Warts

Corns

Calluses

Fungus

For example, an ingrown toenail can lead to a nail infection that doesn’t heal, putting your health at risk. If you spot an ingrown, make an appointment for an ingrown toenail removal with a chiropodist at Feet First Clinic. When you have diabetes, doing an at-home removal could be a big mistake.

Click here to learn about common foot conditions that you should look out for during your routine inspections. By catching them ahead of time, you can guarantee that the professionals solve the problems quickly and keep your feet in good shape.

Exercise

According to Harvard Medical School, exercise is good for diabetes because it can regulate your blood sugar and improve your body’s reaction to insulin. Routine exercise will contribute to other health benefits that could minimize symptoms. It will lower harmful cholesterol, raise healthy cholesterol, strengthen muscle and reduce anxiety.

Slowly incorporate physical activities into your daily routine. Jumping into an intense workout could be overwhelming. You should take several safety precautions before grabbing your gym shoes:

Test your blood sugar before a workout. If it’s too high, don’t exercise. If it’s too low, have a small snack and wait for it to reach a stable level.

Pack small snacks in your bag, just in case.

Let the gym staff know you have diabetes.

Wear a medical alert bracelet.

Wear Compression Socks

Poor blood circulation can lead to problems with the legs, as well as with your feet. One condition that you need to be aware of is varicose veins — these are veins with ineffective valves that become swollen and protrude from the body. They can often be uncomfortable or painful to deal with.

Varicose veins should be concerning for people living with diabetes because they can rupture or turn into varicose ulcers. Instead of dealing with the consequences, you can get compression hosiery to control swelling, improve circulation, and prevent further progression of the condition. The hosiery compresses the limb, reducing the diameter of any distended veins and encouraging blood flow back to the heart.

Come to your local Toronto foot care clinic to get pairs of compression stockings in different styles for casual everyday wear and active wear.

Making these changes may feel like a lot of effort at first, but soon enough, they will be fully incorporated into your routine. Doing your foot inspections, putting on your compression stockings and planning your workouts will become second nature to you. In the first few weeks of committing to these changes, remind yourself that they are vital for your long-term health and well-being.

Do you Have Foot Calluses? How to Treat Them

You may not realize you have calluses on your feet until you take a closer look. Maybe you decide to swap your pair of sneakers for sandals and see the yellowish skin around your heel. Maybe you start to massage a sore foot and then feel patches that are dry and rough. It’s common for them to form right under your nose — or in this case, under your feet, without any notice.

What is a callus?

Calluses appear on the bottoms of your feet when they are dealing with lots of friction and pressure. As a reactionary measure, the skin thickens and hardens, acting as a protective hide. Here are some common situations that create a lot of friction on the bottoms of your feet:

Wearing shoes that are too big for your feet

Wearing shoes that are too small for your feet

Not wearing socks with shoes

Wearing ill-fitting socks

Walking on the floor barefoot

What is the difference between a corn and a callus?

Calluses are hardened skin that appears on the soles of your feet and usually has the same thickness throughout. Corns tend to appear on the tops of your feet or toes along with boney prominences. In comparison to calluses, foot corns are much smaller in size and because they have a hard, deep centre, they are usually painful to the touch. They are also caused by friction from ill-fitting shoes and poor foot care.

If you have corns, you should see a chiropodist specialist in Toronto to have them safely remove the growths with a surgical scalpel, especially when you are living with diabetes or coronary disease. To help slow down their return, a chiropodist may recommend offloading pads or custom foot orthotics depending on the circumstance.

How do you get rid of it?

In some cases, you can remove foot calluses at home by soaking your feet in warm water at night to soften the skin, making sure to towel them off completely once you’re done. Then, use a callus remover to shave some of the dry skin off in the morning. Do not get overzealous with the shaving. You don’t want to break the skin.

If you have diabetes, you shouldn’t remove the callus on your own. You should see a chiropodist to perform careful foot callus removal so that you don’t have to worry about accidentally cutting or scraping the skin. A small mistake could prompt a serious foot infection. Here at the Feet First Clinic, we will prioritize your health and safety.

If the callus is painful, uncomfortable, or resurfacing often, you should also visit the clinic for foot callus removal.

Getting your calluses removed is one step. You also must make sure you fix the issues that got them to show up in the first place:

Get shoes that fit properly

Get socks that fit properly

Don’t walk around barefoot

It’s incredibly important for you to get supportive shoes that fit, especially if you are an avid runner or jogger. The friction from physical activity will make you susceptible to this condition, along with other painful foot problems caused by frequent friction and improper footwear.

The wrong shoes can lead to blisters, blackened toenails, arch pain, knee pain and shin splints. You can click here read more about common fitness injuries that can be alleviated through careful treatment, orthopedic footwear and custom orthotics.

Most calluses won’t seem like a big deal. They will often look and feel unpleasant to touch. They appear harmless — but they are warning signs telling you that your footwear and your foot care need to improve as soon as possible.

Why Do You Get Shin Splints When You Run?

You’re halfway through your morning run when a nagging pain starts to form in your shins. The more strides you take, the stronger the ache gets. You push yourself a little further, but the feeling gets too distracting to continue. You stop running, catch your breath and decide you’ll have to give up on your workout for the day. It seems like you’re dealing with the common running injury called shin splints.

What Is It?

The medical condition medial tibial stress syndrome refers to frequent tenderness or pain along the shinbone, usually in the middle of exercising. People may also suffer mild swelling in the area. The syndrome is commonly called “shin splints.” 

Why Do You Have It?

It could be that your workout routine is too intense. If you’ve taken a long break from running and push yourself too hard, your legs could be protesting your process. 

The other possible cause of your shin splints could be your gait. Toe-running, heel-running and overpronation can all lead to the painful syndrome. When weight is distributed unevenly across the foot, other muscles work harder to get through the movements.

One of the benefits of using video gait analysis is that a professional can identify problems with your weight displacement while taking forward strides. It’s difficult for someone to notice factors like weight distribution or impact on their own. A chiropodist can carefully review a video of the exercise and make a thorough analysis of abnormalities and difficulties that need to be addressed.

If you’re dealing with shin splints, you should book an appointment today to participate in video gait analysis and to get a better idea of why you’re suffering when you run.

How Do You Fix It?

For immediate relief, runners should stop their workout. They should take a break from exercise, ice their legs for 10 to 20 minutes and take an over-the-counter pain reliever if necessary.

Start by modifying your exercise routine to see if that makes a difference. You can either cut back on the distance, slow down your pace or reduce your workout frequency. Choosing a softer terrain could also make running easier on your legs in comparison to the pavement. Once you establish limits that work better with your physical capabilities, you may find that the pain doesn’t return.

For a long-term solution, practice exercises for shin splints on a daily basis to strengthen the muscles that absorb the ground’s impact. Runner’s World recommends movements like toe curls, toe flexes, heel drops and single-legged bridges.

One of the most effective ways to prevent shin splints is to get the right running shoes — they should have strong arch-support, shock-absorption and overall stability. If you don’t want to get brand new shoes, you can give your arches support with custom orthotics. These will be made to match the shape of your feet and the height of your arches to increase comfort levels and decrease the risk of injury.

Anyone who suffers foot pains after running or working out should also consider getting custom orthotics made for their running shoes. They can manage and correct functional foot abnormalities and thereby the pain that results from conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinitis and heel spurs. Not only will the shins be safe from irritation— the rest of your lower body will be, too.

A small level of discomfort is expected when you go for a challenging run, but, you shouldn’t be in pain every time you commit to a workout. A nagging case of shin splints is your body’s way of telling you that something needs to change, whether it’s your routine, your gait or your footwear.

What Do Your Toenails Say About Your Health?

Most people don’t think to look at their toes but it may be a good idea to start paying attention! Read below to find out how your toenails can change and what these changes may be indicating.

 

Thickened Nails

Abnormally thickened nails, also called onychauxis, is caused by trauma or repetitive microtrauma to the cells at the base of the nail. This thickening is irreversible, however easily managed by regular visits to your local Chiropodist, who has special tools to reduce the nail’s thickness and remove pressure and pain to the area.

Yellow, Crumbly Nails

Typically, toenails that are discoloured, crumbly, and are accompanied with a significant amount of debris under the nail can be indicative of a fungal infection. This infection is actually in the nail bed (the skin underneath the nail) and is most commonly caused by trauma to the area. Treatment for this may include a prescription for an oral or topical antifungal.

Curved Nails

Curved nails, usually caused by tight footwear or due to genetics, can be difficult to cut on your own. They also have a tendency to become ingrown toenails if cut too short. An ingrown toenail is when the nail pierces the skin causing pain, swelling, redness, and sometimes even a localized infection.

Ridged Nails

Brittle nails with superficial ridges are often initiated by rheumatoid arthritis or peripheral vascular disorders.

Terry’s Half and Half

This nail presents as half white and half dark in colour. The white portion is related to anemia and this nail presentation generally implies either renal or liver disease. If there is a brown band just before the free edge of the nail, the condition is renal in nature.

Hippocratic Nails

Hippocratic nails, also known as clubbed nails, is when the nails start to grow curved, resembling the shape of an upside-down spoon. These nails are associated with chronic lung disease, heart disease, thyroid disease, liver issues, and digestive tract problems.

Spoon Shaped Nails

As the name suggest, this is when the nail resembles the shape of a spoon and becomes concave. Spoon shaped nails are associated with iron deficiency anemia.

Black Nails

Black toenails can be indicative of a number of things. In some cases, it can simply be due to trauma causing bleeding and consequently a bruise under the nail. In other cases, the dark pigmentation in the nail can be the result of a malignant melanoma. Malignant melanomas are suspected when a mole underneath the nail increases in size or elevation, becomes inflamed, bleeds following minor trauma, or if the pigmentation spreads into the surrounding skin around the nail.

 

If you notice any changes to your toenails, before diagnosing yourself, let a Registered Chiropodist examine your feet to determine what is really going on and what treatment options there are to help.

What you Should Do If you Stand up All Day

Everyone knows that sitting at a desk, hunched over a computer, for eight hours a day is not good for you. It affects your circulation, your posture and your long-term health. Sadly, the exact opposite scenario seems to bring the same issues: standing all day also impacts your circulation, your posture and your long-term health in a negative way. These are some simple steps that you can take to reduce those side-effects:

Get Orthotics

One of the tell tale signs you would benefit from custom orthotics is that you are on your feet a lot — it doesn’t matter if you’re standing in one spot or running around, as long as you’re not stuck sitting in a chair. Custom orthotics are designed to give your feet the support and cushioning they need so that you don’t come home in pain.

Change Your Footwear

Custom orthotics aren’t enough if you’re wearing the wrong type of shoe. One of the most effective ways to relieve foot pain from standing for a long time is to wear the right shoes. Find a pair that can support you through standing, walking and running all day. A pair of worn-down ballet flats aren’t up for the job.

If you want to take care of your feet this year for the sake of your career and your physical health, you should throw your unsupportive and ill-fitting shoes to the back of your closet. You can find better pairs at Feet First Clinic.

Wear Compression Socks

If you stand all day at work, one of the best ways to take care of your legs and feet is to add compression stockings or socks to your daily outfit. Do you notice your legs are swollen, sore, heavy or tired by the end of the day? Are you starting to see spider veins or varicose veins on your lower limbs?

Compression stockings allow for better circulation in your legs by offering gradual compression up the limb with the highest level of compression at the ankle to promote blood flow back up to your heart. Medical grade compression stockings can help with soreness, reduce swelling and prevent varicosities from getting worse.

You can find compression hosiery at your nearest Feet First Clinic. They are available in a variety of styles, so they can easily mix in with your work wardrobe.

Get Massages

Standing on your feet all day long will take a toll on your muscles in your feet, legs and lower back. You can relieve tightness and soreness by getting regular massages. If you can’t see a professional, there are other ways to tackle soreness when you’re at home.

Use a foam roller to carefully deal with the muscles in your legs and areas of your back. For your feet, you can combat soreness with a tennis ball massage while sitting on a chair and placing your hand on a wall for additional stability. Put the ball under one of your arches and put your body weight onto the top, keeping your heel on the floor and then moving the ball slowly around the arch.

Whether you wait tables at a restaurant or help patients at a hospital, you need to take better care of your legs and feet. Buying orthotics, swapping out unsupportive shoes, wearing compression socks and getting massages are all simple but effective solutions. They will improve your comfort and make getting through the work-day a lot easier.

Suffering from Really Bad Back Pain? Look at Your Shoes

It’s easy to assume that bad footwear will only hurt your feet, but it can quickly create a domino effect hitting other parts of the body. Unsupportive shoes impact your foot position, which impacts your posture, which impacts your spine and back muscles.

For example, high heels put pressure on the balls of your feet and push your legs forward — to compensate for the shift in weight the upper-body tilts backward. The balancing act changes your straight up-and-down posture, forcing you to arch your lower back and to stick your pelvis forward. The position strains the spine and the lower back muscles.

Flat shoes like flip flops also lead to back pain because they offer no arch-support or grip whatsoever. The design changes your gait by forcing you to put more weight onto the outside edges of your foot in place of an unsupported heel. The weight disbursement alters the rotation of your legs while walking, putting more stress onto the lower spine.

The first step to alleviating your back pain is to get rid of your unsupportive shoes. Our store carries a variety of orthopaedic boots, sandals and sneakers specially designed by foot care professionals.

Another way to tackle your back pain is to get orthotic inserts for your shoes — these will not work with certain styles, like flip flops. One of the clearest signs you need custom orthotics is that you are experiencing chronic pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips or lower back. They are widely used to alleviate back pain, realign the spinal column and reinforce good posture.

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Orthotics are inserts that you can slide inside of your shoes to ensure additional support, stability, cushioning, and improve functional capacity. For optimal results, you can have the inserts customized to your foot size, shape and arch. Visit your source for custom orthotics to get an assessment by a chiropodist and have molds of your feet taken to guarantee the perfect fit. 

 As a bonus, custom orthotics can help people with foot problems and foot pain. Anyone living with bunions, Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs will appreciate these medical-grade devices. If you want to learn more info about common foot conditions and how orthotics can improve your gait by correcting any abnormalities exhibited by them, explore our musculoskeletal conditions page or talk to one of our chiropodists in-person.

 If your back is aching right now, the best thing you can do is remove any footwear that could be the source of the pain. Some simple home remedies for back pain are cold and hot therapies — start by addressing the pain with a cold compress, then use a hot water bottle on the same area two days later. The cold will combat pain and swelling. Heat will improve blood circulation and relax tightness.

If the pain is severe enough to keep you in bed for longer than a few hours or if it has you cancelling your plans for the next day, you should see a doctor. Sharp and intense back pain is not going to be caused by your footwear, but it can be exacerbated by it. The last thing you want when you have a slipped disc or a pulled muscle is an unsupportive pair of shoes.