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By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
April 15, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear  

Proper Footwear for Men and Women

An average day of walking brings a force that is equal to several hundred tons on your feet and is subject to more injury than any other part of your body.  This shows just how important the need to protect your feet with proper footwear is.  Feet carry a lot of pressure, therefore keeping them well maintained is important for vitality and life. Your podiatrists in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg is available to offer solutions for the best shoes for your feet. 

 

Men and Their Shoes

According to Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, the best shoes for men seem to be oxford style shoes, which are ordinarily associated with wing tip or cap toe designs.  Additionally, slip-ons, dressy loafers and low dress boots can also be suitable shoes for men to wear.  As you can see, though, the styles that men are capable of wearing are indeed different than those women should be wearing.  
 
As with women, Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers states that men should buy specific shoes for work, leisure, and special activities.  Your shoes should match the intended activity.  When buying shoes it is important to:
  • Have your feet measured while you’re standing
  • Always try on both shoes, and walk around the store
  • Always buy for the larger foot; feet are seldom exactly the same size
  • Don’t buy shoes that need a “break-in” period.  Shoes should be comfortable immediately
  • Shop for shoes later in the day
  • Select a shoe with leather upper, stiff heel counter, appropriate cushioning, and flexibility at the ball of the foot.
  • Don’t rely on the size of your last pair of shoes because your feet do tend to get larger

Women: Watch for Comfort, Not Fashion

Women tend to inflict more punishment and pressure on their feet than anyone else.  Improper footwear worn by many women can bring about unnecessary foot problems that could easily be avoided. High heels cause many of the foot problems that are brought on as a result of improper footwear.  
 
To relieve the harmful effects of wearing heels, women should limit the time that they wear them, or eliminate them altogether.  If you must wear heels, it is important to alternate with supportive sneakers or flats for part of the day, in addition to a varied heel height.  There are comfortable and attractive walking pumps for work and other social activities.  These will blend comfort with pleasure.  
 
Most importantly, the activity in which you may be participating in is vital in choosing the proper shoe.  Wearing the right shoe for a certain activity is the most important factor in your choice for shoes to wear.  
 
Your podiatrists at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers are specially trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all foot conditions.  Protect your feet by buying appropriate shoes for your occasion. 

By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
April 15, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Diabetic Neuropathy: Pay Attention to Your Feet

Diabetes causes a condition of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but your legs and feet are parts of your body that are more prone to serious health problems.  Damage to the nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain as easily or readily as someone who does not have diabetes. 
 
This is why diabetics get infections so frequently from something as simple as a small cut or blister on the foot. When a person is unable to detect a foot wound it can easily become infected, leading to more serious complications and even amputation in the most severe cases. With that being said, understanding the connection between foot care and diabetes is important to avoid more serious health problems. If you are diabetic it is important talk to your podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers about the best ways to care for your feet. 

 

What is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?

Typically, in diabetic peripheral neuropathy of the feet you will begin to notice sensory changes such as numbness or tingling in your toes.  Initially, these symptoms may come and go, but, in time, will be constant.  When experiencing these symptoms, they may interfere with your sleep, or cause you to awaken from your sleep.  Over a period of time, these disturbances may cause a loss of feeling that may even hinder your ability to detect the tightness of your shoes.  Even a pebble in your shoe can go unnoticed as time goes on, which can injure your foot.  
 
Neuropathy is the leading cause of ulcers or holes that occur in the feet, as well as infections.  Additionally, neuropathy is the leading cause of the loss of toes and even amputation, with advanced cases.  If nerve compression goes untreated, the nerve itself can become deprived of oxygen and nutrients, which cause the nerve to die over time resulting in numb feet.  In many patients, surgery can be performed to relieve these various sites of nerve compression in order to relieve the burning, tingling and pain, or even to restore sensation to your feet in some cases. 

 

Prevent Complications of Diabetes

If you have diabetes, it’s crucial to examine your feet every day and after every injury, regardless of how minor you may think the injury is.  If you notice redness, swelling, persistent pain, numbness, tingling or any other unusual signs on any part of your foot, call your podiatrist in Reston immediately as this could signify serious health problems. 
 
We also recommend that if you have diabetes you should visit us at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, for annual checkups.  We work with you to detect signs of changes, broken skin or ulcers that can be detrimental to the health of your feet and body. At our practice we can also check your blood circulation, identify loss of sensation or detect areas of high pressure- all of which require professional medical attention. 
 
Early detection, simple care and regular inspections can go a long way to avoid serious foot complications related to diabetes. Diabetes is serious, especially when it comes to your feet. If you have diabetes, talk with your podiatrist in Reston, Manassas, or Leesburg about what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong, and healthy.