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Wednesday, 10 April 2024 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

How Shoes Affect the Feet

First and foremost, wearing ill-fitting shoes can lead to a myriad of injuries. Whether they are too tight, too loose, or simply not designed for the activity you are engaging in, improper footwear can place undue stress on your feet, ankles, lower legs, and joints, increasing your risk of pain and injury. From common issues like shin splints and ingrown nails to more severe problems such as bunions and postural misalignments, the repercussions of wearing the wrong shoes can be far-reaching and debilitating, potentially limiting your ability to engage in physical activity altogether. Furthermore, wearing the wrong shoes can worsen existing conditions, such as arthritis, making daily activities more challenging and uncomfortable. Plus, when your shoes fail to support your natural gait or foot structure, it can lead to overpronation, underpronation, or other biomechanical issues, placing added strain on your joints and increasing your risk of injury. If your feet are painful after performing certain activities or from wearing certain shoes, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to determine whether your footwear may need to be changed.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 proper 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, improper 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

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Symptoms of Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It commonly affects the foot and ankle, causing significant discomfort and mobility issues. Symptoms of foot and ankle osteoarthritis often include pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion. These symptoms may worsen over time. Contributing factors to the development of osteoarthritis consist of joint wear and tear, previous sprains or fractures, and abnormal foot structure. If you are experiencing persistent foot pain or discomfort, seeking help from a podiatrist is essential. This foot doctor can conduct a thorough evaluation, including a review of your medical history, physical examination, and possibly imaging studies like X-rays or MRI scans to accurately diagnose foot and ankle osteoarthritis. If you have developed osteoarthritis in the feet or ankles, it is suggested that you meet with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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