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Posts for: August, 2014

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
August 25, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear   shoes  

Proper Footwear for Men and Women

An average day of walking brings a force that is equal to several hundred tons on your feet and is subject to more injury than any other part of your body.  This shows just how important the need to protect your feet with proper footwear is.  Feet carry a lot of pressure, therefore keeping them well maintained is important for vitality and life. Your podiatrist in Fairfax is available to offer solutions for the best shoes for your feet. 

Men and Their Shoes

According to Family Foot and Ankle Center, the best shoes for men seem to be oxford style shoes, which are ordinarily associated with wing tip or cap toe designs.  Additionally, slip-ons, dressy loafers and low dress boots can also be suitable shoes for men to wear.  As you can see, though, the styles that men are capable of wearing are indeed different than those women should be wearing.  
As with women, Family Foot and Ankle Center—your Fairfax podiatrist—states that men should buy specific shoes for work, leisure, and special activities.  Your shoes should match the intended activity.  When buying shoes it is important to:
  • 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

Women: Watch for Comfort, Not Fashion

Women tend to inflict more punishment and pressure on their feet than anyone else.  Improper footwear worn by many women can bring about unnecessary foot problems that could easily be avoided. High heels cause many of the foot problems that are brought on as a result of improper footwear.  
To relieve the harmful effects of wearing heels, women should limit the time that they wear them, or eliminate them altogether.  If you must wear heels, it is important to alternate with supportive sneakers or flats for part of the day, in addition to a varied heel height.  There are comfortable and attractive walking pumps for work and other social activities.  These will blend comfort with pleasure.  
Most importantly, the activity in which you may be participating in is vital in choosing the proper shoe.  Wearing the right shoe for a certain activity is the most important factor in your choice for shoes to wear.  
Your Fairfax podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center is specially trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all foot conditions.  Protect your feet by buying appropriate shoes for your occasion. 

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
August 25, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Heel Pain and Kids

At Family Foot and Ankle Center, your podiatrist in Fairfax, we want to emphasize the importance of not ignoring your child’s complaints about pain in their feet.  Your child should never play through the pain in their feet, as heel pain can lead to difficulty in walking that can require complicated therapy.  We never want our children to be in pain, and it is especially important to protect their feet from pain in order to allow them to remain active.  As your Fairfax podiatrist, we are available to help diagnose your child’s ailments, while also providing the best treatments possible to keep your children active. 
Heel pain is a common child-hood complaint, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored or that you should wait to see if the pain will go away.  Heel pain is a symptom, not a disease.  In other words, heel pain is a warning sign that a child has a condition that deserves attention from their podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Center. Heel pain in children can often be associated with these signs and symptoms: 
  • Pain in the back or bottom of the heel
  • Limping
  • Walking on toes
  • Difficulty participating in usual activities or sports
Treatment from your child’s Fairfax podiatrist will depend on the diagnosis and the severity of the pain.  For mild heel pain, treatment options might include a reduction in activity and cushioning the heel with temporary shoe inserts.  For moderate heel pain, in addition to reducing activity and cushioning the heel, your podiatrist in Fairfax might use medications, physical therapy and/or orthotic devices.  If your child has severe heel pain, immobilization, follow-up measures or surgery might be needed. 
Schedule an appointment with your Fairfax podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center if your child is experiencing heel pain.  

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