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The movements for walking and running differ. Running is considered to be a good aerobic form of exercise, and it can help to strengthen muscles and bones. Running generally burns more calories than walking, and both activities can improve the heart. The foot strikes the ground differently when walking and running, and wearing the right shoes for the chosen activity is beneficial for the overall foot. Runners and walkers will land on their heels first, and people who walk will roll their foot forward to the toes. A proper running shoe consists of lightweight materials, a stable heel, and solid traction that is suitable for different types of terrain. A runner’s nightmare is getting blisters, and they may be avoided by wearing shoes that fit correctly. A good walking shoe should have good shock absorption, feel lightweight, be flexible, and have adequate stability. When purchasing either kind of shoe, it is beneficial to wear the socks that will be worn during the activity, in addition to trying shoes on at the end of the day when the foot is at its largest. If you would like more information about the differences between walking and running shoes, please confer with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington and Weatherford, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Many foot problems can occur when high heels are frequently worn. It is important to protect the feet, and there are specific methods that can be implemented, which may make the feet feel better. When the day is over, and the high heels come off, many women walk barefoot to stretch their foot muscles out. Excess friction from wearing high heels may cause a blister to form, and it is beneficial to cover it with a protective bandage. Popping the blister may prolong the healing, and covering it can be helpful in resisting the urge to pop it. When the feet are soaked in a tub of warm water, it soothes the muscles, and this can be followed by applying a good moisturizer. Foot yoga can be beneficial to practice as often as possible, and many women find this to be effective in strengthening the entire foot. Pampering the feet always feels good, and getting a pedicure is helpful in maintaining proper skin conditions. There are different types of high heels the feet can feel comfortable in, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with beneficial information about what type of high heels to wear.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

When to Seek Help For Plantar Warts

Anyone who cares about maintaining the health of their feet should be aware of plantar warts, an unsightly and uncomfortable foot condition. Plantar warts are callous-like growths on the feet that typically appear on the bottoms, or soles, of the feet. These warts are caused by the person-to-person transmission of different types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Plantar warts can range significantly in size, from small to giant cases. Children ages 12-16 are typically the most affected by this condition. Although it is true that many cases of plantar warts are painless and will eventually resolve themselves, you may have to visit a podiatrist. You should consider seeking out care from a podiatrist for your plantar warts if they begin bleeding or spreading, especially beyond your feet. You should also consider consulting with a podiatrist if they do not react positively to any self-care treatment. Upon your visit, a podiatrist will determine the best way to treat the warts, which may include cryosurgery, electrocautery, or the application of certain acids. If you have any concerns about your plantar warts, it may be best to seek out the help of a professional.


 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

When to Seek Help For Plantar Warts

Anyone who cares about maintaining the health of their feet should be aware of plantar warts, an unsightly and uncomfortable foot condition. Plantar warts are callous-like growths on the feet that typically appear on the bottoms, or soles, of the feet. These warts are caused by the person-to-person transmission of different types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Plantar warts can range significantly in size, from small to giant cases. Children ages 12-16 are typically the most affected by this condition. Although it is true that many cases of plantar warts are painless and will eventually resolve themselves, you may have to visit a podiatrist. You should consider seeking out care from a podiatrist for your plantar warts if they begin bleeding or spreading, especially beyond your feet. You should also consider consulting with a podiatrist if they do not react positively to any self-care treatment. Upon your visit, a podiatrist will determine the best way to treat the warts, which may include cryosurgery, electrocautery, or the application of certain acids. If you have any concerns about your plantar warts, it may be best to seek out the help of a professional.


 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Thursday, 07 July 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Thursday, 07 July 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

Caring For Corns on the Feet

When frequent rubbing occurs on your feet or toes, corns may develop in response to the friction. Such friction is usually caused by tight or ill-fitting shoes that rub against the feet. The corns are similar to calluses and usually create hardened patches of skin at the sight of the friction. In some cases, corns on the feet and toes may bleed and even cause discomfort. Fortunately, many instances of corns on the feet can be solved with a quick fix—simply not wearing the shoes that cause the friction to occur and opting for better-fitting footwear. Some individuals might even wear a protective pad around the corn while it is healing to ensure that it will not rub against anything and exacerbate the toughness of the skin. While these at-home remedies have proven effective, some individuals with corns may need further medical attention. For example, further complications could arise for those with diabetes or who experience numbness in the feet. Continuing to experience pain and inflammation at the sight of the corn may also be a sign to reach out to a medical professional. While corns do not usually pose a significant health threat, knowing the causes of this condition and being able to care for it can help you lead a healthier life for your feet.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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