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Thursday, 02 August 2018 01:34

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As the summer comes to an end, that means it’s time to start shopping for the kids’ back to school supplies. One item many parents tend to look over is footwear. Not every shoe is made the same when it comes to its purpose, structure, and comfort level. Here are two tips to follow when you are looking for the right pair of shoes for your kids for the new school year.

MATERIAL: The first criteria, right off the bat, is the shoe material. The child’s age can definitely play a factor in this. Toddlers need shoes to be lightweight and flexible; more comfortable walkers can have shoes with grip. Preschoolers need shoes that are sturdy, but still flexible. You should easily be able to “fold” the shoe in half or twist the toe. Older kids need shoes that are sturdy and supportive with grip.

SIZING: “They seem to grow so fast, doesn’t it seem like a good idea to buy their shoes a little big? They’ll grow into them right?” There’s nothing wrong with not overspending on shoes, but too big of shoes makes walking and running that much harder. 

If you have any questions or concerns about Morton’s Neuroma, or any other foot and ankle issues, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Thursday, 02 August 2018 01:31

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Believe it or not, exercise is extremely beneficial for your ankles and feet. Exercising your feet on a regular basis not only improves overall foot health, but may also reduce your risk for injury. When you walk, you put your foot through its full range of motion, from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes. Here are some benefits of exercise related to your feet and ankles…

HEEL SPURS: Exercise is a powerful tool to help alleviate pain from heel spurs and can help in dealing with some of the symptoms. When exercising to alleviate heel spurs, exercising strengthens muscles around the surrounding tissue around the ankle. Stretching will also keep the tendons around the ankle flexible. It is important to keep in mind that exercising incorrectly and forgetting to protect your feet can lead to further pain.

ARTHRITIS: Exercise is a key aspect of arthritic foot care, as it not only strengthens the muscles and joints but helps prevent further injury and pain as well. Stretching the Achilles tendon, the tendon located in the back of your heel, will give you added mobility and reduce pain due to stress. 

PLANTAR FASCIITIS: Slowly stretching and exercising your feet to re-strengthen the tissue to overcome issues such as over-pronation are all ways to help manage your plantar fasciitis.

If you have any question or concern about how exercise affects your feet and/or ankles, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:01

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Morton's Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet. It usually affects the area between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma refers to a benign growth that can occur in different parts of the body. Morton's Neuroma strictly affects the feet. This condition causes the tissue around the nerves that lead to the toes to become thick, causing pain in the ball of the foot.

This condition can be caused by injury, pressure or irritation. It is common for burning pain in the ball of the foot to be experienced. Numbness and tingling may also occur. With the onset of this condition, a person may feel pain when tight or narrow shoes are worn. As the condition worsens, the pain may persist for days, or even weeks.

There are some factors that can play a role in the development of Morton's Neuroma. These include wearing ill fitting shoes that cause pressure to the toes, such as high-heels. Also, high impact exercise may contribute to the cause of this condition. Another cause includes walking abnormally due to bunions or flat feet, which causes excessive pressure and irritates the tissue.

If you have any questions or concerns about Morton’s Neuroma, or any other foot and ankle issues, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 00:57

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From heels to boots to sandals… the footwear options are endless. But, did you know that going barefoot has been shown to have various benefits for our health? Yes! In fact, as we evolved as humans, we didn’t have shoes and so our body became designed to walk on bare feet. 

So what are some benefits of walking barefoot?

  • You get more muscle development walking barefoot as your muscles are used in a more intense way to support yourself. The more developed your leg and foot muscles are, the less likely you are to injure your ankle or trip over.

  • It can possibly help you sleep. A study in PubMed revealed that walking barefoot on the earth influences physiologic processes and induces relaxation. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine also reported that people who had been exposed to this had a better night’s sleep compared with those who did not walk barefoot regularly.

  • It can lessen aches and pains. After a day in shoes, your feet can be hot, sore, and cramped. This not only leaves you with achy feet, but your whole body feeling uncomfortable as well. Simply stepping out of shoes lets our feet stretch and readjust,  possibly leading to less overall aches and pains.

When going barefoot, it is important to do so only in a safe, comfortable area. And if you have any serious back or foot issues, be sure to consult with your doctor first! If you have any question or concern about your feet and/or ankles, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:27

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With warm summer weather taking over and the cold days now behind us, most of us are taking out our sandals. Flip-flops are light in weight, allow air to hit our feet freely, and are often a quick solution in our hectic lives. But, did you know they may be causing you more harm then good?

While they may feel comfortable, flip-flops can potentially cause serious foot, hip, knee, and back injuries. Lack of support can cause critical problems in the arch and heel of the foot, including plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of tissue on the bottom of the foot. Wearing flip-flops can also cause long-term arch and heel pain.

Flip-flops can also alter the way you walk. Due to the structure of this type of sandal, our toes tend to crunch up tightly to hang on to the sandal. The tension created from this action often leads to hip, knee, and back pain. Foot doctors often caution that if you plan on wearing flip-flops, shop for brands that offer arch support, and don't wear them for long periods of time.

If you have any questions or concerns about proper footwear, sandals or any other types, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:20

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Summer is almost here and that means it’s almost beach time! Aside from the beautiful view of the ocean, did you know walking on the beach has many health benefits? Here are a few reasons why walking and running on sand is something you should consider…

    • You know that mild struggle you feel when take a step forward in dry sand and your foot sinks a bit trying to get traction? That's your muscles at work! Scientists say it takes 2.1–2.7 times more energy to walk or run on sand than it does to move at the same pace on hard surfaces. That energy is used to strengthen all the muscles between your feet and back, especially your calves, quadriceps and glutes. 
    • Health advocates say that walking barefoot at the beach grounds us.  At the very least, it reconnects us to nature’s beauty which helps reduce stress as life finds perspective. It is so relaxing that most people walk further distances than they normally would on treadmills, tracks or city streets.  Pedometer steps increase without effort.
    • Instead of pounding your joints and feet on hard pavement, sand acts as a natural cushion as well as a natural exfoliant! Wet sand acts as an exfoliant that helps peel dead skin cells from your body. Try it out by walking or running in loose sand and then wandering into the path of shallow waves from time to time to wash it off. It will work for the rest of your body, too!

For a short stroll down the beach bare feet are fine, but if you are going to walk a longer distances then make sure you walk in shoes. If you have any question or concern about your feet and/or ankles, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

Friday, 04 May 2018 01:42

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While running may seem like an easy fail-free type of activity, there are ‘wrong’ ways to run. In fact, running improperly can cause discomfort and even harm to your feet, ankles, knees, and back. If running is something you partake in more often than not, you might want to spend time perfecting your style and posture.

Improving your running form can help you run faster, more efficiently and comfortably, and with less stress on your body and reduced injury risk. Follow these tips to work on perfecting your running form:

  • Keep your eyes forward! Your eyes should be focused on the ground about 10 to 20 feet ahead of you. Don't stare at your feet.
  • Don't be a toe runner or a heel-striker! Try to land on the middle of your foot, and then roll through to the front of your toes.
  • Make sure your toes are pointed forward. Running with your feet pointed in or out could lead to running injuries.
  • Keep your arms at a 90 degree angle, and at waist level. Many runners have a tendency to keep their arms high. This could cause you to feel tightness and tension in your shoulders and neck.

If you have any questions or concerns about perfecting your running form, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Friday, 04 May 2018 01:37

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Corns and calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin that form as a result of friction or pressure on the skin. Corns and calluses develop naturally to help protect the skin underneath them. Calluses can develop anywhere on the body where there is repeated friction. Corns develop due to bone pressure against the skin. They are common on the tops and sides of the toes and on the balls of the feet. 

if stubborn corns and calluses remain on your feet, you may want to consider an intensive treatment to help smooth the tough, dead skin. There are several home remedies you can try to reduce the severity of corns and calluses:

  • Apply vitamin E and/or moisturizing lotion to the area daily.
  • Pumice stone or foot file can help remove some of the dead skin.
  • Over-the-counter products made to specifically tackle resistant patches of rough, dry skin. 
  • Use padding to protect calluses from further irritation during activity.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly.

Most corns and calluses will have responded to your foot treatments by day three and should be significantly reduced and softened. 

Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:08

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Heel spurs are more common than people expect them to be. They are most common in people age forty and over, although heel spurs can occur in people younger than forty. They are common in those with poor circulation and with degenerative diseases. People who suffer from arthritis may suffer from heel spurs as well.

Exercise is a powerful tool to help alleviate pain from heel spurs and can help in dealing with some of the symptoms. It is important to remember the correct way to place the feet when exercising so as to avoid making the problems worse, or creating problems. Stretching will also help as it keeps the tendons around the ankle flexible.

There are some less conventional ways that are becoming more popular ways to treat heel spurs. One option would be to use a night splint which reduces the pain caused from heel spurs if worn overnight. Other alternative treatment methods that can be used are ultrasound, or acupressure. There are also other tolls that can be used are heel cups, heel seats, heel pads, arch supports, and insoles.

If you have any questions about heel spurs, reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 654-5566!

Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:03

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As you get older, the 26 bones and 30 joints in your body lose flexibility and elasticity. Your foot’s natural shock absorbers will wear down too. Arthritis leaves your joints distorted and inflamed, making arthritic foot care an important thing to consider for your overall health.

Treatment for arthritis aims to control pain, minimize joint damage, and improve or maintain function and quality of life. Treatment might involve:

  • medications
  • exercise
  • physical or occupational therapy
  • weight loss
  • surgery

If you would like to know more about arthritis and arthritic foot care, please don’t hesitate to give us a call: (631) 654-5566.

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