Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Wearing the right shoes while landscaping is essential for both safety and comfort. Proper footwear provides the necessary support and protection for your feet during strenuous outdoor activities. Landscaping often involves uneven terrain, sharp tools, and heavy lifting, making sturdy shoes with good traction vital to prevent slips and falls. Shoes with reinforced toes and durable materials protect against injuries from tools or debris. Additionally, supportive shoes help reduce fatigue and prevent foot and ankle strain, enabling you to work longer and more efficiently. Good arch support and cushioning also contribute to overall foot health, reducing the risk of chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis. Investing in high-quality, appropriate footwear ensures that you can tackle landscaping tasks safely and comfortably. If you have injured your foot from wearing the wrong shoes while landscaping, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can treat the condition and discuss what type of shoes are needed while landscaping.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from David A. Scalzo, DPM, PC and Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Duryea and Bangor, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Finding the right shoe size is important for maintaining foot health and overall comfort. Wearing shoes that are too tight or loose can lead to a variety of foot problems, including blisters, calluses, bunions, and even long-term issues like hammertoes and plantar fasciitis. Properly fitting shoes provide the necessary support and cushioning to prevent these conditions and promote healthy foot mechanics. To find the right shoe size, measure your feet at the end of the day when they are at their largest. Ensure there is about a half-inch space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Consider the shoe's width, as shoes that are too narrow or wide can cause discomfort and foot deformities. It is also important to try on both shoes, as feet are rarely identical in size. A podiatrist can provide expert advice on the best shoe type for your foot shape and specific needs, helping you avoid common pitfalls, in addition to finding shoes that offer both comfort and support. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with this type of medical professional for personalized advice and to address any existing foot issues.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from David A. Scalzo, DPM, PC and Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Duryea and Bangor, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Flat feet can cause discomfort and impact overall mobility, and specific exercises can help strengthen the arches and alleviate symptoms. Towel scrunches are effective, and can be done by simply placing a towel on the floor, using your toes to scrunch it toward you, then release. Toe extensions involve sitting with your feet flat and lifting only your toes while keeping the rest of your foot on the ground. The stork stretch, where you balance on one foot while pulling the other foot towards your buttocks, helps improve balance and strengthen the foot muscles. Using a foot roller, back and forth under your arch, massages and stretch the muscles. These exercises, when practiced regularly, can enhance arch strength, reduce pain, and improve the overall function of flat feet. Flat feet can cause discomfort while standing or walking. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can perform a comprehensive foot exam and offer relief solutions, if needed.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from David A. Scalzo, DPM, PC and Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Duryea and Bangor, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

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