Feet helps us stand high and proceed further. From crawling to running, feet is our ultimate companion. But often we ignore and tend to take less care of our feet. We do take care of our hands since they are more visible, but somehow we end up forgetting the necessity of taking care of our feet.

Like that was not enough, the cherry on the top is we often harbor some common myths about our feet. These myths have no scientific logic or explanation but because great grandma told us so, we consider it as an ultimate truth. These myths need to be addressed.

4 Myths about Foot Care

Myth 1: Diabetic Foot Ulcer Doesn’t Need Treatment Since It Doesn’t Hurt

Truth: What if we tell you that there is pain but you just don’t feel it? Yes, that is true. Diabetes can damage your nerve and that is why you don’t feel pain. Diabetes can even result in poor blood flow to your feet which increase the probability of having ulcer and infection. Therefore they should never ever be ignored.

Myth 2: Plantar Warts Can Be Dealt with Duct Tape or Salve

Truth: We have a whole article on this subject. Do visit our blog about plantar warts to know more. In a nutshell, you cannot solve plantar warts with mere duct tapes and salve. They can even spread and cause more infection. So if you are facing this problem, do consult with doctors or contact us.

Myth 3:

The development of bunions entirely depends on the shoes you are wearing.

Truth: Again we have an article on this subject too, read it here. Yes, it is true that shoes can be one of the reasons of bunions but obviously not the only reason. Bunions are mostly resultants of ankle twists and they can also be inherited or from any kind of previous deformity.

Myth 4: Heel Pain Means Heel Spur

Heel spur is surely one of the reasons for heel pain but there are several other reasons too. Do check our blog on heel spur. Few of the reasons for heel pain can be

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Achilles tendinitis
• Arthritis
• Infection
• an autoimmune problem trauma
• a neurological problem
• some other systemic condition

So crux of the matter is, if there’s a pain in your heel, better consult with a doctor and don’t act one.
We are expert in any feet problem, feel free to consult with us for any problem that you are facing.


Fitness is a very important aspect of life and wise people say until and unless you are completely fit and healthy, no matter how wealthy you are, you can never be happy.

A lot of people correlate physical activity with fitness which is a right thing to do. Having said that, there are a lot of myths about different physical activities/exercises which we would like to break in our myth breaker series. In this first episode of the series we would like to break few myths about running and jogging.

Running and jogging are known to be one of the most effective exercises. After swimming, running and jogging are the most effective exercises to burn calories. Since swimming is not feasible for a lot of people, many people depend on running/jogging for their daily exercises. But there are certain myths around jogging which we would like to address here.

Here are 5 Common Jogging or Running Myths

Myth 1: You Will Be Burning 1000 Kcal for 1 Hour of Jogging

Truth: The amount of calorie you will be burning is completely dependent on the pace that you have. Yes, you can burn 1000 kcal in an hour of jogging but only when you run 10 km/hour speed. If you run at 6 km/hour speed, you will be burning close to 600 kcal.

Myth 2: It’s Good to Run On Road or Hard Surface in The Park

Truth: It is never ever recommended to run on a hard surface. It can lead to multiple complications of your feet. It can increase the possibility of heel spur, it can also cause plantar fasciitis. If you are facing any heel pain or feet problem, you should immediately consult with a doctor. You can also reach to us here.

Myth 3: Your Normal Sneakers Are Fine for Jogging/Running

Truth: When you are running or jogging, you are putting a lot of stress on your feet and therefore your feet needs special care. Just any random sneakers will not do justice to your feet since the requirement is entirely dependent on the design on your feet, your biomechanics, your weight, and any injury if you might have. Therefore you would need a specially designed shoes custom made for you. This might cost you some extra money but if you get injured, that will cost you even more. We would recommend contacting PodiatryAbuDhabi for any such requirement.

Myth 4: You Need to Jog/Run Every Day

Truth: The frequency of your jogging and your resting both are equally important for your healthy body. If you run 7 days a week, you wouldn’t get any resting period and thus it will not do any good to you. We would recommend jogging 5 days a week.

Myth 5: With Proper Practice, Everyone Can Run Marathon

Truth: It might sound demotivating but around 20% joggers/runners will never be able to complete a marathon since they don’t have a muscle mass which can help them to run long distance. Therefore if you cannot complete a marathon, don’t lose heart, it’s not the end of the world.

Hope this knowledge helps! For any complication for your heel/feet, feel free to contact us here.


Although our feet do a lot of work for us, they are often the most ignored part of our body. A good foot massage can have many benefits for us and hence it has been practiced in different cultures as part of its traditions.

Here are the Top 5 Unexpected Benefits of Foot Massage

Helps us Sleep Better:

A relaxing foot massage can help the body unwind. A foot massage just before going to bed will encourage restful sleep. There are many acupuncture points on our feet which when massaged or pressed with a right amount of force helps us to sleep better.

Improves Blood Circulation:

Even 10 minutes of daily foot massage can help improve blood circulation. Also foot massage will stimulate the lymphatic system and prevent varicose veins. Although a foot massage does wonder to our circulation system, but it is not always enough. You need to wear proper footwear which will not hamper the normal circulation in the feet. That is why it is not advisable to wear very tight shoes.

Helps you Relax:

Many of us due to our jobs have to wait and stand for long hours. After a long tiring day the best way to rest is through a soothing foot massage. It relives the feet of stress and fatigue.

Fights Depression:

Although this might not be known but a study published in 2010 had proved that foot massage provides consolation in times of adapting to changes in life and during grieving periods. This has something to do with the science of reflexology and acupuncture.

Relief from Pain:

It is advisable to use warm oil for foot massage so that it easily penetrate deep in the skin. You can start with gentle yet firm strokes at home.

For reflexology you can visit our podiatry clinic to get treatment from experts for any kind of foot ache.


Diabetic Foot Problems

High blood sugar levels in our body can lead to nerve damage and poor blood circulation. Diabetics related foot problems can be a nightmare if not treated at the proper time. Even a small infection can take a very longer time to heal because of poor blood circulation. The situation can turn worse to become a gangrene and then it might be necessary to amputate that part off the body. So it’s better that we become cautious at an early stage.
Diabetics related problems in the foot can lead to loss of sensation to heat, cold or touch. There can be thickening of toe nails, blisters and ulcers, warts and corns in the affected part of the feet. There might be a burning sensation as well as pain in our foot.

Diabetic Foot Care Tips

1. Wash your feet: Make sure that you wash your feet every day with a mild soap and warm water. The water should not be very hot and you should check it before your legs are exposed to them.
2. Pat Dry: It is extremely important to carefully pat dry your feet. Moist environment becomes an amicable host for the breeding of various infections. It’s also necessary to dry the area between your toes as well.
3. Moisturize dry skin: If you feel that your feet are rough or dry then only use a gentle lotion. Do not use lotion between your toes.
4. Avoid walking bare foot: Walking bare foot can cause injuries and can get infected easily.
5. Inspect your feet: Inspect your feet every day for any sores, bruises, or cuts.
6. Never attempt to remove any foot lesions or corns and warts by yourself. Also do not use any antiseptic liquids on cuts and bruises. Immediately see your doctor or podiatrist. If your feet is in a very bad condition, do not stand in once place for a very long time. It’s advisable to wear cushioned natural fiber made socks.
7. Tight shoes are not recommended. Choose comfortable well fitted shoes at all times.

If these DIY tips doesn’t work for you, consult with our Abu Dhabi Podiatrists. We can give you the best solution for your feet! Give us a call on 02 633 0515 / 055 511 6072 and get an appointment today.


Why You Need Vitamin D?

From our very childhood we have been hearing form our mothers about the importance Vitamin D in our bodies. Though many of us might know that it is actually important but not many people know why! So here’s a short preview of the importance of Vitamin D. We are pretty sure after reading this article the next time you encounter sunlight, you might not dislike it.

Bone Density and Growth

Have you ever heard of a person who has soft bones and you have always wondered what could be the probable cause of it! The probable answer is deficiency of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is mostly needed in our body for absorbing Calcium. Lesser the absorption of calcium in our body, softer the bone is. Also lesser calcium percentage might hamper proper growth of bones as well. But the importance of Vitamin is not limited to this, here are few other important aspects of Vitamin D.

Reducing Risk of Multiple Diseases

1. Sclerosis is a disease where the immune system ends up eating the protecting coverings of nerves. Vitamin D reduces the risk of having this disease.
2. Vitamin D also reduces the risk of heart related problems.
3. It also helps in prevention of flu

Fighting Depression

In one study it was found that people who suffer from anxiety and depression often show improvement if Vitamin D is administered to them. Vitamin D plays a vital role in mood swings, anxiety problem and depression.

Losing weight

In case you are carrying some extra pounds in your body and you are just not comfortable about it, you might want to add some Vitamin D to your diet. According to scientists extra calcium and Vitamin D has an appetite suppressing effect.
So the next big question is, where to get Vitamin D from? Yes, we have answers for that too, just keep reading


Yes, the oldest and yet the most effective way to get some Vitamin D.

Vitamin D tablets, liquids, and supplements

In case you are suffering from Vitamin D deficiency, do consult a doctor. Your doctor might prescribe you some vitamin D tablets or liquids or supplements. Guess what, you can buy these online from Propharma now. To buy them, click here.

Strong: Food sources
And obviously another organic and natural way of having some Vitamin D would be from food. Here are a list of few food items which are rich in Vitamin D. Do consider them in your diet.
• Egg yolk
• Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel
• Sardines
• Milk (fortified)
• Orange juice (fortified)
• Cereal (fortified)
• Yogurt (fortified)
• Beef liver
• Cheese

So go out, soak some sun, have some vitamin D enriched food, take some Vitamin D tablets and live a healthy life.


What is Plantar Warts?

Warts are infections on the skin caused by one particular strain of human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts which grow on the plantar surface (Bottom) of the foot are known as plantar warts. Warts are mostly non painful in nature. However, depending on the area and size of the wart it might prove to be a cause of irritation and pain. Plantar warts can be seen in all age groups but they are most common amongst high school going children.

Causes of Plantar Warts

• Using public showers can cause plantar warts
• If you like to swim you should know that swimming pools can be a reason for warts too
• Some kind of wound, friction on the skin sometimes might cause plantar wart
• Weakened immune system can also be the probable causes for the spread of infection.
Plantar warts are non-malignant and non-cancerous, in fact in about sometime most warts go away without any treatment. The size of the warts is 2-3 cms in general. However some warts may grow bigger and other might just might take the shape of little colonies.

Treatment of Plantar Warts

Home Remedy for Plantar Warts:

There are various ways of treating the wart at home. Duct tape is one such home remedy. A small strip can be placed over the wart and left for a few days. It can be removed just by peeling of the duct tape. The peeling method can be applied with salicylic acid as well.

Visit our clinic:

1. Cryotherapy: If you visit our podiatry clinic our doctor might suggest you to go for cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is basically done to freeze the wart by applying liquid nitrogen to it. Usually the dead tissue falls of within a week or so. Sometimes it might take you a few sittings with us to get rid of the wart completely.
Other popular treatments are,
1. Laser Treatment
2. Minor Surgery
3. Vaccination

Although warts are mostly non painful yet they might prove to be very unbecoming for us at certain situations. They become a cause for embarrassment for us in social gatherings and can indirectly be the cause of our low self-esteem. So it’s extremely important that they should be treated


What is Ingrown Toenails?

The medical term for ingrown toenails is onychocryptosis. It is a condition that can affect any of our toenails but the most usual area is the big toe. It is a painful manifestation of the nail to grow deep inside our skin and pierce through the tissues. Redness and swelling are the symptoms of it. It can become severe in cases where it may form a boil and to generate puss. Ingrown toenails are most common among adults. It rarely affects children. Athletes suffer quite frequently from ingrown toenails.

Possible Causes of Ingrown Toenails

• A pre existing fungal infection on the toes and cause the nails to grow abruptly without a proper shape.
• Ingrown toenails can be a persistent problem in a particular family. Basically it depends on the shape of your nails. The more round it is, the greater the risk.
• A pre existing or repetitive injury on the toenail will eventually make it thick. This type of injury is common amongst sports persons.
• Wearing very tight shoes will put an abnormally high pressure on the nails, causing them to grow erratically.
• Lastly factors like how we trim our nails, how we maintain our feet hygiene, the types of shoes we wear, all these can be triggers for the growth of ingrown toenails.

Treatment of Ingrown Toenails

• The treatment for the problem varies according to its severity. If the wound is minor it can be easily treated at home.
• Soak your feet in a mixture of warm water with vinegar or Epsom salts daily for 10 mins. Maintain foot hygiene. Trim your nails from time to time but remember not to cut them too short.
• However if the ingrown nails forms a fungal infection with puss formation then it is advised to visit our clinic HSMC. Upon examining the condition, it is possible that our podiatrist may suggest for a small surgery. The surgery will basically be to clean up the wound, elevate and cut off the ingrown and a dressing afterwards. Antibiotics are also prescribed generally. With the permission of the doctor, it is ok to take mild painkillers to get relief from excessive pain.


What causes Sweaty Feet?

Perspiration is a natural anatomical phenomenon. It helps us in flushing out toxins from our body. But this natural process of secretion becomes a problem when in excessive, specially from our feet. Excessive sweating is also known as plantar hyperhidrosis. Doing any activity means that we are sweating all the time. In a normal environment the sweat evaporates quickly but under certain conditions and amongst certain people this sweat gets trapped within the glands. As a result it becomes a home for bacteria to grow. This bacteria produces a foul smell which almost all the time leaves us in an embarrassing situation.
Plantar hyperhidrosis, if not treated properly, can lead to other problems like itchiness, redness, fungal nail infection, athlete’s foot etc.

Causes for Excessive Sweating in the Feet:

1. Hereditary: It’s absolutely possible that some people are born with more sweat glands than others, which will cause them to sweat more compared to others.
2. Food and lifestyle: Toxins such as alcohol and food with oily substances like trans-fats can cause excessive sweating.
3. The nature and fabric of shoes and socks that we wear on a daily basis: Closed shoes and shoes made from rubber and plastic materials don’t let our feet to breathe. Similar is the case with socks made up of Nylon and others such polyesters.

Treatment Tips for Excessive Sweaty Feet:

1. Wash your feet every day with an anti-bacterial soap. Make sure you dry them properly with a soft towel or a hair dryer.
2. Use and antiperspirant roll-on a regular basis underneath your feet. These roll-ons are meant not only for your underarms but can be used in other parts of your body to prevent excessive sweating. It forms a thin layer and blocks the pores of the sweat glands.
3. Wear cotton socks as much as possible. Remember not to repeat them without washing. Natural fibers like cotton soak up the moisture.
4. Try to take your walks barefoot and allow your feet to breathe. Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day.
5. Soak your feet into a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water for 15 minutes every day. The ratio should be in half is to quarter.
6. Another fruitful method is to soak your feet in tea water. Dip about 10 tea bags into half a litre of water and then soak your feet for 15 minutes every day.

If the problem, persist even after all these remedies then talk to our professional podiatrist about your problem at HSMC. We can help you to reduce both sweating and foot odor.

Our contact details are below:
P.O. Box. 44548, 1st Floor Office #41 Office Tower,
BHS Building, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi – UAE


There’s a saying that we don’t understand the value of our teeth till the time we have it. Similar is the case with nails. Nails are nothing but cluster of dead epithelial cells that grow from the ends of fingers and toes. Most often we think that nails don’t play any major role other than the purpose of beautification in women. But that is hardly the fact. Nails aid in protection and help us in picking up small objects.

Factors Instigating Nail Infection

Fungi thrive in warm and moist environment. Sometimes our nails serve as appropriate hosts for fungi to grow. Fungal infection of toes and fingernails affect men more than women. Factors that accelerate the chances of having fungal infection on nails are many, which are as follows:
1. Diabetes is one of the most common factor that causes nail infection.
2. Poor blood circulation, which is a common phenomenon in the older generation can be another factor.
3. It can also be contracted from someone else who has/had fungal infection and you come in contact with the person.
4. Manicures and pedicures in unhygienic and non-sanitized equipment used in salons can be a major risk factor.
5. Wearing non breathable socks and closed tight shoes for prolonged hours provides a hospitable environment for fungi to reproduce.

Treatment of Nail Infection

For fungal nail infections prevention is better than cure. But if you are already affected by one then here are few solutions.
1. The best thing to do is to rush to a doctor. Treatment isn’t a guarantee to get rid of the infection completely as there is a high probability of the infection to recur.
2. Visit our HSMC clinic, we take good care of your nails by keeping them trimmed and clean. We provide world class podiatry services under perfectly sanitized conditions in our clinic. Our team of doctors may prescribe an oral anti-fungal medication such as Lamisil or Sporanox.
3. Depending on the type of infection and the severity of the wound, you may have to use medications for a few months.
A fungal infection can be severe to the extent that it might result in complete loss of the nail, therefore it is advisable for diabetic patients to be more careful.


Are the arches on the inside of your feet flattened in a way that allows the entire sole to touch the floor when you stand up? If yes, you are suffering from Flat feet.

What are Flat Feet or Fallen Arches?

When we look at an adult foot from the inside, we usually notice an upward curve in the middle called an arch. The arch is formed by Tendons which are tight bands that attach the heel and foot bones. Several tendons in our feet and lower leg work together to form the arches in our foot.When all the tendons pull the proper amount, our foot forms a moderate, normal arch. When the tendons do not pull together properly, there is little or no arch. This is the condition called Flat foot or Fallen arch.

Flat feet could be a common and usually a painless condition, when the arches just don’t develop during childhood or in some other cases, it develops after an injury or from the simple wear-and-tear stresses of age.

Flat Feet Signs or Symptoms :

If you aren’t having pain, flat feet does not normally call for any treatment but this condition can sometimes contribute to problems in your ankles and knees as it can lead to alter the alignment of your legs. Most people have no signs or symptoms associated with flatfeet. But some people with flatfeet experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area and this pain may worsen with activity. It can also lead to swelling along the inside of the ankle. Other factors that increase the risk of flat feet include obesity, injury to your foot or ankle, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and ageing. Arches can fall over time. Years of wear and tear can weaken the tendon that runs along the inside of your ankle and helps support your arch. But nothing to worry, your local Podiatrist at Health & Style Medical Centre is always at your rescue. Just call us on 02 633 0515 / 055 511 6072 to schedule an appointment.

Flat feet in Children:

Flat foot can be quite normal in infants and toddlers as the arch of the foot is still under development in this stage. Generally these arches develop throughout childhood but in some people, these arches may never develop. This is a normal variation in foot type and people without arches may or may not have problems.Some children have flexible flatfoot, a condition in which the arch is visible when the child is sitting or standing on tiptoes but disappears when the child stands. Most children outgrow flexible flatfoot without any problems.

Flat Feet or Fallen Arches Treatment

Wait no longer when the pain factor strikes! Do not ignore your child if they complain of foot pain. You need to seek professional advice to avoid future complications. Visit us at Health & Style Medical Centre, 1st Floor Office, BHS Building, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi to find the root cause. We are open Sunday – Thursday (9:00am-6:30pm) and alternate Saturdays too!

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