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Health Issues

We are thoroughly experienced in helping people eliminate a wide variety of foot-related problems, through properly-fitted shoes.

Plantar fasciitis  including:

Plantar fasciitis: one of the most common causes of heel pain, although pain can also be in the arch, ball or top of the foot. Ill-fitting shoes are one of the most common causes, making this problem easy to eliminate with proper footwear!

Hammertoe and Mallet toe: Hammertoes is a toe that is curled due to a bend in the middle joint of a toe. Mallet toe is similar bit affects the upper joint of a toe. Both hammertoe and mallet toe are commonly caused by shoes that are too tight in the toe box or shoes that have high heels. Your toes are then forced against the shoe. You need properly-fitted shoes and extra room for toes.

Bunions: An abnormal bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. This big toe joint becomes enlarged, forcing the toe to crowd against the others, putting pressure on your big toe joint, pushing it outward and resulting in pain. Bunions often result from wearing shoes that fit too tightly. Other causes can be heredity, related to stress on the foot or some medical reasons such as arthritis. You need properly fitted shoes and support.

Corns and calluses: are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. Properly fitted shoes and socks that absorb friction are needed for both afflictions. For calluses, you may also need arch supports.

Diabetes: Some complications with diabetes include nerve damage and poor blood flow to the feet. Wearing shoes that fit well will prevent the formation of blisters, calluses and sores, which can go unnoticed when there is nerve damage and can lead to serious infection. Proper shoes helps to improve blood flow that might otherwise be restricted further with tight or ill-fitting shoes.

Fallen Arches: Also known as flat feet, this is a condition that affects many people and can be hereditary or caused by a ruptured tendon or an abnormal walk. In some, it causes severe foot pain, knee pain, shin splints and more. In order to support your foot and eliminate this concern, a proper fit is a must! In some cases, a shoe insert or orthotic can be used to alleviate the symptoms of flat feet by taking pressure away from the arch.

Metatarsalgia: Characterized by pain and inflammation in the foot, this condition can develop from wearing ill-fitting shoes or from athletics. Fortunately, this complaint is easily remedied with ice, rest and proper footwear. If this is a reoccurring problem, you may need shock-absorbing insoles or arch supports.

Pronation and Supination: Pronation is the inward roll of the foot during normal motion. When excessive pronation occurs, the foot arch flattens out and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments underneath the foot. Supination is the opposite: it refers to the outward roll of the foot during normal motion. Excessive supination places a large strain on the muscles and tendons that stabilize the ankle, and can lead to the ankle rolling completely over, resulting in an ankle sprain or total ligament rupture. Other concerns that can come as a result of excessive pronation and supination are arch pain, heel pain, flat feet, corns, calluses, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, knee, back and hip pain. Pronation and supination are bio-mechanical problems, and are best treated and prevented with orthotic inserts and properly fitted shoes.

Morton’s neuroma: This is a painful condition that occurs in the ball of the foot, commonly the area between the third and fourth toes. Thickened tissue in this area can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot and in the toes. This condition can spring up due to irritation, injury or pressure. Luckily, this is a simple condition to fix with a change in shoes and possibly the addition of arch supports. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary but, for most people, new footwear usually does the trick!

Deformities: There are many kinds and you may need orthopedic modifications to your shoes.

Please note: if you have been in a lot of pain, please take it easy on yourself for the first week or two. Your custom-fitted shoes will help relieve your pain and aid in healing, however it is a good idea not to add to your excercise routine until your feet have had a chance to begin the healing process. Excessive exercise too soon may cause a stress injury, because most people have been wearing shoes that are too small and their feet have not moved naturally. Take every step you can towards pain free feet!