Southern Oregon Podiatrists Answer Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
Stop questioning your foot and ankle pain. Start getting answers! Read our FAQ articles for tips from our Southern Oregon podiatrists to help you feel better and get healthy.
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How do I know I have the right shoes for my feet?
The right shoes for your feet are those that provide proper support and comfort. Don’t depend fully on a shoe size number to tell you everything. Your feet can change size over time, and a size 9 in one shoe brand might not match the same number in another. Feel is really your best indicator of a proper fit.
Certain places to pay special attention to when fitting your shoe include the heel, toes, and arch. The heel should rest nicely against the back of the shoe without slipping. The toe box of the shoe should also be somewhat roomy, and have about a half-inch between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. Finally, the arch should be supportive, but not rise up so high that it places pressure against the foot. Above all, don’t “break in” a pair of shoes. If they don’t feel right from the get-go, they are not for you.
For more help determining the right pairs of shoes for your feet and any special conditions you might have, contact us at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle. You can schedule an appointment with our Medford office by calling (541) 776-3338.
Is wearing high heels bad for my feet?
Yes, high heels can be bad for your feet and can lead to many different foot problems. High heels can cause what’s often called a “Pump Bump,” which is a painful bump on the heel caused by the rigid shoe material rubbing up against your heel. This can cause blisters and painful swelling.
High heels also force your feet into an unnatural position that puts stress on the balls of the feet. This causes the bones and nerves surrounding that area to become inflamed and painful. Chronic pressure can also lead to hairline fractures in the balls of your feet. You also have to be careful while wearing high heels because you are less balanced and can easily lose your footing and twist or sprain your ankle.
Wearing high heels occasionally is not bad. However, you should limit how often you wear them. If you love heels but still want to care for your feet, try a lower heel or shoes with chunkier heels, which will help you maintain balance.
If you are experiencing chronic foot pain, or have questions regarding your foot health, feel free to call Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C., and let us provide the help and answers you need. Call our Medford, OR office at (541) 776-3338 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today.
How are orthotics made?
Orthotics are devices that slip inside your shoes for added comfort and support. Custom-made, these inserts can also correct alignment problems, foot abnormalities, biomechanical issues, and other foot conditions that may be causing you pain and discomfort. How can something small enough to fit in your shoe do all that? It’s all in the design. First your foot is examined to determine areas in which additional padding and stabilization are needed. Your foot is then measured and a mold is taken. A custom-made orthotic is then created to fit to your specific foot. Depending on your unique needs, materials used may be rigid, soft, or somewhere in between.
If you are experiencing foot pain, custom inserts may be just the thing. Ask Dr. Evan Merrill if orthotics are right for you. Call (541) 776-3338 for an appointment or visit us at Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle, L.L.C. in Meford, OR. Start looking forward to pain-free days today!
Are CrocsRX™ good for my feet?
You know how the trendiness of Crocs spread quickly, but did you know some styles made especially to protect your feet? Crocs work shoes and RX models are designed with such features as extra-depth to make room for shoe inserts, shock-absorbing foot beds, and toe caps with extra protection. These styles give you all the lightness and comfort of their regular style, but with added support for working feet, and relief for foot problems that may be causing you pain and discomfort. Conditions that can benefit from these casual shoes include bunions, arthritis pain, diabetic issues, heel bruises, and foot irregularities.
If you have foot pain, come in and see Dr. Evan Merrill at Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle. He can provide you with other helpful recommendations as well as expert foot care to fit your needs. Just call (541) 776-3338 or stop by our Medford, OR, office today.