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Posts for: November, 2013

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
November 18, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Footwear   High Heels   Shoes   Proper Footwear  

HeelsWhile high heel shoes may look stylish or complement your favorite outfit, they are rarely the best option for a woman's feet. According to a study by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 39 percent of women wear high heels every day; of the women who wear heels daily, three out of four reported foot problems. Despite the numbers, many women continue to underestimate the health risks associated with high heels.

High heel shoes disrupt the body's alignment, crowd the toes and force the body's weight onto the ball of the foot. Wearing heels can contribute to a variety of foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon and calf muscles tighten and shorten as the front of the foot moves down in relation to the heel. This causes stress and painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
  • Bunions. Narrow-toed shoes can cause a bony growth on the joint at the base of the big toe. The bunion forces the big toe to slant in toward the other toes, resulting in discomfort, blisters, corns and calluses.
  • Hammertoes. A narrow toe box crowds the smaller toes into a bent, claw-like position at the middle joint.
  • Metatarsalgia. Continued high heel wear can lead to joint pain in the ball of the foot as a result of heels forcing the body's weight to be redistributed.
  • Ankle injuries. Because heels impair balance and increase the risk of falling, ankle sprains and fractures are common.
  • Pump Bump. The rigid back of a pump-style shoe can cause pressure that irritates the heel bone, creating a bony enlargement known as Haglund's deformity.
  • Neuromas. A narrow toe box and high heel can compress and create a thickening of tissue around a nerve between the third and fourth toes, leading to pain and numbness in the toes.

Still not willing to ditch the heels? There are ways to relieve some of the damaging effects of high heels.

  • Avoid heels taller than 2 inches
  • Choose thicker, more stable heels. Thicker heels are still stylish, plus they lessen the stress on your feet and provide better shock absorption.
  • If you must wear heels, wear your gym shoes or flats for commuting and change into your heels once you arrive to your destination.
  • Stretch and massage your calf, heel, and foot muscles. This helps relax the muscles and tendons and prevents them from tightening and shortening.
  • Avoid shoes with pointed toes

High heel shoes can cause pain and foot deformities that can last a lifetime. So the next time you go to slip on your heels for a long day at work or a night out, consider the consequences and rethink your options. If foot pain persists, visit Clark Podiatry Center for treatment.

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
November 11, 2013
Category: Heel pain
Tags: heel pain   foot pain   Thanksgiving   Christmas   Hanukkah  

It's that time of year again.  Already.  The heat of summer is gone and the memories of warm sunshine and outdoor activities are fading into the fall colors, chilly air and thoughts of Thanksgiving dinners. This yeah, Hanukkah is beginning during the Thanksgiving holiday with December holiday parties and Christmas right after.

What comes with holiday preparations are the delicious aromas of home cooking.  Whether hosting dinners, making someting to 'bring with', or baking holiday cookies, there's nothing quite like walking into a house with the warmth and smells of your favorite foods.  To me, it isn't Thanksgiving without the aroma. There has to be something in the air.

What does this have to do with foot care other than putting on extra weight from all the good food or dressing up in tight shoes for some of those holliday parties?  It starts with all the preparation.  I see plenty of patients with heel pain starts up, or a flareup of heel pain that has previously been resolved at this time of year.  Why?  Because the food preparation people tend to do wo while barefoot, in slippers or in stocking feet, spending a great deal of time standing pretty much in one place.  

Humans were meant to walk, not stand.  The standing in one place, for such a period of time, with little or no protection for the feet is what can trigger the pain.  Add on the house cleaning and decoration in preparing for company or even just for the decorating process and you have a recipe for pain at a time when you don't have time to deal with the pain.  Did I also mention the hours spent shopping in the malls and other stores? Ouch.

Let's leave you with a few helpful hints to deal with the stress that the holiday season can place on your feet.

1. If you're on your feet, protect them.  Socks or slippers are NOT enough when you are spending so much time on the hard floors of the kitchen.  Wear supportive shoes, sneakers, Crocs, anything that will substantially protect your feet.

2. As possible, do as much of the preparation while sitting on a chair or kitchen stool.  Even propping one foot up onthe rung of a stoll can be of help.

3. The same goes for while you're decorating the house.

4. You know the malls are crowded, lots of waiting on line, many hours of being on your feet.  Dress for comfort, not show.  It's cold out in most areas of the country.  Leave the flip flops and junk shoes at home.

5. Uggs are warm and toasty but have absolutely no support.  But if you absolutely can't live without them, let us provide you with our Powerstep OTC orthotics for immediate comfort and support.  For what it's worth, the orthotics you get from the pharmacies, shoe stores and displays with the computerized images aren't worth the packaging. Right idea, but inferior quality.  Really inferior. And a waste of your hard-earned money.  Depending on your particular situation, we may recommend custom orthotics for long-term relief.

6. If you do develop some arch pain or heel pain, contact us for an appointment.  We'll schedule an appointment quickly, we have a tremendous 'on-time' record, so you won't have to worry about fitting an appointment into your tight holiday schedule.  More importantly, we'll do our best to relieve your pain quickly so you can enjoy the holidays with your family and friends, comfortably.  


I hope you can enjoy the preparations, meals, and company of family and friends over the holiday season in perfect comfort.






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