How to Choose the Best Athletic Shoes

How to Choose the Best Running, Athletic or Sports Shoes

If you have several pairs of running shoes or other sports shoes odds are that when you bought them comfort and style were your main selection criteria. However, consider that about 25 percent of runners need some type of specialized shoe that is matched to their foot type, you may benefit from knowing your foot type before you buy your next pair of running shoes. Feet come in all shapes and sizes, but their structure tends to get grouped into the following categories.  Read More….


Understanding Metatarsalgia


“In each foot, five metatarsal bones run from your arch to your toe joints. The first metatarsal is shorter and thicker than the other four bones, which are usually similar in size. During the push-off phase when you walk, jump or run, your body weight is transferred to your toes and metatarsals. The first and second metatarsal bones take the brunt of this force.”   Read more…

Toe Nail Fungus




More often than not, people are being told to ignore their toenail fungus. There is a misconception that if it does not hurt or impair your walking that it ought to be left alone. Nail fungus is often disregarded as a cosmetic concern.

So what happens when toenail fungus is left untreated? It can lead to discoloring and thickening of toenails, which often times become brittle or hard to cut. If left untreated it can actually cause pain and impairment of walking. Nail fungus can also cause secondary infections, this is an important concern with compromised individuals (Examples: Diabetics or immune-compromised individuals)

Think of nail fungus as if it was a tooth cavity. Even if it doesn’t hurt now, the active infection needs to be treated before it leads to problems. A dentist would never tell you to leave a pain free cavity alone, they would not call a cavity a cosmetic concern. A dentist would recommend immediate treatment. You should not ignore toenail fungus, besides it being unsightly, it can lead to problems.

A podiatrist is here to help you. Often times a physician can do a nail stain or fungal to test and identify the species of fungus. Treatment can very from topical creams to oral medications. A podiatrist will discuss all treatments available.

For more information on nail fungus visit the wikipedia page on fungus: Onychomycosis (Nail fungus)

So What Causes Toenail Fungus?

Fungi are microscopic organisms that don’t need sunlight to survive. Nail fungal infections are typically caused by a fungus that belongs to a group called dermatophytes. Yeasts and molds also can also cause nail fungal infections. 

These micro-organisms are everywhere. They live in warm, moist environments, including swimming pools and showers. They can enter your body through small cuts in your skin, or through the separation entrance of  your toenail and the skin. Remember your feet are moist, sweaty and in a dark shoe, a perfect environment to grow nail fungus.

Treat your nail fungus Today!

Double-amputee has dream made a reality.


WETA Makes a Woman’s dream to become a Mermaid reality

WETA Workshop well known for their amazing special effects and prosthetics in highly successful movies like “Lord of The Rings”, answers a woman’s requests to have a mermaid’s tail made.

Her main goal was to be able to swim. WETA was faced with the challenge to make a WORKING version of a mermaid’s tail. Instead of ignoring the request, they got hard at work. On their own free time, they were able to make a dream come true.

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