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What women need to know to walk in comfort this fall!

2015-09-29-1443499902-821021-IMG_1297.jpgWhat women need to know to walk in comfort this fall!


As you transition from open toed footwear, sandals and your other comfortable
summer shoes to fall footwear the one thing that most women often consider when
deciding what shoes to wear is? "What can I place in my shoes to make them more
comfortable"? Walking in comfort is always a challenge and a mystery for women
especially in heels. "As we know not every shoe that looks good feels good"! The
shoe accessory item that will always help make your shoes more comfortable, fit
better and often times allow you to walk longer without pain is arch supports.
They can make a huge difference in your life.

Arch supports are the key to comfort. They will allow you to walk happily
ever after regardless of heel height or shoe styles. They will help relieve
general foot and leg fatigue, joint, bunion, heel, ball and arch pain in the
foot which is the most common complaints that women complain about when they
come into my office. These problems generally occur due to abnormal foot
biomechanics causing the joints in the foot to collapse known as pronation. This
is a hereditary predisposition and not because of wearing the wrong shoes as a
child.

The question that most patients ask me during their exam is "can surgery
correct my problem"? Not, will an arch support or custom made orthotics help my
foot problem resolve before I consider foot surgery.
Even though you may have
a bunion, hammer toe deformity or a heel spur this does not automatically mean,
"I must see a foot surgeon to fix the problem". Since you cannot replace
something that has been surgically corrected, if the procedure is not completely
successful you now have less treatment options. Surgery can leave someone with
chronically swollen feet, painful scar tissue, less motion then before the
surgery or a prolonged recovery. In some instances you may have to have the
procedure redone to try and correct the original problem.

What you need to know is that surgery is the last resort in resolving any
foot problem you may have until all other conservative options have been
explored. Conservative care may include injection therapy using homeopathy or
traditional cortisone preparations as well as physical therapy modalities such
as electrical stimulation to eliminate your foot pain.

In my opinion most foot surgery is elective unless there is a painful
arthritis condition in the joints of your foot, major trauma to your foot in
which you suffered multiple fractures or dislocations.
However, foot surgery
can also solve a problem when necessary as long as the correct procedure was
performed. Always make sure the procedure is performed for the right reasons
such as, every conservative option has failed and my foot still hurts. I
recommend that patients should always get 3 opinions and make sure that two are
similar. Make sure you understand the proposed procedure and always bring a list
of questions that you prepared ahead of time. Having your husband, significant
other or a friend with you is always a good idea for support and provides
another ear.

Anyone of these foot problems can limit your comfort when wearing fashion
footwear. So the take away here is first conservative care such as over the
counter arch supports or orthotics to control the abnormal foot biomechanics
that have allowed these foot problems to develop, physical therapy or injections
to help eliminate the soft tissue pain associated with them and then explore
your surgical options.

When choosing the proper arch support make sure they are not too bulky, can
fit in most if not all your shoes and do not change your shoe size.

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