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By Crofton Podiatry
August 07, 2017
Category: Footwear

Other than in winter, flats, especially ballet flats, are a popular footwear choice for women. They are more comfortable than high heels, but are fashionable and can be appropriate for work attire. What you may not know, though, is that it can be the root of your foot pain problems!

While they are the best option for closed-toed fashion footwear, they still have their problems, such as:

  • They tend to have narrow toe boxes – For those who have wide feet or have bunions, the front part of the shoes can be constricting. Wearing tight shoes like this can cause or worsen symptoms of bunions, tailor’s bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, and even neuromas. Rather than ballet flats, loafers or boat shoes may be better options.

  • Limited cushioning – Flats tend to have minimal inner sole cushioning so that the shoes can be dainty and thin. This can increase impact on your joints while walking and cause foot fatigue.

  • Little or no arch support – Many times, the inner sole is flat to match the shoe shape, which means that there is no support for the arch. This can cause the foot to work harder to stabilize and cause painful symptoms like that of plantar fasciitis.

  • Little heel support – Footwear should have good heel cupping and cushioning to prevent heel pain and provide stability.

  • Unsupportive shoe shape and quality – Depending on the quality and materials that they are made with, they can cause irritation to your feet in the form of blisters and cuts.

The following are some ways to improve your flat wearing experience:

  • When purchasing flats, make sure to try them on. Try walking around in them. If they are cutting into the top of your feet or feel crowded in the toebox, they are not the shoes for you. Your toes should be able to wiggle around a bit, but not enough that your foot slides around in the shoes.

  • Recently, podiatrists have been working with shoemakers to design comfortable, supportive flats. Look for these types of shoes with supportive features built in.

  • For flats that do not have adequate cushioning, arch support, or heel support, try using orthotic inserts. You’ll probably be able to walk around in them for longer without foot fatigue.

  • Try not to wear shoes barefoot. Even sheer, no show socks can help prevent chafing and blisters.

If you are experiencing foot pain after a long day in your shoes, you may want to consider making a change. For persisting problems that cause you pain, consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505. Our team is ready to assist you and your family at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
April 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

How often do you think about how to care for your feet? For most of us, foot care is not always a priority. But this month, we encourage you to give your feet some extra TLC. Pamper your feet with a pedicure (with sanitary tools), and/or a foot massage. Maybe you can incorporate some foot exercises into your workouts. If you have dry feet, maybe it’s time to start moisturizing. Whatever you do, give your feet the attention and care they deserve for keeping you active, mobile, and stable. The following are top tips for caring for your feet.

General Foot Care Tips

  • Make it a point to get an annual podiatry appointment for a thorough assessment and preventative care.

  • Check your feet daily after you wash them. Treat any injuries with first aid and check for changes in the skin or new bumps that may have appeared.

  • Eating healthy and exercising regularly will help your feet grow and stay strong. Maintaining weight and strengthening your feet and ankles will prevent them from being overburdened.

  • If you get pedicures, make sure the tools used are sterilized. Wearing nail polish for long periods of time can make the toenails yellow and brittle. Give them some time to breathe in between pedicures.

Foot Hygiene

  • Wash your feet every day. This will help you with checking your feet for changes, fighting foot odor, and preventing infections. Use soap and warm water and then dry your feet completely before putting on any socks or slippers. Don’t forget to get in between the toes!

  • Trim toenails straight across and just short enough so that a little white remains to prevent ingrown toenails.

  • Wearing flip-flops can help prevent the contraction of contagious infections from bacteria, fungi, and viruses in communal shower and pool areas. When possible, try not to go barefoot in public areas.

Footwear

  • Find, buy, and wear shoes that are the right size and have the right supports. Shoes that are not supportive will lead to muscle strain and other issues like corns and calluses, or even tendonitis. If you have a foot condition that needs extra support, get orthotic inserts (from a drugstore) or get a custom one from your podiatrist (depending on your needs).

  • Rotate the shoes that you wear daily so that they have time to fully dry. You can also use antibacterial spray or foot powders if necessary.

  • Apply sunblock on your feet when they are exposed to the sun (flip-flops, sandals, or barefoot).

Need more information? Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505 to receive a thorough assessment and prevention tips. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.




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