Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

The question of whether separate shoes are necessary for running and walking often stirs debate among fitness enthusiasts and casual walkers alike. While some argue that specialized footwear for each activity optimizes performance and prevents injuries, others believe that a single pair of comfortable shoes suffice for both. The key consideration lies in the biomechanics and impact forces involved in running versus walking. Running entails higher impact forces and repetitive motion compared to walking, placing greater strain on the feet, ankles, and joints. Running shoes typically feature additional cushioning, support, and stability to absorb shock and promote forward propulsion. Conversely, walking shoes prioritize flexibility and comfort for the rolling motion of the foot. However, many modern athletic shoes offer versatile designs that cater to both activities effectively. Ultimately, individual preferences, foot mechanics, and activity levels should guide the decision to invest in separate shoes. Regardless of the choice, ensuring proper fit, support, and durability remains essential for promoting foot health and preventing injuries during physical activities. If you have questions about what type of shoes to wear for your walking or running desires, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist, who can address any concerns you may have.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Stephanie Oexeman, DPM from Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC. our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Athletes often develop various foot issues. A male ballet dancer experiences sudden lateral foot pain after landing from a jump, fearing it may end his career. A basketball player suffers acute pain after twisting his ankle during a game, and is now using crutches. A female ballet dancer faces persistent lateral foot pain hindering her rehearsals, despite treatments over two years. These cases share a common condition often overlooked and known as cuboid subluxation. This involves injury to the joints and ligaments around the cuboid bone, causing lateral foot pain and weakness during push-off. Diagnosis involves physical examination, as imaging may not clearly show the condition. Treatment includes manipulation to realign the cuboid, followed by supportive measures like taping and orthotics. Addressing biomechanical issues is important for recovery, ensuring athletes can return to their activities safely. If you are an athlete and have foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible to prevent worsening of symptoms and obtain appropriate treatment for the diagnosis.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Stephanie Oexeman, DPM from Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC. our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Ankle pain, a common complaint that can significantly impact mobility and daily activities, encompasses a spectrum of conditions and origins. It refers to discomfort or soreness experienced in the ankle joint, which connects the leg and the foot. Ankle pain can stem from various factors, including acute injuries such as sprains or fractures resulting from sudden twists or impacts. Chronic conditions such as arthritis, which cause inflammation and deterioration of the joint, can also lead to persistent ankle discomfort. Overuse injuries from repetitive activities, improper footwear, or inadequate warm-up routines may strain the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding the ankle, contributing to pain and stiffness. Additionally, anatomical abnormalities or structural issues in the foot or lower leg can predispose individuals to ankle pain. Understanding the various reasons for ankle pain empowers individuals to seek appropriate diagnosis and treatment from a podiatrist. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you visit this type of doctor who can offer you the correct treatment options.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Stephanie Oexeman, DPM from Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC. our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Hallux limitus is a condition where the big toe joint gets sore, stiff, and inflamed. If not treated, it can turn into hallux rigidus, where the joint cannot move, causing a lot of pain and difficulty walking. To help with these issues, foot doctors focus on making the joint move better to reduce pain and improve how it works. They often use special shoe inserts with a deeper heel and a part that supports the inside of the foot. The doctors also look at whether the problem is because the joint does not work well or if it is because of the shape of the foot. Depending on the issue, they may use different kinds of inserts. They usually avoid certain materials and features that can make things worse. When making these inserts for everyday shoes, podiatrists think about things like foot strength and how the foot lines up. They may suggest exercises, massage, and good shoes. If you have a stiff and painful big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment, which may include orthotics.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Stephanie Oexeman, DPM from Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC. our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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