Posts for tag: shoes
With the most recent heat wave most of our patients are spending their free time at the beach barefoot (understandably) however this brings many new pedal complaints into our office. Please use the following as a guide on how to protect your feet and toes from summer troubles.
With the World Cup in full effect, fans of soccer fans are more encouraged to not just watch the sport but also play. But before you run to the nearest sporting goods store be aware that not all shoes are made equally. Cleats can be worn while playing baseball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. However, each of these sports requires a different type of cleat that is designed for the game surface and the types of movement required of the players.
Cleats have metal projections on the soles to allow traction on the playing field to allow the athlete to perform. If they are fitted properly they provide excellent support and control. However, many athletes develop foot pain from cleats due to ill-fitting shoes. Always make sure you know the sizing of the sport specific shoe prior to purchasing. For example, soccer cleats are sized like regular shoes but may be narrower at the top of the shoe. Leather cleats will stretch more after wear so they should be snug when tried on initially. Do not purchase and attempt to wear cleats that feel too small or cramp any part of the foot.
As mentioned before, cleats allow for better grip to the ground, thus enhancing the athlete’s performance. However, this increased traction also causes a higher chance of getting an ankle sprain. A sprain occurs when the soft tissue structures around the ankle are abnormally stretched. Torn ligaments may also occur from pivoting or having a foot caught while trying to move in another direction quickly. Shoes without padding or cleats that don’t fit properly may also cause plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can cause arch pain and also a burning sensation in the heel. A podiatrist will be able to help decrease this pain with a low profile custom orthotic that can be worn inside of cleats. Tight cleats may also cause blisters on the back of heels due to rubbing on the skin.
So before you start playing, be sure to have your cleats broken in prior to wearing in a competitive environment. If you have any pre-existing foot and ankle conditions, speak to a podiatrist before wearing cleats.
How many times have you purchased a pair of shoes only to find that they do not fit right, are giving you blisters or calluses, and causing you pain? Don’t worry you are not the only one out there! To help with these common issues, follow these tips for a better fitting shoe.
- If the shoe fits, wear it! Make sure that both the width (the sides of your feet should touch the width of your shoes but NOT push against them) AND the length of the shoe fits. If you are unsure about your shoe size, don’t be afraid to ask for your feet to be measured. Too big of a size can cause your foot to slide around which can lead to blistering, calluses, and even toenail trauma!
- Check the size of your shoes. Manufacturer sizing may vary so don’t just assume you are the same size across the board. A half size or size up may drastically affect the fit of the shoe. In addition, shop in the afternoon for shoes! Everyone’s feet swell as the day progresses; the shoe you bought in the morning may be too tight at the end of the day!
- If you wear an orthotic, bring them with you to the store! Always try on shoes WITH your custom orthotic. If you do not have a custom orthotic, read our blog and see what a custom orthotic can do for you! Do not just assume every orthotic is created equal.
- Get a shoe that is made for the activity you want them for. There are shoes especially designed for specific sports, for example: running, basketball, tennis, golf, and soccer just to name a few! Each shoe is designed with specific and different properties for that activity or sport.
- Always wear socks with shoes! Wear the socks that you would normally wear with the shoe. If the sock is too thin (i.e a dress sock), don’t wear it when trying on a sneaker. This may affect the fit of the shoe.
If you have foot pain that is not alleviated with change in shoe gear or if you would like us to evaluate your feet- call us and make an appointment today! We offer same day appointments and look forward to meeting you!
Its that time again...Back-To-School! The 2017 school year is upon us and all the crayons, pens, pencils, and notebooks are waiting to be used. Let’s not forget one of the most important items to buy along with supplies-- SHOES!
Here are some tips to help you with shoe shopping:
- Do not assume that your child’s foot size is the same! Their feet are still growing so make sure you get them fitted before purchasing any pair of shoes.
- Does your child attend a parochial or specialized school? Make sure you check with their school to ensure that you are meeting the school’s shoe gear requirement(s). This will ensure that your shopping trip does not go to waste plus it saves you time.
- Since children’s feet are often sweaty, see if you can find shoe gear that incorporate anti-microbial materials or linings that wick away moisture. We offer custom orthotics with such materials! Feel free to ask us about them.
- Living in New York, our winters can be harsh and filled with snow. Consider purchasing a pair of waterproof boots; this may perform double duty during the Spring when rain showers are prevalent.
- Do not buy larger shoes thinking your child will “grow into them”. This can be very uncomfortable and may lead to problems!
- To go with the new shoes, don’t forget good socks! A good pair of socks can ensure all day protection and comfort.
- Most importantly; if your child has custom orthotics, check for any signs of wear and tear OR signs that they may be outgrowing them. We are more than happy to examine them for you!
Back To School Shoes: A Parent’s Guide to Your Child’s Footwear
September has finally arrived, and if you have children, I am sure you are running around, all crazy-like, trying to get school supplies, groceries for lunches and the latest trends in school clothes. Although all of those things are very important, it is vital to make sure your child has proper fitting shoes that provide ample support in order to avoid the chance of developing an injury. To help you make good decisions when buying shoes for your children’s growing feet, here are some tips from certified podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Long Island.
- Laces or Straps are a Must!
Avoid slip on shoes, such as ballet flats or clogs, as they lack support for growing arches and provide no shock absorption for active feet. Choose shoes with laces, straps or Velcro, which provide support and make sure that shoes stay in place. Shoes, such as Uggs and flip-flops, do not provide enough support for children's feet.
- Not Too Much “Room to Grow”
I know it’s hard to keep your kid’s quickly growing feet in a pair of shoes for very long, but it is important to make sure your child’s foot fits comfortably in their new shoes. Shoes should be only a centimeter longer than the longest toe to allow for slight growth and elongation of the foot when walking. Shoes that are too big can lead to blisters and corns.
- Always Ask for Help
Ask for assistance with measuring your child’s foot. In every shoe store, there should be a person trained to make sure you are buying the right size for your feet. Make sure that they measure your child’s foot with a Brannic Device for length and width on both feet, as sometimes one foot can grow faster than the other.
- You Get What You Pay For
I know school shopping can get expensive quickly, but save some money in the budget for your children’s shoes. It is worth it to spend a little extra money on footwear in order to prevent your child’s foot from growing incorrectly or developing an injury, which can be both painful and expensive to treat later on.
- Rotate, Rotate, Rotate!
Even if you buy your child the best shoes, with the best support and cushioning, it is still important to not let your child wear the same pair of shoes every day. Shoe rotation is key to not only getting the most use out of your shoes, but to ensure the proper development of your child’s feet.This will also allow shoes to completely dry out, helping to lower the risk of developing athlete's foot, fungal toenails and warts.
- No Online Shoe Shopping!
Moms, I know you’re busy, but buying shoes online is not okay when it comes to your kids. Kid’s feet are constantly growing, and it is very important to have a trained professional measure their feet and make sure the new shoes you are purchasing fit them correctly and provide appropriate support.
- When In Doubt, Think Athletic Shoes
Athletic sneakers are great for kids because they provide ample support and cushion in the heel and at the ball of the foot. They also provide arch support, and kids can be active all day while keeping their foot protected from bumps, splinters and other foreign bodies.
- Keep the Heel Height to a Minimum
You should never buy shoes for your child that has a heel higher than 4cms. Although a slight heel is good for alignment of the foot, make sure the heel is wide, and is made of an absorbing material.
- No Hand-Me-Downs
I get it, recycle, reuse… however, when it comes to shoes, donate them to be repurposed instead of letting your child wear his older brother’s shoes. Not only are the shoes going to be broken in according to a different size and shape of foot, but more than likely the structure of the shoe is compromised from wear. Hand-Me-Down shoes are a definite no!