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Walking with friends is a great way to stay motiviatedThe American Heart Association kicks off a month long celebration designed to help people get more active with National Walking Day, the first Wednesday in April.

Walking is the first step in getting active. In fact brisk walking lowers your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes as much as running.

So take the first step, and check out the AMA’s website for everything you need to know about walking from just starting out, to preventing injury to tips on finding the right shoes.

Tip! Walking with friends is a great way to stay motivated.

If you feel any foot/ankle pain, make an appointment with us today to get walking sooner!

December 15, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: shoes   feet   exercise   healthy  

Happy healthy holiday feet warming by the fireHoliday shopping, decorating, parties and traveling are all part of our holiday revelries. But while you’re making all that merriment, how happy are your feet?

You may be doing a lot of walking, dancing, standing, and sitting in one position throughout the holiday season.

“Half of all Americans report experiencing foot pain at some point in their lives, according to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA),” says Jonathan Bennett DPM, a podiatrist at Orange County Foot and Ankle Group and APMA member.

“No one wants soreness or injuries to slow them down during the holidays, so it’s important to care for your feet so they can carry you through all those seasonal celebrations and chores.”

APMA offers some advice for keeping feet healthy (and happy) this holiday season:

  • Moisturize—Dry winter air and cold temperatures can take a toll on skin. Moisturize feet daily to help avoid dry, cracked, and irritated skin.

  • Exercise your feet—Stretching is a good way to avoid muscle cramps. Stave off toe cramps by raising, pointing, and curling your toes for five seconds. Repeat 10 times. Rotating your ankles can also help relax feet. Cup your heel and turn each ankle slowly five times to loosen ankle joints.

  • Massage—Foot rubs not only feel good, but they’re also a great way to release tension, boost circulation, and refresh skin after a long day on your feet. Take a few minutes to massage your feet at the end of a day of shopping and celebrating. Use lotion and take care of moisturizing at the same time!

  • Pedicure properly—Picture-perfect toes are part of a great holiday wardrobe for many women. Whether you do it yourself or go to a salon, be sure your pedicure is done properly. “Never use a razor to remove dead skin—opt for a good pumice stone instead,” says Dr. Bennett.

  • Don’t cut cuticles; push them back gently with a rubber tool made for this purpose. Use toenail clippers with a straight edge to cut nails straight across.

  • Raise your legs—Feet and ankles can swell from sitting too long in one position (taking a long flight to grandma’s house for the holidays, for example) or if you’ve been on your feet all day (shopping, baking, or cooking). Elevate your legs to reduce swelling. Lie down or sit and lift your legs above your heart.

  • Wear smart shoes—Okay, so you’ll never give up your sparkly high heels when it’s time for that special soiree. But for other holiday activities such as shopping, traveling, or cooking, ditch the high heels. When you know you’ll be on your feet all day, wear comfortable shoes with good arch support and a padded sole. See which types of footwear have received the APMA Seal of Acceptance for promoting foot health by visiting www.apma.org/seal

Feet shouldn’t hurt all the time. “Persistent foot pain can be an indication of injury, irritation, or illness,” Dr. Bennett adds. “See a podiatrist if you experience pain; don’t wait until the holidays end!”

Buying children's shoesWith kids back in school after a summer of bare feet and sandals, parents are shopping for shoes for feet that seem to have grown longer in just a few months. To help busy parents with shoe choices, Orange County Foot & Ankle Group recommends some simple guidelines to prevent or minimize possible foot problems from inappropriate shoes, such as painful ingrown toenails, blisters, heel pain and flat feet.

When choosing kids’ shoes, size and shock absorption are the key considerations, especially if your child has flat feet that can worsen from improper fitting or worn-out shoes. Also, a child’s foot can grow a size or two within six months, so it’s critical to allow room for growth in the toe box—about a finger’s width from the longest toe.

Avoid too-snug shoes

Snug shoes can pressure on the toes, causing ingrown nails. The nail can compress and grow down into the skin. According to FootHealthFacts.org, the ACFAS consumer website, infection can occur when an ingrown nail breaks through the skin.

If there’s pain, redness and fluid draining from the area, it’s probably infected. The ingrown nail can be removed in a simple, in-office procedure. Don’t try to remove a child’s ingrown nail at home; this can cause the condition to worsen.

Tight-fitting shoes also cause blisters, corns and calluses on the toes and blisters on the back of the heels.

We suggest to avoid buying shoes that feel tight and uncomfortable in the store, and not assume they will stretch or break in over time. On the other hand, shoes that are too loose can cause problems, too.

Avoid too-loose shoes

If a shoe is too loose, the foot slides forward and puts excessive pressure on the toes.

Inspect Old Shoes for Wear

We also recommend parents carefully inspect both new and old shoes to check for proper cushioning and arch support.

Shoes lose their shock absorption over time, and wear and tear around the edges of the sole usually indicates it’s worn out and should be replaced. If a child keeps wearing worn-out or non-supportive dress or athletic shoes, it elevates the risk for developing heel pain, Achilles tendonitis and even ankle sprains and stress fractures.   

Tips for Buying New Shoes

  • The toe box should flex easily and the shoe shouldn’t bend in the middle of the sole.
  • For children with flat feet, we suggest parents should buy oxford, lace-up shoes that have enough depth for an orthotic insert, if necessary.
  • Unfortunately, there isn’t much choice for kids with flat, wide feet. They need shoes with a wide toe box and maximum arch support and shock absorption. Slip-on loafers aren’t right for them.

For more information about childhood foot care, contact Orange County Foot & Ankle Group at one of our Our Locations in the OC area, or  learn more about feet issues in our Patient Education libary.