Tuesday, 23 July 2024 00:00

Wearing the right shoes is essential for maintaining foot health and preventing various foot problems. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to or worsen conditions such as bunions, calluses, corns, and deformities like hammer, claw, or mallet toes. These issues not only cause discomfort but can become more problematic if not addressed. Properly fitted footwear plays a significant role in relieving pain caused by foot deformities and joint problems. It also helps prevent these issues from progressing and can aid in the recovery process post-surgery. When selecting new shoes, try them on later in the day when your feet are the largest. It is important to measure both feet and choose the larger size if they differ. Shoes should have a wide, deep-toe box, a low heel, and a supportive sole. They should also allow your toes to move freely and fit snugly in the widest part of the shoe. If you have problems that may be the result of wearing ill-fitting shoes, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Jack A. Sasiene, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Texas City and Lake Jackson, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Whether seeking greater control over your workout or avoiding unpredictable weather, treadmill running offers a convenient alternative to outdoor running. Using a dedicated pair of treadmill shoes for indoor runs not only protects your feet but also enhances your workout experience. Despite the treadmill’s ability to mimic outdoor running, there are significant differences between running on a machine and running on the road or trail. Outdoor terrain features various surfaces and elevations, whereas treadmills provide a uniformly flat and predictable environment. For that reason, treadmill runners should prioritize shoes that excel in breathability, lightweight design, and cushioning to ensure maximum comfort and efficiency. The repetitive nature of treadmill running can overwork some stabilizer muscles while underutilizing others. Adequate midsole cushioning alleviates these repetitive impacts and provides energy return to keep you going strong. Too much cushioning can make your shoes feel unstable. If you are experiencing a foot problem after running on a treadmill, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and expert treatment.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Jack A. Sasiene, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

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 revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls 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 going 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. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Texas City and Lake Jackson, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers require prompt and comprehensive treatment to prevent complications. The first step involves cleaning the wound thoroughly to remove dead tissue and reduce infection risk. Keeping the ulcer dry and covered with a sterile dressing helps protect it from further damage. Pressure offloading, achieved by using specialized footwear or orthotic devices, is essential to reduce stress on the affected area and promote healing. Antibiotics may be prescribed if there is an infection, and ensuring the ulcer is healing properly allows for timely intervention if complications arise. Managing blood sugar levels effectively is vital, as high glucose levels can impede the healing process. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition, and effectively treat foot ulcers.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Jack A. Sasiene, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Texas City and Lake Jackson, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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