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Embarking on a journey to find the ideal running shoe is not just about style, it is a vital step toward enhancing performance and preventing potential injuries. Begin by understanding your foot type, and this can range from neutral, overpronated, or underpronated. Consider the terrain you'll be covering, as different shoes cater to road running, trail running, or a mix of both. The right fit is paramount, and your toes should have room to wiggle, while the shoe provides ample support without feeling too tight. Arch protection and cushioning are vital factors, ensuring your feet are comfortable throughout your run. Weight, flexibility, and breathability of the shoe also contribute to a satisfying running experience. When you are ready to purchase the right type of running shoe for your needs, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward making the right choice.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

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

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Pes planus, commonly known as flat feet, occurs when the foot's arch does not develop or collapses, leading to the entire sole touching the floor. Children typically have flat feet, and their arch develops as they grow into toddlerhood. It usually suffices for podiatrists to provide shoe advice for the majority of kids who have this condition. However, for kids with hypermobility or hypotonia, further intervention might be required. Flat feet typically emerge as the infant's fat pad recedes and motor skills progress, but sometimes arch development is impeded by factors such as calf muscle tightness or ligament hypermobility. While flat feet often do not trouble children, they can eventually cause gait changes, clumsiness, or pain. Early treatment is important to prevent these types of issues. If your child has flat feet that are causing problems, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for appropriate treatment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Wednesday, 15 November 2023 00:00

Preventing Common Workplace Foot Injuries

Workplace foot injuries are not only painful but can also lead to lost productivity and reduced quality of life. To avoid such mishaps, consider these essential strategies. First and foremost, wearing proper footwear is key. Invest in sturdy, comfortable shoes or boots designed for your specific work environment. Ensure they fit well and provide ample support. Second, keep your workspace clutter-free. Remove any obstacles or tripping hazards that could lead to slips and falls. Next, practice good housekeeping, ensuring spilled liquids are cleaned promptly. Additionally, stay mindful of the ergonomic design of your workspace, which can reduce the strain on your feet. Last but not least, if your job involves heavy lifting or dangerous machinery, always use the provided safety gear. This can include wearing steel-toed boots and foot guards to protect against falling objects or potential crushing accidents. By staying vigilant and following these guidelines, you can significantly reduce the risk of common foot injuries in the workplace and keep your feet in top condition. If you would like information about appropriate shoes to wear for work, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Tuesday, 14 November 2023 00:00

Are You Suffering From Nerve Damage?

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Tuesday, 07 November 2023 00:00

The Benefits of Foot Exercises

Foot exercises are an often underestimated yet invaluable practice for maintaining overall well-being. Your feet, the foundation of your body, carry the weight of your daily life. Engaging in regular foot exercises brings numerous benefits, including improved balance, enhanced flexibility, and reduced risk of common foot problems. Stretching and strengthening exercises can alleviate foot pain and discomfort, making them particularly useful for those with conditions such as plantar fasciitis or bunions. Foot exercises may also help to enhance blood circulation, which can have a positive impact on your overall cardiovascular health. Moreover, as your feet and lower limbs become stronger, you will experience better posture and alignment, reducing strain on your joints and spine. Embracing these exercises as part of your routine can lead to healthier, happier feet, allowing you to move through life with comfort and confidence. Exercising the feet can bring stability to the body. If you are interested in learning more about specific foot exercises to perform, 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 and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctors to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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