Posts for tag: proper footwear
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.
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!
In the middle of winter, your shoes of choice right now may be snowboots and Uggs. But with Groundhog Day approaching on Feb. 2nd, we hope it won't be long before you can get outdoors and enjoy warm-weather spots such as Navy Pier, the Brookfield Zoo or Lemont's Centennial Pool.
Here's a look at a few popular shoe types, and some of the ways they can harm the feet.
Problem: These simple slip-ons may feel comfy, but they don't support the feet and can lead to pain. They lack arch support and typically have very little insole padding. People think because it is not a heeled shoe, it is better for them, but this super flat shoe is sometimes just as bad.
Solution: We have dressy fit orthotics that can work in the littlest of shoes.
Problem: These tall, trendy shoes are stylish. But the price of looking good has its downside: the narrow forefoot cramps those toes and can cause worsening of bunions and hammertoes. The skinny heel does not offer much in balance and throws all the weight of the foot on the ball – causing neuromas and other joint inflammatory conditions.
Solution: A chunky heel or wedged heel are better optionsbecause they have more surface area and re-distribute the weight more evenly. Don't be fooled – these shoes still place stress on the ball of the foot, but the risk or tripping or spraining an ankle may be reduced. Save the stilettos for those special occasions only.
Problem: Those pair of running shoes you’ve had for years or the old Chuck Taylors you keep wearing can make existing foot problems worse. Just because they look OK on the outside doesn't mean the inner lining and overall structure of the shoe are still in good condition. Most likely, they are worn down and are not offering you any shock absorption or support.
Solution: Thow away that too-old pair of shoes. If you need advice on finding a new pair, simply ask one of us at DM Foot and Ankle, or visit a store that specializes in running or walking shoes.
Problem: These easy to slip-on sandals lack support, and your feet have to work extra hard to keep them on. Over time, these can cause foot pain or tendon strain.
Solution: Choose a pair of sporty, fitted sandals that have a built-in arch support with a rigid sole. While you shouldn’t go walking long distances in these, they are a great alternative to those rubber thongs that so many people love.
By Michelle Kim