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By Brad Toll
November 22, 2014
Category: Footwear

Recently Hollywood and the fashion industry has been abuzz with word of the latest fashion crime to appear on celebrities feet; the shower sandal. Made famous by the now infamous Adidas sandals that made their way into most people’s closets as a way to protect feet from locker-room floors over a decade ago, these nostalgic sandals are now making a big comeback in what’s being termed the ‘ugly-pretty’ market. Recently, high fashion shoe wear designers such as Celine and Chloe have revealed versions costing triple digits for the now infamous loungewear, which making its way into numerous celeb Instagrams and even a few red carpets (both with and without socks as well).

While it is our hope that this fad doesn’t make its way anywhere near the Annapolis and Crofton areas of Maryland, this does provide an excellent reminder of when old shoes (and even old styles such as shower sandals) should probably be thrown away and replaced. Old and worn shoes may aid to the development of overuse injuries, particularly those like stress fractures or tendinitis. These can be very painful conditions and may significantly set back your mobility and summer exercise routines, however, they are easily prevented by regular and proactive replacement of your shoe gear.

Many of my patients ask me how they should know when it is time to replace their summer running shoes.  For active runners, the golden rule I tell all my patients at Crofton Podiatry is to replace your shoes around every 500 miles or earlier if you begin feeling pain in your feet, ankles, or knees with wear. For non-strictly running activities such as CrossFit, replacing your athletic shoes at least every 12 months should be adequate depending on how hard you train.

If you’re unsure about the age or use of your shoes, the easiest way to determine their remaining longevity is by looking at the sole of each shoe. Shoes that are near the end of their life will show significant wear in the tread, perhaps even to the point where the bottom of the shoe is no longer flat. If you see any of these signs, or are still unsure on how the wear on your shoes may be affecting your health, it is important you see a knowledgeable shoe specialist to evaluate if your shoes are best for you and your health.

By Brad Toll.

President Obama has found himself a new nagging pain, and this time it isn’t coming from politicians or pundits. At his latest physical health examination, Mr. Obama was reportedly diagnosed with ‘recurrent plantar fasciitis’ something, he has apparently been dealing with for quite some time. 

President Obama now joins the barrage of high-visibility celebrities who have experienced foot injuries this month. Earlier this month Cher had to be rushed to a hospital for foot pain experienced during rehearsals for her ongoing tour. Harrison Ford was also forced to undergo foot surgery following an accident near his character’s long-beloved Millennium Falcon on the set of the new Star Wars movie. 

However, while Cher and Harrison Fords’ injuries may have been more serious than the President’s, that doesn’t make them any less painful. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain I see in my clinic outside of Annapolis, Maryland. It is a result of inflammation and micro-tearing of the protective ligaments that stretch across the bottom of our feet.

Normally, this problem is particularly common in basketball players, runners, and patients that don’t participate in regular exercise. Additionally, many shoes that are currently in vogue (like flats or flip flops) offer very little arch support, exacerbating existing conditions during long periods of walking or standing.

If pain on the bottom of your feet is bringing you down and making work absolutely miserable, there are steps you can take. Visit your local foot care specialist for the most up-to-date answers to your questions and if you’re in Crofton, Bowie or Greenbelt come check us out at Crofton Podiatry. In the meantime, try my best tips below:

Putting your foot down on plantar pain:

  • See your local foot care specialist for tailored Achilles tendon and plantar fascia stretching exercises.
  • Wear shoes that are supportive and well-cushioned.
  • While seated, cross your affected foot on the opposite thigh, grasp your toes to stretch the arch area and give the arch a good massage to ease the severity of the pain.
  • Try to drop some pounds if you’re overweight, to relieve pressure on your feet.
  • Take pain relievers such as ibuprofen (which the president takes) or naproxen as suggested by a podiatric physician consult.

By Brad Toll.




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