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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:00

Your feet are covered a good part of the day. If you are diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often another sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

The name of the shoes that are known as flip flops comes from the sound that is made while they are being worn. Despite the fact they are a popular summer shoe and are fun to wear, they may cause subtle changes to the foot as a result of the change in gait. The majority of flip flops do not provide adequate support and stability for the foot, and this may cause the toes to grip the front of the shoe. Pain may gradually be felt in the sole of the foot, and this may be indicative of plantar fasciitis. Many people find their ankles may roll inward while walking in an effort to keep the shoe on, and this may lead to unwanted ankle problems. There may be other choices of shoes to wear that can positively affect the foot, and if you would like additional information about this, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. George Silver from Greater Orange Foot Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Orange, TX.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

The condition that is referred to as cracked heels may often cause pain and discomfort. Another name for cracks that appear in the skin is known as fissures. This may be caused by the aging process, wearing shoes with an open back, or environmental factors. Patients who stand on hard floors for extended periods of time may experience cracked heels, and this may be a result of the pressure the heel endures. Additionally, people who are overweight may find they have cracked heels developing, which may be due to the extra weight that is placed on the heel. Medical conditions including psoriasis, eczema, or diabetes may contribute to the onset of this condition. Mild relief may be found by washing and drying the feet thoroughly, followed by utilizing a good moisturizer. If the cracks in the heel are severe, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. George Silver from Greater Orange Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Orange, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 04 March 2019 00:00

People who enjoy the sport of walking or running are likely to be familiar with the differences between shoes of both sports. The types of shoes chosen will typically depend on the walking and running movements. The heel will generally come in contact with the ground first while walking, and the middle of the foot strikes the ground initially while running. Additionally, both feet are off the ground during the running phase, and this does not occur while walking. Running shoes are likely to have extra cushioning, which may be helpful in providing adequate support. Additionally, it may be beneficial to choose a running shoe that has a higher heel than walking shoes. This may be useful in providing additional support. Walkers may find that shoes with a flexible toe area may be beneficial in providing a stable walking experience. If you would like more information about how to choose running or walking shoes, please speak with a podiatrist who can properly guide you.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Dr. George Silver from Greater Orange Foot Care. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Orange, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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