We will help you understand all about proper foot care, treatment options, and different foot problems.
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Why Does My Foot Keep Falling Asleep?
If you are experiencing the “pins and needles, tingling” sensation there are many reasons why this happens. Some causes are sitting in the same position for long periods of time, wearing shoes that are too tight, and sitting in way that restricts blood flow to the lower limbs. Often times, this happens when you are cross-legged.
At Family Foot & Ankle Specilists we have a certified pedorthist to make sure your shoes fit you properly and aren’t too tight! If this type of sensation happens frequently and doesn’t go away as easily, you may be experiencing a more serious condition such as diabetic neuropathy.
Call our office to see one of our podiatrists today!
How can flip flops damage my feet?
As the warm weather is approaching and flip flop season is in, Family Foot & Ankle Specialists recommends you to stay clear from those fun sandals. Flip Flops are your foots’ worst enemy. Although wearing flip flops may be cute- wearing fungus is NOT! Sandals increase the amount of bacteria surrounding your foot. Furthermore, since your toes need to grip on to the shoe, this causes an overuse of the muscles. Overusing the muscles can lead to tendonitis or inflammation of the tendon. Not only could you have these conditions, but overuse can also lead to stress fractures in the bones of your feet.
Flip flops increase the likelihood of you getting a blister, which as many of you probably know are extremely painful! Since this is an open toed shoe usually plastic or leather it screams danger to your feet. Lastly, since there is no support for your feet your natural gait is thrown off which eventually will lead to issues in your ankles. Flip Flops are not worth the pain or spending part of your spring or summer with a sprained ankle!
What is an appropriate length for high heels? When you are looking to buy high heels, we recommend you to stay away from those heels that are 5 to 6 inches high. Not only is that high of a heel uncomfortable, but it can cause a great amount of pain in your feet, specifically your heel. Heel pain will cause a lot of pressure on the balls of your feet. If bunions and hammertoes run in your family, we recommend low heels and a square or rounded toe box.
In general, high heels can cause a laundry list of problems such as contractures, stress fractures, and ankle sprains. We highly recommend that you buy high heels that are 1 to 2 inches high. However, if you want more height, a platform shoe will give you the height you want without any pain. Keep in mind, when wearing high heels you should wear them in moderation and not for a long period of time.
Do I Need To Have My Feet Measured Every Time I Buy A New Pair?
YES! If there is one great thing you vow to do for your feet...make it be to have them measured. Everytime you are buying new shoes you need to have your feet measured. Your feet can change size...or shape with weight gain/loss, different stages in life, and at different times of the day. In addition, unless you had a Certified Pedorthist or Podiatrist measure your feet...how do you know your last measurement was accurate? The 17 year old at the popular shoe store may not know exactly how to properly measure.
It is essential to have your feet measured each time you are buying new shoes!!!
How Can I Tell If My Shoes Fit?
For starters, you could buy shoes from a podiatrist or pedorthist. We are specialized in getting you the perfect match for your foot type and activity. If you do go to a shoe store, be sure the salesman measures both feet with a foot measure.
Also, shop for shoes in the afternoon or evening. Your feet will swell throughout the day so trying shoes on in the afternoon or later in the day will help to make sure they will fit on a regular day. In addition, after you have been wearing the shoes. Make sure the wear patterns are consistent, you don't want a certain part of the shoes to wear out before other parts, this may mean they do not fit properly.
If the shoe slides up and down, squeezes in any area, or your toes touch the front- these are simple signs the shoes do not fit. Your shoes should not require a "break in" period. They should feel great from the start!
In order to make sure you get the best fitting shoe every time, get measured by a professional!
How Do I Find the Right Shoes for My Feet?
First, you definately need to have both feet measured. Many people do not realize their feet can be two different sizes and/or widths. Also, you should shoe shop in the afternoon, after you have been walking for a while. Your feet will swell as the day goes on, you want shoes that will accomodate that change. Then, you want to stand up and walk around with the shoes. Often, shoe stores will have plush carpeting that can "fake" the comfort of a shoe. When you actually get out into the world of hard surfaces and concrete, the shoes could feel much different. Remember, you should not have to "break in" or "stretch out" shoes.
Does a Steel Toe Boot Really Have Steel In It?
Yes, a steel toe shoe/boot does contain steel. A steel toe boot has a steel cap placed in the toe box of a boot. The steel is meant to protect the wearers toes from compression or pressure from objects. Another form of this high protective shoe is a composite toe boot which is a light weight form of substance that also protects as effectively as the steel toe caps.
Wearing the proper shoes for your activities is very imporant to prevent injuries and ensure a safe environment. It is often recommended ot required for construction workers, some factory workers to wear steel toe boots to protect the feet and toes from objects falling on the foot.
How Long is the Recovery Time for Bunion Surgery?
The question we hear from our patients regarding bunion surgery is "how long will my recovery be?" Fortunately, bunion surgery recovery time is most likely much shorter than you've heard or might expect. In best case scenerios, you could be back to work after 3 days. Each case is different and your recovery time will depend on the severity of the bunion. Your doctor will need to see your bunion before yur treatment plan can be made.
If you have a bunion that is causing you pain or interfering with your life, you should see a doctor before the bunion gets even worse. Bunions are progressive problems and will slowly get worse over time. In order to prevent a long recovery from bunion surgery, get treated early.
Why Do I Need to Measure Both Feet?
It is essential that you measure BOTH feet. It is very common for people to have a foot that is longer than the other, or a foot that is wider than the other. Also, it is very helpful and beneficial to wear the same socks you are planning to wear with that shoe when you go to purchase it. For more helpful tips or to have your feet measured by our very own Certified Pedorthist click here.
Can You Pass Down Children's Shoes (hand-me-downs)?
No, you should never pass down children's shoes. Children have very flexible joints and thin heels so they need to be supported as much as possible. Also, everybody has their own walking pattern otherwise known as gait, the shoes will be formed to the first child's gait. The child will be forced to walk as the original owner did and this may lead to problems later in life such as heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, flat feet and more.