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Chilblains – a winter blight that can affect us at any age

Chilblains – a winter blight that can affect us at any age

  The other day I was asked by one of my patients about chilblains – not something one hears much about these days, so I decided to jot down some info on this bone fide medical condition.   Chilblains, otherwise known as ‘pernio’, are small, itchy, painful lumps that can develop on the skin.  Found on eithers hands or feet, they are caused by local poor circulation when the skin is expos... »

Finding a natural cure for plantar fascitis

Finding a natural cure for plantar fascitis

As the sportsman’s injury, plantar fasciitis makes sports headlines in the USA, UK podiatrist and NaturalCures’ expert Martine Abrahams sheds some light on this common, often debilitating condition and makes her suggestions for a natural cure . . .  Albert Pujols, player for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the latest elite athlete left sitting on the bench, thanks to plantar fasciitis High pr... »

Watch out pregnant women – your feet could swell like your belly!

Watch out pregnant women – your feet could swell like your belly!

As if the hot summer months weren’t enough to bear, try adding a 7lb bump and swollen feet into the bargain – not much fun So, why do feet get bigger during pregnancy? The obvious reason is fluid retention.  Gravity pulls fluid down to the lower extremities resulting in ballooning ankles. You may have seen the picture of TV star Kim Kardashian, who squeezed her poor, swollen ankles into some rathe... »

Festival-goers: Put your best foot forward…

Festival-goers: Put your best foot forward…

Festival-goers beware – fungal spores lurk in dark, damp conditions, waiting to take hold in those vulnerable nail beds! The music festival season is upon us and I hope all you intrepid campers have fun in the sun…but, just in case the weather is not great, please remember to take good care of your feet. Clearly foot care will not be your number one priority, but maybe it should move u... »

GOUT – “the disease of kings” or “rich man’s disease”

GOUT – “the disease of kings” or “rich man’s disease”

The topic for my blog this month is gout – an unpleasant and often debilitating disease, which can put you out of action for several weeks.  There have been a number of high profile sufferers throughout history – Henry VIII, Pavarotti, Jim Belushi and more recently, Jared Leto, who contracted gout symptoms after piling on 60lbs for a film role. The incidence of gout has increased over the pa... »

High heels – are you walking your way into trouble?

High heels – are you walking your way into trouble?

High heels can leave a lasting imprint on your feet, famous shoe fanatic, actress Sarah Jessica Parker has acknowledged. We all have our favourite heels that come out for special occasions, but, for those of us who wear them all the time, take note: high heels can damage your feet and cause a whole load of problems as the years move on. Not just foot pain, problems range from the more common conce... »

Prepare your feet properly for the marathon season

Prepare your feet properly for the marathon season

Things are finally hotting up – well, at least in the world of extreme running, if not the weather! Take things slowly and prepare your feet gradually for the abuse that lies ahead.   They are going to take a pounding over the next few weeks and if you don’t prepare carefully, you could do some damage – most problems are reversible, but the symptoms could stop you competing.   Not many of us ... »

Chiropodist vs podiatrist?

Chiropodist vs podiatrist?

I find clients are still a little confused about the perceived difference between the two terms  – chiropody and podiatry – when in fact they are the same discipline.  Chiropody underwent a name change in 1993 and is now known as podiatry. The reason for this?  A podiatrist is internationally-recognised as a foot specialist, so it makes sense for all practitioners to be under the same ... »

Putting her best foot forward – our new podiatry expert, Martine Abrahams!

Putting her best foot forward – our new podiatry expert, Martine Abrahams!

Suffering from a painful foot disorder? Or maybe you’d just like to take better care of your feet? Great news! We’ve just added Martine Abrahams, podiatry expert, to our already-bursting list of NaturalCures authors – which now includes over 70 talented people across a huge range of natural health techniques. We’re thrilled to welcome Martine Abrahams BSc (Hons) MChS, HPC-registe... »

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