Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Running and walking shoes are different. If one runs, wearing walking shoes is not appropriate, as most walking shoes are too stiff and do not flex as is necessary for runners. The same applies for fitness walkers. Fitness walkers should look for running shoes. Luckily since the running market is so big, designers keep up well with the newest materials and technology so there are a wide range of options for different needs. Running shoes vary in cushioning, levels of heel-to-toe drop, and stability. The newer designs seem to provide what is needed with less weight and a more seamless construction to minimize points of friction that can lead to blisters and corns. Walking shoes lag in technology and seem to be designed with comfort as the top priority. While comfort is important, if one is walking for exercise, well-cushioned shoes may cause leg stiffness and many walking shoes are too stiff and heavy for this purpose, interfering with natural foot motion and speed. If you run or walk with fitness goals, consult with a podiatrist regarding best shoe choices for you.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Charles Passet, DPM from Forest Hills. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

It is common knowledge that obesity and one’s weight are directly tied to the health of their feet. For example, people who suffer from obesity tend to have more issues with their feet because of the extra weight and force they are putting on them each day. Interestingly, if an individual loses weight, they may also notice that their feet will shrink in size. One part of the explanation for this phenomenon is that fat in the feet may be burned when an obese individual loses weight. Additionally, another part of this explanation is that obese individuals typically have edema frequently. This is known as swelling of the feet. When an individual loses weight, sometimes they might notice less swelling in their feet. All of this decreases the size of the feet. If you are concerned about how your weight affects the health of your feet, contact a podiatrist today.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Charles Passet, DPM from Forest Hills. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

The 26 bones that are found in each foot are grouped into three categories. The talus and the calcaneus comprise the hindfoot, which represents the heel and where the foot attaches to the leg bone. The midfoot houses five small bones that are found between the ankles and toes, and they are referred to as the cuboid, navicular, and cuneiform bones. The bones that are between the foot and the toes are in the forefoot category and have 19 bones. Any of these bones can endure an injury, and a broken foot can happen when a bone is bent abnormally or twisted from a sudden accident. A broken heel can happen from landing after jumping from an elevated height. Common symptoms that many people experience with a broken foot consist of immediate swelling, bruising, and tenderness. Additionally, in bad fractures, the bone may protrude through the skin, causing severe pain. This can make it difficult or impossible to walk. If you have broken your foot, it is strongly advised that prompt medical attention is sought from a podiatrist who can perform a correct diagnosis and offer the best treatment solution for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Charles Passet, DPM from Forest Hills. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Rushing the healing process after spraining an ankle is unwise, according to experts. This is because if the ankle does not fully heal, it is much more likely to be sprained again. For this reason, using an ankle brace during the recovery period can be a good idea. The goal of wearing an ankle brace is to speed up the healing process while preventing further pain. There are three types to consider, based on the severity of the sprain. The first type, used in more severe cases, immobilizes the ankle while providing compression to keep swelling down. If you are healing from a more moderate sprain, you may wish to use a brace that eases up on compression but keeps the ankle from moving laterally. For a mild sprain, a lighter-weight brace is suggested, which still offers some support while it helps to stabilize the joint. For more information on the proper brace to use after an ankle sprain, please consult a podiatrist. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Charles Passet, DPM from Forest Hills. 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
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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