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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)
- Running requires shoes with shock absorption. Your feet take on a lot of pressure and friction. Cushioning your shoes in the correct areas keeps you from feeling the pain.
- Traction is important in sports that need quick changes in direction and sprinting, like basketball. Traction should never be too high or low. The right shoes keep you from slipping on the floor while letting you move and pivot.
- Ankle support is a must. It limits the side-to-side movement that knocks your ankle out of alignment. This kind of support keeps ankle sprains at bay. For sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and skating, make sure that your shoes aren’t too high. Otherwise, they will dig into your Achilles tendon. You can also wear soft ankle braces.
- Arch support varies for everyone. Your podiatrist can test your foot to determine your gait. Depending on the results, your podiatrist can recommend orthotics or special shoe inserts.
How do you know when the changes you have made to your daily routine are actually helping or hindering your feet from healing? It can be difficult to know when the hard work and effort you put into your feet and ankles are actually paying off. By far, the best way to make sure you really are putting your best foot forward is by consistently checking in with your foot doctor. If you haven’t seen a podiatrist in a long time, our doctors - Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews - are excited to see you. Here are some ways you can help your foot pain, as well as ways you might still be hindering it!
Stretching daily - getting your daily stretches in can help you go far when it comes to foot pain. Keeping your bones and joints lubricated and moving is key if you want to preserve your foot and ankle health for years to come.
Taking note of when and where it hurts - for those nagging pains that only come around once in a while, or for a type of discomfort that happens only at a certain time of the day, take note! Be mindful of noting which shoes you’re wearing, what activities you recently performed, as well as the location and severity of the pain or discomfort.
Wearing orthotics regularly - were you recently prescribed orthotics by your foot doctor? We know it can sometimes be a chore to remember to switch your orthotics out every time you change shoes, but trust us - it’s worth it! Many patients report even one day without their orthotics can wreak havoc on their feet.
We hope that this comprehensive list of helping or hindering tips will aid you in continuing to offer your feet and ankle the best care! Family Foot & Ankle Care is here to help. Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona!
Of all the parts of our bodies, what parts move the most on a daily basis? It could be our hands, always grabbing and manipulating things in our environment. Maybe it’s our legs, constantly carrying us around everywhere we go. You might be surprised to know that really, out of all our body parts, our feet are the ones moving the most. Because our legs and hands involve tasks that we actively have to think about to complete, we might not realize just how much our feet and ankles do for us every day. This is why it’s so important to keep our feet happy, comfortable, and safe!
Shoes for the Occasion:
When you go out for the day, do you have the right kind of shoes to wear for what you’re doing? If you’re going shopping on a Sunday, it’s easy to think that a frilly pair of high heels will do your feet justice for hours of shopping.
Similarly, not every pair of sneakers is the right kind of sneakers for going to the gym or taking a walk. Think ahead about what you’re doing and pack an extra pair of more comfortable shoes as a backup!
Taking Care and NOT Overdoing It:
Planning a long day ahead can be fun and exciting, but have you ever thought about planning your breaks and time to rest in between? If not, now is the time to start.
During your next day trip, be sure to keep your inevitably aching feet in mind. Not only do frequent breaks help, but so will preparing the day before. For the night after:
- Rest with your feet up for 15-20 minutes
- Give yourself a self-massage
- Soak in warm water and Epsom salts before bed
When you ask Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, or Dr. Boyd Andrews from Family Foot & Ankle Care, there are dozens of more tips! But we felt these were two of the most important tips of them all. Go the extra mile for your foot and ankle health and call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona.