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Allison Walker of Siouxland Matters asserts that wearing flip-flops provides no benefit to the wearer. Walker states that wearing flip-flops for an extended period of time can increase the likelihood of sustaining foot and ankle injuries. Some of these risks taken just by wearing flip-flops include heel pain and ankle injuries from slipping.
If you must wear them, opt for flip-flops that can provide adequate support. Mike Pape of Rudolph’s Shoe Mart says, “There are different types of what they call orthotics or foot beds that are in the various shoes and sandals . . . Now there’s all the different components that go into making the different arches.”
If you must wear flip-flops,try not to wear them for too long. If you have questions, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will provide you with quality foot and ankle care.
Flip-Flops and Feet
When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops. Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer. However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.
How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?
-Lower back problems
-Pain in the balls of the feet
-Problems with foot arches
-Changes in the way you walk
Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?
Yes. Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections. Common injuries and ailments include:
-Cuts and Scrapes
I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?
When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet. These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too.
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Between 1870 and 1980, the average height for the European male shifted from 5’ 5” to 5’ 10.” Better nutrition, and recently problems of overeating, has caused a trend in overall body expansion. This trend includes foot size.
According to the College of Podiatry, averages for both men and women have increased by two shoe sizes over the last forty years. To accommodate the extra weight, feet are becoming broader. This is especially visible in cases of childhood obesity, because children’s bones are still supple and very able to spread under added pressure.
This increasing foot size is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as feet are not forced into footwear that is too small. Wearing the wrong shoe size increases risks of hammertoes, bunions, and joint problems. For help with footwear choices or any other foot or ankle concerns, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will attend to any of your podiatric needs.
Getting the Right Shoe Size: How To Keep Your Feet Happy
Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.
- Make sure your toes are not cramped
- Be able to wiggle your toes
- There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip
Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.
If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:
Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently.
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Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering of MIT’s Neville Hogan has been studying the ankle’s stiffness with the help of a robotic development called the AnkleBot. The AnkleBot functions by attaching the bot to a knee brace, which is then mounted to a custom-designed shoe. As the subject moves his or her ankle, the robot moves the foot along in directions within the ankle’s normal motion range. This function helps in understanding the ankle’s biomechanics.
Studying the ankle’s biomechanics can help patients suffering from motor disorders and can even lead to the creation of safer footwear in the future. For now the Anklebot is being used to help patients regain their mobility.
If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by motor-related issues, you should seek the care of a podiatrist likeas Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz can examine your feet and diagnose any potential conditions.
Biomechanics in Podiatry
Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.
A History of Biomechanics
-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care
-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.
Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.
Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding the biomechanics of the feet can help alleviate and even eliminate pain and further stress to the foot.
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United Kingdom professor Dr. Mick Wilkinson of Northumbria University in New Castle gave his endorsement to barefoot running a few weeks ago, telling new runners it might be best for them to start barefoot.
Dr. Wilkinson completed the Great North Run without shoes in 2011. When running barefoot; the front of the foot strikes the ground first. When it comes to sneakers, the heel hits the ground first. Wilkinson encourages starting off slowly or with minimalist shoes, but claimed you should ignore the urge to run on grass and start on hard surfaces immediately.
The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-When running barefoot the landing is done on the front part of the feet.
The Advantages of Barefoot Running
-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.
The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.
It’s best to slowly transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance, or consider minimalist running shoes.
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One Thousand Soles is a school project started in Salem that is striving to make young children’s lives better. The project is a shoe drive dedicated to young children who don’t have the financial means to buy good footwear. The drive collected 1,100 pairs of new and used shoes and $900 in donations.
"It's never crossed my mind that their feet hurt," said Shaw, the city of Salem's youth development and prevention coordinator. "This drive has opened our eyes to how great the need is. We've barely scratched the surface."
It is very important to keep children’s feet safe and healthy, so be sure to have their feet regularly checked by a podiatrist such as Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitzcan diagnose any injuries as well as provide treatment options that work for you and your child.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet
- Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
- Be watchful of any pain or injury
- Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
- Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play
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