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Thursday, 05 May 2016 10:27

Changing Your Shoes for the New Season

It is very important to have shoes that have just the right amount of arch support, particularly for those who transition into boots during the winter time. Seasonal Footwear all have their own unique support issues. Most boots lack the cushion and support that sneakers have while summer sandals do not provide proper ankle support.

Wearing appropriately-fitted shoes is a key part of keeping your feet healthy and in working order. You need shoes with good arch support and stable shoes, but it can be difficult to find the footwear that provides the best orthopedic fit for your feet. Without proper arch supports you leave yourself open to developing pain in your heels, ankles, knees and even lower back.

Dr. Foley and Dr. Ornelas of Superior Foot & Ankle Center have compiled a list of shoes and shoe retailers that are best suited to prevent a variety of foot-related injuries and issues. This list separates shoes by athletic categories, such as running, cross-training, basketball, hiking and golf. To avoid these problems you should always find shoes that have just the right amount of arch support or else wear orthotic insoles.

Here’s some information about what orthotics are and what different kinds are available.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts that correct a number of foot-related problems from flat feet to heal pain. While they do not fix any major biomechanical problems with your feet, they do provide relief for minor aches and pains.

Over the Counter Orthotics

There are a number of different kinds of over-the-counter orthotics that treat minor foot problems and alleviate pain. For example, arch supports can help correct fallen arches or flat feet while gel inserts help relieve foot and heel pain.

Prescription Orthotics

If you find that over-the-counter orthotics are not alleviating your pain, and it is best to consult a foot care professional about getting prescription orthotics. Prescription orthotics are high-quality inserts that address your specific foot care needs. These custom orthotics correct any number of serious foot problems from plantar fasciitis to abnormal motion. In addition, custom orthotics can relieve severe pain in your feet, knees, shins and back. They can even be used to help diabetic treat their painful foot ulcers and calluses. Prescription Orthotics are created by taking a mold or scan of your feet, so you know that your individual foot issues are being addressed.

Other Things You Should Know

You can find orthotics that are designed to fit and work inside high heel shoes.

Because over the counter orthotics can take a while to break in it is best to wear them around the house for a few days before wearing them to work. Many shoe brands come with extra padding and support. For example Cole Haan dress shoes and boots all come with Nike Air inserts.

Over the counter inserts can last anywhere from 3 months to a year, depending upon how much standing and walking you do at your job. For this reason, people with jobs that require a lot of standing and walking such as nurses and waitresses should have a spare pair of inserts just in case.

Now that you know the importance of having proper foot support in all of your shoes no matter what season it is, be sure to use orthotics to correct and prevent pain. If you are experiencing foot pain, no matter how minor, it is important to speak to a foot care professional as soon as possible to discuss ways to correct this issue. If you have any questions about orthotics; please feel free to contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Published in Pain Relief
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:23

Does Your Foot Pain Signal a Serious Condition?

You might be surprised to learn that many diseases have foot pain as one of their symptoms. Problems with the thyroid can cause nerve sensations in the feet; or degeneration in the lower back might irritate the nerves of the spine, impeding sensation in the feet. Learning what signs to look for could improve your life or even save it.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

PAD occurs when plaque – a fatty substance which builds up in the arteries in the legs – reduces blood flow to the lower legs and feet. Symptoms include cramping in the calves, or other parts of the leg while it is in motion. It may even cause foot pain, or prevent wounds in the foot from healing properly.

While the most obvious symptoms of PAD involve the legs, it is associated with hidden damage to the heart and brain. This means that PAD sufferers are at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure will also increase the risk of PAD. Medications may be prescribed, but diet and lifestyle changes are also necessary.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Gout

The Arthritis Foundation revealed that 46 million Americans have arthritis or other chronic joint problems. Of the 1.3 million Americans who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, 90 percent of them will experience symptoms in their foot and ankle.

RA develops when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, causing pain and swelling. If RA reaches the feet, pain will begin in the toes, and then spread to the feet and ankles later on. The joint damage caused by RA can even change the shape of the toes and feet, given enough time. RA treatment involves medication, exercise, and sometimes surgery.

Gout is another type of arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid in the body. The acid collects in the joints, especially the big toes, and will cause intense, episodic pain. The acid may even cause kidney stones if it builds up there.

Gout treatment involves exercise, lots of water, avoidance of certain medications, and staying at a healthy weight. Doctors may prescribe gout patients with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, or other medications.

Diabetes

Approximately 24 million Americans have diabetes, but 6 million don’t even know it. Diabetes is a condition in which glucose, or blood sugar, builds up in the blood. While glucose is necessary to fuel the body, an excess amount will damage nerves and blood vessels in the feet, causing decreased sensation and reduced blood flow.

Other symptoms of diabetes include numbness and tingling in the feet, and severe foot infections. While many people experience foot discomfort after a long day of standing, severe foot pain out of proportion with your activity level is a problem that should be reported to your doctor. Diabetes can lead to other major foot problems as well, and possibly surgical removal of the toe, foot, or lower leg.

Diabetes can be treated with medication and regular foot exams. It also requires lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, and wearing supportive shoes to mitigate foot trauma.

For more information on foot pain or to schedule an appointment, contact Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center.

Published in Diabetes

How to Choose the Best Running Shoe for You

Whether you’re a running novice or an experienced veteran, picking out running shoes can be a daunting task. It can be tempting to just grab the best looking pair from a popular brand, but the right shoes are imperative in preventing running-related injuries. With so many options bragging a variety of different features and claiming to help with an assortment of problems, it’s hard to know which shoes are right for you. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can keep in mind to help you make the right decision.

Shoe Buying Myths

To start, there are a number of myths surrounding running shoes. It’s important to not buy into them in order to find the best shoe for you.

There’s a Best Running Shoe

Many people choose a running shoe based on the popularity of a brand or shoe style, but everyone’s foot, running style, and needs are different. There’s no running shoe that is best for all, or even most, people. That’s why there are so many options available.

I’ve Found a Shoe I Like, so I Don’t Need to Try on Shoes Again

The same model of shoe won’t work for you forever. Models change slightly or even dramatically between years, as do your needs. Your running form can change over time due to injuries or strengthening and weakening muscles. Changes in your goals, routine, or running surface can also affect your needs. There’s also evidence that shows that alternating between different models from workout to workout can help to strengthen your ankle and foot.

The Right Shoe Will Help My Times

Your shoe won’t make you faster, but it can make you feel faster as your gait becomes more comfortable and natural. However, wear in the sole can slow you down and make you more prone to trips or falls as the shoes lose their grip. To prevent this, shoes should be replaced every 300 to 400 miles to prevent injury and ensure comfort.

Your Individual Needs

When shopping for running shoes, it’s helpful to determine your specific needs based on both the shape and size of your foot and your running style. Whenever you try on shoes, remember to bring any braces or inserts you need.

Shoe Size

When buying shoes, remember that size varies between brands and even between models within the same brand. The size you’ve worn in other shoes provide an estimate of the side you need, not a guarantee. Try on several different sizes to see what you like best. Laces should be snug and the ankle shouldn’t rub. You should have about a thumbnail’s space between your toe and the end of the box. (‘Barefoot’ style shoes are an exception. They should fit close to the toes, ‘like a glove.’) It’s helpful to try on shoes at the end of the day when they’ve swelled and are at their largest.

You should also remember that you don’t have to stick to the shoes in your gender’s section. Men with narrow feet may have luck with a women’s shoe while women with broad feet may have better luck with with a man’s shoe.

Arch Height

Like in any other shoes, having the proper support for your arch height in running shoes is important for ensuring comfort. Many running stores can help you determine your arch height, but you can also get some idea of your arch height at home using the ‘wet’ test.

Strike Location

When you foot hits the ground, it should land ankle first for the best possible form, but many people’s feet land farther forward on the foot. This can be corrected by the drop of the shoe, or the difference between the height of the toe and the height of the ankle of the shoe. A higher drop forces the foot to plant farther back.

Pronation

Pronation refers to the inward roll of the foot after the foot strikes the ground. Virtually everyone has some pronation, but there are shoes to stabilize over or under-pronation. For those who don’t need correction, minimalist or ‘barefoot’ shoes are options.

Superior Foot and Ankle Care Center

All of this information certainly provides guidance when shopping for running shoes, but what’s most important is that you find shoes that you like and makes you comfortable. If you overpronate but aren’t comfortable in any of the shoes for overpronation, not only will you be less likely to run, you may be more likely to hurt yourself, according to a 2015 study.

While finding the right shoes can be difficult, they are imperative to staying healthy while pursuing your running goals without injury. If you have difficulty finding the right pair, or suffer from a foot or ankle injury that makes running difficulty, the experts at Superior Foot and Ankle Care Center in Long Beach, California can provide you with the care and support you need to meet your goals. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and join our many satisfied customers.

Published in Health Tips
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 08:13

Bunion Surgery Myths – Busted!

Bunions are common but can be a painful disturbance and can begin to intrude on your daily activities. There are several methods to slow the progression of bunions; however bunion surgery is the only way to rid your feet of them properly. Many times, individuals have simply avoided surgery because of things “they’ve heard”; here are a few myths – busted.

Myth #1 – Bunion Surgery is Too Painful!

Reality: Bunion surgery is no more painful than any other surgery. Any foot surgery can have its fair share of pain because of the little tissue surrounding the foot. However, patients do feel some discomfort post-surgery but feel it is tolerable with pain medication and rest.

Myth #2 – I Will Be Forced to Wear a Cast

Reality: Long before, it was necessary to wear a cast after bunion surgery, but now with medical advances and minimally invasive techniques the procedure typically does not require patients to wear a cast. Patients are able to mobilize a lot quicker and are provided a surgical shoe instead. However, your surgeon may consider a cast for larger bunions that require a more complex procedure.

Myth #3 – I Will Not Work for 2-3 Months!

Reality: Length of recovery depends on your type of workplace and whether your bunion surgery was more complex. Patients with mild bunion surgery can return to their desk job within two weeks, jobs that require constant walking and or standing may require a medical leave of absence for about three to four weeks.

Not all bunions are treated the same. Bunion surgery, like all surgeries, is different for each individual. Contact your foot doctor at Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center to learn more about your bunion treatment options today.

Published in Bunions
Thursday, 06 November 2014 08:07

Top Four Tips for Nail Fungus Prevention

Toenail fungus also known as onychomycosis, is a common occurrence among adults. Many people get a nail fungus infection when using public gyms, shower stalls, swimming pools, or even unsanitary nail salons. Nail fungus is an infection that begins as a white or yellow spot under your nail. As the infection continues to grow it can lead to nail discoloration and your nail can begin to crumble. Prevent nail fungus by taking the following precautions:

Visiting a Nail Salon
This is one of the easiest ways to contract a nail fungus infection. There are so many people going in and out of theses shops that it is hard to tell whether the staff is taking proper precautions and sterilizing their tools properly. Prevent toenail fungus infection by taking your own pedicure kit with you when getting a pedicure at a salon protect your feet.

Keep Toenails Dry
Toenail fungus thrives in warm and moist environments making it a bit more difficult to get rid of. Be sure to change your socks frequently, especially after any sports or physical activities. Sprinkle antibacterial foot powder on your toes and shoes to soak up some of the moisture.

Prevent Fungus from Spreading
If you see white or yellowish spots beginning to form, soak your nails to prevent infection. Soak your feet in a mixture of 1 ounce of vinegar and 5 ounces of water, this solution can kill the bacteria that’s forming.

Cutting Nail Incorrectly
It’s important to know what the appropriate length is for toenails and how to cut them properly. Your toenail should line the tip of your toe and should be cut straight across and not round. Cutting them any lower than your normal length can leave your nail beds unprotected leading to a toenail fungus or an ingrown toenail.

Removing toenail fungus is difficult, which is why you should always take the proper precautions to prevent it. If your toenail is completely discolored and unattractive, contact your foot doctor in Long Beach to schedule an appointment to learn about your treatment options.

Published in Bunions

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