Posts for category: Proper Foot Care

By New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
August 10, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Care

Did you know that one of the biggest factors in preventing foot problems is choosing well-made shoes that fit properly? Here at New England Foot & Ankle Specialists we want to offer our patients some tips to take to the shoe store:

  1. Get your feet professionally measured each time you shop for shoes. As you age or if you are pregnant, your feet size can increase.

  2. Most people have one foot that is larger than the other. Always fit shoes to the larger foot.

  3. Be sure shoes are fitted both to the heel and your toes.

  4. Check that there is at least a half inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. When the shoe is all the way on your foot you should still be able to wiggle your toes freely.

  5. Shop for shoes at the end of the day. That’s when feet tend to be most swollen and at their largest size.

  6. Choose shoes with laces rather than slip-on designs for a more secure fit and to better accommodate orthotic devices, insoles or braces.

  7. Always try on both shoes and spend some time walking around in the store to make sure they are comfortable.

  8. Don’t buy heels that are higher than 2 inches. High heels force the toes into the toe box and squeeze them which can lead to toe deformities such as hammertoe.

  9. Check the inside of the shoe for loose stitching or bumps in the material that can cause irritation. This is especially important if you have a bunion or other foot deformity.

  10. If shoes feel tight or uncomfortable in the store, don’t buy them! A “break-in period” for shoes is a myth and will result in blisters and pain when you wear them.

If you are uncertain whether your foot condition requires special shoe accommodations contact either our Reading office at (781) 944-4044  for an appointment and let one of our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., or Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. examine your foot and make recommendations for the best shoes to protect your foot health.

By New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
January 05, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Care

Did you get everything on your holiday wish list this year? Chances are that even if you did, your feet may not have received the special treatment they deserve, especially after all the overtime they put in for you during this festive season.  Why not give yourself one of these post-holiday presents:

  1. A Pedicure Set: Women and men both need to take good care of their toenails. Nails need to be cut short and straight across—no curved edges—to prevent ingrown toenails. If you go for professional pedicures at a salon and have your own tools, you’ll be assured that they have not come in contact with any bacteria or fungus which can lead to athlete’s foot or fungal nails.
  2. Fitting at a Sports Shoe Store: If you run, play tennis or basketball or another sport, a professional fitting at a specialty sports shoe store will ensure shoes that fit your sport and your feet. Many sports injuries are prevented by wearing well-fitting shoes designed specifically for the activity being done.
  3. Wool Socks: Not only will these keep your feet warm, socks made of natural materials breathe better than ones made of synthetic materials. If possible, choose ones that are designed to wick moisture away from your skin. Moisture from sweaty feet that gets trapped in socks and shoes without airflow greatly increases the chance of developing bacterial and fungal infections of the skin and nails of the feet.
  4. A Super Rich Moisturizer: A thick, extra emollient moisturizer not only feels luxurious to apply to feet (especially ones tired from lots of holiday activity!) but will also help fight dry skin, which is very common in cold winter months. Keeping skin moisturized will prevent painful cracks which can lead to bacterial infections.

At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., and Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. want everyone to have the gift of healthy feet. After all, your feet carry the rest of your body and make it possible to work, play, and enjoy the lifestyle you have. If you have any pain or discomfort in your feet, or just have questions about how to better care for your feet, schedule a consultation at either our Reading office

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