Posts for: December, 2016
Designer Spotlight: Sophia Webster
Sophia Webster is a British accessories designer, known for her unique feminine designs who founded her own label in 2012. Webster studied art and sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts and went on to complete her training at Cordwainers College and The Royal College of Art after realizing she wanted to create shoes. Webster worked as an apprentice with designer Nicholas Kirkwood before branching out on her own.
As an independent designer, Webster has won awards such as Emerging Footwear Designer of the Year (2013) by Conde Nast Footwear News, British Fashion Award for Emerging Accessories Designer (2013), and was named one of the “Seven Scarily Talented Designers” in 2014 to watch who represented the future of British fashion by Marie Claire.
Most recently, Webster received the BFC Vogue Fashion Fund Award (a fund which supports up and coming British designers with financial support in addition to mentoring from individuals in the industry). As of this past September, you can find her unique accessories at over 200 retailers. Be warned, as beautiful as Ms. Webster’s designs are- your orthotics will not be fitting into them. Fashion and beauty has its price!
We have enjoyed a mild winter so far, but the cold is coming, and soon! Keeping your feet warm and comfortable is super important. Always wear a wide accommodative snow boot, especially if shoveling. Avoid tapered toe boxes and heels as icy sidewalks can be a hazard.
Heel pain is a very common finding in both children and adults. While there are many external factors that can be linked to the cause of the pain,(flat feet and fancy shoes being two of the common culprits), it is important to remember that damage to the underlying bones, tendons and ligaments can occur.
If you or a loved one has been experiencing pain, it is always a good idea to have a podiatrist evaluate you to determine the source of the pain. This is especially true in children who have not yet reached skeletal maturity. Sever's disease, damage to the heel bone growth plate is often the cause of heel pain in a young athlete.
If caught early, the treatment for this type of injury is generally straightforward and tolerated well, however, an undiagnosed injury to a growth plate can have very serious ramifications. The best way to prevent injury is to be evaluated by a podiatrist so that a custom orthotic can be made. Orthotics can restore function and help alleviate your pain. Stretching splints and physical therapy can also be very helpful. Call today for an appointment!
With winter rapidly approaching, it becomes a very busy time for podiatrists. Ski and snowboarding injuries are very common, both in seasoned athletes and weekend warriors. Lower extremity injuries usually represent around 30-40% of skiing injuries, and 20% of snowboarding injuries.
As can be expected, the ankle is the most commonly injured joint in the lower extremity. It's not just the trauma that occurs by falling down with your body going one way and your legs going another way or running into the hotshot who is shredding down the slope spraying wet snow all over everyone that is the mechanism for injury. A rigid boot holds the foot in an upward position, offering stability throughout the foot and ankle joint complexes by restricting movement.
The benefit can be the downfall, as holding the lower extremity in a fixed position, not allowing it to move with the rest of the body, can result in severe injuries. Hybrid boots, such as those now commonly used with snowboarders, have shown no decrease in the incidence of fractures in the lower extremity, but increase the incidence of soft tissue injuries, most commonly ankle sprain or tendonitis. In addition, with the foot held in a locked position in a boot, any chronic issues with the joints, ligaments, tendons or bones in the foot will often manifest with pain or giving-out of a joint. People sometimes come in and never even knew they had an injury until they tried skiing!
There's hope though. The most appropriate way to avoid injury is to wear a custom molded orthotic. These would benefit all people no matter the foot type or level of athleticism. A custom device will properly align the foot to minimize the strain on the foot and ankle and allow the wearer to perform to their maximum ability.