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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:48

Proper Footwear is Key to Outdoor Fun

Katey Behney, co-owner of Mountain Tops Outdoors, grew up in Beacon, and spent most of her time with her family hiking up the mountain which was conveniently located nearby.

Now, Behney and her husband are on a mission to help others get their hike by ensuring they select the proper outdoor footwear.

"With an outdoor activity, you have to look at your clothing and footwear as equipment and having the right equipment is going to make the experience a better one," Behney said. "If you don't have the right shoes on, you could be cold, you could be slipping. Your feet could get wet." According to the Outdoor Industry Association in 2013 consumers spent $28.9 billion on outdoor apparel, running footwear held the first position contributing to almost half of the category's sales, with sandals following 7 per cent. 

When it comes to finding a properly fitting shoe, pick a supportive, comfortable shoe. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can work with you to find the right shoe for your feet.   

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

To learn more about proper shoe fitting, please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:47

Proper Shoe Fitting

Proper shoe fitting is one of the most common concerns people have when it comes to the health of their feet. To some this may not seem like a major issue, but the reality is that improperly fitted shoes account for a tremendous amount of injuries to the foot. Because our feet, our posture, and our gait directly affect the bio-mechanics and the overall structure of our entire body, pains and discomforts felt elsewhere within the body can frequently be attributed to improperly fitted footwear. Here are a few factors to consider, which will help you select the proper footwear when shopping.

Do not purchase shoes with the expectation that they will stretch to accommodate the size of your feet. You are looking for shoes that fit correctly right away. If the shoes you purchase are too large and are slipping in the area of the heel while you walk, do not purchase them. Do not look favorably upon shoes that slip with the intention of wearing thicker socks to compensate for the slippage. Make certain that in the widest portion of the shoes, the ball of your foot, fits comfortably in the shoe.

It may be difficult to focus on these things with all the distractions of shopping, or tempting to ignore them because you badly want an uncomfortable shoe. However, if you cannot wear shoes because they hurt too much to use, your money and time will be wasted. When you get your new shoes home, put them on and walk around on a carpeted surface to see ensure your shoe's fit comfortably with normal activity.

With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for damage to the sensitive components within the foot are greater than many people realize. Finding a properly fitting shoe is the single most important factor you can do to help prevent injury and maintain optimal foot health. Adults tend to forget the fact that our feet continue to change as we grow older. So, even though they may no longer experience growth spurts associated with youth, their feet still change shape as they mature.

If you already have problems with your feet, wearing improperly fitted shoes can potentially exacerbate those problems. Fortunately, it does not require a tremendous amount of effort to find shoes that fit correctly. When shopping for shoes, keep in mind that improperly fitted shoes can not only cause a whole host of disorders and problems to occur within the feet themselves—they can affect the entire bio-mechanical structure of the body. Your posture and your stride are based on your feet, so your footwear can have a tremendous impact on the legs, back, and rest of your body. Finding the proper shoe fitting is essential to keep your feet and body healthly. 

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Louisiana State senior Kaleigh Dickson tore the plantar fascia in her right foot while performing a routine at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional earlier this season. Despite Dickson’s injury, her team was able to not only set a national record but also earn a chance to compete in the NCAA Championships.

 

Coach D-D Breaux wants to bring in reserve members of the squad in order to find suitable contenders in the floor and vault categories. Dickson is one of her team’s best gymnasts, which may hurt her team’s chances of scoring in the championship overall.

 

Plantar fasciitis can be a real drag in the heels. If your heels are in pain and you think it could be plantar fasciitis, speak with podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can treat your foot and ankle conditions.

 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

 

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.

 

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

 

  • Lack of adequate footwear
  • Obesity
  • Excessive running
  • Poor foot support
  • Overpronation
  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

 

 

 

How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?

 

For more information about Plantar Fasciitis, please follow the link below.

 

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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