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Making size 12 shoes is not uncommon for shoe retailer Stuart Weitzman. For the manufacturer, size 7 was the average shoe size the company produced in the past. In recent times, however, size 8 has become the new average. The production of shoes in larger sizes, like size 12, is becoming all the more common as foot size increases.

The average shoe size has gone up two sizes since the 1970s, experts comment. Measuring shoe size in-store is now more important than ever with the fast increase of foot size. The best fit is not always guaranteed with the selection of the same size for every pair. It has also been reported that feet become larger later in the day; therefore it is best to go shoe shopping during this time.

Wearing the proper shoe size is the first step in the prevention of various foot conditions. Speak to podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry for more information. Dr. Ladha will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Getting the Right Shoe Size: How To Keep Your Feet Happy

Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.

  • Make sure your toes are not cramped
  • Be able to wiggle your toes
  • There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip

Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.

If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:

-foot pain
-knee pain
-blisters
-swelling

Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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http://kuam.images.worldnow.com/images/4160284_G.jpgEddie Vilbar Vega is the new Guinness World Record holder for “Most Barefoot Marathons Run in One Year.” However, he didn’t just earn the title for his own satisfaction. He also used his attempt at the record to drum up publicity and funds for the charity organization Soles4Souls.

The goal of Soles4Souls is to raise awareness of the millions of children in the world who don’t have enough money to buy shoes, an amenity most people take for granted. Vega hopes to keep providing assistance to this charity through his next campaign, which is to run barefoot marathons in all 50 U.S. states.

Getting into barefoot running can seem like a daunting task, but according to many avid followers of this sport, the effort is worth it. If you would like to learn more about barefoot running, visit podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can teach you about the risks and benefits involved with running without shoes on and help you decide if you would like to make the transition.  

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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View image on Twitter19 year old NBA up and comer Julius Randle took measures to address rumors of needing foot surgery. “My foot is fine,” Randle asserted. “Everybody has their opinion on what they should do. But I’m pain-free. No pain before, during, or after. I’m fine.”

The worries shared by some NBA fans and analysts involve Randle having a screw inserted in his foot after he broke it last year to help it recover. Some say that the screw will eventually need to be replaced, although Randle himself seems intent on avoiding surgery.

Getting back into sports can be a hard thing to do after you’ve suffered a serious foot or ankle injury. If you are injured, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will treat your foot and ankle injuries.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.

The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.

It is best for injured athletes to allow themselves time to heal. Some athletes need hours of re-training, exercise, check-ups with their physical therapist, and other remedies.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Arthritis and Rheumatologypublished an interesting study that suggests that cherries may alleviate symptoms in gout patients.  Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis characterized by an overproduction and crystallization of uric acid, which can cause instances of swelling and severe pain in joints. 

The researchers who held the study monitored the rate of gout attacks and medications in roughly six hundred patients throughout the span of a year.. There were two-day control periods where subjects consumed either cherries or cherry extracted products.  Researchers have been able to conclude that both cherries and their extracts reduced the risk of a near-immediate gout attack by 35%.

Gout can make living difficult.  If you are struggling with gout or any other form of foot or ankle arthritis, see Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will provide the podiatric care that you need. 

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings,” Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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