It’s winter in the northeast. For many patients, that makes it time for a new pair of boots. With so many choices, how can you be sure that you’re getting the best pair for your feet? Check out these tips from Craig Wexler, DPM:
Try Those Boots On!
Whether you go to the shoe store or you buy your shoes online, it’s essential to try them on before you commit. Afternoon or evening is the best time to try on any footwear, since your feet typically get slightly larger as the day goes on. Shoes that fit perfectly first thing in the morning may become a bit too small as the day goes on.
In order to get the best fit, be sure to wear the same socks you would wear when you wear your boots outside.
What to Look for in Fit
Make sure your boots have plenty of toe room. Narrow toe boxes that squeeze the toes together can contribute to ingrown toenails. Choose a pair with a wide, roomy toe box that allows room for your toes to wiggle.
Any shoe or boot should feel snug at the heel, but never uncomfortably so. There should be some movement at the back of your shoe or boot, but your foot should not be sliding up and down. Too tight shoes or too much slippage can lead to blisters.
Take a few moments to remove the laces and re-lace the boots specifically to fit your feet. Be careful not to over-tighten! If the boots need to be lashed to your feet, they’re too big. Once the shoes or boots are laced properly, spend a little while walking around the store or house in them to judge comfort.
Are bunions, hammertoes, or other foot, ankle, or leg issues making it hard for you to wear shoes or boots comfortably? It’s time to visit the podiatrist. Click here or call Wexler Foot Center at (973) 383-3115 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig Wexler in our comfortable and convenient Newton office. Dr. Wexler will bring his decades of specialized education and experience to your care as he thoroughly examines your feet, diagnoses any current or potential concerns, creates an individualized treatment plan, and provides comprehensive follow up.
Are you headed out for some last-minute holiday shopping this week? Selecting and purchasing gifts is supposed to be a joyful time, but it won’t be much fun if you’re sidelined with foot pain! Here are some tips from Dr. Craig Wexler to keep you feeling great into the New Year.
- Save your fashionable shoes for the party. Wear comfortable, sensible shoes for shopping. Choose a pair made of a flexible, breathable material with a wide, roomy toe box and a low heel.
- If you’ll be dealing with winter snow, your selection of boots is important. Consider investing in a new pair this year. Your winter boots should be waterproof and insulated. This will keep feet warm, which is especially important for anyone living with diabetes or a circulatory disorder. Thick rubber soles with deep grooves will improve traction and reduce the risk of falls that can lead to foot and ankle injuries.
- Be sure to wear shoes or boots that fit. When was the last time you had your feet professionally measured? If it’s been more than a year, your shoe size may have changed. Pop into a shoe store and get checked while you’re at the mall.
- Get off your feet periodically. Take a coffee break, or sit down to check your phone.
- Hydrate! Winter air is dry and robs feet of natural moisture. Dry skin and painful heel cracks can occur. You can replenish by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated fluids and applying lotion to your feet twice a day.
Of course, the best way to keep your feet healthy is with regular visits to the foot doctor. When was the last time you were seen by a podiatrist? If it’s been more than a year, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Craig Wexler, DPM. Dr. Wexler is a board-certified specialist with decades of experience. He will carefully examine your feet, accurately diagnose any existing or potential areas of concern, work with you to create an effective and individualized treatment plan, and provide comprehensive follow up care. Call Wexler Foot Center or click here to schedule an appointment in our comfortable and convenient Newton office today.
If you experience discomfort in your feet after a long day of standing and walking, but putting them up, soaking them in warm water, or even a foot rub don't bring relief, you may be living with pes cavus, a condition in which the foot has a very high arch. Because of this high arch, the heels and balls of the feet bear an excessive amount of weight, and the soft tissues of the foot and lower leg become stressed. High arches can affect posture when standing, and the gait while walking, creating discomfort anywhere from the feet to the lower back.
Anyone can develop pes cavus. The condition is seen in men, women, children and adults. In some people, it is simply a normal inherited anatomical variation. That is, some of us simply have higher arches than others. In others, it can be the result of congenital conditions such as cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disease, or trauma to the foot.
Some people with high arches will have no pain or any other symptoms. For others, symptoms of high arches will be present, and will vary depending on the severity of the arch height and other factors.
What are some of the symptoms of high arches that you should be aware of?
- Foot pain with walking, standing, and running
- Shortened foot length
- A claw-like appearance of the toes, possibly with corns present at the tips or the tops
- Plantar calluses under the balls of the feet
- Difficulty wearing shoes comfortably
- Morton's neuroma with pain in the ball of the foot and smaller toes.
- Pain in the heel and sole of the foot from plantar fasciitis.
- Foot drop, a weakness of the muscles in the foot and ankle that results in dragging the foot when taking a step. This usually a sign of an underlying neurologic condition and is cause for concern.
Your podiatrist is the best professional to treat your high arches. He or she may recommend approaches including new shoes with better cushioning, custom orthotics, and physical therapy.
If your feet hurt and you suspect high arches may be to blame, it’s time to see the foot doctor. Call Wexler Foot Center at (973) 383-3115 or click here today to schedule an appointment with Craig Wexler, DPM in our comfortable and convenient Newton office. Dr. Wexler will examine your feet, diagnose the source of your discomfort, and work with you to create an individualized and effective treatment plan.
Are you a fan of high-heeled shoes? Many women are. 72% of women wear high heels. 31% wear them to work daily and 50-77% choose them for parties and special occasions. Those stilettos make a fashion statement, but wearing them too often can cause numerous problems in the feet, ankles, and lower legs. Craig Wexler, DPM recommends that if you plan on wearing high heels this holiday season, you save them for special events such as parties and a night out on New Year’s Eve. High-heeled shoes take your body out of its natural alignment. The long-term result can be pain not only in your feet, but also in your shoulders, neck and back as well. Further, the intense and ongoing reshaping of the feet by pointy stilettos can lead to a variety of deformities.
- Style usually dictates that high-heeled shoes have narrow toe boxes, which squeeze and push the toes together. This can lead to ingrown toenails, hammertoes, and neuromas. Bunions can also become problematic. These bony bumps stick out of the side of your foot at the big toe, causing pain and making it hard to wear any shoes comfortably.
- High heels cause increased stress along the sole of the foot, leading to heel pain.
- When you wear high heels, your gait mimics walking uphill, stressing the calf muscles and Achilles tendons. Over a period of years, this can cause calf muscles to shorten and tighten.
- The unnatural pressure that high-heeled shoes put on the feet can create painful accumulations of dead skin cells called corns on the sides and tops of feet and toes and calluses on the soles.
If you are shopping for new high-heels this holiday season, here are three tips from Dr. Craig Wexler to help you look good and feel great:
- Look for shoes with heels that are 3 inches or less. Anything higher will change the biomechanics of how you walk and will increase the stress on your legs, ankles, feet, back, and hips.
- Distribute weight more effectively with a modern chunky heel, rather than a more classic narrow, spiked heel.
- Choose shoes from brands that offer softer soles and built-in cushioning to reduce impact and stress on your muscles and joints.
Are you experiencing discomfort or any other problem in your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Call Wexler Foot Center at (973) 383-3115 or click here today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig Wexler.
Thanksgiving is over and Chanukah and Christmas are on the horizon. Are you making your list and checking it twice, getting ready for holiday shopping? Here are some foot-related gift ideas from Craig Wexler, DPM that everyone on your list is sure to appreciate:
- Socks: Whether young or old, everyone loves a new pair of socks! Consider a funny pair for children, a fuzzy pair with lotion-infused fibers to soften the skin for someone who loves to be pampered, or a wool pair for an outdoor enthusiast.
- Shoe horn: Is there a senior citizen on your list? Reduced flexibility and mobility can make putting on shoes a challenging task. A long shoehorn makes it so much easier to slip into a pair of loafers in the morning.
- Shoes: Is there a jogger on your list? Running shoes should be replaced after 6 months or 500 miles, whichever comes first. Maybe it’s time for a new pair.
- Slippers: There’s a reason slippers have been the go-to list on many lists for years. A warm new pair with rubber soles can make walking at home more comfortable while reducing the risk of dangerous falls.
- Foot massage: Not much feels better than a great foot rub. There are many new specialty salons to choose from, or you can do the job yourself. Set the scene with quiet music and soft lighting, and use some pleasant-smelling lotion or oil. Be sure to wash and dry your loved one’s feet well after you’re done to reduce the risk of slipping and falling.
- Pedicure: Salon pedicures are a wonderful indulgence and a gift certificate for one is sure to be received with pleasure. Unfortunately, it’s easy to pick up a viral infection or even nail fungus at even the cleanest salons. Reduce risk of contamination. Be sure to include a personal set of tools with that gift certificate.
Of course, the best gift is the gift of health. If it’s been a while since your loved one has been seen by a podiatrist, click here or call the friendly Wexler Foot Center staff at (973) 383-3115 today. We’ll be happy to schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Craig Wexler in our comfortable Newton office. Dr. Wexler is a board-certified podiatrist with decades of experience. You can be confident that your loved one will receive a careful examination, appropriate diagnosis, individualized treatment, and all necessary follow up.