Posts for: August, 2013

It’s almost that time of year again; time to head back to school! For any of you that have a daughter you know that going back to school is all about having the latest fashion, and having the newest and coolest shoes. A lot of girls are trying to be like famous girls they look up to like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. However, in all the photos we see of these girls that our daughters look up to they are wearing high heels, so of course middle school and high school girls insist on having a cute pair of heels for back to school. But is this good for your daughter’s feet?

The answer is simple, no! As a child or young adult, girls’ feet are still growing and are very susceptible to being deformed as they grow. There are many problems that can arise in your daughter’s feet from wearing heels; some of these problems include developing hammertoes, stress fractures and being more prone to sprained ankles. A majority of people with hammertoes are in older women who squish their toes into heels frequently; in a growing child’s foot the tendons that can create hammertoe are more likely to be moved into the position that creates this deformity. For any woman who has worn heels you know how easy it is step in a hole or just shift your balance and fall off the heel and sprain your ankle. In children the ankle ligaments are still growing and aren’t as strong as yours or mine so if they wear heels and twist their ankle in a weird way they are more likely to do serious damage to their ankle ligaments.

We all want our daughters to be happy when they go back to school, but high heels aren’t safe for young girls’ feet; however there are many types of flat shoes that are really cute and cool for your daughter to get ready for back to school! If you or your daughter needs more advice on the right shoes for back to school you can make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ today!

By Nrupa Shah

For all you runners out there I’m sure you’ve heard of barefoot running and may have been thinking about trying it. People who run barefoot swear by it and say it’s so much better than running with actual running shoes and that it promotes a healthier lifestyle. A majority of people who barefoot run don’t actually run barefoot; they wear those “shoes” that look like toe socks, you all know what I’m talking about.

If you’re a runner you’ve either experienced a running related injury or you know someone who has, and I’m sure you or your friend were wearing running shoes. So should you make the switch to barefoot running to try and prevent these injuries? A study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal produced results that over a 10 week period 10 out of 19 barefoot runners who wore those toe socks looking shoes showed signs of bone injury, whereas only 1 out of 17 runners who wore running shoes showed signs of injury. Now I’m sure it’s pretty obvious but having a foot bone injury makes it pretty difficult to run and have a healthier lifestyle.

When it comes to being active it is always best to find the things that work best for you! But it is also important to watch and maintain the health of your feet so you can continue to be active and healthy. If you do decide to try something new, like barefoot running, and start to experience any foot pain be sure to make an appointment with your local podiatristat Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ! They can help you prevent a serious injury and give some recommendations for what shoes would best suit your foot type.

By  Varun Gujral