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Posts for tag: High Heel Shoes

“I do!” are the two words you will start to hear a lot this time of season. Why? Everyone seems to be getting married. And it’s definitely the prime time to do so; perfect weather, kids are out of school, and you’ve been working on that beach-bod. But, with weddings come bridal parties and with bridal parties come...you guessed it...high heels! They are a podiatrist’s “arch” enemy (no pun intended). Okay, maybe not our enemy, but they certainly are causes to a lot of foot problems which are addressed by your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ. One of the most common injuries seen in patients who wear high heels is lateral ankle sprains. It doesn’t take much for that shoe to come out from underneath you and down you go.

There are a few different ways to help combat this problem. First, try toning the height of the heel down. It is recommend something as high as 1.5-2.5 inches. While this may look more conservative, it will decrease your chances of rolling your ankle. Second, if possible, try wearing a stiff, sturdy shoe. The more compact and rigid the shoe is, the greater amount of support your ankle will receive in return.

However, if you think you did sprain you ankle there are a couple of “signs” to look for. If you see any discoloration (red, blue, purple) of the skin, that might be indicative of a ruptured ligament. It also means your body is trying to repair itself. During the repair process your foot will look and feel red, hot, and swollen. These are some typical signs of any sprain and should be cared for appropriately. RICE--Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation--is the treatment for minor ankle sprains. But, if your swelling doesn’t go down within a day or two by applying the RICE principle, do not hesitate to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care.

Weddings are supposed to be fun! But there isn’t any fun in spraining your ankle while walking down the aisle or dancing on the dance floor. Remember, try to wear a more rigid shoe with a smaller heel and this should help reduce your chances of having to RICE!

By Nrupa Shah

What exactly is a bunion? A bunion is when the bone of your big toe gets larger at the end and creates a large bump on the side of your foot. This can be from wearing shoes that are too tight or from high heels. The bump is created when these shoes force your big toe up against your next toe, this forces your big toe to move in the opposite direction; so the bump is made on the outside of the toe. This is more common in women than in men, about 1 in 3 American women will suffer from a bunion. Some of our favorite celebrities like Lady Gaga, who are known for wearing crazy high heel shoes are very prone to developing a bunion. The area where the bone is changing will become painful and swollen. The area will become red and the skin can become thicker. Overtime it may become more and more difficult to walk due to the pain.

 If you think you have a bunion you should make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ. Until you can get an appointment it is best to wear roomy shoes, as wearing tight shoes will make the pain worse. In most cases surgery is required to correct bunions. The surgery will realign the bones of your first toe; it will also realign the tendons and ligaments so that your toe will go back to its correct position.

Prevention is always the best option though! I know that when women go shoe shopping they always go for style over comfort, however your feet don’t like this theory! To prevent bunions you want to look for shoes that are roomy and have NO heels. This will keep your feet, especially your big toe happy! And this will prevent bunions from forming!

By:  Varun Gujral

  

 

What exactly is a bunion? This is a deformity of the big toe. When the bone of the big toe becomes enlarged, and the soft tissue swells it causes the big toe to bend inwards towards to other toes, it can lie across the top or go underneath the toes if it bends in enough. This will create what looks like a large bump sticking out from the side of the big toe. The common symptoms of this deformity include pain of the big toe and not being able to fit your foot into shoes because of the toe bending inward.

There are certain biomechanical factors that can cause this to happen. These biomechanical factors are about how your foot moves, your foot rolling inwards or being flat excessively can cause this problem. This is a common problem in women who wear high heels frequently. Sarah Jessica Parker recently released a statement saying that she went and saw a podiatrist because the high heels she was wearing were deforming her feet. When the heel is raised up it puts more pressure on the front of your foot which can cause the big toe to move inward.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you can go see your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, located in Edison and Monroe NJ,  who can fix the problems associated with bunions. The treatments for this include a bunion splint, which separates the first and second toes, a bunion tapings, which supports the tissues of the big toe, specially made shoe inserts to provide support for your foot or in very severe cases bunion surgery to set the bones back into their original place. The surgery is normally a last resort option when the nonsurgical treatments don’t work.

By Nrupa Shah