The Midlife Guru: Happy Feet = Happy You

The Midlife Guru visited our Rancho Cucamonga shoe store recently and wrote about it on her blog.  Read about Caryn’s experience at our store on The Midlife Guru’s post  Happy Feet = Happy You.

She also learned a lot about socks in our store, find out what she has to say at her post Socks 101.

If you like what you read about our stores and customer service, please contact us for an appointment with a Board Certified Pedorthist today!

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Aging Boomers’ Feet Starting to Fail Them Now

They danced in muddy fields at Woodstock and slogged through Vietnamese jungles. They pushed strollers and climbed corporate ladders by day and danced away evenings of Macarena and electric slide. They endured deadly stilettos, saddle shoes, go-go boots, plastic platforms, Earth shoes, jellies and joggers and, perversely, stilettos again.

But as baby boomers stride into the senior years, the feet that stood by them so long are wearing out.

Toes, straight and true for generations, start to curl. Tendons tear after years of stairs. Arches that stood a hundred million steps fall.

“We’ve got a baby boomer population aging here, and we’re seeing the breakdown of the foot,” said Dr. John Mozena, a Portland podiatrist.

Two great demographic shifts have the nation limping and wincing into an era of bad feet: The average American is now older and fatter than at any time in history.

Age and weight are hard on joints and arteries and many other body parts. But the feet take a special beating.

“The foot, more than any other structure in the body, is very mechanical,” said Dr. Matthew Bookwalter, a podiatrist with The Portland Clinic. “It’s a lever. And it has load limits.”

And the foot’s parts can fail over time with the incredible stress of thousands of steps a day. “If you have biomechanical, structural problems in your foot, the effects of those are going to show up as you age,” said Dr. James Christina, director of scientific affairs for the American Podiatric Medical Association. A survey by that group showed that foot pain limits the daily activity of nearly 19 percent of U.S. residents, and almost 29 percent of people ages 51 to 60.

High-stress practices, from running to wearing fashionable but uncomfortable shoes, also take a toll over time.

In a 2001 survey by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, four in 10 women who wore heels reported wearing the wrong size and eight in 10 reported foot pain. Most cited style as their reason for wearing painful shoes Water Park.

Heavier people amplify the hobbling effects of age by putting more pressure and stress on each foot with every step. “Obesity causes the same issues as aging, only accelerated,” Mozena said. And the obese are far more prone to diabetes, the nation’s No. 1 cause of amputated feet.

The foot’s arch is a good milestone of the twin burdens of time and weight. The arch is supported by the posterior tibial tendon, which runs from the calf past the inside ankle. Over time, stress can stretch the tendon so the arch sags, making the foot longer and wider. “When people say their foot doesn’t grow, that’s wrong,” Mozena said. “It does grow, by the arch dropping.” If you don’t change shoe size to accommodate that middle-aged spread, he said, you risk pinched nerves, hammer toes or bunions from the shoe rubbing and squeezing the foot.

If the tendon tears or stretches, the arch can collapse, causing flatfoot, a more serious problem where the foot aches and the ankle rolls inwards. Bookwalter said the alignment of women’s hips and legs especially stresses the tendon, as does excess weight. “When I was a resident, we had a saying about The Three F’s: fifty, fat and female,” he said. “It’s crude. But it’s accurate.”

Fallen arches are just one of many age-related foot problems. Time can also twist lesser toes, said Dr. Michael Kennedy, an Oregon Health & Science University orthopedist. Opposing muscles usually balance to hold the toes in place, Kennedy said. But over the years, the bigger, outer muscles can overpower the weaker, inner muscles, causing toes to bend up at the first joint (hammertoe) or last (mallet toe), or even curl into a claw toe.

Age can also bring arthritis, especially in ankles and big toes, and thin the padding of the sole, worsening corns, Kennedy said. Years of wearing too-tight shoes can also worsen the common foot woe called bunions — genetically inherited flaws that make bony bumps that misalign the big toe.

Extra weight courts a few serious foot problems. One is plantar fasciitis, a leading cause of heel pain commonly seen in people just 20 or 30 pounds overweight, Bookwalter said. In that ailment, a heel-to-toe band of tissue called the plantar fascia gets inflamed, causing pain, especially in the morning. Women, runners and people who stand for work are at extra risk.

Diabetes poses the most menacing weight-related foot risks. The condition can damage small blood vessels and nerve fibers in the feet, which may tingle, hurt or grow numb, making it hard to balance or even feel a foot injury. The disease also makes it hard to heal even small cuts, which often grow infected and fester into limb-threatening ulcers.

Portland’s Connie Morrell knows the pain well. She developed diabetes during pregnancy 30 years ago. A decade ago, her feet started to tingle, as if asleep, then feel numb. Morrell, 57, later lost her sense of balance, then her ability to walk long distances. Now she has to wear big “diabetic shoes” and limit how far she walks, or else risk a serious injury.

“It is painful,” Morrell said. “You can’t feel how you’re walking. But your feet sting and burn if you walk on them too much.”

Three times, she’s bumped her right big toe and lost the whole nail. So far she’s had no wounds that won’t heal. But her podiatrist, Mozena, “says he will be taking my big toe off sooner or later,” she said.

Bookwalter said diabetic patients who develop ulcers often need serial amputations, first losing a toe, then the foot, then the leg. As much as 70 percent of foot and leg amputations are forced by diabetic ulcers — an amputation every 30 seconds worldwide, according to the International Diabetes Federation.

Something as small-seeming as an ingrown toenail can threaten a diabetic’s leg, doctors said. Mozena recalled one older woman who neglected her feet, letting a toenail grow around and bite into the bottom of her foot. The cut got infected, and when he removed the nail Mozena said he found maggots underneath.

Ulcers are so serious for diabetics, Mozena said, that “We recommend looking at the bottom of your foot at least on a daily basis” to check for problems. Doctors urge diabetics to prevent cuts by keeping nails trim, washing feet regularly and feeling for sharp objects inside shoes before donning them.

Vigilance and early care are good ideas for all foot woes. When caught early, many foot problems can be treated with modest measures including supportive shoe inserts called orthotics, weight loss or painkillers. Just switching to comfortable, well-fitting shoes eases many ailments. But if problems linger, more serious steps are needed, from steroid injections to weeks in foot-immobilizing boots, even surgery.

Untreated foot problems can wreck a life. The foot is the body’s shock absorber, Mozena said. If it’s working wrong, people change their gait and can shift stress to their other foot, hips or back, injuring them. The constant punishment we give our feet means they seldom heal without some care.

A good rule of thumb is to see a doctor for any foot pain that doesn’t ease in a month or two, Bookwalter said. Unfortunately, many people suffer secretly for years before hotfooting it to a doctor.

“The beauty of the foot is it can be hidden,” Mozena said. “If you had anything like you have on your foot on your face, people would be in here in two hours.”

(Copyright (c) 2006, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News.)

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The Belle of the Ball — With Bunions

“My feet are a size 10,” says Athena Tsembelis, 40. “For a long time, they were 8 1⁄2, then they started swelling from all the years I’ve spent trying to stuff them into shoes made for Cinderella. I wanted to be the belle of the ball and wear dainty glass slippers, so I continued to buy shoes that were too narrow, too high and too much money.” Tsembelis’s choice of shoes cost her more than money: She eventually needed surgery to remove a painful bunion from her left foot. And she may need surgery for her other foot as well.inflatable jumpers for sale

It’s not just Cinderella wannabes whose feet are aching. Men suffer too. Noah Tannen, 33, for example, recalls a painful plantar wart that grew to the size of a quarter. “I’m not sure if it was caused by back-country skiing in rental boots or playing Ultimate Frisbee in wet cleats one cold Seattle winter,” he says. But he had to have it frozen and shaved off discount christmas inflatables.

One in six Americans is plagued by foot trouble, caused mostly by ill- fitting shoes, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. And overweight men and women put added strain on their feet simply by walking. What’s worse, pain that starts with the feet may not end there. “Your feet to your knees to your hips to your back to your neck — it’s all part of the same thing,” says Johanna Youner, DPM, a podiatric surgeon who warns that high heels, for instance, can throw the spine out of alignment. She adds that flip-flops or flat shoes that don’t offer arch support can cause knee pain, because “your knees will sag inward, your hips will be problematic and other parts of your body will not be in great alignment.” And that can lead to even more serious orthopedic problems later on.

So how you treat your feet can mean the difference between tripping the light fantastic and chronic conditions that require more than an over-the-counter remedy.

In Style, Out of Step

Some people care more about how a shoe makes them look than how it makes their body feel. In fact, 42 percent of women say they’d wear shoes that are uncomfortable in order to look more stylish, says an American Podiatric Medical Association study. Even Dr. Youner admits that high heels not only make a woman look taller and thinner, “they stick out your chest, make your butt stick out, they make you look sexier, curvier and slimmer.” But, she warns, “the downsides are huge.” After all, “it’s nice to be able to walk.”

Wearing high heels can also cause blisters, corns, bunions and hammertoes, which can be painful as well as unsightly. A few women are even opting for controversial surgeries such as the “toe tuck” to slim the pinkie toe, “toe shortening” to downsize toes, and “toe slimming” to remove fat deposits on the tips of toes and fight so-called toe-besity.

But even those who would never dream of having surgery to improve the look of their feet continue to choose shoes with looks in mind. Sought-after beauties have always been associated with perilous footwear, whether it’s the ill-fitting glass slipper that helped Cinderella nab a prince, or the mile-high Manolo Blahnik stilettos that had Carrie teetering around Manhattan in Sex and the City. Today’s sky-high wedges, espadrilles and platform shoes are just as perilous. While these styles may seem more stable and easy to walk in than stilettos, warns Dr. Youner, “the higher the platform, the farther you fall.”

Men are subject to some of the same foot problems from the stiff, tight leather shoes they wear for work. And weekend warriors often pound the ground in athletic shoes designed for walking or cross-training — not rushing the net or sliding into third. “Men aren’t forced into high heels with points in the front — unless they’re cowboys,” says Dr. Youner. “So when men have foot trouble, it tends to be plantar fasciitis caused by inadequate support of the arch, sports-related heel pain, or bunions from trauma, like running too much or other weight-bearing exercise.”

Many soldiers experience plantar fasciitis too. “It’s the most common problem we see,” says Lt. Col. Patrick G. Sesto, DPM, a podiatry consultant to the Army surgeon general. The painful condition — an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue along the sole of the foot — can be caused by a genetic predisposition or, in the case of soldiers, by exertion. Says Lieutenant Colonel Sesto, that means “overuse from running, marching and carrying extra weight like a rucksack.” So how much damage can a pair of shoes (and other foot abuse) really do? A lot.

Prevention: A Step in the Right Direction

Most experts agree there’s no miracle cure for foot problems. Prevention is the key. Buying good-quality, breathable leather shoes is a start. Sweaty feet can cause more than just smelly shoes. Our feet contain a high concentration of the body’s sweat glands (3,000 of them per square inch). “If moisture collects in the shoe,” warns Robert J. Baglio, DPM, a foot and ankle surgeon in Charlottesville, Virginia, “it could lead to a number of skin issues, including athlete’s foot.” And wearing synthetic shoes that don’t breathe puts you at risk for developing foot funguses.

For women, the right shoe is crucial. Heels that are two inches or less keep your ankle from being much higher than the ball of the foot, a better bet than stilettos or pumps. It’s not just heel height that’s a concern for women — the shape of the shoe plays a part too. Round- or square-toed styles are easier on the feet than pointy ones. But regardless of shape, if your shoes are too small and rub against your toes, you run the risk of developing painful bunions, corns and hammertoes.

Fortunately, some new treatments are emerging. For example, painful corns are now being treated with Restylane injections, an off-label use of the FDA-approved facial line filler. And minor foot discomfort can be eased with the help of orthotic devices: moleskin on blisters, heel cups to alleviate plantar fasciitis, metatarsal pads under the ball of the foot and arch supports in shoes, which are available over the counter or by prescription from a podiatrist or orthopedist. The U.S. Army even issues foot powder and moleskin to soldiers to help them prevent foot funguses and treat blisters.

No doubt foot abuse will continue. “If everyone wore sneakers, I’d lose half my business,” jokes Dr. Youner. But since sneakers aren’t acceptable, or fun, to wear at all times, she advises that women should limit the amount of time they spend in heels. She also suggests that after wearing heels, you do the “runner’s stretch” to lengthen the Achilles tendon, with both hands on a wall and one foot extended behind you.

And if, on occasion, you want to feel like Cinderella at the ball, go ahead. “If you get dressed up and wear an excessively high heel, that’s fine,” says Dr. Baglio. Just remember that the clock will strike midnight and that, as he says, “we have to care for our feet, and they’ll take care of us.”

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What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and does it affect me?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot forms inside a deep vein, commonly located in the calf or thigh.  DVT occurs when the blood clot partially or completely blocks the flow of blood in the vein.

Complications from DVT kill up to 200,000 people a year in the U.S. – that’s more than AIDS and breast cancer combined!!

Here are some facts to know about Deep vein thrombosis:

  • DVT most often occurs in the lower limbs (extremities), including the thigh or the calf.
  • You are more likely to get DVT if you are over 40, are very tall and/or if you are obese.
  • Certain cancers may cause clotting factors in the blood to increase.  Clotting factors may also be affected as a result of an infection or injury to a blood vessel or following surgery.
  • Pregnant women are 5 times more likely than non-pregnant women to develop DVT; risk increases in the third trimester and immediately following delivery.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting still can slow down the blood flow and lead to blood “pooling” or accumulating in the extremities.
  • Symptoms of DVT may include pain, tenderness, swelling or discoloration of the affected area, and skin that is warm to the touch.  Some DVT are silent and may be present with minimal symptoms.

There is also evidence that long-haul flights may increase the risk of developing DVT.  The risk is due to prolonged immobility, which can happen during any form of long distance travel, whether by car, bus, train or air.

Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis

How is it treated?  Medically speaking there are drugs (Anticoagulants and Thrombolytic Agents) and surgical procedures to remove the clots.  Some practical measures are elevating the affected leg whenever possible, applying heat to relieve pain and reduce swelling, avoiding long periods of immobility and wearing compression socks or compression hoses that will help to prevent pooling.

Wearing compression socks/hoses is an inexpensive and practical way of taking care of yourself and helping avert Deep Vein Thrombosis.  Compression socks are also good for people who have varicose veins and/or edema.  When buying compressions socks make sure you are fitted for them by somebody that’s knowledgeable and takes the time to measure your ankle and calf; like the staff of trained pedorthists at Lucky Feet Shoes in both Riverside and Rancho Cucamonga.

Jerick Sobie, Board Certified Pedorthist

Lucky Feet Shoes

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“My feet are killing me!”

What you wear on your feet is the most important part of foot care. One quarter of the bones in your body are located in your feet, and your feet are the foundation and support for the rest of your body.  If you are experiencing foot, ankle, knee, lower back or shoulder pain, it very well may stem from improper care of your feet.

These pains are often caused by the style and fit of your shoes. A supportive shoe, combined with the proper (arch support) insert, will put your foot in its natural position for walking and standing.  By putting your foot in balance, the alignment of other joints will be improved; properly aligned joints means less pain inflatable slide.

Did you know?

  • The average person walks the equivalent of 3.5 times around the world during their lifetime.
  • 90% of all people wear improperly fitted shoes.  Ouch!!
  • The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments.  That’s an awful lot of places for pain to occur.
  • Most foot problems are caused or aggravated by poorly fitted shoes.

What to do if your feet are hurting?

  • Replace your tennis shoes often (usually between 200 – 450 miles).  Once the sole starts to wear out, your feet and your body start to take more and more of the impact.  If you wait to replace the shoes until they are falling apart, your feet and your body will suffer.  The shoes need to control your feet and not allow them to go where ever they want to go.  Shoes that are worn out will not control your feet and keep you in balance.  It’s up to you.  Pay now by buying good quality and comfortable shoes or pay later with pain and doctor visits.
  • Ice massage, rolling your foot over a cold plastic soda bottle will do wonders for a painful arch by reducing the inflammation.
  • Try a proper arch support insert.  Inserts are supportive devices that fit into shoes and support your feet.  When properly fit in your shoes, the insert acts as an interface between the foot, the shoe and the ground.  With a proper insert you are supporting your foot and ankle while standing and walking, as well as improving your balance, alignment, performance and comfort any time you are on your feet.  Allowing more equal weight distribution relieves undesirable stresses associated with foot pain and discomfort across the under surface of the foot.

In your lifetime you will walk over 100,000 miles!  Care for your feet with proper shoes and inserts will improve the overall structural health of your feet.  Remember, you only get one pair of feet.  Take care of them.

Jerick Sobie, Board Certified Pedorthist

Lucky Feet Shoes

For a free foot scan & gait analysis, call to set up an appointment.  We have two locations:  Riverside Plaza (951-682-1311) and Rancho Cucamonga (909-987-5555).

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Taking Care of the Feet

Most people just don’t realize how important their feet are. Healthy feet are essential aspects in one’s quality of life.

The facts state that 25% of the bones in the human body are located in the feet. The feet are only 5% of the body’s mass; the other 95% is supported by the feet.

“Your feet are your base, if they’re out of wack it’s going to throw your whole body off,” said Pedorthist Jerick Sobie, manager of Lucky Feet Shoes in Rancho Cucamonga.

Sobie, who has worked in this field for over twenty years, states that a lot of people have ankle, back, knee, as well as hip discomfort that originate with problems with their feet. He believes that Lucky Feet Shoes is just what it claims so modestly to be and a little more as they focus on the health and “wellness of the foot.”

“We help people become healthier and keep their whole body healthy,” said the enthused Sobie. “When your feet hurt, it’s not an easy thing to go out and exercise and be active.”

Both Lucky Feet Shoes in Rancho Cucamonga and Lucky Feet Shoes in Riverside specialize in orthodics, a process of customizing comfortable sole inserts and shoes to promote balance and correct posture alleviating pressure in undesired areas of the body.

Lucky Feet Shoes uses a technological wonder called the Pressure Mapping System, a state of the art computerized system with 10,000 sensors, to make a thorough map of one’s feet indicating where most of the pressure is applied while standing.

The pedorthists at Lucky Feet Shoes, who are trained in a wide range of fields including Lower Limb Biomechanics, Diabetic Foot, Arthritic Foot, Foot Deformities and Shoe Fitting to name a few, use the scan to educate a customer about his or her posture and pain as well as the cause of it.

They then send the scan to a lab which composes a customized sole insert that will relieve the pressure on the stressed areas of the foot and correct one’s posture, movement, and increase vitality as the orthodic helps promote proper circulation and muscle development.

Sobie says most of the customers who come in are women, older people, diabetics, teachers, nurses and others whose jobs require them to spend a lot of time on their feet.

Among the best-selling shoes in the store are those that have Masai Bare-foot Technology (MBT) which creates a soft basis for the foot and aligns the body correctly and exercises other muscles in the leg, back and core, and then there are the Spira shoes which have Wave Spring Technology that uses an energy return system for those that seek to increase activity.

“We’re cheaper than surgery, which is probably not going to fully correct the problems that most people have,” said Sobie. “A lot of our customers are sent to us from their doctors to avoid surgery and try another route to correct their foot, back or knee pain.”

Lucky Feet Shoes also specializes in customization for partial amputations as well as fitting for bunions, hammer toes and hard-to-fit feet which are all some of the common conditions that the pedorthists at Foot Solutions see from customers that come to the store.

“We focus on every aspect of the foot,” said the confident Sobie, who is so familiar with Foot Pathology that he can precisely diagnose a person just from watching them walk or looking at the shoes that he or she has been wearing.

Sobie encourages anybody with diabetes, especially, to come to Lucky Feet Shoes as they even have seam-free anti-bacterial synthetic fabric socks to accommodate diabetics, in addition to shoes that work well against varicose veins and high blood-pressure.

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Extra Support For The Walking Foot

What you wear on your feet is the most important part of foot care. Many problems such as aches in your feet, ankles, knees, lower back and even your shoulders stem from the improper treatment of your feet. These pains are often caused simply by the style and fit of your shoes. A supportive shoe, combined with a proper shoe insert, will put your foot in its natural position for walking Oppblåsbare Spill, standing and training. By putting your foot in balance, the alignment of other joints will be improved.Bateaux gonflables

Some of the most common problems that affect your ability to walk are:

Achilles Tendinitis

  • Symptoms: Pain and tightness felt in the lower calf muscles, which may be more prevalent in the morning.
  • Cause: Constant hill running, shoes with soft heel counters, shifting from dress shoes to running shoes.
  • Solutions: Ice Massage, calf stretches, proper rest, softer running surface, update your shoes often, and arch supports.

Bunions

  • Symptoms: Aches are felt around the big toe and a noticeable lump at the first metatarsal joint. Usually the big toe angles toward the other toes abnormally.
  • Cause: Hereditary, wearing shoes that are too tight across the ball of the foot.
  • Solutions: Wear shoes with a wider toe area. Arch supports can help offload the pressure on the big toe.

Hip Pain/Bursitis

  • Symptoms: Pain on the outer hip area and near the buttocks muscles.
  • Cause: Structural weaknesses, overuse and trauma (such as child birth, a fall, etc.)
  • Solutions: Change your activities to adjust, use ice, massage and stretching. Good supportive shoes that will help absorb the ground impact.

Morton’s Neuroma

  • Symptoms: Pain, burning, tingling or numbness that occurs between the 3rd and 4th toes, and in the ball of your foot. Maybe caused by a growth around the nerves.
  • Cause: Collapse of the arch, heredity, obesity and wearing shoes that are too tight.
  • Solutions: A good supportive shoe with a roomy toe box and an arch support with a metatasal pad.

Plantar Fasciitis

  • Symptoms: Pain felt along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the arch. Often worse in the morning and at the end of the day.
  • Cause: Common causes are standing for long periods of time, obesity, one leg longer than the other, unsupportive shoes, calf and achilles tightness.
  • Solutions: Proper footwear, arch supports, night splints and a program of stretching.

Runner’s Knee

  • Symptoms: Pain felt often below the kneecap, which increases while walking up stairs, up hills or sitting for long periods of time.
  • Cause: Flat feet, weak thigh muscles, insufficient rest between exercising, worn-out shoes.
  • Solutions: Proper footwear, arch supports along with an ice massage.

Shin Splints

  • Symptoms: Sharp pain felt around the shin bone. Untreated shin splints can become painful stress fractures.
  • Cause: Calf and achilles tightness due to lack of appropriate stretching before and after exercising. Also unsupportive or worn out shoes.
  • Solutions: Ice massage, supportive shoes, arch supports can help the shin splints. To prevent them, stretch and make sure you are replacing your shoes every 400 – 500 miles, after that it’s your body that’s absorbing the impact, not the shoes.

For a free foot scan & gait analysis, call to set up an appointment. We have two locations: Riverside Plaza (951-682-1311) and Rancho Cucamonga (909-98-5555). Mention this article and get $10 off our regularly priced shoes.

Jerick Sobie, Board Certified Pedorthist
Lucky Feet Shoes

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What are arch supports?

ARCH SUPPORTS & INSERTS  –  WHAT ARE THEY?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

Think of the bottom of your foot as the foundation of your body. The foot must be in proper alignment and balance to support the rest of your body correctly. In fact if your foot is not in alignment it can and will throw the rest of your body out of alignment causing poor posture and pain in the ankles, knees, lower back, and even the neck bounce houses for sale.

A properly fitted arch support or insert can effectively provide comfort, balance and support, and in most cases, improve your posture.

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Taking care of Diabetic feet

One of the most difficult and common effects of diabetes is foot problems. What you wear on your feet can greatly improve the health of your feet which in turn can help improve your overall health. Many problems such as aches in your feet, ankles, knees, lower back and even your shoulders stem from improper care of your feet and improper fitting shoes. And if you have diabetes, decreased sensitivity in your feet can even make you less aware of the source of these pains. A supportive shoe, combined with the proper insert, will put your foot in its natural position for walking and standing. By putting your foot in balance, the alignment of other joints will be improved. Lucky Feet Shoes in Riverside and Rancho Cucamonga is the leader in ensuring that you are properly fitted with shoes and inserts.

By following these suggestions and seeing a Lucky Feet Shoes Pedorthist, you can decrease the risk of injury and infection to your sensitive feet.

DO:
* Have your shoes fitted by a foot care specialist and make sure they feel comfortable at the time of purchase.
* See your physician regularly and have your feet examined during each visit.
* Inspect your feet daily for wounds and always check between your toes.
* Wash your feet daily and dry them carefully.
* Avoid extreme hot or cold. Test water with your hands or elbow before your bathe Inflatable Water Game.
* Inspect the insides of your shoes for foreign objects and rough areas that might cause blisters.
* Wear socks at all times especially if your feet get cold and specifically when you can, wear seamless socks specially made for diabetics.

DON’T:
* Walk barefoot.
* Soak your feet in hot water.
* Wear mended socks or socks with seams
* Use oil or cream between your toes.
* Wear thong sandals.
* Use chemical agents to remove corns or calluses.
* Cut corns or calluses yourself, see a physician.
* Cross your legs. This can cause pressure on the nerves and blood vessels.

Your feet will be extensively assessed paying special attention to the dynamic gait analysis as well as a computer scan of each foot. On average, staff professionals at Lucky Feet Shoesspend 30-45 minutes with each customer. Walk-ins are welcome but we suggest you contact us and call for an appointment to allow us to better serve you. If store hours are inconvenient for you, simply call for a private fitting before or after store hours.

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Every 30 seconds, a limb is lost to Diabetes

Every 30 seconds, a lower limb is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world. Worldwide, up to 70 percent of all leg amputations are administered to people with diabetes. More than 170 million people suffer from diabetes globally, and the World Health Organization expects that number to double by 2030.

Diabetic foot is a serious complication that afflicts many people with diabetes. It begins as an inflammation that develops into an ulcer. Left untreated, the ulcer may gradually consume the tissues of the foot. Pus collects, and the inflammation grows worse. In extreme cases, the ulcer develops into gangrene, which occurs when blood and oxygen can’t reach a part of the body. Starved for oxygen and blood, the tissue in the limb dies and begins to rot. It occurs most often in the body’s extremities, the parts of the body furthest from the heart—the toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands and arms cheap inflatable bounce house.

Many people suffering from diabetes ignore the early signs of diabetic foot, which increases their risk of amputation. In many cases, the problem is made worse by the patient himself, his relatives, or health care workers.  As soon as inflammation is noticed you must go to the doctor for an examination.

Patients sometimes ignore the early signs of ulceration, such as numbness and vulnerability to infection, which are both caused by poor circulation of blood and oxygen to the feet. As circulation weakens, bacteria and microbes multiply, and the infection grows worse. That is why it’s necessary to attend to even small foot problems before they turn into large problems.  Fear and ignorance can turn manageable complications into catastrophes. Some diabetes patients fail to clean their ulcerated feet often or thoroughly enough. Others flee when they hear they’ll have to lose a limb.

Knowing how to take care of your feet and checking your feet on a daily basis multiple times will help minimize the risk of amputations.  In a future article, I will explain how having the correct shoes and socks will help keep your feet healthy.

– Jerick Sobie

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