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People who stand or walk for the majority of the day are generally aware of what type of shoes they wear and how well they fit. Many patients will try on multiple pairs of shoes before they find a pair that fits their feet perfectly. It is beneficial to have an accurate foot measurement before purchasing shoes. This can be done by tracing the width and length of the foot on a piece of paper, followed by using a conversion table that can pinpoint the right size. Many stores are equipped with a Brannock device, which can accurately measure the foot. Additionally, it can help to wear the socks that will be worn with the new shoes, and these can range from dress socks to athletic socks. The best time of day to purchase shoes is in the evening when the feet are at their largest. This often ensures a proper fit when the feet become swollen after a long day. If you would like more information about how to determine your right shoe size, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with the appropriate knowledge.
It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Proper Shoe Fitting
Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.
Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting
- Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
- Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
- Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
- Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
- Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot
The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.
If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!
Dance is a beautiful art form, but it can take a toll on the dancer’s feet. Foot injuries are common among dancers because of the repetitive and high-impact movements involved. One foot injury that many dancers experience is metatarsalgia or pain and inflammation in the balls of the feet. This condition can result from a variety of things, including excessive flexibility, repetitive stress on the metatarsal bones, improper technique, and inadequate footwear. A dancer can practice prevention techniques to maintain their health and the quality of their performance. Resting and strengthening the muscles on the bottom of the feet often help with inflammation and pain. An example of an exercise that is useful is toe scrunches, which involves pulling a towel across the floor inward with the toes. Adding cushioning to dance shoes and orthotics to regular shoes might reduce the damage this ailment has on the feet. If you are a dancer and are experiencing foot pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an examination and treatment.
Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Plantar Fasciosis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Sprains
Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
Gout is a type of painful inflammatory arthritis that affects joints. It is caused by the buildup of uric acid in the body, which is a substance produced from the breakdown of purines. Purines are naturally occurring in the body, but they also come from some foods, such as red meat, oily fish, organ meats, and high sugar beverages, including alcohol. When more uric acid is produced than can be excreted, it can form into crystals that settle in the joints and one can have a gout attack. Usually, excess uric acid is secreted through the kidneys, but sometimes this does not happen because of conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or enzyme abnormalities. Gout can be a hereditary condition and is more common in men. It may also affect women after menopause. The key symptoms of gout are swelling, redness, and severe pain in the affected joint. It can attack a person in spurts and commonly affects the joint at the base of the big toe. It can be uncomfortable to walk and wear shoes. If your big toe hurts, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for a proper evaluation and guidance on how to manage gout or anything else that might be going on.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What Is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.
People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.
Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.
The importance of teaching children during their early years about a good foot care routine may be crucial in preventing painful foot conditions as they get older. This can begin with washing and drying the feet daily, and it can help to apply a small amount of powder to their feet. Toddler’s feet may sweat more when they are younger, and this may help to keep them drier. It is beneficial that their feet and toes are kept warm, which may be helpful in maintaining body temperature. A baby’s foot can become stronger when they walk barefoot while indoors. This can be a result of the toes gripping the floor, which can benefit the entire foot. When the first shoes are purchased, it is helpful they are made of flexible materials in addition to having a sturdy sole. This can protect the feet while walking on various surfaces while outside. Some parents may notice an odor that comes from their child’s feet, and medical attention may be sought. It might be indicative that a fungal infection has developed, which can be a common occurrence from the 250,000 sweat glands that are found in the feet. If you would like to have more information about the health of your child’s feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who will provide you with useful knowledge.
The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
- Make sure their shoes fit properly
- Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
- Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
- Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
- Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
- Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
- Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
- Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.