Getting a pedicure while popping into the local shops is so commonplace now, it is no longer considered a luxury. But, with the nail industry in WA having known issues with compliance monitoring, there are some important things to be aware of when you treat your feet.
A loss of mobility as we age can make caring for our feet more difficult. Trouble reaching over to attend to your toenails properly, protecting thinning skin, and the fact that healing takes longer in the body generally, can all lead to having your podiatrist on speed-dial. Most patients need to visit a podiatrist twice as often in their 70’s and 80’s than they did when they were in their 40’s and 50’s.
Race season is back on, and one of the most popular events of the year here in Perth is coming up very soon! The HBF Run for a Reason is next month which means many of you will be preparing to walk or run up to 21 kilometres in race conditions.
Given that your feet can strike the ground almost 5,000 times during a 4 kilometre run (and that they strike with a force of about 3 - 4 times your bodyweight) it's fair to say that your poor feet can take a hammering in events like these.
When young bodies are growing and changing so quickly, growing pains can be expected. Children between the ages of 3 to 12 can experience them and even though they can be quite painful at the time, they don't actually cause any damage. Cramps and aches can usually be eased with gentle massage, stretching and heat pads.
However, pain in your child's joints can be a symptom of hypermobility syndrome. This occurs when the ligaments that hold a joint together are too loose.
The temperatures have warmed up, and invites have started rolling in from friends and family as we all emerge from winter slumber (some of us hibernate longer than others, clearly!). We've pulled out our open-toed shoes and retired our winter boots.
If you're foot conscious, or simply love having pretty toenails, pedicures have probably jumped up towards the top of the priority list for the season.
Any runner will be able to tell you that running is the most freeing form of exercise. You don't need the gym, you don't need a car to get there, or any special equipment. You don't need to rely on anything but your own two feet (and a good pair of shoes). If you are a runner, you can run anywhere at any time and you probably have a surface you prefer, whether it's grass, bitumen...
It was the end of an era for Junction as we said goodbye to Paolo Ghiselli last month. After 8 years, we are sorry to see him leave, but we're also happy to see him enjoying more time with his family and working closer to home.
All the team here at Junction wish him well in his future endeavors.
While Paolo leaves very big shoes to fill, we think we've found a couple of gems who will be able to do just that. We are pleased to welcome Lisa Bartholomew and Benjamin Hodgetts to our team of dedicated and experienced practitioners.
Like many children his age, Jake is a boy who never stays still. Ever.
This vivacious 9 year-old LOVES his sport and wants to be involved in chasing anything that closely resembles a ball!
When we first met Jake at Junction Foot and Ankle Group, his concerned Mum said she brought him in after Jake started complaining of painful heels, especially after sport.
Why is it that you only really notice your toenails when you catch one of them on the corner of your furniture? In between swearing, gasping for breath, trying not to cry (or a combination of all three), all of your attention is on the, otherwise forgotten, pieces of nail at the end of your toes.
At that point, having anything to catch on the corners of your furniture seems like a cruel trick of nature. What else do we even use toenails for anyway? And why do we still have them?
Fancy footwork makes for a good netball tactic. But while it might help your team on the scoreboard, you won’t get very far in the long term if you don't take care of your feet and ankles to ensure they don't sustain permanent damage from playing.
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