Author: Scott Blake

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Foot Pain? It Could Be Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common musculoskeletal concern that podiatrists see. Plantar fasciitis (pronounced “fash-ee-eye-tis”) is an inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia. This is a band of tissue that runs along the base of the foot from the heel to the ball of the foot. It plays a role in maintaining the foot’s arch. It also helps to create energy efficiency when walking and running. With overuse, or excessive pressure, the fascia can become irritated and inflamed.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes (diabetes mellitis) is a condition involving the pancreas. The pancreas is the organ that produces the hormone insulin, which is responsible for converting sugar, or glucose into energy for our body. Diabetes is a condition where the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin, or is completely incapable of producing it. As a result, sugars can be left to circulate through the blood stream, and can only be removed through our urine.

Pampering, Pedicures….Problems!

Many people enjoy going to the spa or nail salon for a foot massage and pedicure. It’s a wonderful way to relax and treat your tired feet. But, as a podiatrist I see the downside of this pampering treatment. Patients sometimes come in with problems picked up at the nail salon such as sharp pieces of nail cutting into the toe, improperly cut/ingrown nails, infections and even injury.

Spring Foot Health: Put Your Best Foot Forward

The colder weather is quickly becoming a distant memory. As the warmer months kick in, we find ourselves coming out of our self-induced winter cocoons to partake in the fun and socialising that comes with Shanghai’s summer. With a change of season comes a change in the types of problems that podiatrists see on a regular basis. Following are a few of the common ones, with some easy pointers to...

Winter Foot Care

POOR FOOTWEAR The winter months in Shanghai may encourage us to opt for warmth over support in order to get through the cold. Those sheep-skin lined boots will keep the toes warm, but may not be the best solution for walking long distances on the hard, unforgiving streets of Shanghai. In addition, the landmark holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, calendar New Year, and Chinese New Year falling in quick succession means our social...

Keeping Your Feet Healthy This Summer

Certain foot issues tend to be worse during the hot, humid summers in Shanghai, including: Fissures (small cracks in the skin on the heels and toes), exacerbated by wearing open shoes in the dusty, polluted environment of Shanghai Fungus (toenail and “athlete’s foot”): nail fungus can appear as thickening or discoloration of the nail (if you aren’t sure have it evaluated, since normal aging and other issues can appear similar),...