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It's holiday shopping season and many people will come home with sore and tired feet. Here are some helpful hints to keep your feet happy:
-Wear your most comfortable shoes. Walking or running shoes are usually best and heels are the worst (save the heels for the party)
-Remember your feet may swell so stay away from any of your shoes that tend to be tight
-Carry a backpack to make it easier
-Wear cotton socks to absorb moisture and keep your feet dry (or there are moisture wicking socks in most atheltic stores)
-Make frequent trips to the car to drop off packages so you're not carrying around so much weight and be sure to carry packages with both hands to even out the load
-After a long, punishing day on your feet, be sure to stretch and flex your toes with controlled movements. (Don’t bounce!).
-At the end of the day stretch out your feet and try soaking your feet in a warm Epsom salt bath. You can apply your favorite lotion and put on socks to help keep in the moisture
-Call Dr. Cohen (662-6676) for an appointment immediately if you have concerns about any foot issues
We've moved our office to the 2nd floor to Suite 202, Plaza West. We're around the corner for Subway and the snack bar, behind the pharmacy. Same great staff, same great care, just a new location. We look forward to treating you in our new office.
Since May 29, 2012 will be our last day practicing in Carthage, Tennessee we wanted to thank everyone in the Smith County community for all of their wonderful support. It has been a wonderful place to practice and we will miss everyone's kind nature. We are happy to continue to provide you with the best possible foot care so don't hesitate to call our office at 615.662.6676 anytime to schedule an appointment.
With summer around the corner many women are getting pedicures. Here are some helpful dos and don'ts to keep your feet healthy.
Bring your own pedicure utensils to thesalon. Why? Because bacteria and fungus can move easily from one person to the next if the salon doesn’t use proper sterilization techniques. Yuck!
Use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub when eliminating thick, dead skin build-up, also known as calluses, on the heel, balland sides of the feet. Be sure to soak your feet in warm water for at least five minutes and then use the stone, scrub, or foot file.
Gently run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails. This helps keep your nails clean and removes the dirt, glitter, and other types of build-up you may not be able to see.
Shave your legs before receiving a pedicure. Resist the urge to have smooth legs, at least until afterward. Freshly shaven legs or small cuts on your legs may allow bacteria to enter your body.
Allow salons to use a foot razor to remove dead skin. Using a razor can result in permanent damage if used incorrectly and can easily cause infection if too much skin is removed.
Apply nail polish to cover up discolored nails. Thick and discolored toenails could be a sign of a fungal infection. Nail polish locks out moisture and doesn’t allow the nail bed to “breathe.” If you think you have a toenail infection, schedule an appointment with Foot & Ankle Centers immediately to get it checked out.
People with foot pain are often extra careful about the shoes they buy (and with good reason!). A common question about shoes is how long do they last? Unfortunately, shoes have no expiration date noted on the bottom. How long your shoes will last depends on several factors, including how often you wear them, where you run or walk, how your foot functions, and your workout conditions and mileage. Contrary to popular opinion, however, you cannot always tell whether a shoe is worn out by visual inspection. With the technologies available today, the outer sole can hold up and not show deterioration even after the shock absorption and stability capacities of the shoe are gone. Wearing old athletic shoes, specifically for running, or wearing the wrong type of shoes for your foot or for a specific sport can lead to injuries. For example, running in a shoe that no longer provides traction, support, and cushioning can lead to a number of musculoskeletal complaints, among them heel pain, shin splints, and stress fractures. A basic rule of thumb for runners is to replace shoes every 300-500 miles.
Some things to consider are:
• Type of shoe/type of foot: Go to a high quality shoe store with well-trained staff. They will know how to evaluate your feet and place you in the proper shoe. Do not just go by brand. Even top name brand shoes make different levels of shoes. Remember the old saying – you get what you pay for.
• Environment: A humid climate can contribute to a shoe’s rapid
breakdown because running in a wet shoe will overstretch the upper part of the shoe while over-compressing the lower part.
• Body type: Your body weight is a big factor in determining which shoe is best for you. In general, the more you weigh, the more cushioning your feet will need to withstand the impact.
• Usage: The amount you wear your shoe and how many miles you log can also affect the life of your shoe. Runners and walkers can easily track their mileage. Shoes used outside will break down more rapidly than those in the gym.
About half-way through the life of your shoes, buy a second pair to rotate in during workouts. Having a newer pair as a point of reference will also help you identify the feel of shoes that have run their course. Additionally, by rotating your shoes you give each pair adequate time to allow the sweat to dry inside.