Posts for: February, 2016
When it comes to your health and your feet, walking helps both. At our office, we want to make sure you are wearing the right shoes to better protect yourself from injury. To save your feet from complications, it is important to choose the right shoe for you.
What Kind of Shoes Do I Need For Walking?
As a walker, you should look for a good quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials, such as leather or nylon mesh. The heel counter should be very firm, as it should have reduced cushioning to position the heel closer to the ground for walking stability. Additionally, the front area of the shoe should have adequate support and flexibility.
Your podiatrist also urges you to make sure the shoe fits your feet accordingly. The shoe should be snug, but not too tight over the sock. It should also have plenty of room for the toes to move around. The athletic socks you choose are important as well, as you don’t want your shoe to become too tight with the added padding.
More Shoe Tips
- Check the shoe width to make sure it is comfortable and accommodates the width of the ball of your foot.
- Make sure the shoe provides good arch support.
- See that the top of the heel counter of the shoe is properly cushioned, and does not bite into the heel or touch the anklebones.
Proper footwear is essential in protecting your feet from injury and pain, as well as allowing you to properly walk for exercise. It is important to meet with your podiatrist prior to beginning any exercise or walking routine. During a consultation with your podiatrist, we can help you develop the routine that's right for your feet, and help you find the shoes to match!
Children take to sports like fish to water. Almost as soon as they begin to walk, they are chasing balls, swinging sticks, and running races against siblings, friends, or nobody in particular! Children’s sports used to mean baseball, basketball, or football. Today, however, that has changed significantly. Children are now playing soccer, wrestling, tennis, hockey and lacrosse. The starting age for training in individual sports such as swimming, skating, track, and gymnastics grows younger and younger every year.
Millions of American children participate in team and individual sports, many of them outside of the school system, where advice on conditioning and equipment is not always available. Your podiatrist is available to provide tips for protecting your children while they remain active in sports this season.
What to Watch Out For
Parents should be concerned about their child’s involvement in sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact. Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to prevent sprains or fractures. Parents should also consider discussing these matters with their family podiatrist if they have children participating in any active sports. Sports-related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children actively participate.
Ensure that your child has the correct shoes for the sport they play. Perhaps even more importantly, make sure those shoes fit! Their feet grow quickly, and shoes that fit last season aren't likely to still fit when next year comes around.
Contact your podiatrist for more information on proper footwear and foot care for your child. Whether they are actively participating in sports, or simply walking to school, it is important to take extra precautions to protect your child’s feet well into adulthood.