The Right Shoe For You

Choosing the right style and size of footwear can go a long way to keeping your feet healthy and comfortable. Incorrect shoes or improperly fitting footwear can cause foot problems, pain and discomfort.

When you shop for shoes, it’s important to select the right shoe for the job you intend to do. Running shoes are made differently than soccer cleats, which are in turn different from casual wear shoes. A trusted podiatrist from Ankle & Foot Care Centers can consult with you about the type of shoe you need and make recommendations based upon your individual case.

There are a number of things to keep in mind as you shop for shoes which can help ensure you purchase the correct pair:

  • Try on shoes before you buy them to ensure they fit properly.
  • Measure your feet occasionally, as the feet spread and increase in size over time. Don’t assume you wear one size simply because you always have.
  • Shop for shoes in the later afternoon, when feet are at their largest.
  • Look for shoes with roomy toe boxes to avoid cramping, but snug-fitting heels for support.
  • If a shoe isn’t comfortable, don’t buy it! Uncomfortable shoes can cause a number of problems over time.

If you would like more information about the right shoes for you, please schedule an appointment today with a skilled podiatrist from Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

Diabetes & its Effect on the Feet

Those who suffer from diabetes face a number of challenges, and among them is maintaining proper foot health. Diabetes can have many different negative effects on the feet and ankles, such as:

  • Neuropathy, wherein patients lose sensation in their feet
  • Susceptibility to foot sores and ulcers
  • Dryness in the skin of the feet
  • Poor circulation in the lower extremities
  • Risk of necessary amputation

If you suffer from diabetes, you must be more vigilant than others about taking proper care of your feet, ankles and legs. These consequences of diabetes can be prevented with good foot care habits, however. Diabetics can take many strides to ensure their feet remain health, including:

  • Checking the feet daily for sores, inflammation, and more.
  • Keeping toenails trimmed neatly.
  • Making sure the feet remain cool and dry.
  • Wearing socks and shoes to protect from foreign objects.
  • Being active to increase and improve circulation.

If you are one of the many Americans who suffer from diabetes, you and your podiatrist can develop a foot care routine that will protect your feet for years to come. To find an expert foot and ankle specialist inOhioand schedule an appointment, please visit Ankle & Foot Care Centers on the web or visit one of our 19 convenient locations.