FOOT TIPS

FROM OUR DOCTORS

Here are a few tips that we recommend to help encourage better foot health for your body.

  Foot Tip 1

 

Patients often suffer from foot pain that might simply resolve with proper shoes.  Here are a few suggestions when shoe shopping:

 

  • Pick a good shoe with a solid shank, stiff heel counter, and adequate cushion.

  • Ask to have your feet measured, as feet tend to lengthen over the years.

  • To accommodate for swelling that can occur at the end of the day,

  • Remember to wear socks and shop in the evening.

  Foot Tip 3

 

Ingrown toenails can occur at any age, and the pain, often a result of soft tissue swelling and inflammation, can be debilitating.  Here are some tips to avoid ingrown nails:

 

  • Trim toenails so the leading corners of the nail can be seen.  For some, nails are thick and grow deep

  • down into the side of the toe.  These nails require

  • cutting the corners back at an angle.

  • Inflammation or abrasions on the toe, both common

  • precipitators of an ingrown nail, can be treated with

  • Epsom salt soaks, topical antibiotics, and antiseptics.

  • Avoid shoes that are too small or narrow.

Foot Tip 2

 

With the ever-increasing popularity of running, here are a few beginning tips to avoid injury:

 

  • Start Slow:  When you begin training for long distance running, ease into the mileage slowly.  Short bursts and hard workouts up front are a frequent cause of injury.

  • Shoe Wear:  Limit mileage on running shoes to 250-300 miles.  Shoes take a beating and will lose the ability to provide control, cushion, and prevent injury.

  • Listen to Your Body:  Pain is a great indicator that injury is at the door.  Stop running and switch to cross training, then ease back into running slowly.

  • Cross-Training:  Swimming, cycling, etc., are great ways to burn calories, allow for healing when injured, and maintain cardiovascular endurance.

  • Strengthen Your Core:  Pilates, Yoga, and weight training help to decrease injury and are proving to be beneficial in improving running performance.

  • Know Your Limits:  There are many foot and body types, but not all are great for running long distances.  Where some are able to run a marathon, others do much better and remain injury-free when running 5-10K races.

  Foot Tip 4

 

The sandal and flip-flop season is coming to a close.  For people suffering from bunions and hammertoes, slipping back into shoes and boots can produce pain and discomfort.  Conservative treatments for these conditions are not always effective, as the pain results from an actual deformity, but here are a few recommendations:



  •    Shoes measured to your arch length will insure the widest part of the shoe accommodates your bunion.

  •    Purchase wider shoes, shoes with a deeper toe box, shoes with full mesh construction, etc.

  •   Bunion and hammertoe splints are available, but require a lot of maintenance and consistency.

  •    Icing the area, decreased activity,  anti-inflammatory medications, custom orthotics, and even weight loss can go a long way in reducing inflammation and pain.

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