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Men With Foot Problems: Is Your Fashionable Dress Footwear Causing You Pain?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When most people associate fashionable footwear with pain, they often picture or see women in very high heels. But men can also experience discomfort in their toes, heels, calves, and ankles when they wear fashionable shoes and boots. If you’re a male who doesn’t suffer from diabetes, arthritis, or another health ailment that affects your lower extremities, speak to a foot and ankle specialist about your boots and shoes. Your fashionable dress footwear might be the reason for your pain.  How Can Your Stylish Dress Footwear Affect Your Feet? If you tend to wear dress shoes with narrow boxes, thin soles, or hard heels, you might be inadvertently causing your foot problems. One of the biggest problems with foot pain is that it can develop anywhere in your feet, including your toes and heels. Wearing tight-fitting shoes such as Wingtips, Derbies and Oxfords may only aggravate the problems further. Popular shoes like the footwear mentioned above usually feature narrow, flat boxes and thin, flat, or almost-flat soles. Although these features make the dress shoes appear unique and fashionable, they can also trigger nerve pain in your feet, especially in the soles and around the toes. Your feet contain a host of nerves that link or connect to the much larger nerves in your legs and back, including the sciatic nerves leading to your lower back. The sciatic nerve branches off like a tree. The limbs of the tree travel throughout your lower body and end in your feet and toes. Pinching the nerve branches with ill-fitting shoes can send pain throughout your lower body and back. If you experience back pain at the end of your work day, it may be caused by a pinched sciatic nerve.  Flat footwear can trigger pain in the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that supports each arch in your foot. Usually, flip-flops cause problems with the plantar fascia, but any type of flat footwear can be dangerous for you. The tissue can tear, rip, or stretch out too far over time.  Before you put on another pair of your designer shoes, see a podiatrist for care. What Can You Do to Protect Your Toes, Feet and Ankles? A podiatrist is a foot doctor who specializes in lower extremity pain, diseases, and other ailments. A specialist will generally examine your feet, ankles and toes to see if the bones are affected by your fashionable footwear. Sometimes, tight or ill-fitting shoes can cause inflammation in the ligaments, joints, and tendons surrounding or protecting the bones of your feet. The pain and deformity can develop anywhere in the bones, including those on the top of your feet and in the sides of the toes. If a doctor does find problems, they may suggest that you rest your feet to alleviate the inflammation.  Surgical treatment may be an option for severe problems, such as large bunions and hammer toes. Bunions can grow in the largest and smallest toes of the foot. Hammertoes usually cause the toes to shorten or “crimp” up like an accordion. Corns can develop on the surfaces of the toes if the skin rubs against the boxes of your shoes. In less severe cases, placing protective cushions in the boxes, soles, and heels of your footwear eases the inflammation.  After treatment, you can protect...

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4 Foot Issues Associated With Wearing High Heels

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

High heels can often times make you feel glamorous, or make you feel as if you’re towering above everyone else, exuding an exotic sense of beauty. It should be noted that, while high heels might make a bit of aesthetic sense, they can also provide you with a sea of health issues that can be largely avoided by not wearing high heels to begin with. Although many people are aware that high heels are a great source of blistering, they can also provide you with a litany of other health related foot issues that are far graver. Ankle Injuries High heels are not the best when it comes to the safety and health of your ankles for a number of different reasons. High heels provide little (and sometimes nothing) in the way of support of your ankles. This issue is one that can make your ankles unprotected from a series of potentially unfortunate events, including everything from a simple sprain to breaking your ankle. The lack of support on the ankle itself is intensified by the fact that the heels do not provide an ample sense of balance. This can cause the weight of your body to attempt to balance itself entirely on your ankle. “Pump Bump” High heels tend to lack support not just for your ankles but over the entirety of the foot. This is mainly when it comes to the top and back of your foot, but your heel is no exception. There is usually little in the way that protects your heel on a high heel or pump. The back straps of high heels are generally quite rigid and stiff, which can cause some serious pain to occur on your heel. This rigid strap can wind up causing a number of problems, including everything from a preponderance of callouses to a bony deformity in your foot known as Haglund’s deformity. All the more reason to avoid wearing high heels to begin with. Hammer Toes High heels are known for becoming increasingly narrower as the shoe narrows towards your toes. This can cause a number of problems for your toes, the least of which are bunions. Contracting hammer toes becomes a real possibility the more often you wear shoes that are narrow as high heels. The smaller toebox pushes the smaller toes into the middle joint, which is what happens when you contract hammer toes. This will eventually lead to a point where the entirety of your toes will become unable to straighten. The aesthetic effect is quite jarring and lends itself to the appearance of a hammer claw, hence, the name. Metatarsalgia Metatarsalgia, commonly caused by high heels in women, occurs due to the fact that high heels cause the weight of the body to become unnaturally redistributed. The front of your foot ends up bearing much more weight than it is used to, which can cause some serious wear and tear issues upon your foot. The symptoms of metatarsalgia include a severe amount of joint pain on the ball of your foot, numbness in your toes and pain that worsens when you are standing, walking or flexing your feet. What was originally just a simple matter of walking could potentially become a pain endurance test on your behalf. The pain associated with this issue...

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5 Common Causes Of Ankle Pain

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A painful ankle, often accompanied by swelling, can really put a damper on your week. Not only does it make getting around difficult, but it can be a sign of a medical issue that needs treatment before it becomes more serious. When experiencing unexplained ankle pain, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment with an ankle doctor or podiatrist. Until your appointment, check out these five common causes of ankle pain to get a good handle on what may be causing yours. Achilles Tendinitis If you’re experiencing pain in your Achilles tendon after recently increasing your physical activity level, you may very well have Achilles tendinitis. This condition is actually an injury caused by straining and overusing the tendon that connects the back of your calf to your heel. Achilles Tendinitis commonly occurs when a runner suddenly increases their speed or distance, or when someone who previously didn’t get much exercise starts playing basketball, tennis, or any sport that places strain on the heels. Gout If your ankle is suddenly extremely painful, red, and tender, and the pain seems to have come out of nowhere, you may have gout. Gout also often shows up as pain in the big toe. Untreated gout can become more serious and lead to joint damage, so it’s important to get to a doctor if you suspect you have this condition. Luckily, gout is very treatable, usually through medication. Once treated, future gout flare-ups can be prevented through dietary and lifestyle changes. Bursitis Pain, tenderness and swelling at the back of your heel may be caused by bursitis. Bursitis happens when the fluid-filled sacs that cushion your joints and ligaments become irritated and inflamed. On your heel this is usually caused by overdoing a new workout regimen (especially one that involves a lot of jumping) or by repetitive kneeling, such as while gardening or doing home improvement projects like laying new tile. Bursitis can often be treated simply by resting the affected area, icing it, and taking anti-inflammatories. Sprained Ankle If you’ve recently rolled or twisted your ankle while walking, running or playing sports, and are now experiencing ankle pain, you probably have a sprained ankle. A minor sprained ankle can often be treated at home but this depends on the severity of the sprain so it’s always best to have it checked out by a podiatrist. A severely sprained ankle may require crutches or even physical therapy. Plantar Fasciitis The thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom length of your foot is called the plantar fasciitis. When this band of tissue becomes injured it often results in severe heel pain, sometimes with accompanying pain on the soles of your feet. The pain of plantar fasciitis can be distinguished from other types of heel pain because it is normally a sharp, stabbing feeling that is especially pronounced when you first get up in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is especially common in runners and dancers, but can also affect the overweight or anyone who regularly wears shoes that are too tight or don’t offer adequate cushioning and support, especially if they’re on their feet all day. Your doctor will be able to determine the severity of your plantar fasciitis and the appropriate treatment, which might include over-the-counter pain medication, physical therapy,...

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