Why are certain shoes bad for my feet?
Your feet are a complex part of your body. While it may not seem so from the outside, they are comprised of 26 bones, 20 actively articulated joints (and 13 others), plus over one hundred tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Our feet are responsible for supporting our entire body weight while we dance, run, and perform daily tasks around the house. While our feet are incredibly strong for their size, they still need appropriate support in order to function optimally. Unsupportive shoes like flip flops can results in your arch rolling inward, which can become exacerbated and lead to more serious problems including neuropathy, hammertoes, or even bunions. For woman especially, shoe choice is important. With the wide range of narrow-toed shoes and high heels available at an average clothing store, it is possible to consistently choose footwear that can damage your natural anatomy or that will not provide appropriate support during your daily activities.
Are orthotic inserts really useful?
Orthotic inserts for your shoes can provide benefits for some patients experiencing foot and ankle pain. It is important, however, to note the difference between the one-size-fits-all inserts you can purchase at a store and the prescription orthotics your doctor can create for you. Inserts at your local pharmacy can sometimes help patients by providing additional arch support and cushioning for the toes, heels, or the whole foot. These shoe inserts can be especially helpful for people whose jobs require them to be on their feet for long periods of time by reducing muscles fatigue, but they cannot address biomechanical issues. Orthotics are created specifically for your foot and can address a wide range of issues related to the feet. Orthotics can be designed to improve your posture and gait, as well as help reduce pain in the feet associated with bursitis, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis, among other conditions.
When should I see a doctor for an ankle sprain?
Ankle sprains are the leading cause of pain in the ankle. For many people, ankle sprains may be mild enough that rest and at-home care are enough to provide relief. However, if you sustain an injury that is severely painful, or that does not go away with sufficient rest and anti-inflammatory medications or ice, it is best to speak with a doctor who specializes in this area of the body, so you can move forward with an effective treatment plan that will help you heal from your injury. Depending on the severity of the sprain, you may be required to wear stabilization devices, use crutches, or implement compression bandages. Your podiatrist can help by providing you with a precise diagnosis regarding the severity of your sprain, and can also use x-ray imaging to ensure you have not sustained a fracture.
If you are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, IL today to schedule a consultation. We can provide important information about your condition that will allow you to move forward with a helpful treatment plan designed especially for you.