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Friday, 18 May 2018 15:41

Selecting the Correct High Heels

black feet2Many women choose to wear high heels for the pleasing look it gives to the leg. Occasionally, there may be consequences that are experienced, including falling which may result in a twisted or sprained ankle or the development of calluses and blisters. Heel pain is a common symptom of frequently wearing high heels and this typically produces extreme discomfort. Additionally, deformities may develop in the toes as a result of limited room for adequate movement to occur. There are several prevention techniques that may be implemented to relieve any ailments that may result from wearing high heels. These often include alternating between flat and high heeled shoes which can give the feet the ample rest they may need in addition to stretching the feet as often as possible. Selecting high heels with enough room for the toes may be an option for daily wearers of this type of shoe.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal.  Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 11 May 2018 16:58

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

danita01There are several causes of heel pain, and one of these conditions may be referred to as plantar fasciitis. If you choose to wear shoes that are not fitting properly, the foot may undergo severe pain because of the damage that may be inflicted on the plantar fascia ligament. This tissue connects the heel to the base of the toes, and if tearing occurs due to overuse, the result is very painful. Many athletes often endure this type of injury, which typically may be caused from running distances without executing proper stretching and training exercises. Additionally, genetics may be a factor in developing this ailment, which may often affect the structure of the foot. The pain that is experienced is usually described as achiness in the arch or center of the heel, with the pain being the worst in the morning after a night of slumber. It’s suggested that performing proper stretching techniques may help prevent this condition from occurring. If you are afflicted with plantar fasciitis, consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist to learn about correct treatment methods.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

 How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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danita02There are typically several signs that can indicate cracked heels may be a growing concern. The skin will generally become rough, and it’s suggested to observe this condition and promptly administer an appropriate moisturizer or cream. Additional symptoms may include an itchy feeling in the feet, peeling skin, or the excretion of any type of liquid, such as blood, from the heels. There are reasons why many people experience cracked heels, including certain types of medical conditions, standing for extended periods at a time, or dry skin. Research has shown that the sooner cracked heels are treated, the sooner a more comfortable feeling will return to the feet. Utilizing a pumice stone to scrub away dry skin after soaking the feet in warm, soapy water may be an effective method to ease the roughness of cracked heels. The use of coconut oil or vegetable oil may aid in obtaining relief. If you are experiencing this condition, please consult your podiatrist for additional information.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they 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 so it can stay on longer.

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

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore, the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

Change in Diet

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

Most importantly seek a health professional for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. 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 South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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