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Invest in Running ShoesRecently in our blog, we discussed different common foot problems that people suffer from. While some people are prone to certain foot problems and others are due to natural causes, many of the foot problems people experience develop from wearing incorrect fitting footwear. Problems such as bunions or hammertoes develop slowly over time and are often the result of years of wearing restrictive footwear. As your local foot specialist in Marietta, we are going to go over how to select the right running shoe for your foot.

If you maintain an active lifestyle and spend a lot of time exercising, whether that is running or walking, it is imperative that you have the right shoes for the job. Not only do the correct shoes help improve your performance but they also help protect your feet, as well as the rest of your body. Your feet bear all of your body weight, plus some. So, how you carry and support your body weight has a direct effect on other parts of your body.

In order to choose the right running shoe, you first need to know what kind of feet you have. Are they flat, normal, or do you have a high arch? These are all questions you should be asking yourself. You can typically examine your foot and its arch to answer these questions. If you have flat feet, meaning you have no arch, it is very probable that your foot rolls inward when you walk or run. You will need to invest in a running shoe that offers your foot support and stability so it does not continue to roll inwards. High arched feet tend to roll outward when you walk or run. In this case, you will need to look for running shoes that have a soft, absorbent mid sole to help prevent your foot from rolling outward.

It is always a good idea to work with a salesperson when you are searching for the right running shoes. You will want to work with someone who is knowledgeable about what kinds of shoes best fit different kinds of feet. The right shoe can help prevent a multitude of problems down the road so, take the time to invest in your feet now.

 



Five Signs Your Child Might Have a Foot Problem Marietta Georgia

A Foot Problem in Your Child

It is not uncommon for foot and ankle problems in children to go undetected due the signs and symptoms being subtle. In addition to this, children oftentimes are unable to explain what the problem is. Based on this, it is the responsibility of any parent to take their child in to be checked early and on a regular basis.

Signs of a Foot Problem In Your Child

  • If you notice your child in unable to keep up with other children in common physical activities. If you notice your child having difficulty, it could be because their feet and legs are constantly fatigued. Typically, this is a result of flat feet.
  •  Another sign is when children refuse to engage in physical activities that at one point in time they enjoyed and participated in with enthusiasm. When a parent notices this, it is usually caused by heel pain, common in ages between 8 and 14. It should be noted that stress from sports creates muscle strain as well as inflammation of the growth plate, the    area at the back of a child’s heel.
  •  Another concern is when children attempt to hide their feet. Some children notice that the appearance of their feet has changed in some manner. However, they fail to inform their parents due to the fact that they don’t want to go in and see a doctor. Some of the signs a parent should look for are calluses, growths, any discoloration or swelling around the toenails.
  • Another area to be on the lookout for is when you notice your child repeatedly trips and falls. If this occurs, it could be in-toeing, lack of balance or possibly neuromuscular situations.
  • If your child has foot pain that last for more than a few days, take them to a Georgia Podiatrist for a complete exam.

A Foot Problem in Children Summary

If your child is experiencing any of the listed things above, it is important to get it checked out immediately before foot surgery or a long-term problem occurs. What steps do you do to prevent a foot problem in your children?

 



Foot and Ankle Problems in Sports Podiatry Group of Georgia Can HelpIn our experience, with the foot and ankle, we witness children between 10 and 14 experience heel pain as a result of inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel. The Achilles tendon, which is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, inserts into the back of the heel bone, just behind the growth plate. Kids in track, soccer, and gymnastics will often develop this condition, known as “Sever’s disease”.

Foot and Ankle Problems in Georgia Sports

In addition, Podiatry Group of Georgia points out that runners and those frequently walking on a treadmill can both develop a stress fracture. This occurs when someone abruptly increases their mileage or number of times per week they are exercising. A stress fracture is usually an overuse type of injury that produces acute bone swelling leading to a crack in the bone. They are treated with a period of non-weight bearing to the affected area, and usually require crutches and a cast or cast boot until the bone heals.

Tendinitis can develop with an increase in mileage or with any repetitive activity. In the foot and ankle, we see tendonitis develop in the Achilles tendon, or on the inside or outside of the ankle depending on the foot type and mechanics. If you have an area of your ankle that swells up with activity, and becomes sore, you probably have a case of tendonitis. Controlling foot mechanics with the proper shoes and arch supports can often prevent or be used to treat a case of tendonitis.

Foot and Ankle Problems- Prevention

There are a lot of things you can do to prevent injuries such as stretching your foot and ankle before and after exercising. Finding the right shoes is important as well. When beginning an exercise program, make sure you start out slowly. If you have flat arches, it is wise to purchase arch supports or orthotics sized for your needs. Whenever you experience any type of pain, ice the area or seek medical help if it remains.

It is important to not ignore any pain you might experience, it can develop into a bigger problem. Contact us if you have any questions or feel you need treatement.

 

What are you doing to prevent foot and ankle problems while playing sports?


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