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Posts for: January, 2015

After visiting a local Nike store, Britt Aboutaleb of Yahoo! Beauty shares what she has discovered is the most helpful and effective way of shopping for running shoes. Regardless of where you shop, the salesperson should ask you certain questions: “How often do you run? How many miles? Do you run on a treadmill, the road, a trail? Are you training for anything? What’s your average pace?”

Even more helpful is if your sales associate can observe you running; at Nike, Aboutaleb’s salesperson filmed her running and let the Nike in-store app determine at what angle her foot hit the ground and followed through—pronation. Determining whether or not you overpronate or supinate is helpful in selecting a running shoe that will provide you with the best support.

Shopping for running shoes that best suit your needs may seem daunting. If you need help in choosing the right shoe, speak to one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors can attend to any of your podiatric needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Although it seems simple, running is in fact a complex movement that places stress on the joints, bones, and ligaments of the body. To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes is centered around pronation, which is the rolling of the ankle from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. Runners who supinate require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

To learn about your foot type, visit a local shop that specializes in running shoes. Professionals will be able to measure your stride, gait, and arch type and inform you of your footwear needs, which come in handy for future reference.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary@ctfootcare.com
January 21, 2015
Category: Foot Care
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Brandi Schlossberg, an advocate of foot and ankle orthotics, believes that orthotics can help prevent conditions such as plantar fasciitis. The foot aids take a lot of pressure off of the heels and reduce the amount of shock absorbed into one area, creating an even flow of absorption throughout the foot. Orthotics help reduce the amount of pain and inflammation felt in the foot and ankles when these conditions occur.

Orthotics can also improve the movement of the feet and regulate walking patterns. Optimal usage of the foot while wearing orthotics can prevent conditions like plantar fasciitis before they even start. Although you can get orthotics without a prescription, it is advised to see a doctor before spending any money on them. 

Orthotics can be help for a wide variety of foot and ankle prevention. If you are having discomfort of the feet and would like to get fitted for orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs. 

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?

Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

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In a recent study physicists of the University of Nottingham in England took a closer look at the mechanical forces that act on fingernails and toenails—particularly the outward growth of the nail. Researchers have found that ingrown toenails form because of an imbalance in the forces acting on them from nail growth. Nails that grow too quickly tend to have a nail edge that becomes more curved, which in turn makes it more likely for the far edges of the nail to poke down into the skin beside the nail—creating an ingrown nail. To combat ingrown nails, cut nails into a parabolic or oval shape rather than straight across at the end of the nail. Using this method will cause the forces acting on the nail and nail bed to balance, preventing the growth of ingrown nails.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are left unattended. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out

-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts

-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Schools in Richmond, Virginia celebrated International Walk to School Day on October 8th by encouraging students to walk to school. To celebrate the benefits of exercise children, parents, and school teachers were invited to participate in the day’s activities, which included showing students safe walking routes to school and the importance of pedestrian safety. The promotion of physical health and activity was a theme of the day’s various events. In addition to participating in International Walk to School Day, Linwood Holton Elementary hosted a Mini-Wellness Fair that encouraged children to follow healthy lifestyles.

Exercising the feet is a habit that is best practiced at a young age so that it can be followed into adulthood. For more information about exercising the feet, consult with one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment and answer any of your related questions.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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