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By DM Foot and Ankle Associates
December 08, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: podiatrist   hockey   sports   Winter   Basketball   foot   Lemont   skates   volleyball  

Winter is the season for all of our favorite indoor sports. Our feet are not to be forgotten about in the midst of all the excitement during this season. We have put together some tips to keep in mind when picking out your shoe gear for your winter sports.

Basketball Shoes

Basketball shoe gear comes in 3 main styles: High-tops, mid-tops and low-tops. Regardless of which style you prefer, always be sure to have someone properly measure your foot for your correct shoe size.

· High Tops - High-top basketball shoes offer the most ankle support, but will be a bit heavier than the other styles due to the extra material. If you are looking for the most supportive basketball shoe and can handle some extra weight, this is the shoe for you.

· Mid-tops - The mid-top stops at ankle level which allows more freedom and movement than the high-top and still provides sufficient ankle support.  This is most popular among basketball players.

· Low-tops - The main advantage of this style is that it is light weight which allows players optimize speed and quickness. However, this style does not offer much ankle support.

Hockey Skates

Hockey skates should fit 1-1.5 sizes smaller than your street shoes. Your toes should barely touch the toe cap and have no more than 1/4 of an inch of space in the heel. Once the skates have been laced up, they should feel snug with the foot resting flat.

 

Volleyball Shoes

The keys to an ideal volleyball shoe are: cushioning, stability, breathability and something lightweight. Cushioning is   especially major for an every day player or someone who plays in  tournaments. The  stability a player gets from these shoes is important as no other shoe is made for all the motions of volleyball. That is why it is important to purchase an actual volleyball shoe when playing instead of trying to use your every day running shoes. Breathability is also important as this is what keeps your feet cool and dry, so look for a shoe that has mesh incorporated into it which will promote breathability. Most volleyball shoes are already made lightweight to allow them to respond to your every move quickly.

Our podiatrists treat patients in Lemont, Homer Glen and surrounding neighborhoods. Please contact our office at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an evaulation today!

By Dr. Diana Emini
May 13, 2015
Category: Sports

Any athlete knows that the shoes you wear are an important part of your gear. Shoes can impact your performance as an athlete, which is why it’s extremely important to pick the right type of shoe for the sport that you play.

If you are a basketball player, it is important that you wear shoes that have dense, abrasion resistant soles that are low to the ground for better traction and support. Since ankle sprains are a common injury in basketball, it is important to wear shoes that have high ankle construction to support the ankle during quick changes in direction.

For baseball players, athletic shoes should have a roomy toe box that give your toes enough room to wiggle, but look for a snug heel to help keep your foot stable. Inadequate stretching, improper shoes, and repeated motions lead to the most common foot problems that occur among baseball players, such as achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, stress fractures, ankle sprains, and bone fractures. Remember to replace your baseball shoes after 70 to 75 hours of active wear. If wearing cleats, be sure to give yourself time to adjust to cleats by wearing them on the designated surface.

Soccer players should be sure that their cleats feature the stud type for the ground that will be played on most often: soft, hard, or firm. Also, the shoes should not have more than a half inch of space between the big toe and the end of the shoe (According to studies from APMA).

For football and lacrosse players it is important to have high ankle support for quick foot movements. It is also important to allow for proper traction on a grassy field, in both wet and dry conditions. This will largely help to prevent injury.

Footwear should be given the same consideration as any other piece of sporting equipment. Sports shoes should protect as much as possible, be durable, and should be right for the sport and surface. If you are injured during sports, don’t ignore your pain, be sure to get you feet checked out so you can keep performing at your absolute best.

After the long winter the Chicagoland area went through this year, we know many of you want to spend the summer being active. Whether that means taking your bike on the Metra into city to speed along the paths beside Lake Michigan to taking advantage of soccer, baseball or basketball facilities offered by the Lemont Park District, this is the best time of year to be active and on your feet.

From 5-and-10K races to a Warrior Dash to boot camps, there are plenty of ways to stay fit during the warm weather.

But for 2 million folks, the first steps in the morning can mean shooting pain in the heel or arch.

This results from problems with the plantar fascia – the band on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. My colleague, Dr. Diana Emini, and I see lots of patients of all ages in our Lemont office with heel pain. It's a common problem and when this band gets irritated, pain under the heel can result. It has several causes, including:

  • Too much physical activity can stress the heel bone and surrounding tissue, especially with prolonged activity on hard surfaces.

  • Footwear with thick soles that doesn't properly absorb shock. Force goes into the foot as a result.

  • Sports with quick turns: Cutting movements in tennis and basketball can place increased stress on the heel and surrounding tissue.

  • Pregnancy: Hormones released during pregnancy relax the ligaments, which reduces support in the heel.

  • Age: The plantar fascia loses elasticity as people age and can't always bounce back.

  • Being overweight. Extra pounds cause breakdown of the heel padding and flattening of the arch.

Just as there are many causes of heel pain, there are also many treatments. At DM Foot & Ankle, we offer several remedies:

  • Medication to reduce inflammation

  • Custom arch supports and supportive shoes

  • Night splints that hold the band in a fixed position

  • Cortisone injections

  • Physical therapy

We've had a lot of success in helping patients get back on their feet WITHOUT surgery. Early treatment can help you get back to warm-weather activities sooner. Summer is too short to be sidelined — call our Lemont office and seek help if you are suffering from heel pain.


 

By Michelle Kim