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There’s always been a debate in the podiatry world about whether going barefoot is healthy or harming. Many doctors claim that being barefoot is natural and promotes healthy movement. Others will warn patients away for going barefoot due to the risk of cuts or falling. Both sides have very good arguments and there may not be one right answer for everybody. So we would like to introduce you to Fitkicks, the middle ground of this hotly debated topic.

If you aren’t familiar with them, Fitkicks were created to promote minimalist footwear that allows for freedom of the foot, but also allows for an active lifestyle inside and outside. The base of your Fitkick is a Flex Form sole, giving you traction to the ground and minimalist cushion on the inside. The upper portion of the Fitkick is a light and flexible material that conforms to the foot like a sock. A bungee cross-strap secures the Fitkick to your foot while a small toe guard protects against wear and tear.

Fitkicks are designed for every activity; yoga, outdoor walking, water sports, time at the beach…you can even carry them in your purse to put on when you need relief from your high heels. Color options range from basic black to large floral graphics. Browse the whole collection HERE.

Podiatrists see an influx of foot injuries during the spring. More people are going barefoot and risking injury or a slip and fall. Many people are switching to flip flops, which offer no ankle stability and little protection. Walk more confidently on smooth or slippery surfaces with the textured sole of Fitkicks. Protect your feet from dirt and infection with the sock-like protection. What I’m trying to say is, come to the FAAWC today to get your first pair. It will improve your life and you won’t regret it. 

Let’s face it, our veins are really important and when they aren’t flowing quite right it can cause all sorts of problems. Today we’re going to look at venous insufficiency, venous stasis ulcers, and edema (swelling) of the legs. Venous insufficiency is a condition cause by weakened valves in the veins of the legs. Normally, our veins pump blood back up to the heart, miraculously fighting gravity. But when the valves that pump our blood are damaged, either from a simple malfunction or complications from blood clots, they can’t get the blood back up to where it needs to be.

Factors that can contribute to venous insufficiency include advanced age, being female, obesity, sitting or standing for long periods of time, and even simply being tall. The symptoms are much the same as when we talked about artery diseases last week: pain in the legs when standing, a feeling of heaviness or cramping, swelling and redness, and wounds on the legs that won’t heal.

One type of wound that may occur is a venous stasis ulcer. These manifest on the skin of the legs, typically above the ankle and below the calf muscle. Because the blood is not moving through your legs, it pools in your veins and some fluid may leak out into surrounding tissues. The skin in these areas will turn dark red or purple and may become dry, thick, and itchy. Finally, an ulcer will develop.

If you have any symptoms of a venous stasis ulcer, call your podiatrist immediately. They may be able to help prevent an ulcer from forming or treat it before it becomes too large or infected. Your podiatrist can also help determine if your ulcer is a venous, arterial, or neuropathic ulcer. Diagnosis is mostly based on asking questions about your health and simple examination of the legs. A Doppler ultrasound may also be necessary.

Even if your only symptom of venous insufficiency is swelling (edema) of the legs, this is still a serious condition that needs treated. Luckily, there is an easy treatment for swelling that also helps with healing ulcers. The first step is to avoid sitting or standing for too long without movement. If you work at a desk most of the day, take five minutes every hour or so to do some simple leg exercises like the ones here: http://goo.gl/YSR6wM. If you work standing, try elevating your legs on your lunch break and especially when you get home from work.

The other simple solution to leg swelling that can also help with the healing of ulcers is a CircAid. One of the best on the market is the Juxta-Lite legging. These thin compression sleeves can be worn under almost anything and feature adjustable straps that can target the best pressure needed for your particular condition. Features of this legging include: SILVERtech material to prevent odor and bacteria, built-in pressure system for easy compression targeting, inelastic compression (meaning they wont stretch out or lose compression over time), and they are machine washable. Available now from the FAAWC in any color (as long as it’s beige)!

If you have any symptoms of venous insufficiency, venous stasis ulcers, are just simple swelling in the legs, don’t wait to make an appointment. Early detection and treatment can save a lot of hassle, time, and healing down the road. If you have already been diagnosed with one of these conditions, drop by the office to try the Juxta-Lite compression aid. Every little step you can take toward bettering your foot and ankle health will give you the opportunity for many more (physical) steps in the future.