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Summertime is vacation time, and while rest and relaxation are the primary goals for most vacations, getting out and exploring your destination is too. This usually involves a lot of walking, and a lot of walking usually involves sore feet.
"Walking is great exercise and one of the most reliable forms of transportation," says Jonathan Bennett, DPM, FACFAS, "But if your feet aren’t in the best shape, or you don’t have the right shoes, too much walking can cause foot problems."
According to Bennett, good foot care is essential if you plan to subject your feet to long periods of walking. Some simple foot care tips include:
Wear thick moisture wicking socks. Try our energizing compression socks (pictured right)
Dry feet thoroughly after bathing, making sure to dry between toes.
Optional: Use powder before putting on shoes. Try our Soothing Foot Powder (pictured right)
Nails should be cut regularly, straight across the toe.
The right shoes (more on that below)
"The right shoe is also important to healthy walking," says Bennett "The ideal walking shoe should be stable from side to side, and well-cushioned, and it should enable you to walk smoothly. Many running shoes will fit the bill."
He adds there are also shoes made especially for walking. Walking shoes tend to be slightly less cushioned, yet not as bulky, and lighter than running shoes. Whether a walking or running shoe, the shoes need to feel stable and comfortable.
Warming up exercises to help alleviate any muscle stiffness or pulled muscles are also advised before walking. Loosening up the heel cords (Achilles and calf) and thigh muscles before a walk is especially effective.
"If you’re not accustomed to long walks, start slowly and rest if your feet start hurting," says Bennett. "And above all, have fun!
No need to sacrifice fashion for comfort. There are many festive flats and kitten heels (pumps with less than 2 inches) on the market to replace those sky-high stilettos that can cause many foot problems including bunions, hammertoes, hyperextension, ankle sprains, mid foot fractures, neuromas (benign nerve tumors), and pinched nerves.
And you’d be in good company! Many celebs are turning to flats after suffering foot problems from years of high-heel wear. So if you’re looking for that last minute party pare, go low, and your feet will thank-you for it!
Then, when you're home, pamper your feet by slipping into a pair of cozy slippers with built in support like the ones found on our online store. They even come in leopard! http://www.ourdoctorstore.com/ocfeet/store/item.asp?item_id=796
Crossover toe is a common foot problem that can inhibit physical activity for older Americans, but outpatient surgery can correct the deformity and keep senior citizens active and on their feet.
Individuals with hammertoes, bunions or a second toe that extends beyond the big toe are most susceptible to developing crossover toe as they age, according to Jonathan Bennett DPM, one of our wonderful foot and ankle surgeons at Orange County Foot & Ankle Group.
“It’s a common problem among older people in which the second toe gradually moves across the big toe," he says. "It can be painful and, therefore, difficult to walk comfortably or pursue an active lifestyle.”
Bennett says the first symptom of crossover toe is pain in the ball of the foot. A tear in the joint makes the second toe unstable. It falls out of alignment and eventually drifts.
The doctors at OC Foot & Ankle Group normally check the ball of the foot for a possible plantar-plate tear when an older patient complains of pain in the area. Pre-existing forefoot problems combined with normal wear and tear or possible trauma can cause the plate to tear over time.
“If the pain persists and the toe starts to drift, surgery is recommended to suture the plantar plate or replace it through a tendon-transfer,” Bennett says.
Surgery to correct crossover toe is an outpatient procedure performed with a local anesthesia. Patients with bunions or hammertoes are advised to have those deformities corrected during the surgery. Recovery time is about six weeks.
"If you're an older adult with persistent pain in the ball of your foot, it's in your best interest to see a doctor," says Dr. Bennett "If your foot hurts, you aren't exercising, and your cardiovascular health nosedives."
Learn more about common outpatient surgeries in our Podiatry Education Library.
Autumn can be a painful time of year for many Orange County women, as they transition from open-toed sandals to closed-in boots and shoes.
Our surgeons at Orange County Foot & Ankle Group, notice more women seeking relief for painful bunions every fall. Both our Fullerton and Tustin examining rooms show this trend.
Bunion surgery is virtually pain free using advanced pain pump technology. Patients can walk right away after the procedure. Bunion surgery is an out-patient surgery, so the patients have the procedure done and go home an hour after surgery.
The Surgeons at Orange County Foot and Ankle Group have successfully performed over 4,000 surgical procedures. Dr. Bennett has done over 2,000 surgeries over past 15 years.
"Some of my female bunion patients are in agony," says Jonathan Bennett, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. of Orange County Foot & Ankle Group. "They describe a constant, throbbing pain, even when they take their shoes off."
While the changing weather brings more bunion patients into our offices, Bennett says some women inquire about surgery in the fall because they're less busy than in summer months. Many are also closer to meeting their insurance deductibles.
"Alternative options to bunion surgery are simple changes like wearing shoes with wider toe boxes can significantly reduce bunion pain," Bennett says. "Custom shoe inserts, gel- or foam-filled padding and anti-inflammatory medications may also provide pain relief."
When the pain of a bunion interferes with a woman's daily activities, it's time to discuss surgical options. For more information on Bunions and General Information, visit our patient education center.
In most cases, advances in surgical techniques have made bunions and hammertoes correctable with outpatient surgery and patients return home the same day.
This is great time to concentrate on making your feet healthy, and take advanatage of unused insurances before the year is up.
Many patients appreciate checking the surgeries off of their “To Do” lists before the end of the year so they can be ready to tackle New Years resolutions.
Don’t let painful foot conditions slow you down when the weather turns warmer.
Call our office to schedule an examination to determine the best treatment approach and make this your year of healthy feet! Our two offices are conveniently located in Fullerton and Tustin.