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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:

  • Soothing foot powderMoisture wicking compression sockWear 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.
  • Bunions, hammertoes or any other serious foot problems should be evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon.
  • 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, hammertoeshyperextension, ankle sprainsmid 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

September 25, 2013
Category: surgery
Tags: healthy feet   bunions   hammertoes  

Time for healthy feetIn 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.