Posts for: December, 2013

Protocell-trainers-by-shamees-aden_dezeen_2A UK scientist named Shamees Aden has developed a way to 3D-print running shoes made out of quasi-organic materials. The shoes are made from protocells, which can sometimes be used to make living organisms, and can be printed in the exact size of a runner’s foot.

The nature of the protocells allows the footwear to alter its shape as the wearer uses it to match their pronation and optimize the run. The shoes can even regenerate themselves, by being submerged in liquid infused with protocells. Aden hopes the technology available will catch up to his design by 2050.

If you want to learn about the various differences between walking and running shoes, seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will teach you about the different kinds of shoes available and help you decide on what shoes you need.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.


Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

Heel – walking shoes also have a beveled or angled heel. This helps absorb shock and puts less pressure on the ankles.


Damage to your ankle, heel, or foot itself can occur if proper equipment is not used while running.

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RunnersProlific marathon runner Bill Fornoff has announced that he will be officially retired from running starting Thanksgiving Day.

Fornoff, 70, has been running for 37 years. He is scheduled to have surgery to replace his right knee soon, and has been forced to acknowledge that he can’t do the same things he used to when he was younger.

“I understand that’s the end of running,” he said. “But it’s time to do it.” Fornoff has competed in 76 marathons and 56 ultra-marathons in his lifetime, leaving behind a legacy in the world of running.

It can be hard for seniors to adjust to new foot care habits. If you are older and want to maintain good foot health, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry . Dr. Ladah will provide an exercise regimen and help determine the severity of your foot and ankle condition.

Gerontology and Foot Care
Helping Elderly Patients Take Care of Their Feet

While people of all ages should be aware of potential foot problems, it is especially true for the aging and elderly populations. Medical conditions and physical limitations that develop slowly as we age may prevent people from being able to monitor their foot health. This can be due to poor eyesight, and not being able to see or detect developing situations. Neuropathy can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide a variety of potentially life-threatening medical conditions. Reduced flexibility may prevent proper toenail trimming and foot cleansing, and may lead to some of the following medical problems.

What Can Cause Foot Sores?

-Caused by wearing shoes that do not fit well.
-Injuries that have gone unnoticed, or sustaining open cuts and bruises.
-Pressure on the foot which can lead to sores, or standing for too long.
-Insect or pet bites that can become inflamed or infected.

Why it is important to take care of your feet

-Diabetes, poor circulation and various neurological diseases and general loss of sensitivity over the years can turn a simple cut or injury into potential cause for hospitalization.
-Feet are susceptible to infection due to contact with surfaces that are filled with bacteria

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Ankle ArthritisSome researchers at the University of Manchester and King’s College London believe that they can use computer-based modeling to figure out if a patient is likely to get arthritis in areas like their feet and ankles.

Doctors already know that development of rheumatoid arthritis is influenced by both heredity and external factors like smoking. The UK scientists think they can combine all of this knowledge to accurately predict who is at risk. “This is an important first step in trying to develop ways to prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis,” said Dr. Ian Scott of King’s College.

Rheumatoid arthritis in the feet and ankles can make everyday activities excruciating. If you’re seeking arthritis treatment, a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry can assess your condition and find you the best solution.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.


- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation


Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.


Treatment of RA is usually a lifelong process that includes a variety of treatments and therapy.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact out office in New Albany, IN. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to care for your feet and ankles.

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