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From last month's Quarryman Challenge race in Lemont to the recent Bacon Chase 5K at Montrose Beach to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October, there are plenty of races happening in the area during the warm months to keep runners active.

At DM Foot & Ankle Ankle, my colleague, Dr. Michelle Kim, and I see lots of runners in our Lemont office. They come to us with everything from heel pain to ankle sprains. And when it comes to running shoes, it seems the trend of running in minimalist shoes – think of the FiveFingers shoes made my Vibram – are giving way to footwear that's quite the opposite.

According to a recent article in The Washington Post, some runners are giving up “barely there” shoes in favor of those offering “maximal cushioning” to help provide exercise without destroying the legs.

These types of shoes look like updated, more colorful models of orthopedic footwear – and the Post claims some have called them “clown shoes” – but nearly a half-dozen shoe makers, including Nike, Brooks and New Balance, recently started selling shoes with soles that are roughly 30 percent thicker than typical running shoes.

The Post reports the first company to offer the super-cushioned shoes was Hoka One One. The company’s president even touts the design, according to the Post, as “the most dramatic advance in running footwear in 30 years” because the shoes' soft ride may help runners whose legs have taken a beating over the years.

But this is not the first time a shoe company has made such claims. Makers of barefoot and minimalist shoes also said their footwear could prevent injury. Those at shoe company Vibram, makers of the FiveFingers shoe, agreed to refund $3.75 million to customer last month after a lawsuit accused the company of making claims that it couldn’t support – mainly that its shoes reduce injuries and strengthen foot muscles.

At DM Foot & Ankle, we know there are lots of choices when it comes to running shoes, and we are happy to offer advice based on your foot and ankle needs. Call our office if you need help picking out the right running footwear – we also offer pre-made and custom inserts that many runners find helpful.

Good luck as you put miles on your shoes this summer!

By Diana Emini

Since Sunday's ceremony, the Oscars have been talked about everywhere from E! News to morning talk shows to Facebook and folks around the water cooler.

 

This year's ceremony lent itself to plenty of memorable moments – from the “Oscar selfie” starring Bradley Cooper, Meryl Steep, Jennifer Lawrence and other A-listers that host Ellen DeGeneres shared on Twitter to John Travolta introducing “Frozen” singer Idina Menzel as “Adela Dazeem” to traditional talk about the fashions, this year's ceremony became an instant part of pop culture.

 

As usual, many celebrities wore long gowns paired with tall high heels. While the fashions are always debated, as podiatrists, we know for sure that sporting Oscar-style shoes on a regular basis is a less-than-glamorous way to treat your feet.

 

That's because humans are naturally meant to walk heel-to-toe with legs at roughly a 90-degree angle to the foot. High heels alter the position of the foot and how it functions. In short, that means problems can happen.

 

For one, the shoes can cause corns to develop under the balls of the foot where body weight presses down – for some women, this can create the sensation of stepping on small stones as they walk.

 

Meanwhile, pointy high heels that squeeze the toes can lead to neuromas (in essence, pinched nerves;) tightening of the Achilles tendon (the band that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone;) severe heel pain and even stress fractures or cracks in the bones of the foot.

 

At DM Foot and Ankle, my colleague, Dr. Michelle Kim, and I advise women to avoid wearing tall high heels and stilettos. However, we know that some ladies have jobs that require dressy shoes or are reluctant to give up high heels. In these situations, we suggest a bigger, chunkier heel or wedge to lessen the chance of ankle sprains or injuries. We also offer supportive inserts that can fit into many heels and dress shoes.

 

If you are suffering from pain from high heels or stilettos, or are interested in getting inserts for your dress shoes, call our Lemont office. We can help with any pain or problems and help you protect your feet so you can enjoy everyday life – and maybe get out there and see a few new Oscar-winning movies!

 

By Diana Emini