Posts for tag: Footwear
As we age, our feet will change shape and size, which can also predispose them to certain problems. This also means that your foot needs will change, particularly concerning footwear. Here’s how your feet will change:
- Loss of fat pads
- Dry, cracked skin
- The development or worsening of certain deformities such as hammertoes or bunions
- Widening or lengthening of the feet
- Loss of bone density (which can increase your risk for fracture)
- Changes in gait due to certain conditions such as neuropathy or arthritis
- Diabetic-related foot problems
- Issues with balance
You must look for shoes that provide proper cushioning and supportive insoles so that your feet can tackle the day-to-day activities. If you have foot problems or issues with gait, then you’ll want to turn to a podiatrist for an evaluation. Together, you can decide the proper footwear and whether prescription orthotics can also provide your feet with additional support and cushioning that footwear alone can’t.
You should turn to a specialty shoe store where they can analyze your gait, properly measure your feet, and determine whether the shoes you’re getting may require additional modifications including orthotics. For example, some shoes and brands adjust to foot swelling throughout the day, while others provide enough space to place orthotics.
- Any shoes with pointed toes
- Shoes with heels over 2 inches
- Shoes that aren’t non-slip
- Sandals or flip-flops
- Shoes that don’t have a firm sole (including your slippers)
- Old, worn shoes (that simply need to be tossed)
- Shoes with rocker soles (particularly if you have gait problems)
Wear Appropriate Footwear
Consider Shoe Inserts
Apply Protective Padding
Practice Pain Management
Do I need surgery for a hammertoe?
If you are dealing with hammertoes or other foot problems, you must have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular and immediate care.
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.
Easter is on its way, and with it, many children will get a visit from the Easter Bunny. This is an exciting time for friends and family as it brings people together to make many lasting memories. It can be especially endearing to watch small children run around happily on the hunt for Easter eggs that are hiding in the yard, just waiting for their treasures to be found and enjoyed. In many areas of the United States, the weather for Easter is usually mild. That means a lot of Easter egg hunts can occur outside in the nice weather. When you let your kids outside, try to keep them in their shoes because barefoot running can be dangerous to little developing feet.
Beware of Children Barefoot Running
While barefoot running indoors is encouraged for small children who are learning how to walk, it is not encouraged for children who are outside. Barefoot running and walking can help a child find their balance and give them better grip and confidence, especially indoors on the carpet or hardwood floor. Outside poses a whole different threat. Debris, germs, and animals feces are all commonly found outside. Debris can cut small feet and cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream. When bacteria enter the bloodstream, it can cause disease and infection to occur. Another risk factor is that if a cut is severe, it can cause a deformity as a child’s foot heals. Growing feet need to be kept in the best shape possible to promote healthy growth and development in the future.
What if my child doesn’t like shoes?
Every parent knows that it can be a nightmare putting a pair of shoes on a child or toddler that just doesn’t want anything to do with it. Some parents would even go so far as to say it is akin to wrestling an alligator. While the battle to put on shoes can be a hard one, it is a battle that is well worth the strength and aggravation.
Try to think outside of the box when asking your child to put on shoes. Offer them stickers to decorate their footwear to make them seem more approachable and fun. Alternatively, allow them to choose a set of shoes they like at the store to entice them into wearing them. Another fun option is buying special socks that can only be worn with shoes. In any case, make sure your child has their shoes on before they go outside to prevent injury.
If your battle is lost, and your child is outside before you even realize, do not fret. If they are injured, call a podiatrist immediately. Our staff can help treat your child’s feet and allow them to heal in a proper fashion so that they develop in a healthy way. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Our staff can help treat your child’s injured feet and educate you further on the dangers of barefoot running.
Our body has done amazing things all through time. Not only do we use our body to build things, we use it for transportation and to learn as well. The feet have been a means of transportation since human life began, but did you know the feet were also used as a measuring tool?
Years ago, the length of the foot was used as a form of measurement. Also, the distance of a step was used as a different type of measurement. The measurement “foot” used to refer to 11 1/42 inches. Today, the measurement has now become 12 inches, which is the average length of a male foot. Another common type of measurement was called the “pace.” The ancient Roman army used to march everywhere. When they marched, they marched in paces. A pace was equivalent to a double step. A double step equaled about 5 feet. This means that 1,000 paces were equivalent to marching one mile. Today a pace is smaller. Its measurements are estimated at about 2.5-3 feet.
Marching and using the feet as a measurement can pose a safety hazard in today’s world. This is why we now have a ruler, a yardstick, and other different tools to help us measure what we need. If you do try out marching and experimenting with the size of your foot and its equivalent measurement, it is important that you do so with the proper footwear. Footwear that has good shock absorption, stability and support are recommended when marching for long periods of time. Also, consider giving your feet a break in between, especially if they are not used to the amount of activity you are performing. If overused, your feet can suffer from conditions such as bunions, strains, sprains, and tears.
If you injured your foot while measuring something or while marching, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. They can examine your foot and determine exactly what ailment you are suffering from. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Learn about the history of feet and how to heal them.