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Posts for tag: Footwear

June 04, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Foot Care   Child Podiatry  

While it might not be something you think about often (or at all), the health of your child’s feet is important. Your child is growing by leaps and bounds and certain habits and other factors can affect how your child’s feet develop or if they experience injuries or other problems down the road. Unfortunately, a lot of children end up wearing shoes that are far too small for their feet, which can lead to pain, structural imbalances and certain foot deformities.

We know that going shoe shopping is certainly not a walk in the park for most parents; however, it’s an important component to making sure your child maintains healthy feet. There are many things to think about when it comes to picking the right shoes, and your podiatrist can also provide suggestions and tips to make the world of shoe shopping easier for you and your little one.

Some factors that you should consider when shopping for the right shoes include:

  • Your child’s age
  • The shoe’s material
  • Your child’s shoe size
  • The shoe’s structure

A good rule of thumb is to shop for shoes every 2 months when your child is between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. Once they reach three and four, you’ll want to purchase new shoes approximately every four months. At the point that your child is five or six years old, every six months is a good time to swap out old shoes for new ones.

As you might already know, the bones of a baby or infant’s feet are soft and haven’t fully developed. To protect your child’s feet it’s important that they wear socks and soft shoes. Make sure that as your child’s feet grow that the toes have room to wiggle and move around within the shoes. Bunched-up toes are a major no-no!

Since your little one is growing by leaps and bounds it is important that you are constantly checking their shoe size for changes. Remember that feet swell throughout the day, so shoe shopping should be done at the end of the day when feet are at their largest. If you aren’t sure what size shoe your little one wears, you can ask one of the store’s footwear specialists for help.

Of course, you can’t forget the importance of choosing the right socks, as well. Socks can prevent your little one from blisters, calluses and other foot problems. They can also wick away sweat and prevent fungal infections. When it comes to choosing the right socks for your little one consider the type of fabric, your child’s activity level, the size of your child’s feet and sensitivities they might have to certain fabrics.

When in doubt, you should talk to a foot doctor who can provide you with advice, answer any questions you might have about your child’s developing feet and also provide comprehensive care, when needed.

April 04, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Footwear  

While high-heeled shoes may look stylish or complement your favorite outfit, they are rarely the best option for a woman's feet. According to a study by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 39 percent of women wear high heels every day; of the women who wear heels daily, three out of four reported foot problems. Despite these numbers, many women continue to underestimate the health risks associated with high heels.

High-heeled shoes disrupt the body's alignment, crowd the toes and force the body's weight onto the ball of the foot. Wearing heels can contribute to a variety of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis: The Achilles tendon and calf muscles tighten and shorten as the front of the foot moves down in relation to the heel. This causes stress and painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon.

  • Bunion:. Narrow-toed shoes can cause a bony growth on the joint at the base of the big toe. The bunion forces the big toe to slant in toward the other toes, resulting in discomfort, blisters, corns and calluses.

  • Hammertoes: A narrow toe box crowds the smaller toes into a bent, claw-like position at the middle joint.

  • Metatarsalgia: Continued high heel wear can lead to joint pain in the ball of the foot as a result of heels forcing the body's weight to be redistributed.

  • Ankle injuries: Because heels impair balance and increase the risk of falling, ankle sprains and fractures are common.

  • Pump Bump: The rigid back of a pump-style shoe can cause pressure that irritates the heel bone, creating a bony enlargement known as Haglund's deformity.

  • Neuromas: A narrow toe box and high heel can compress and create a thickening of tissue around a nerve between the third and fourth toes, leading to pain and numbness in the toes.

Still not willing to ditch the heels? There are ways to relieve some of the damaging effects of high heels.

  • Avoid heels taller than 2 inches

  • Choose thicker, more stable heels. Thicker heels are still stylish, plus they lessen the stress on your feet and provide better shock absorption.

  • If you must wear heels, wear your gym shoes or flats for commuting and change into your heels once you arrive to your destination.

  • Stretch and massage your calf, heel, and foot muscles. This helps relax the muscles and tendons and prevents them from tightening and shortening.

  • Avoid shoes with pointed toes

High heel shoes can cause pain and foot deformities that can last a lifetime. So the next time you go to slip on your heels for a long day at work or a night out, consider the consequences and rethink your options. If foot pain persists, visit us for treatment.

March 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Toenails   Skin Conditions  

Your feet take you everywhere, but they can endure a lot of stress in the process. The impact of daily activities like walking and climbing stairs exposes your feet to constant pressure. Even standing for long periods at a time puts added stress on your feet. For everything your feet go through in a day, it is important to care for them. Caring for your feet daily will help keep them healthy, as well as prevent potential foot problems. Regular exams from your expert podiatrists Dr. Eric Silvers, Dr. Dustin Lloyd and Dr. Christopher Witt at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, in McKinney and Prosper, TX, can also keep your feet healthy.

Ways to Care for Your Feet

An important step to caring for your feet daily is wearing comfortable shoes that are the right fit. Good fitting shoes should provide adequate support for your feet without hurting them. Avoid wearing footwear that feels too tight or hurts your feet when worn. Additionally, flat footwear styles, such as flip flops and flats, might feel comfortable but provide little to no support for your arches. These styles should be avoided. Your McKinney or Prosper podiatrist can assess your feet and recommend the best types of footwear for you.

Other steps you can take to care for your feet daily include keeping the skin and toenails clean and dry. Doing so can help prevent athlete’s foot and other similar conditions. Keep the feet and nails clean by washing them daily. Be sure to dry them completely afterward so that the skin is no longer damp. For skin that tends to be dry, apply a moisturizer to the feet after washing and drying them. The toenails should also be trimmed regularly. Longer nails attract more dirt and germs. When trimming the nails, clip or cut them straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.

Another way to care for your feet is to keep the blood flowing. After sitting or standing for long periods of time, make a point to move the ankles and wiggle the toes. This will help keep the blood flowing. Putting your feet up when sitting is also helpful. If you develop pain in the feet or ankles, be sure to see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist can examine your feet for signs of injury and prescribe an appropriate treatment if needed.

Caring for your feet daily is an important aspect of keeping them healthy. There are many things you can do on your own, such as wearing comfortable footwear that fits properly, to take care of your feet. It is also important to see a podiatrist when you experience any pain or discomfort in your feet. To schedule a foot exam with an experienced podiatrist in McKinney or Prosper, TX, contact the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center at (972) 542-2155.