You Are What You… Feet?

How your diet and eating habits affect foot health

We all know that our diet has a direct impact on our wellness. If fruits and veggies make up a large portion of what you eat, you’re probably in good health. If, however, the employees at the local fast food chain know you by name, you may not be in the best shape.

 

When we don’t eat properly, our bodies feel it. And this doesn’t just result in bigger waistlines; our feet can also be negatively affected. If you are not eating as you should, you’re putting yourself at risk for these ailments:

Inflammation

Inflammation anywhere in the body isn’t good, and when it occurs in your feet, it can lead to pain and even plantar fasciitis. Common items in foods that can cause inflammation are sugars, saturated and trans fats, and refined grains.

Diabetes

A poor diet can make you susceptible to many health issues, and type 2 diabetes is one of the most common. People with diabetes often have foot problems because high glucose levels can hurt nerves in the feet. This could lead to neuropathy, a condition that can cause numbness and pain.

Osteoporosis

When you were a kid, you were probably told you needed to drink your milk so your bones would be nice and strong. This was good advice then and it still is now. Calcium and vitamin D are key ingredients for bone health – especially for older people – and if you are not getting enough of them, this could result in osteoporosis. Weak feet can cause fractures and increase the chance of falls.

Obesity

If you eat a lot of junk food and don’t exercise, chances are you are headed for obesity. And all that extra weight you must carry around will put increased stress and pressure on your feet, which may lead to pain and potential injury.

What should you be eating to put your best foot forward?

Think about the types of things you eat on a regular basis. Is it time you made some changes? You can do your feet and the rest of your body a big favor by improving your diet. This should include cutting down on saturated and trans fats and sodium and eating more whole grains, lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables. And when you add in physical activity, you and your feet will soon start feeling great.

 

If you’re having some issues with your feet or you would like to learn more about how foot health and diets are connectedhttp://www.ninacolettadpm.com, contact the office of Dr. Nina Coletta. We will give you the information you need to make better choices with your nutrition. You can send us an email at info@ninacolettadpm.com or just call 954-452-4590.

Tell Me Where It Hurts

The meaning of pain in specific areas of your feet and ankles

It happens to all of us: we’re walking, exercising, or doing something else we’ve done a thousand times, and suddenly we feel a pain. This is new, we think, hoping it will just go away. But if the pain persists, it’s important to figure out what the issue is.

 

If this new pain is in your feet, chances are you can’t easily ignore it. Learn about some common foot ailments and what you can do about them:

The bottom of your heel

If the pain is sharp, it could be plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the ligament supporting your arch is strained. This can be the result of different things, including wearing shoes that don’t fit well, being overweight, having high arches, or being on your feet for long stretches.

The back of the ankle

Pain in this area is generally one of two things. If you do a lot of running or other physical activities, it could be Achilles tendonitis, which usually starts as a dull ache in the back of the leg or heel and may lead to stiffness or tenderness.

 

The second culprit could be bursitis. A bursa providing cushioning in the ankle where the Achilles tendon links to the calf muscles in the heel bone, and excessive walking or running can cause the bursa to become inflamed.

Under your heel

If you have noticed a small growth under your heel, it could be a heel spur. This happens when calcium builds up under the heel bone. Common with athletes and people who do a lot of running, heel spurs are typically caused by straining foot muscles or ligaments and the constant tearing of the membrane covering the heel bone.

The middle of your foot

When you experience consistent pain in the middle of your foot, the issue could be fallen arches, also known as flat feet. This could be something you were born with or it may have resulted from a stretched or torn tendon, a broken bone, or rheumatoid arthritis.

The back of the heel

If the back of your heel is hurting, it may be due to Haglund’s deformity, which is an abnormality concerning the foot bone and soft tissues. Brought on when the bony part of the heel becomes enlarged, this can become particularly painful when wearing tight shoes.

 

Now that you may know why your feet are hurting you, it’s time get things fixed. To make an appointment to see the leading podiatric practitioner in Broward County, get in touch with office of Dr. Nina Coletta. She’ll diagnose the problem and create an effective treatment plan. Call us at 954-452-4590 or just fill out our online contact form.

The Lowdown on Foot Cramps

Learn how they’re caused and what to do about them

It’s a fact of life that all of us will inevitably suffer aches, pains, and other ailments. Hopefully they will only be minor, but even the small issues can be irritating. Cramps, for example, may not be serious, but they are still painful and, if you get them often, frustrating.

 

Foot cramps are especially annoying, and if you’ve gotten them while working out, walking, or even sleeping, you know this firsthand. So, why do we get them and – more importantly – how can we get rid of them?

The main causes of foot cramps

Dehydration

Dehydration is often one of the main issues when it comes to a variety of health issues, and this includes cramping in any part of the body. It is always a good idea to drink plenty of water, particularly on hot days or when exercising.

Deficiencies

A lack of certain minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium can lead to more foot cramps. If you’re not getting enough sodium, that can also be a contributing factor. Supplements can be a big help, or you can add more vitamin-rich foods to your diet.

Medication side effects

If you’re getting foot cramps suddenly, it could have to do with the medication you’re taking. Cramping can be a side effect of beta-blockers, diuretics, fibrates, and other medications.

Lack of activity

Consistent exercise can cure a lot of health problems, and you can add foot cramps to that list. With a more active lifestyle, you’ll be much less likely to suffer from them.

Bad shoes

Often when there’s an issue with your feet, it comes down to the shoes you wear. If you frequently wear tight shoes that limit circulation, you’re putting yourself at risk for foot cramps. Your shoes need to be comfortable and provide good arch support.

What to do about foot cramps

There are different things you can do when your feet start cramping up, including:

Massaging your feet

Rubbing the spot on your foot that’s cramping can be helpful. You can also try an acupressure point. On your feet, this is the area between your big toe and second toe. Pressing this spot firmly for a minute can provide relief.

Applying a heating pad

A hot – but not too hot – pad placed on the cramping area can often take away the pain in a matter of minutes.

Stretching

Getting your blood flowing is a good way to get rid of a cramp, and you can do this by stretching your foot. Extend your leg in front of you, point your toes up, and then straight ahead. Repeat this for a minute or so, and that cramp should disappear.

Drinking tea

Cramping can sometimes be caused by stress, and a cup of chamomile tea can help you relax. You could also try cramp bark tea, which contains the muscle relaxant valeric acid.

 

While effective, these tactics are only temporary. If you’re constantly getting foot cramps, you need to see a doctor to figure out the root of the problem. Before you take another painful step, make an appointment to see Dr. Nina Coletta. She’ll determine the source of the trouble and come up with the best solution. Call our office at 954-452-4590 or just fill out our online contact form.

Are Driving Shoes a Good Idea?

Find out if they’re worth adding to your wardrobe

Unless you are extremely fashion-forward or meticulous about how you look each time you leave the house, you probably don’t give a ton of thought to your footwear. Although we may have shoes we save for special occasions, most of us probably rely on just a pair or two and don’t think twice about slipping them on.

But, there are some circumstances in which paying attention to what you have on your feet is important, and may even be life-saving. Your feet, and the shoes on them, play a vital role when you drive, which is why they can’t be taken for granted.

What type of shoes should you wear – or not wear – when driving?

There are two things to consider when figuring out which shoes are best for driving. The first is fit. No matter what you do, your shoes should fit well and be comfortable, and this is especially true when you’re behind the wheel. Tight or ill-fitting shoes could hamper your ability to press down on the pedals when you need to react quickly.

You must also think about the shoe’s style, specifically the sole and heel. Soles shouldn’t be more than 10 mm thick, as this can prevent you from properly feeling the pedals and knowing how much pressure you need to apply. And to get the best pedal control, your heel should rest on the floor. This means no high heels or platform wedges. Flip-flops are another bad idea because they are generally very thin and can easily come off.

But what about driving shoes?

Driving shoes may seem like something your grandfather wore, but they are still around and can be beneficial. Their biggest advantage is that their sole is designed to have a good grip, so you won’t have to worry about your foot slipping off the pedals. Moccasins are often thought of as good driving shoes because they are comfortable and have a thin sole. In addition, because they can be put on and taken off easily, you can leave them in your car.

The verdict

While you don’t have to use specific shoes just for driving, you do need to be aware of how your footwear has an impact on your safety. If your shoes are comfortable and don’t impede on your ability to operate the pedals, you should be fine.

But, even if your most sensible shoes are causing you discomfort, it’s probably time to see a podiatrist. To learn about custom orthotics and other treatments, contact the office of Dr. Nina Colletta. We will figure out what’s ailing you and the best way to make you feel better. Call us at 954-452-4590 or just send an email to info@ninacolettadpm.com.

How Dancing Impacts Your Feet

The underside of dance

We tend to think of dancing as art, fun, expressive, amazing, and while it certainly merits the description, defining dancing as an athletic event typically falls low on the list. The rhythmic pounding, toe tapping, leaping, and twirling levy just as much grind, if not more, on dancers’ feet as a professional athlete.

Eighty-five percent of professional dancers endure dance related injuries, and over 50 percent of injuries occur in the foot or ankle. On the ballroom dance scene, foot pain is simply a fact of life. Fortunately, there’s an entire arsenal of preventative measures to keep you light on your feet. Once your wheels feel a little flat, the first thing to do is attempt to identify the problem.

Four common dance injuries

1. Big toe pain. Hallux rigidus manifests as pain and stiffness, making the big toe difficult to bend. Hallux is the medical term for the big toe. The contortions dancers put their feet through can lead to precursor structural abnormalities for osteoarthritis in the hallux joint. Treatment can range from simply modifying footwear, to surgery.

2. Heel pain and flat feet. In dancers, discomfort in the bottom of the foot, close to the heel, is typically caused by plantar fasciitis, an irritation of the ligament connecting the heel to the toes. Since the plantar fascia ligament also supports the arch of the foot, this condition can also lead to flat feet. Treatment is typically therapeutic (rest, physical therapy, new shoes) and surgery is rarely necessary. Tender ball of the foot. The amount of time dancers spend on their pivot points can lead to metatarsalgia, or inflammation in the balls of the feet. Rest, doctor prescribed stretching, and orthotics are some of the ways podiatrists treat metatarsalgia.

3. Tender ball of the foot. The amount of time dancers spend on their pivot points can lead to metatarsalgia, or inflammation in the balls of the feet. Rest, doctor prescribed stretching, and orthotics are some of the ways podiatrists treat metatarsalgia.

4. Posterior-ankle impingement syndrome. Also known as “athlete’s ankle,” the repetitive flexing of a ballet dancer’s feet can makes them prone to soft tissues getting in the way of the foot’s bone movement. Surgery is usually only considered after more conservative treatments are attempted.

Tips from the dance world

Foot pain and dancing might be mutually inclusive, however, as you might imagine, professional dancers have come up with some ways to keep their toes tapping.

Too tight shoes. Cramped toes are a problem all on their own, but they can also hinder your dancing. One method of expanding your favorite dance shoes is to insert plastic bags containing water into the toes of your shoes, then freeze them. The expansion of the freezing H20 also stretches the shoe, giving you a little extra wiggle room.

Painful high heels. This one will make you feel like a real pro. If wearing heels causes pain in the balls of your feet, try taping the third and fourth toes together with medical tape.

Foot cramps. These painful muscle contractions caused by fatigue and dehydration can often be prevented by hydrating properly, and taking a magnesium supplement.

Your feet affect your entire body

Podiatrists understand that the conditions of your feet can rattle the knees, hips, spine, and core musculature. It’s important to understand exactly how your dancing and dance injuries translate to your overall mobility. Dr. Nina Coletta is an expert at determining the best course of treatment for your individual feet and skeletal structure. If you’re ready to get back out on that dance floor call Dr. Nina today!

Snap, Crackle, Pop: The Secret Language of Feet

Decoding the popping joints in your feet

The fact that it doesn’t sound like what it really is, only adds to the disturbance we feel when our feet do their impression of a crackling fire. The most common form of joint popping sounds like bone and cartilage snapping into pieces. Mercifully, it’s nothing of the sort, at least not most of the time.

The path to diagnosis forks at the pop. Was it painful? Or just a sound? The difference informs podiatrists of what kind of action to take if there’s an issue, or if everything is just as it should be.

When not to be concerned

In most cases, when there’s not any pain or instability, there’s no need for treatment. While it might sound unpleasant, a perfectly functioning joint can snap and pop from time to time without incurring any damage. Then what’s making all that noise?

Synovial fluid. This slippery bone and cartilage lubricant releases oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide when joints are stretched. That gruesome popping sound is the gas bubble bursting, and despite folklore, is completely harmless.

Arthritis. Cartilage in non-arthritic joints allows the connecting points to move smoothly and silently against each other. Without that cushion, the roughness of bone to bone contact can be audible.

Getting back on track. Sometimes during motion, a tendon or ligament will slip out of the groove in the bone that typically keeps it in place. When this happens, it’s akin to letting go of a rubber band — snap!

Warnings from your feet

Pain is like a warning light on the dashboard of your car, so when it pops and hurts it’s time to pay attention. Noisy and painful feet can be the result of prior injuries, or emerging conditions. Finding the source is vital to avoiding further injury, and a proper course of treatment.

Painful popping can be the result of a simple sprain, requiring nothing more than a dose of rest, or a much more serious injury necessitating surgery and rehabilitation. Below are a few common, but serious causes of foot noises.

Morton’s neuroma. Wearing high heels, shoes that fit too tightly, or participating in high impact sports — anything that puts abnormal pressure on the toes and balls of your feet — can lead to Morton’s neuroma, which is swelling around the nerves leading to the toes. Symptoms include stinging, burning, numbness, and joint popping.

Tendon subluxation and dislocation. This is the bad kind of snapping back into place. Subluxation occurs when the tendon abnormally falls out from the groove in the bone. If the tendon fails to snap back into place, it’s known as a dislocation. Along with the uncomfortable popping, joint instability is another sign of these tendon maladies.

Locked joint. If your ankle pops and locks into a position there might be bone fragment, or cartilage preventing a healthy range of motion, and causing a popping sound when the joint is moved.

Ruptured tendon. Your feet and ankles are full of tendons, such as the most famous tendon of all, the Achilles. Each tendon is like a string on a marionette — if one breaks, the appendage drops. Usually ruptured tendons are caused by sudden overstretching, such as missing a step, or rolling your ankle over a curb. Increasing ankle strength and flexibility is recommended by podiatrists as a preventative measure.

Find a translator

Dr. Nina Coletta speaks the crackling language of your feet. Thanks to a Rosetta Stone of diagnostic techniques, she’ll translate those snaps and pops into friendly, digestible verbiage. If you’re experiencing any of these painful symptoms, or simply want to keep your feet in good working order, her friendly staff is on hand to answer your questions right now.

That Extra 10 Pounds: Does it Matter to Your Feet?

It all lands on your feet

Your feet are amazing! You have 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, more than 100 muscles, and a superhighway of vessels and nerves!

The average 130-pound human being places as much as 1.5 million pounds of weight on their feet each day!! Now add ten pounds to each step — we’re talking millions of extra pounds per day on your feet just for being a little on the heavier side!

What those extra pounds mean

It’s not quantum physics. More weight equates to more stress on all those joints, ligaments, and muscles. One study suggested that even just five to ten extra pounds can lead to foot maladies. So, for a little added incentive to slim up, here are five painful effects that being overweight can have on your feet.

  1. 1. Flat Feet. More weight can strain and weaken the ligaments that keep your arches highly arched.
  2. 2. Gout. Typically, gout manifests as pain in the big toe, or foot and ankle joints. It’s caused by the accumulation of uric acid which, unfortunately, your body makes more of when you’re overweight.
  3. 3. Plantar fasciitis. Your plantar fascia is a long ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. The greater the load, the more likely you are to experience a stabbing pain in your heels.
  4. 4. Tibial tendonitis. The long tendon extending down the back of your legs, to the inner ankles and feet is called the tibialis posterior tendon. As you’ve probably guessed, it also bears the burden of those extra pounds.
  5. 5. Changes in posture. Just like when you’re lugging a heavy bag of groceries, carrying extra body mass causes us to modify our gait. Not only can this make walking less efficient, it also leads to problems from your arches, on up to the hips and back.

Solving the Catch 22: how to lose weight when your feet hurt

Most exercising involves your feet, so what do you do when your feet are out of order and you need to lose weight? Fortunately, it’s not as desperate as it might seem. Podiatrists and nutritionists have a wide range of options to help get you moving.

  1. 1. Swimming and water aerobics. Swimming laps is excellent low impact exercise. As with anything underwater, every move faces increased resistance. Water aerobics, or even just walking in a pool, allows you to get your heart rate up without putting too much pressure on your feet.
  2. 2. Cycling. Whether it be a spin class, or a cruise through your neighborhood, biking is low impact, and so enjoyable you’ll start to think differently about the word “exercise.”
  3. 3. Custom orthotics. A little extra support for those tendons can give them the rest they need to heal, without keeping you glued to the couch.
  4. 4. Stretches and exercises. Your podiatrist might offer treatment that improves flexibility and strengthens your feet to bring those stompers back into form.
  5. 5. Food. The word “diet” might have scared readers, however, changes to the way we eat alone can have a dramatic effect on weight loss.

Know your feet

Every foot is different, and each of us carry our weight according to our skeletal structure. Knowing how your feet handle it all, allows you to get the most out of your magnificent duo. If you’re experiencing weight related mobility issues, scheduling a consultation with Dr. Coletta might be the first step toward getting your life back.

Cover Your Feet: Here Comes Gargalesis the Tickle Monster!

What’s the point of ticklish feet?

If you’ve ever wondered why feet are so darn ticklish, it’s likely you deduced it has something to do with the amount of nerve endings located in the soles. But, still — why’s it a tickle?

Each of your feet house around 8,000 nerve endings, known as Meissner’s corpuscles. Like all nerves, they’re there to tell you when something’s not right (pain receptors) and to help you understand your environment (touch receptors). While scientists haven’t yet pinned down the reason we experience gentle stimulation of these receptors as a tickle, the combination does seem to explain the mixture of discomfort and pleasure associated with having your feet stimulated just the right way.

Gargalesis or Knismesis? Big names with simple explanations

While the nomenclature might come across as a little intense when considering their giggle-inducing definitions, the difference between gargalesis and knismesis is rather simple. Knismesis is the irritating kind of tickle, like when a fly buzzes across your leg, or a feather grazes your foot. Unlike knismesis, people typically can’t induce gargalesis tickling on themselves.

Gargalesis is the deep, giggly, uncontrollable laughter we experience when someone stimulates ticklish areas, such as the feet. One of the more mysterious elements of gargalesis is that the reaction is different when the tickle-monster victim knows they’re about to be tickled. For example, if you’ve ever had someone surprise you by playfully stroking the arch of your foot, chances are, you weren’t too happy about it. Conversely, if that same action is the result of a tickle-fight, you’re much more likely to wail in laughter.

What’s the point of gargalesis?

Humans, and other primates, are capable of experiencing gargalesis. Therefore, as you might imagine, evolutionary scientists have carefully examined this unusual trait. Charles Darwin hypothesized that the process of natural selection favored our ancestors who formed stronger parent-child bonds. If you have nieces or nephews, younger siblings, children of your own, or a good memory, you’re familiar with the connection made between the tickler and ticklee. The personal contact, shared smiles, and laughter trigger dopamine and oxytocin (pleasure and love neurotransmitters). This further promotes the relentless desire to nurture our young, and for our offspring to feel warm and safe with their parents — which, of course, makes survival to reproductive age more likely.

Is gargalesis healthy?

Maybe this is good news — maybe it’s not! It depends on which side of the fingertips you’re on, nonetheless — ticklish feet are a sign of good health. It means your nerves are up for the task of keeping you and your feet safe from injury, albeit at the cost of some intense giggle-vulnerability.

When it comes down to it, not having ticklish feet is more of a problem than gargalesis. Lack of foot sensitivity can be a sign of diabetes mellitus, arthritis, thyroid problems, neuropathy, or vitamin depletion. But, don’t jump to any conclusions. Dr. Nina Coletta is well versed in the intricacies of foot health, and what your symptoms may or may not mean. So, if you’re experiencing a decline in your ability to be tickled, it’s probably a good idea to schedule a visit with Dr. Coletta as soon as possible.

The Secret’s Out: Men are Discovering the Benefits of Pedicures

You don’t have to turn in your tough guy card to take care of your feet

Whether we realize it or not, many of our gender-associated behaviors are cultural, rather than biological. Somewhere along the path of modern western culture, having a pedicure slipped into the domain of feminine vanity and bonding rituals, leaving masculine-minded fellows feeling shy and uncomfortable about them. As it’s been said, “times are changing.”

Pedicures aren’t simply about having nice-looking toes. The health benefits of foot grooming are well known to podiatrists. So guys — even the big, burly variety — are warming up to the idea of a relaxing foot soak and some extra special attention to often neglected, yet relentlessly relied upon, appendages.

Now to twist your arm…your hulky, manly arm

Is it worth the time to get a pedicure? If you’re so inclined, it’s perfectly acceptable to type away on your laptop or phone while your feet are tended to, however, contemplative relaxation is one of the benefits of the procedure. Nonetheless, that’s probably not enough to pull most men to the foot-tub, so, without further ado, here are four reasons your feet are healthier after a pedicure.

1. Your feet are dirty, clean ‘em up! Even if you let your feet breathe in barefooted liberation, your feet make more contact with infectious surfaces than any other part of the body. For the sock and shoe wearers among us, the dark, tropical environment of the inner boot is a perfect home for fungi and bacteria. You probably know where this is leading: pedicures clean up feet and toenails, preventing nasty ailments like toenail fungus and athlete’s foot from establishing a noxious occupation on your body.

2. Ingrown toenails aren’t any fun. Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to trim your toenails, and failing to do so can deliver painfully debilitating consequences. Manicurists know the healthiest length, and curvature, keeping you in action, and your big toe ingrown nail free.

3. Your feet will be extra soft. Who cares…? Probably that pretty lady in your life, or that you’d like to be in it. The exfoliation step washes away dead skin cells, for healthy looking, velvety feet so soft, she’ll never forget them!

4. They get the blood flowing. After your heart, the muscles in your feet are some of the most used in the body. Every step you take increases tension in the feet. Foot massages alleviate muscle soreness, at the same time improving circulation.

What to know before you go

As you might imagine, hygienic practices are essential to a good pedicure, so you’re going to want to do a little research before booking an appointment. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask to see how a salon sterilizes their equipment, and while you’re scoping things out, make sure they use tub liners in their foot baths. Other things to avoid are: foot razors, excessively abrasive callous removal, and the famous, but illegal, exfoliating fish in a foot-bath.

It’s also never a bad idea to consult your podiatrist before a pedicure. For more information on healthy toenails, and how to spot a quality nail salon, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nina Coletta today!

Breaking News: Shoe Sizes Aren’t Getting Smaller

The incredible (mythological) shrinking shoe

It seems impossible. We’ve been taught since grade school that human growth typically halts shortly after puberty, so why did your shoes stop fitting?

It seems impossible. We’ve been taught since grade school that human growth typically halts shortly after puberty, so why did your shoes stop fitting?

Your fifth-grade science teacher didn’t lead you astray. Unlike the nose and ears, which are cartilage based and do continue growing throughout the lifecycle, feet don’t necessarily get bigger as much as they simply take up more space. The daily pressure of walking, running, jumping, waiting in line, etc., gradually stretches the tendons that forms your arch (the plantar fascia), causing the arch to drop, and the foot to lengthen.

Your expanding feet can mean more than just a wardrobe adjustment. As the arch flattens, the big toe tends to rise, causing discomfort all on its own, especially when wearing tighter footwear. A lower arch can also lead to bunions, a painful, boney protuberance that sometimes requires surgical treatment. The good news is: you can adjust before those ailments manifest!

Cinderella’s nightmare

Throughout history, and across cultures, there seems to be a somewhat silly gravitation toward smaller footwear simply for the sake of aesthetics. Despite what Disney might have you think, there’s no reward for jamming your toes into your time-withstanding favorite pumps, or into a size seven when you’re a nine. The fact of the matter is, properly fitted shoes can allow your feet, along with your posture and gait, to age gracefully.

Still not ready to up your shoe size? You’re in luck. While medical science hasn’t resolved foot expansion, there are ways to slow it down, while contributing to overall foot health and mobility.

  • Lose weight. Easier said than done, right? Obviously, the less you weigh, the less pressure there is on the plantar fascia, thereby preserving the arch. Of course, losing those extra pounds can be tricky. Fortunately, with a few manageable tweaks to your diet, and discovering an activity that you enjoy beyond the workout it provides, losing weight isn’t as tough as you might think.
  • Wear supportive shoes. Shoes with firm arch support share the load with the tendons in your feet, preventing some of the stretching, and can help keep you fresh for a relaxing stroll through the park.
  • Custom orthotics. If standard support is good, a shoe insert precisely contoured to the unique shape of your foot can only be better. The hug-tight fit prevents additional impact created from poorly fitted arch support, and the firmness can be customized for your gait and desired functionality.
  • Step into some house-shoes. While it’s nice going barefoot, if you’re concerned about foot growth, you might consider replacing normally shoe-less time by wearing arch-supportive sandals or slippers.
  • Good old fashioned arch supports. If fitted shoes or customized orthotics aren’t in your budget, arch support inserts are an inexpensive way of giving your feet a helping hand!

Don’t neglect a change in foot size

Aging isn’t the only cause of enlarged feet. Swelling in the feet and ankles can be a sign of poor circulation and other cardiovascular problems. So, if you’re noticing a change in your feet, contact your physician right away.

Even if it’s simply a case of age-associated growth, keeping tabs on your foot health is key to preventing long term problems associated with expanding feet. If you have questions about orthotics, footwear, or are ready for your annual visit, contact our friendly staff to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nina Coletta today!