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Preventing foot pain: Three considerations

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Foot pains are common, but, here are 3 considerations to help prevent it.

The UK Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists conducted a survey which found that between 75% and 80% of adults have foot problems, including heel pain, blisters, corns, pinched nerves and ingrown toenails.

I recommend three considerations to help improve your chances of having comfortable, pain-free feet.1 2 3.jpg

1. Basic hygiene

Because we wear shoes, feet are out of sight and often out of mind.  Remembering your feet and giving them a little attention can go a long way towards comfort.

For example cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails.  Apply a moisturizer for dry skin on your feet regularly.  Healthy skin helps to ward off bacterial and fungal infections on the skin that can become a problem.

2. Age-related changes

Foot problems tend to increase with age; this is often a simple result of wear and tear as our feet literally carry us through life.

The fatty pads in our feet and stretchiness of the tendons start to decrease from about our mid-forties. Wearing shoes which provide some cushioning and support to replace what is being lost is what drives the world of comfort footwear.

Medical conditions such as arthritis are also more common as we get older and have a large impact on the structure and function of our feet. These conditions may change the shape of feet and therefore change the style and size of footwear compared to what you are used to buying.  Good footwear options and good foot health knowledge are important for retailers to help people in this situation to get comfortable footwear.

3. Give your feet the support they need

Every foot is different, but is forced to fit into standard shoe designs and walk on hard flat surfaces.  Many foot and lower limb problems are a result of your foot having to compensate the way its wants to work in order to meet the demands of modern life.

Insoles and orthotics are used to help bridge the gap between an individual’s foot type and the standardized footwear and surfaces we all walk on.   Ziera foot-beds are well designed and help tremendously, and if further help is needed then this is where your local Podiatrist can be of significant benefit to your customer.  Podiatrists use their scientific knowledge of biomechanics to make custom orthotics which bridge the gap perfectly between an individual’s foot type and the standardized footwear and surfaces we all walk on.

Starting Your Podiatry Career in New Zealand

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The week before last I was invited to AUT in Auckland to talk with the students about career opportunities for Podiatrists here in New Zealand.

I have employed new graduate Podiatrists every year for the past 17 years and have gained a unique insight into the transition from student to Podiatrist.

Every year the AUT Podiatry program produces world class graduates.  Recent capital investment into the student training clinic has further improved their access to technologies used every day by leaders in the profession.  This all helps build work readiness.

A key decision for graduating students is how much they will be paid.  This is a fair question given the time and money they have invested in gaining their degree.  We (New Zealand) are in a constant battle for talent with our close neighbors, Australia.  I am in Australia at least five times a year connecting with Podiatrists and other health professionals to stay in touch with the Podiatry profession and employment market there.  I do this so I know that Foot Mechanics attracts at least its share of the talent available by beating salaries offered over the ditch.

In addition to beating Aussie salaries Foot Mechanics provides world class support for team, and especially for new and recent graduates.  We match less experienced Podiatrists with Lead or Senior Podiatrists so they can learn from each other.  We provide the absolute best professional development through of seminars and annual conference.  Speaker in the last 12 months include Simon Bartold and Dr Angela Evans.

We have a really cool tool called “Compass” which helps all Podiatrists plan their ultimate day.  Compass asked you do choose the mix of patients you’d like to see, how many surgeries, biomechanical assessments, nail and skin appointments etc.  Then every month you get a report that shows you the actual mix of patients seen.  Our admin and marketing team them works with each Podiatrist to attack the mix of patients desired if this hasn’t been achieved. 

Of course no job is going to last long if you don’t like the people you work with, which is why we an internal communication system which is usually taken over on Fridays with nothing but fun.  We leave plenty of time at conferences and seminars to just relax with each other and have some fun.  Each year we finish off the year with a combined company wide Christmas function. 

So to sum it up, there are some great career starting and building opportunities here in New Zealand.  We have two positions available if you’re looking now.  If you’re interested in building a career with us but the time isn’t right now make contact and stay in touch for later.  A good way to stay in touch is through our FaceBook page or directly through our website.

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NYC Marathon 2013

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The race was a welcome return for marathon runners as the previous year’s race was cancelled due to hurricane Sandy.

The winner of the 2013 NYC Marathon, Geoffrey Mutai, crossed the line in 2:08:24 in front of a record breaking 50,699 other competitors.  Geoffrey wears the Adidas Adios Boost when he races, a shoe which weighs just 7.8 ounces!


NBA star Joakim Noah switching shoes to help with heel pain

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Joakim Noah is known in the world’s toughest basketball league, the NBA, as a force to be reckoned with.  At least that is while he’s on the court.

The past two sessions have seen Noah riding the pine due to crippling heel pain. Professional athletes are often paid a lot of money to wear a brands footwear, but that footwear may not be the best for them.

This week Noah announced he will be switching to Adidas basketball boots in an effort to overcome the heel pain that has plagued his last two seasons.

The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is caused by small tears in the supportive tissue of the plantar fascia, running from the bottom of the heel to the base of the toes.

Shoe which may assist in the recovery of plantar fasciitis have features such as a 2cm heel height, strong stability in the mid-foot and good flexibility in the forefoot.  Brand which offer these features include Asics, Adidas and New Balance.

So it appears Noah has made a good choice in footwear to help him stay on the court this session. 

Foot Mechanics offers footwear advice to causal and elite athletes every week. Don’t underestimate the importance of having the right footwear.

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