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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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BiomechanicsSun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering of MIT’s Neville Hogan has made the ankle’s stiffness the focal point of his research with the help of a robot called the AnkleBot. The AnkleBot works by mounting the bot to a knee brace, which is then attached to a custom-designed shoe. As the subject moves his or her ankle, the robot moves the foot along in directions within the normal range of motion. This experiment helps to understand the ankle’s biomechanics.

Studying the ankle’s biomechanics can help patients suffering from motor disorders and can even lead to the creation of safer footwear in the future. For now the Anklebot is being used to help patients regain their mobility.

If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by motor-related issues, you should seek the care of a podiatrist likeas Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can examine your feet and diagnose any potential conditions.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.

Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding the biomechanics of the feet can help alleviate and even eliminate pain and further stress to the foot.

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

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http://www.fashion.ie/imagebank/article_images/article_2598/large/babies-carousel-img4.jpgWhen a baby starts walking for the first time, it can be joyous occasion not only for the parents but also for the child. However, if your little one is taking their first steps in the wrong type of shoes, serious consequences can come later in life to their feet.

According to author Rachel Murray, up until they are about 6 months old; babies do not have any bones in their feet but rather soft cartilage. As they grow in infancy and eventually become a toddler, as much as 25 bones are forming in each foot allowing a bit more support than cartilage for when they take that first step, states Murray. When your baby begins to walk, they should be wearing a shoe that tightly holds onto their heel but allows enough space for the free movement of toes. Additionally, the right fit for a baby’s shoe can be tested by placing one of your fingers in between the top of your baby's foot and inside of the shoe. If you can’t without getting your finger stuck, then the shoe is too tight.

Finding shoes for infants may be tricky for new parents because it is a new experience for everyone involved. If you are having trouble finding the right shoes for your baby, you can seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can help you with all your questions and foot care needs.

Fitting Shoes for Infants

Taking care of a baby to ensure proper development is highly important and necessary to make sure that they grow up to be healthy and happy. Finding shoes for infants may be tricky for new parents because it is a new experience for everyone involved. Also, since infants cannot speak, they cannot tell you which one feels best, which hurts, and which styles they like more. Although often crying is a signal for them being unhappy, it is still difficult to know what fits.

Since their feet are so tiny, it might be easier to go around a store and try to see which shoes fit them best. Most infant shoes are very soft and you will not have to worry about fancy laces or intricate shoe designs. For infants, all that matters is that they are warm, well-protected and comfortable so that they can grow properly.

Once a baby is able to stand or start walking after they pass their crawling phase, it is important to change their shoes as often as they grow, and since they tend to grow and change fast, it is best to keep up with them to ensure safety and comfort.

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

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