Most people are born with healthy feet.
Numerous factors will affect the health of feet: posture, weight,
heredity, and injuries. To compensate for these, the muscles, ligaments
and bones in our legs, back, and knees will stretch beyond their
natural range. When pain strikes, these biomechanical movements
are to blame. Although we don't have the ability to alter imperfect
body design, there are ways in which additional foot support can
retrain our feet, ease the stress on our bodies, help us maintain
a more natural, full-body balance and even facilitate a healthier
A healthy foot needs the proper environment and a properly designed
walking surface to stay healthy. Most people wear improperly fitted
shoes, and millions have foot problems ranging in significance from
slight to severe. Given the complexity of the foot-26 bones, 107
ligaments, and 19 muscles-it is essential to attend to the health
of your feet. Foot problems evolve from histories of bad shoes and
poor foot caret: easily 70% of podiatry patients are the victims
of ill-fitting shoes. Most problems are correctable by good shoes.
We have many models of excellent, non-prescription orthopædic
shoes. Our shoes pay attention to the needs of your feet. and a
comfortable foot is a healthy foot.
These common problems can be solved with good shoes:
Bunions, hammertoes, fallen arches (flat feet), lateral instability,
neuroma (inflammation of the common intermetatarsal nerve), pronation,
supination, hip and knee soreness, low back pain, overall fatigue
from problems with the standing posture.
Come on into our store, we'll get you the right shoes! Or email
us with questions.
How to Properly Fit Shoes
When buying your shoes be sure that you get the correct length as
well as width. You should have a little space in both the heel and
toe areas to allow for flexing in the shoe when walking. Your toes
should not touch the front nor should your heel touch the back.
Other than comfort this will also improve the longevity of your
shoes. Make sure to have your feet measured at regular intervals,
especially when buying new shoes . The size of your feet change
as you grow older.
Make sure to have BOTH feet measured as most people have one foot
larger than the other. Fit your shoes to the largest foot.
Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Don't select shoes by the
size marked on the box or inside the shoe. Try the shoe on and judge
by the way it feels and fits on your foot. Make sure you select
a shoe that conforms as nearly as possible to the shape of your
Measure your feet at the end of the day when they are their largest.
Make sure to stand during the fitting process and check that there
is adequate space (3/8" to 1/2") for your longest toe
at the end of each shoe
Make sure that the ball of your foot fits snugly, but not too tightly,
into the widest part (ball pocket) of the shoe.
DO NOT purchase shoes that feel too tight or short, expecting them
to "stretch" to fit later. This may not happen in some
more modern styles of shoes and may inadvertently damage the health
of your feet.
Have you feet measured with the socks you plan to wear in the shoes.
Walk around the store to make sure the shoes fit and feel right.
While some foot problems are genetic or related to stress injuries,
many are caused by shoes that fit badly. Women are about four times
more likely than men to suffer foot problems as a result of poorly-fitting
shoes, which can cause malformation of the feet.
Common Foot Problems
A bunion is a bump that develops on the inner side of the foot,
near the base of the first toe. It is caused by poor alignment of
the joint of the big toe toward the outside of the foot. The condition
worsens over time leading to discomfort and skin problems, such
as corns and lesions, and difficulty walking. Bunions may be caused
by excessively tight, pointy-toed, or high-heeled shoes, and shoes
that are too small.
Heel pain is one of the most common forms of foot pain in the United
States. It can largely be attributed to the stress on the feet caused
by daily activities and exercise that magnifies misalignments in
the feet, particularly if improperly-fitted shoes are worn. There
are many structures attached to the heel bone (calcaneus). The two
structures primarily associated with heel pain are the plantar fascia
(band of connective tissue along the bottom of the foot that supports
the arch) and the flexor digitorum brevis muscle. Excessive exercise
and occupations that require people to spend a lot of time on their
feet may stretch these structures beyond their limits. This stretching
can lead to muscle tears and bone spurs.
Bone spurs on the heel occur when muscle tension (usually on the
flexor digitorum) pulls a piece of bone away from the calcaneus.
A bone spur usually appears on x-ray as a fishhook-shaped structure.
This sharp-edged deformity irritates the nerves in the heel and,
combined with the strained muscles, causes heel pain.
A hammertoe is a contractureor bendingof the toe at
the first joint of the digit. This bending causes the toe to appear
like an upside-down V when looked at from the side. Any toe can
be involved, but the condition usually affects the second through
fifth toes, known as the lesser digits. Hammertoes are more common
to females than males..
REMEMBER YOUR FEET HAVE TO LAST A LIFETIME - TREAT THEM RIGHT!