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If you are a woman who loves to wear high heels, especially those with pointed toes, then you must read this. Take off your shoes and look at your toes. You may notice your toes bending with corns and calluses or pale or darker spots on the toes. If you have to grin and bear it when wearing your favorite high heels but can't wait to take them off, because your little toe is killing you, you may have hammertoes. A hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints in the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toes when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.Hammertoes usually start out with a little bending and gets worse over time. In the early stages, hammertoes are flexible and the toe can be straightened out to its original shape. But if left untreated, hammertoes can become stiff or rigid and will stay in the bent position permanently. Hammertoes seldom get better without some help. Because hammertoes tend to get worse over time, they should be treated early.
Hammertoes are caused by an imbalance in the muscle and tendon around the toe. Because of the way some people walk, mechanical (structural) changes can occur in the foot leading to this imbalance and bending of the toe. Hammertoes are often made worse by shoes that don't fit properly or are too high. It may also result if a long second toe is forced into a cramped position when a tight shoe is worn. In some people, hammertoes run in families and occasionally, they can develop from injury to the toe.
Common symptoms of hammertoes include:o Pain or irritation to the toe when wearing shoes especially high heel, tight or pointed toe shoes.
o The skin on the tops of the toes may be darker or lighter than the rest of the toe.
o Corns and calluses (a buildup of thick skin) on the toe, between two toes, or on the ball of the foot. Corns are caused by constant friction on the feet against the shoe. They may be soft or hard, depending upon their location.
o Inflammation, redness, pain or a burning sensation on the toe.
o Contracture (permanent bending) of the toe.
o In more severe cases of hammertoe, open sores may form.
To diagnose a hammertoe, the podiatrist will obtain a history of your symptoms and examine your foot. During the physical exam, the podiatrist may try to straighten your toes, and x-rays of the foot will be taken to find out how bad the toe is deformed. Hammertoes will not go away by themselves and will usually get worse over time. Some progress quickly while others take a longer time.
There are a variety of treatment options for hammertoe. The podiatrist will choose a treatment based on the severity of a person's hammertoe and how it is impacting their feet and life. These may include any or all of the following.
o Padding corns and calluses. Your podiatrist can provide or prescribe pads designed to take the pressure off and protect corns from irritation. There are also over-the-counter pads that can be used, but the medicated types should be avoided. Medicated pads are generally not recommended because they contain a small amount of acid that can be harmful. They can cause the color to change on the toe (darker or lighter) and may cause ulcers/sores to the toes. This is especially true for people with diabetes. They must never use medicated corn pads.
o Changes in shoes. Avoid shoes with pointed toes, shoes that are too short, or shoes with high heels. All these conditions can force your toe against the front of the shoes and encourage or aggravate hammer toes. Instead, wear comfortable shoes with a deep, roomy front and heels no higher than two inches.
o Orthotic devices. A custom orthotic device placed in your shoe may help control the muscle/tendon imbalance and prevent or delay the hammertoes.
o Injection therapy. Corticosteroid injections are sometimes used to ease pain and inflammation caused by hammertoe.
o Medications. Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation in the toe.
o Splinting/strapping. Splints or small straps may be applied by the podiatrist to realign and straighten the bent toe.
When surgery is needed
In some cases, when the hammertoe has become more rigid and painful, when the conservative treatment has not helped or when an open sore has developed, surgery is needed to treat the hammertoe.
The podiatrist will choose the best procedure to fix your hammertoe based on how bad they are, the number of toes involved, your age, your activity level, and your general health. Surgery can be performed to fix one or more hammertoes. The time to heal after surgery depends on the procedure(s) performed but can be between three to six weeks.
oFor more information on hammertoes visit www.foothealth.com or www.apma.org. To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street; or call 325-2996 for an appointment; or call Bahamas Surgical Associates Centre on Albury Lane, off Shirley Street; or call 394-5820 for an appointment.
Nothing ruins a perfect summer vacation faster than a painful or injured foot. Summer is the time we spend lots of time outdoors and barefoot. This increases the risk of injury and pain to the feet. From the airport to your hotel room or from the beach to your backyard, there are many opportunities for injury to your feet including puncture wounds, sunburn, fractures and much more.
Here are 10 steps you can take to prevent foot and ankle pain and injury and keep your feet safe this summer:
o Wear comfortable shoes when traveling -- especially at the airport. You never know how long you will have to wait in line, how far you will walk to the terminal, or if you will have to make a mad dash to make a connecting flight. Loose-fitting flip-flops and sandals increase your risk of tripping, falling and spraining your ankle.
o Wear socks with those comfortable shoes. Not only do socks protect your feet's skin from shoe friction that can cause blisters and calluses, but they can also keep your feet healthy. You're required to remove your shoes before you enter the walk-through metal detectors at airports. Walking barefoot through an airport exposes your feet to bacteria and viruses that could cause plantar warts and athlete's foot. Socks can also keep your feet warm especially on cold airplanes or airports.
o Avoid wearing new shoes on vacation. They can be stiff and unforgiving causing friction and blisters. If you plan to dance the night away or do a lot of walking, wear comfortable, well-fitting supportive shoes that will make your feet as happy as you are.
o Check your children's shoes for fit and comfort, too.
o Bring flip-flops or sandals. Avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms, airports and around pools, where you may pick up bacteria, viruses or funguses that can cause athlete's foot, plantar warts, toenail fungus or other infections.
o Pack an antifungal cream or powder. If you're staying in a hotel or using public pools or showers, wear flip flops or sandals, sanitize your feet with an antiseptic and use an antifungal product to help prevent athlete's foot.
o Place a towel or rug on the floor before entering the shower or bathtub. This can prevent slipping when you exit. The towel will also help protect your feet from infections.
o If you are traveling for more than two hours, be sure to get up and stretch your legs and pump your feet. This will help circulate the blood to prevent deep vein thrombosis, or dangerous blood clots in the legs. Consider wearing compression socks on the plane to also help prevent blood clots and deep vein thrombosis by pushing the blood through the legs and back to the lungs and heart.
o Pack a small first aid kit. Chances are you may develop a blister from that long walk through the shopping mall or scrape your foot on a piece of coral at the beach. Clean your injured feet with saline, apply a small amount of antibiotic cream and cover with a Band-aid or gauze. Observe to make sure it is healing in a couple of days.
o For more serious injures see a podiatrist as soon as possible. Remember to pack your insurance card for your vacation. If you suffer an injury like a puncture wound, fracture or ankle sprain, you should be evaluated and treated by a podiatrist within 24 hours to ensure proper healing and prevent complications.
Following these simple steps can ensure that your feet play their part in making sure your vacation is enjoyable and safe rather than ruined with screams of "oh my aching feet."
o For more information visit www.foothealth.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street or call 325-2996 for an appointment or Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane or call 394-5820 for an appointment.
LONDON, England - Young V'Alonee Robinson is another one of those first-time Olympians having the time of their lives here in this historic city.
Robinson, who finished third in the women's 100 meters (m) at the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials, is a part of the relay pool for The Bahamas at these 30th Olympic Games. She is set to represent The Bahamas in the women's 4x100m relay. The 20-year-old rising star is taking in everything the Olympics has to offer. On her off days, she said she has just been relaxing, walking around the Athlete's Village and enjoying her first Olympic experience.
"This is a wonderful experience. This is the big stage for athletes and I'm just happy to be here. This is the Olympics - everything is big here. It's a great experience and I'm just happy to be a part of it," she said.
The former St. Augustine's College (SAC) sprinter is one of the young up-and- coming sprinters in the country. She has a personal best time of 11.57 seconds in the 100m, ran this year at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) East Regionals. As one of the alternates on the sprint relay team, she could very well run the heats at these games.
The heats of the women's 4x100m are set for Thursday August 9 at the Olympic Stadium, and the final is set for Friday, August 10.
"I'm a bit nervous but for me, it's good nerves. It's good to be here and represent my country at such a big meet. To know that Bahamians are here supporting us, and back home as well, it gets me even more excited to compete."
With sprinters like young Robinson surging to the forefront, the future of Bahamian female sprinting appears very encouraging. She and other young female sprinters like Anthonique Strachan, Sheniqua Ferguson and Carmeisha Cox have big shoes to fill, with the 'Golden Girls' setting a very high standard. But these young speedsters certainly have the potential of living up to that legacy.
"I think I'm really coming along as a sprinter. I'm happy with my progress," said Robinson. "I have targets that I have set for myself in the future, so hopefully I can achieve them. You will definitely be hearing more from me."
That same confidence has garnered Robinson a spot on this year's Olympic team. She has always believed in her ability, and now, others are starting to take note as well. The Auburn sophomore trains under the watchful eyes of Bahamian coach Henry Rolle. She's hoping to really make an impact on the collegiate scene next year.
As for the London Olympics, she said that she just wants to get on the track. The Bahamas' women's 4x100m team qualified in the 15th of 16 spots for these games. There's no doubt in the minds of many though, that once the right pieces are in place, they can qualify for the final and give a good account of themselves once they get there.
Thursday 17th May 2012 8:30 PM
Thursday Salsa Night ( Bahamas Salsa Group) Havana Night will be hosted at Via Caffe every Thursday night at 8:30pm until 11pm. To continue to enjoy this free night of salsa lessons and dancing we request that you patronize Via Caffé by purchasing food and drinks from their wonderful unique menu inclusive of Italian cuisine. Ask about the drink specials each week. Dress code: casual or come in your BSSN t-shirts. Don't forget your comfortable shoes. SALSA SOCIAL We have been enjoying a Salsa Social every week since March 2010. We started off in The Bullion at the British Colonial Hilton, moved to Hard Rock Cafe in April 2011 and have just completed a succesful twelve weeks in Sharkeez. There have been many memorable nights of fun with locals and visitors from near and far. We continue to see a host of new dancers catch the Salsa bug after which they never miss a week. The free lessons have developed over time to include the basic introductory Salsa steps, Cha cha, now the Merengue Electric Slide (a hit with beginners) and Bachata. See you every Thursday for a night of fun. Vibe at Via this week Friday Happy Hour ( with DJ Alpha sounds) Saturday Ladies Night ( with DJ Alpha sounds) Scotia Bank Bldg Parliament St. & Woodes Rogers Walk 242-322-7210 Count Down to the second annual dance competition - 23 June 2012 @ Atlantis, Paradise Island Come out and practice your moves so you can compete or enjoy the after party. Click HERE to see more about the event.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Volunteers throughout The Bahamas are preparing to take part in the Ocean Conservancy's "27th Annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)" on Saturday, September 15th, 2012. Every year in September, more than half-a-million people in 100 countries remove millions of pounds of trash from beaches and waterways all over the world.
This year celebrates 27 years of volunteerism for a healthier ocean. Over the last quarter-century, the International Coastal Cleanup has grown from a single cleanup on a Texas beach to a worldwide movement to end the threat of trash in our ocean. As such, it not only makes a powerful statement about global concern for the environment, it also empowers local communities to do something about pollution.
"The Bahamas has participated for many years in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup and we will again this year to make a difference to our marine environment," said Linzi Knowles Belton, Education Supervisor for Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island and National Coordinator of International Coastal Cleanup in New Providence.
"Last year, many volunteers in New Providence collected tons of trash which is an extraordinary accomplishment. This year, we will be focusing on Yamacraw Beach, behind Stoke's Cabana from 8:00 a.m. until 12 p.m. and we encourage members of the public to join us. Please wear closed-in shoes, bring water bottle, sunscreen and gardening gloves. Abaco and Grand Bahama are also participating and are hosting clean ups of their beaches."
Monday 4th July 2011 9:30 AM
4th July, 2011 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace Tonique Williams-Darling Highway Cost: $150/weekly per child A summer bowling league that gives kids ages 5-13 a chance to enjoy 4 fun-filled weeks of learning the sport of bowling. Price includes bowling shoe rental, program material, camp T-shirt, field trips, etc. Register your child today! For more information telephone: (242)-326-8012.
Phat Groove Entertainment's Bad Boys of Comedy show lived up to its name. It was a total laugh fest, so for a comedy lover like myself, the show was a hit.
I arrived at the Rainforest Theater in the Wyndham Hotel a little late, but thankfully the show had started on a mellow note with The Illest reggae fusion band, so I didn't miss any of the comedy action. (And just as an aside, The Illest set the mood appropriately with their song selections, ranging from their originals to contemporary popular songs from artists like Bob Marley and Adele.) They really got the crowd going. And just when you were ready for more host comedian Rayzor got the show started as he put the crowd in a tizzy with his endless jokes about celebrities and the lives they lead.
The first act of the night was Bahamian comedian Demetrius. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when it came to Demetrius. And before he had even told the first joke he was already a comical sight, prancing onto the stage looking like super baby in a bonnet, poofy shoes and cape.
He regaled us with his humor about raising children and the comical life children lead when with grandparents. While the crowd was in stitches, there were moments during his act when I thought Demetrius tried too hard, because I didn't know whether to laugh at the joke, or at him in general. Nevertheless, he was good.
Then of course there was the Bahamian Mr. Brown, who took to the stage periodically to do his Mr. Brown booty tremble. It was pretty funny, but to be honest I really wanted to see the bad boys.
And the first one to bring it was Johnathan Martin, a comedian who has appeared not only in "Bad Boys of Comedy" but also "Def Jam" and "Comic View". Now talk about hilarious. This dude's show started with energy and he never let up.
He talked about the good old days when life was harder but easier. He talked about being raised by his loving, but thrifty mother and strict, but cheap father. Although he joked that his mother often bought irregular clothes and how he had to suffer wearing them throughout the years and his father often switched religions so he wouldn't have to buy his children presents or food, there was a message in what he was saying, and it was funny. The topics he addressed were something the people could all relate to.
If I thought that Martin was funny, then A.G. White was totally uproarious. He was a Caucasian comedian with an unfamiliar black audience but he was confident with it and threw caution to the wind when it came to telling his jokes.
He went from topics like how to cuss properly, growing up in New York to how stereotypical the world can be generally. And one of the best parts of his act for me was the Jamaican accent he used to add flavor to several jokes. But what really made him stand out to me throughout the night was how he entwined popular songs into his act to make his jokes almost three dimensional. And he was unafraid to cross boundaries and make jokes about himself and black people. But by no means were his jokes racist. They were applicable and I can honestly say he brought tears to my eyes -- that's how hard I laughed.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, the headliner, Brooklyn Mike brought the house down. Although his subject matter was limited to sex and relationships, for the most part he was the perfect cap to the event.
Brooklyn Mike's performance was stellar in describing why it's easier on females during a breakup than the male. He went into comedic detail about the crazy things people do for love even during a tumultuous relationship. He acted his jokes out and really got the crowd involved in the joke-telling. The only sore point for me in his performance was when he made a joke about robbery-rape role playing considering the recent headlines in local newspapers. But the crowd didn't seem to get too down on that point and he kept on riddling off hard-hitting jokes. By the end of the night my tummy was aching from the bellyful of laughs. The Bad Boys of Comedy show was definitely one of the best comedy shows I've attended recently. It was on point from start to finish. I was not disappointed.
LONDON, England - If South Africa wins a medal in the men's 4x400-meter (m) final tonight, it could potentially create a serious uproar at these 30th Olympic Games.
According to reports, the South Africans were re-instated into the relay and allowed to run the final after it was ruled that their second leg runner, Ofentse Mogawane, was tripped by the Kenyan runner in the heats. Kenya was taken out of contention, and South Africa didn't even finish the race. This immediately raised the question as to why the South Africans should be allowed to run in the final, if they didn't complete the race.
Mogawane was injured in the collision, suffering a dislocated shoulder, and had to be helped off the track. 'The Blade Runner', Oscar Pistorius, was set to run the third leg for South Africa and will undoubtedly run in the final tonight, fuelling speculation that the team was only re-instated because of the marketability of the no-legged star, and the global attention he attracts. Pistorius is a media darling wherever he goes, quite frankly because of his ability to compete at this level. He is the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics.
"The ruling is certainly unusual," said Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) Secretary General Romell 'Fish' Knowles. "I think that it certainly puts the other teams at a competitive disadvantage going into the final, but it's a decision that we will have to live with, and just wait and see what happens."
Knowles said that he's unsure if The Bahamas can again protest the decision that was handed down, but added that is something that they will certainly explore.
"I think that it is a decision that has to be protested now, but I'm sure that the coaching staff and the Chef de Mission will review the decision that was made," he said. "To get a pass to the final begs the question of what would have happened if the shoe was on the other foot. Would we have been so fortunate if that was us?"
As for 'The Blade Runner', he was given the name because of his iron prosthetic legs. He will apparently run the third leg for the South Africans in the final tonight. They will run out of lane one.
There are some runners who are of the opinion that double amputee Pistorius shouldn't be running with athletes who are not disabled, because it could create an unfair advantage in either direction. For instance, they say, it could be looked at that he is able to accomplish something with no legs that most can't do with two, because of hard work and dedication; but at the same time, he is immune to injuries related to the Achilles and foot, unlike able-bodied athletes. Be that as it may, after a successful protest, Pistorius and South Africa will run in the final tonight.
After the decision was handed down, Pistorius tweeted: 'It's on. We're in the final.'
According to the protest committee, Kenya was disqualified when the official ruled that the Kenyan runner, Vincent Mumo Kiilu, cut across too soon and caused Mogawane's fall.
Only the top three finishers from each semi-final heat and the next two fastest finishers were initially entitled to run in the final. The Bahamas finished as the top qualifier in its fourth fastest time ever, 2:58.87; the United States matched that time to also automatically qualify, and the other finalists are Trinidad & Tobago, Great Britain, Cuba, Belgium, Russia and Poland.
The two men police believe are responsible for the shooting death of an off-duty police reservist were literally dragged into the South Street court complex to be charged with his murder yesterday.
Clemson Edgecombe, 22, and Andrew Gibson, 28, who appeared to have trouble getting up the steps, were carried up the stairs by officers to appear before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez.
At one point, Gibson stumbled causing his shoes to slip off his feet, leaving him barefoot, as police carried him inside.
Both men were charged with the murder and armed robbery of police reservist Dennis Clarke on May 31.
According to police, Clarke was outside Superwash on Prince Charles Drive last Thursday when the occupants of a silver Toyota in the parking lot reportedly approached and shot.
Gibson was unable to stand as the charges were read. He claimed that the entire left side of his body was in pain.
Meanwhile, Edgecombe was charged with another armed robbery that occurred on May 17.
Police claim Edgecombe robbed Pedro Brennan of $700 worth of goods and $200 cash.
Edgecombe's attorneys told the court that their client was beaten by police and forced to sign a statement.
Gibson's attorney, Stanley Rolle, said his client was also abused and was brought to court barefoot, something he described as inhumane.
Gomez ordered that both defendants be taken to see a doctor immediately. The men were not required to enter a plea today and will return to court on August 22 for service of a voluntary bill of indictment.
Two local companies have officially thrown their financial support behind the Olympic trials for the sport of track and field.
The generous donations from communications giant, the Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) and Scotiabank Bahamas Limited will ensure that the Olympic trials, hosted by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) will run smoothly. The two-day meet, which will feature several head-to-head competitions, is now being referred to as the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials.
The meet will be held June 22-23 at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. It is a mandatory event for all persons hoping to be named to the squad. The official team will be named that Sunday.
"The Olympic fever has begun in The Bahamas with the London 2012 Olympic Games being just 43 days away," said Kevin Teslyk, managing director at Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is again proud to be partners with the BAAA as we showcase the very best of track and field in The Bahamas, at the BTC/Scotiabank Trials 2012."
The trials will also serve as the last opportunity for many of the junior athletes wanting to meet the qualifying standards for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Junior World Championships. With so many of the local junior athletes ranked so high in the world, president of the BAAA Mike Sands is confident that the mixture will add the much needed flavor to the meet.
Young Anthonique Strachan has the fastest time in the world, for junior female athletes, in the 100 meters (m). Strachan has already qualified for the Olympic Games with her season's best of 11.22 seconds. She will contest the 100m dash with fellow training partner Sheniqua Ferguson and veteran sprinter Chandra Sturrup, both of whom have posted fast times this year, and have qualified for the London Games.
In the half lap event, on the junior circuit, Strachan follows Shaunae Miller who has a best of 22.70 seconds. Both are a shoe-in for the Olympic Games and the IAAF Junior World Championships, Strachan has a best of 22.75 seconds.
It is not certain if Miller will contest the loaded 200m, which will include national record holder Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Sheniqua Ferguson, among several others. However, she will line up in the 400m with Christine Amertil, an Olympic finalist in the event.
Junior quartermiler O'Jay Ferguson's name is ranking among the elite athletes. He is one of the favorites going into the 400m event, during the trials. Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu, Demetrius Pinder and Avard Moncur should not be counted out. Ramon Miller and Andretti Bain have also entered the stacked field.
On the field, national record holder in the men's triple jump event Leevan Sands will be challenged by Lathone and Latario Collie-Minns. Raymond Higgs has moved over the long jump clearing the way for Ryan Ingraham, Trevor Barry and Donald Thomas.
Barry has already met the qualification standard of 2.31m, which is the A level set by the IAAF. The B standard is 2.28m and Ingraham has cleared that.