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Shopping for shoes online has become increasingly popular despite the inability to try the desired shoes on before purchasing them. For people who prefer this method of buying shoes, it is beneficial that their feet are measured. Determining your correct shoe size can easily be accomplished. This can be done by standing on a piece of paper and tracing the foot. It is important to measure both length and width, and it may be easier to have a family member or friend do this. This is followed by using a conversion chart to find the right size. The height of the arch can be seen when the foot is dipped in water, followed by stepping on a piece of cardboard. A full footprint may indicate low arches. Conversely, if half the footprint is visible, this can be a sign of having high arches. If you would like to learn more about how to measure your foot for the correct shoe size, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.
Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Donald Manger, DPM from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Getting the Right Shoe Size
There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.
- When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
- Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
- Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
- Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
- If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes
As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
Parents and coaches that are involved in youth running may find one of their runners may be on the verge of burning out. This is defined as having prolonged frustration, which may lead to becoming emotionally and physically exhausted. Some of the symptoms that are associated with burnout can include a lack of motivation, mood changes, and chronic fatigue. It is important to prevent running injuries from occurring, and this can be accomplished by ensuring that young athletes get adequate sleep. Additionally, it is beneficial to promote healthy eating habits, and warming up before running can keep the body limber. Burnout may be prevented by making sure there is enough recovery time, and it may be helpful to change the race distance, in addition to promoting other activities. Running injuries can impact the feet, and can temporarily halt running. If you would like more information about how to implement running injury prevention techniques, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.
Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Donald Manger, DPM of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
How to Prevent Running Injuries
Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.
What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.
Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hamilton Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.
Many people who are active find they are prone to getting ankle sprains. These are defined as the ankle turning in or out beyond its normal range of motion, and can happen from suddenly twisting it. There are two types of ankle sprains that are common, which are known as inversion and eversion sprains. Studies have shown the likelihood of incurring an ankle sprain may be greater when it has been sprained before. An ankle that has healed from a sprain may be weaker, which may compromise walking. This may cause more weight to be put on the other ankle, and may become weaker. Performing ankle stretches is beneficial in strengthening the ankles which may help to prevent ankle sprains and regain a normal range of motion once it has healed. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with treatment and effective prevention techniques.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Donald Manger, DPM from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Pain at the sight of the tear
- Ankle area is tender to touch
- In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
- Skin discoloration
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits
Treatment of a Sprain
In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.
It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.
The top layer of the skin is affected when athlete’s foot develops. It can cause severe itching and redness, and the area may become dry and begin to flake. It is considered to be contagious, and the fungus that causes this ailment lives in warm and moist environments. These can include shower room floors, public swimming pools, and surrounding areas. An effective preventive method can consist of wearing appropriate shoes while in these types of places, such as flip-flops or water shoes. Patients who have athlete’s foot may also find they have cracked heels, and applying a good moisturizer may help them to find mild relief. In severe cases of athletes’ foot, small blisters may begin to form and ooze. This may also be managed by using moisturizer. Many patients who have developed athlete’s foot often seek the advice of a podiatrist, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can prescribe medication as an effective treatment method.
Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Donald Manger, DPM from Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.
The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:
- Thoroughly washing and drying feet
- Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
- Using shower shoes in public showers
- Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
- Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot
Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:
- Scaly and peeling skin
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.