An average day of walking results in a cumulative force equal to several hundred tons inflicted on your feet. Because of this, your feet are subject to injury more than any other part of your body. So you can see how important it is to protect your them, and the best way to do this is to wear proper footwear. Your podiatrist is available to offer options for the best shoes for your feet.
Quick Shoe Tips
- Have your feet measured while you’re standing
- Always try on both shoes and walk around the store
- Always buy for the larger foot; feet are seldom exactly the same size
- Don’t buy shoes that need a “break-in” period. Shoes should be comfortable immediately
- Shop for shoes later in the day
- Select a shoe with leather upper, stiff heel counter, appropriate cushioning and flexibility at the ball of the foot.
- Don’t rely on the size of your last pair of shoes because your feet do tend to get larger
Watch for Comfort, Not Fashion
Are you prone to ingrown toenails? Find out how to stop them from happening to you.
While an ingrown toenail is usually not a serious problem for a healthy individual it doesn’t make the problem any less painful. Perhaps you have found that you develop ingrown toenails often and you aren’t quite sure why. Our Port Washington, NY, podiatrist, Dr. Arthur Kaplan, has the answers you’ve been looking for to prevent ingrown toenails from happening again.
Trim Your Nails the Right Way
There are two main factors to consider when it comes to trimming your nails and keeping them healthy: length and shape. When you trim your nails you want to make sure you aren’t trimming them too short. A good guideline is to keep your nails levels with the tips of your toes. If you trim nails too short, this can leave the nail prone to an ingrown toenail.
The same goes for the shape. If you often trim your nails at a curve you need to stop. Trimming your nails straight across is the best way to ensure that you don’t develop an ingrown toenail.
Sport the Right Shoes
While we know how fun it can be to wear those cute pointed heels out, also remember that wearing tight-fitted shoes can increase your chances of developing an ingrown toenail. This is particularly important for those with diabetes and nerve damage in their feet, as they may not always know if shoes are too tight or are placing too much pressure on their feet. In this case, talk to our Port Washington foot doctor about where to shop for specialty shoes or shoes that will offer you the best fit.
Keep an Eye Out
Particularly if you have diabetes, it’s important that you continue to examine your feet regularly. It doesn’t take much for foot problems to turn into serious complications if you aren’t careful. Keeping feet clean and nails properly trimmed is one of the best things you can to protect your feet from ingrown toenails. If you do develop an ingrown toenail and you have diabetes or nerve damage then you’ll want to see us right away for care.
If you can’t seem to prevent ingrown toenails or other issues from affecting the health of your feet, then it’s time you turned to the podiatric experts at NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, NY, to get to the bottom of your foot problems.
Diabetes causes a condition of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but your legs and feet are parts of your body that are more prone to serious health problems. Damage to the nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain as easily or readily as someone who does not have diabetes.
What is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?
Prevent Complications of Diabetes
What your podiatrist in Port Washington wants you to know
There are many remedies available for foot pain, and some work better than others. You owe it to yourself and to your feet to try custom-fit orthotics. Dr. Arthur Kaplan at NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, NY, wants to help your feet feel better and tell you about the types of orthotics available.
You may have foot problems due to aging, excessive weight, medical conditions like diabetes, or a foot injury. You may also experience foot pain due to the activities of everyday life. Playing sports can also take a toll on your feet.
Custom-fit orthotics will cushion and protect your feet while helping them heal. The right orthotic can help you get back on your feet and back to your life. When you choose custom-fit orthotics, they are created using computer technology, according to exact measurements and castings of your feet.
Dr. Kaplan will help you choose between the three types of orthotics, ensuring you the best result. Depending on your individual characteristics and foot issues, he may suggest:
- Soft orthotics, which absorb the impact of walking and take pressure off of your painful feet; soft orthotics also help with your balance. They cover the sole of your foot with cushioned material and can help relieve pain from diabetes, arthritis or structural abnormalities in your feet.
- Semi-rigid orthotics, which help with balance if you play sports, walk or run; children with flat feet can also benefit from this type of orthotic. Semi-rigid orthotics have layers of rigid and cushioned materials.
- Rigid orthotics, which limit joint motion, relieve tendon strain and help eliminate pain in the muscles of your lower back, legs and thighs; this type of orthotic is created out of hard plastic.
Custom-fit orthotics can help you walk better, move better and feel better. They can protect your feet from the stress of life. For more information about orthotics and other foot services, call Dr. Kaplan at NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, NY. Call today and get some relief for your feet!
When it comes to your health and your feet, walking helps both. At our office, we want to make sure you are wearing the right shoes to better protect yourself from injury. To save your feet from complications, it is important to choose the right shoe for you.
What Kind of Shoes Do I Need For Walking?
As a walker, you should look for a good quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials, such as leather or nylon mesh. The heel counter should be very firm, as it should have reduced cushioning to position the heel closer to the ground for walking stability. Additionally, the front area of the shoe should have adequate support and flexibility.
Your podiatrist also urges you to make sure the shoe fits your feet correctly. The shoe should be snug, but not too tight over the sock. It should also have plenty of room for the toes to move around. The athletic socks you choose are important as well, as you don’t want your shoe to become too tight with the added padding.
More Shoe Tips
- Check the shoe width to make sure it is comfortable and accommodates the width of the ball of your foot.
- Make sure the shoe provides good arch support.
- See that the top of the heel counter of the shoe is properly cushioned and does not bite into the heel or touch the anklebones.
Proper footwear is essential in protecting your feet from injury and pain, as well as allowing you to properly walk for exercise. It is important to meet with your podiatrist prior to beginning any exercise or walking routine. During a consultation with your podiatrist, we can help you develop the routine that's right for your feet and help you find the shoes to match!
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