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By Clark Podiatry Center
February 26, 2019
Category: Heel pain

Sore soles at the end of a long day of standing or walking; burning or tingling pain when you get out of bed in the morning; pain at the base of your heel. These are all symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis foot pain. While it might not be completely debilitating, it can definitely cause extreme discomfort and cause your whole body to feel tired.

Those who suffer from chronic plantar fasciitis pain know the uncomfortable feeling. The soreness of the feet can ruin plans for the evening or prevent you from wanting to be active. That’s why they might also know that prevention is the key to reduce the risk of experiencing pain each day (and night).

Here are a few ways to prevent or treat mild foot pain before it gets worse:

  • Cushioned shoes with arch and heel support.
  • RICE method – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation after a long day. This will help prevent symptoms from developing when you take your shoes off and relax. Tip: freeze some water bottles and use them to apply ice and massage your feet.
  • Foot massagers: there are several different types you can use, such as a golf ball, lacrosse ball, foot rollers, an automatic foot massager, or a foot soak with massagers built in. Finally, there’s the tried and true partner foot massage, if available.
  • Exercises to prevent plantar fasciitis pain: 1. Calf stretches like pulling your toes toward you when you have your feet stretched in front of you. 2. Low squat with the heels down to stretch the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. 3. Point and flex the feet whenever you’re sitting at your desk or watching TV.

If you know that you’ve worked your feet harder than usual, perhaps during a hike or a difficult workout, try some of the above tips to prevent painful symptoms from settling in. If you’re familiar with chronic plantar fasciitis pain, you may also need to use NSAIDs to prevent inflammation of the ligament.

Need help with chronic severe plantar fasciitis pain? See our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet and find the best treatment for any concern you may have. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office so we can keep you walking.

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Uggs   heel support   arch support  

 

With the cold winter weather, your Uggs or other fur-lined boots are probably working overtime. The ease of putting them on, coupled with the coziness of the shearling lining make them a daily go-to during this season.

However, we at Clark Podiatry Center caution you from wearing them every day. In our other blog posts, we’ve discussed the features that make footwear supportive. While Uggs seem to be comfortable and cozy, they lack many of the features that keep your feet and ankles healthy. For growing children, this is more important to pay attention to because their development may be affected.

Supportive features that they lack include:

  • Heel and Arch Support: Usually the inner sole is flat without any support or heel cupping.
  • Toebox size: Uggs tend to be oversized in the toebox, and the front of feet may not have the right support. They may slide around and make toes work harder to properly grip with each step. The Achilles tendon even suffer from all the strain that your feet and ankles endure to keep stability in the shoes.
  • Lightweight, breathable material: Some fur-lined boots can be heavy. The weight of the shoes and the lack of support within can leave you dragging your feet when walking. We can see when patients have been dragging their shoes by looking at the outer sole, as much of the tread has worn down. Also, since Uggs are designed to be warm, there isn’t much breathability. It traps heat and can cause sweating – making for a dark and damp environment, which bacteria and fungi love.

Don’t go throwing away your Uggs or other fur-lined boots, though! You can still wear them with some modification. For support and toebox issues, save your feet by using orthotic inserts. Try them on with socks, and of course, you should always wear socks to prevent a persistent foot odor problem. Also, try not to wear them every single day. Instead, rotate them with other shoes so that you don’t develop foot or ankle strain issues, and so that the boots can air out between wears.

Need help with orthotic inserts or stinky foot issues? Dr. Brandon Macy, our board-certified podiatrist can help! He will work with you to find the best solution for maintaining foot and ankle health this winter. Make an appointment today at our Clark, NJ office to have your footcare needs met promptly! We are happy to serve all patients in the surrounding Rahway and Westfield areas as well.

 



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