Foot Safety at the Gym

30613553 S Fitness Exercise Squats Woman Sneakers Workout Aerobics AtheteIt’s summertime! You might be going (or at least thinking of going) to the gym more often now to get your body beach-ready. But before you go too crazy exercising, consider the following tips for keeping your feet and ankles (and the rest of your body) safe at the gym: Wear appropriate gym shoes. One of the most important ways you can protect your feet…

Why Do Your Child’s Toes Point Inward When They Walk?

Fhm IntoeMany parents notice that their child’s toes point in when they walk—also known as an “intoe gait”.  At times it is also referred to as being “pigeon toed”. It can look awkward and sometimes a child can not only look clumsy, they may indeed trip and fall more than is usual. There are several reasons toes point inward and sometimes more than one can be…

Why Flats Are Your “Arch” Enemy

12711791 Woman Putting On Red Flat Shoes Over GreyYou traded in your high heels for flats, because it’s probably the better decision. Or is it? While it’s true that most high heels are not supportive enough for the feet and can cause ongoing foot problems, it’s not necessarily true that flats are the antidote. In most cases, flats are probably less problematic, but that depends on whether or not they have supportive features.…

Foot Safety: Mowing Lawns

30121309 Gardener Mowing Green Grass Lawn With Push MowerThe weather has warmed up and that means more time outdoors for you and your family. Flowers are blooming, trees are filling up with new leaves, and the grass is going to start to need some mowing. Whether it’s you or your teenager’s chore to do, it’s one that’s got to get done so that critters don’t hide in the tall grass and become a…

Mommy, Daddy, Please Buy Me New Toddler Shoes!

14080264 First StepsToddlers’ feet grow so quickly! Have you noticed that toddlers seem to need bigger shoes only a few days after they’ve stepped into the ones you just got them? It’s tempting to get shoes that are 2 sizes bigger so that you don’t have to keep buying new ones! However, we advise you not to give into that temptation. Instead, first figure out the signs…

Is Sesamoiditis to Blame for Foot Pain?

47923217 Man's Hand Being Massaged A FootDid you know that you have 2 small pea-sized bones near your big toe joint that are not connected to any other bones? Don’t worry; it’s not as weird as it sounds. They are not just floating around in your feet, but rather, connected to the tendons. Yes, every time you move your big toe up and down and take a step, your tendons are…

Why Does Your Child Walk On Their Toes?

Fhm Toe Walking“Get up on your toes” is a figure of speech urging you to prepare to start something energetically.  But when your child appears to be walking on tiptoe most of the time, you sense that something isn’t quite right. Many parents fear something dire is going on, whether it might be tightness of the Achilles tendons in need of intensive physical therapy, surgery or some…