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Neuropathic and ischaemic foot

11 Apr 2019
Neuropathic and ischaemic foot

Neuropathy and diabetic foot – Neuropathic foot Diabetic neuropathy causes the peripheral nerves to suffer (neuroinflammation) followed by a reduction in sensitivity in the event of any cut, callus or injury in the lower limbs; this causes the patient to act, move and walk as if there were no damage. In this way, correct healing of […]


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Morton’s neuroma

07 Apr 2019
Morton’s neuroma

What is Morton’s neuroma? Morton’s neuroma consists of an enlargement of one of the nerves located between the toes. The chronic irritation that causes the neuroma takes its name from the 19th century American surgeon Thomas George Morton who was the first to describe this painful condition. If neglected, Morton’s neuroma can lead to the […]


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Categories: Foot and Sport

Prevention of diabetic foot – Useful advice

02 Apr 2019
Prevention of diabetic foot – Useful advice

Like most other pathologies, for diabetic foot too the best “cure” is prevention. An approach based on prevention limits the phenomena responsible for skin ulcers and thereby reduces the need for amputations. Where sensitive neuropathy is present, frequent checks on the foot are recommended in such a way as to monitor any symptoms of this […]


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Epidermal crack

25 Mar 2019
Epidermal crack

What is epidermal crack? Cracked feet and the formation of so called fissures on the heels or soles of the feet, are common conditions that affect men and women indiscriminately, but they develop more frequently among the elderly. As we age, the protective fat that makes up part of the sole of the foot becomes […]


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Categories: Foot Aging Syndrome

Hyperalgesic conditions or hypersensitivity to pain

25 Mar 2019
Hyperalgesic conditions or hypersensitivity to pain

What are hyperalgesic conditions or hypersensitivity to pain? Hyperalgesia (the pathological increase of sensitivity to painful stimuli) is commonly experienced following a series of primary pathologies (herpes zoster, diabetes, superficial peripheral neuropathies associated with inflammatory joint pathologies, various kinds of trauma and algodystrophy) which to varying degrees affect the quality of life of the population […]


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Categories: Foot Aging Syndrome

Chronic Venous Insufficiency or Chronic Venous Disease

11 Mar 2019
Chronic Venous Insufficiency or Chronic Venous Disease

What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency or Chronic Venous Disease? Chronic venous disease is a condition that makes it difficult for the blood to return to the heart. In the lower limbs this causes an increase in pressure in the capillaries resulting in oedemas, generalised hypoxia and lactic acidaemia (too much lactic acid in the blood). […]


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Categories: Foot Aging Syndrome

Allergic contact dermatitis

03 Mar 2019
Allergic contact dermatitis

What is allergic contact dermatitis? Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin reaction caused by natural allergens or chemicals, it manifests itself in the form of inflammation and reddening of the skin and itching. A typical sign of allergic dermatitis is the formation of blisters full of blood serum around the inflamed skin. If the blisters […]


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Categories: Foot Aging Syndrome

Types of onychomycosis

21 Jan 2019
Types of onychomycosis

So-called nail fungus (onychomycosis) generally takes five forms: Proximal subungual onychomycosis Distal subungual onychomycosis Candidal onychomycosis White superficial onychomycosis Total dystrophic onychomycosis Distal subungual onychomycosis Affects the fingernails and toenails; usually caused by the pathogenic agent Trichophyton rubrum, it appears in the form of subungual hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin), onycholysis (detachment of the nail […]


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Categories: Onychopathies

Mycoses

05 Jan 2019
Mycoses

MYCOSES are infections caused by mycetes, more commonly known as fungi, that can colonise: skin, hair, nails (onychomycosis) and the genital areas, e.g. infection by Candida albicans. It is important to note that some mycetes can be found in normal microbial flora known as cutaneous microbiome. Cutaneous flora is made up of the microorganisms that […]


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Categories: Onychopathies

Haglund’s deformity

27 Apr 2018
Haglund’s deformity

What is Haglund’s deformity? Haglund’s deformity is an inflammation of the heel of the foot featuring an abnormal outgrowth of the back of the calcaneus (heel bone) in the region of the Achille’s heel. If footwear is used that has a stiff back edge against the heel, painful inflammation can swell and cause a fibrous callus. […]


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Categories: Foot and Sport

Microbial contaminations in Podiatric Medicine: a problem to be solved

03 Apr 2018
Microbial contaminations in Podiatric Medicine: a problem to be solved

Podolife attended the 4th World Congress for Podology and Podiatry, held in Naples on April 27-29 2018, and presented a workshop entitled “The microbiological risk in the Podiatrist’s clinic”. The microbiological contaminations are a serious issue for the Podiatric medical practice. Being able to control the microbiological risk represents a therapeutic advantage that allows to […]


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Treatment and prevention of diabetic foot

19 Jan 2018
Treatment and prevention of diabetic foot

The specific therapeutic approach to treating diabetes, and associated comorbidities (e.g. alteration to the tissues in the feet), is multidisciplinary as the diagnosis requires the assessment of more than one healthcare specialist (Diabetologist, Podiatrist, Surgeon). Patients suffering from diabetes should follow all the instructions given by the Specialist to put into practice an effective prevention program […]


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Nails and onychomycoses

19 Jan 2018
Nails and onychomycoses

The nail The nail is the thin and slightly convex four-sided plate located on the ends of our fingers and toes. Comprised mainly of keratin (and lower percentages of fats, amino acids, water, vitamins and minerals), its reddish colour is due to the colour of the blood that transpires from the skin, but if it […]


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Categories: Onychopathies

Foot Aging Syndrome

19 Jan 2018
Foot Aging Syndrome

As time has progressed, science and technology have made it possible for all humankind to live longer. The current world situation, especially in the western hemisphere shows an increase in the population over the age of 60 years. Data processed by the UN highlight the need to know, control and prevent pathologies that affect the […]


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Categories: Foot Aging Syndrome

Hyperkeratosis

19 Jan 2018
Hyperkeratosis

What is hyperkeratosis? Hyperkeratosis is an alteration of the skin and consists of a thickening of the outermost layer of the epidermis which is subject to a build-up of epithelial cells or keratinocytes. Keratinocytes form on the basal layer of the epidermis and are expelled from the surface of the skin once their 40-day cycle […]


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Categories: Foot Aging Syndrome

Pathologies of the nails

19 Jan 2018
Pathologies of the nails

The most common pathologies affecting the nails are: ANONYCHIA Anonychia is the absence of nails on the fingers or toes and can be either congenital (or more rarely linked to growth disorders) or acquired (as a result of psoriasis). This pathology may occur together with a variation in the natural colour of the nail (chromonychia). The cause […]


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Categories: Onychopathies

Sportspeople’s feet

19 Jan 2018
Sportspeople’s feet

People who regularly engage in sports put greater stress on one of the most important parts of their anatomy during physical activity: the foot. The intensity and frequency of the activity can cause the foot to undergo traumas or will leave it not in the best condition; it is therefore useful to know that especially […]


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Categories: Foot and Sport

Athlete’s foot

19 Jan 2018
Athlete’s foot

What is athlete’s foot? Athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis or ringworm of the foot) is a contagious mycotic infection caused by a dermatophyte fungus: Tinea Pedis. This type of foot fungus is very common among athletes and sportspeople that frequent hot, humid and public places. Transmission of the fungus in question takes place: Directly: by coming […]


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Categories: Foot and Sport

The feet of diabetic patients

19 Jan 2018
The feet of diabetic patients

Diabetes is a condition in which levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood are too high due to a biological deficiency of insulin, the hormone that controls glycaemia in the blood and which is produced by the pancreas. The main problems for diabetics today relate to the chronic complications associated with this pathology. Among the […]


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