Posts for: August, 2017
As summer draws to an end, it’s time to embark on that time-honored tradition of back-to-school shopping, trading in shorts for long pants, t-shirts for sweaters, and sandals for warmer seasonal shoes. Yet with so many options, the process of shopping for your child’s ever-changing feet can quickly become overwhelming. How do I find the right size? How do I choose the best shoe for my child’s age? How do I find the best quality shoe for their day-to-day needs?
Here are 5 great tips for back-to-school shoe shopping to ensure your child puts their best foot forward this fall!
1. Measure wisely
Because children’s feet grow so rapidly, both feet should be measured every time you’re shopping for new shoes. Always choose shoe sizing based on the largest foot to ensure an optimal fit.
When measuring your children’s feet, make sure they are standing up with their full weight bearing down on each foot. Allow for about one half inch (or one thumb’s width) of space between the tips of the toes and the ends of the shoes. Finally, have your children give their shoes a quick toe-wiggle test to limit potential for corns, calluses, and blisters.
2. Examine the shoes carefully
- firm heels
- ample insole cushioning
- a strong built-in arch
- flexibility/bendability at the ball of the foot
3. Feel inside of the shoe
Make sure you don’t feel any staples, mis-stitched seams, or irregularities in the glue that could cause foot irritation.
4. Take the shoes for a test drive
Have your child walk around the store wearing a clean pair of medium-thick socks. Ask your child if they feel any pinching or sliding when they walk, and check their foot for tell-tale red marks.
5. Select shoes based on your child’s habits
Finally, use your parental expertise to choose the best shoes for your child’s lifestyle and wear patterns. If they struggle with laces, choose a pair with sturdy Velcro straps. If they’re prone to ankle sprains, choose a pair of supportive boots or high-top shoes.
For more expert advice on shoe shopping for your child, consult our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
It’s summertime, and long hours of sunlight, warm weather, and vacation days afford more time to walk outdoors. Walking is a great cost-free, low-impact way to keep your whole body in shape, including your feet. It also helps relieve stress and anxiety by producing endorphins.
Nevertheless, it’s always import to consider your feet before developing a walking regimen, and this consideration naturally includes the shoes you wear. Athletic shoes that fail to provide adequate support can produce blisters, corns, calluses, and plantar fasciitis.
Here is some helpful information to consider when shopping for foot-friendly walking shoes.
Three Basic Foot Types
- Pronators: people with relatively flat feet and low arches that often lead to overpronation.
People with this foot type require motion control shoes that offer ample mid-foot support.
- Supinators: people with high arches, which can lead to underpronation. People with this foot
type need shock absorptive stability shoes with extra reinforcement around the ankle and heel.
- Normal Feet: people who can wear any type of walking shoe.
What to Look For
While an ideal shoe fit highly depends on your individual comfort and foot shape, here are a few features you should always look for in a good pair of walking shoes:
- Lightweight, breathable materials (for comfort and ease of movement)
- Heels that fit snuggly (to avoid rubbing and blisters)
- Smooth seams (to avoid irritation)
Tips for Buying New Shoes
- Shop at the end of the day when your feet are at their most swollen. This will ensure that any shoes you purchase will accommodate your foot’s natural expansion.
- Have your feet measured while standing up.
- Be sure to fit your shoes to the largest of your two feet.
- Leave room for approximately half an inch of space in the toe boxes of your shoes.
- Look for lace-up shoes which allow for stability, control, and adjustability for foot supports.
For more professional advice on athletic footwear, schedule an appointment with a highly qualified foot doctor. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating all of your common foot problems. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
After a series of visits with your podiatrist, your custom-made orthotic device is finally ready! You’re excited to receive this device, knowing it will provide much needed comfort, support, and mobility in your day-to-day life.
Your excitement is dampened, however, when the foot doctor presents you with a thick, ungainly, and frankly unattractive structure. You wonder, how will I ever fit this thing into my shoes? You picture a lifetime of oversized boots, a forever farewell to chic shoes.
A number of stylish brands including Wolky, Clarks, Naot, and Softwaves offer product lines with removable insoles. This feature allows shoes to be adjusted around your orthotics, creating a truly customized fit.
Shoes with substantial, shock-absorbing and skid-resistant soles are ideal both for accommodating orthotics and for the general safety of your feet. Rubber and other synthetic materials are common materials for supportive footbeds, and they are typically a better fit for orthotics than smooth leather surfaces.
A wide variety of widths
It’s helpful to measure around your orthotic device in order to learn your new custom shoe size, in which width is just as important as length. A number of orthotic friendly companies will allow you to select your basic shoe size as well as your specific width from a range of options:
- N (AA) or Narrow
- M (B) or Medium
- W (D) or Wide
- WW (EE) or Extra Wide
Thanks to innovative strap design, you no longer need to pine for those cute T-Straps or Mary Janes! Just look for adjustable velcro closures that will allow you to fasten the straps around your orthotic device.
Lace-up shoes are also great for adjusting the fit around orthotics. Look for classic oxford styles with forgiving materials and seamless surfaces. Feel free to purchase a few different pairs to match your wardrobe; orthotic shoes now come in a wide range of fun colors and patterns!
While ankle boots are the go-to shoe for orthotics, today’s sleek, stylish models are a far cry from their bulky predecessors! They are also inter seasonal and coordinate with just about everything.
For more professional advice on orthotic shoes, schedule an appointment with a highly qualified foot doctor. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating all of your foot problems. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
It’s summertime, and rising temperatures beckon you toward easy, airy footwear. That fresh pair of sandals, slip-ons, or breezy flats is calling out from your closet. Perhaps your eagerness to hit the streets in new shoes has already resulted in that most painful, annoying, and stroll-stifling problem: blisters.
Luckily, there are a number of simple surefire blister treatments. Here are a few tips to help you prevent and recover from summer blisters.
Keep the blister clean and sterile
Wash the blister with soap and water, and apply an antibacterial ointment at least twice a day. Avoid popping blisters unless they become extremely painful and irritated. If you must pop a blister:
- wash the area thoroughly
- make a small incision with a flame-sterilized needle
- slowly drain the fluid with gentle squeezes
- apply a dab of hydrogen peroxide
- never remove the skin over a broken blister
Blister fluid should be clear and colorless. If the fluid is yellow, that means your blister has become infected and requires the medical attention of a licensed foot doctor.
Aloe vera and Vitamin E-based lotions do wonders for healing a blister, as they contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients. Look for dye-free lotions that feature 100% natural ingredients.
Enjoy a soothing soak
Make a relaxing and disinfecting foot bath with:
- a tub of warm water
- a cup of Epsom salt
- a few drops of tea tree oil
Your feet will be clean, refreshed, and infection-free.
Wear a soft layer of padding
In addition to the standard bandaid, pressure-relieving gel pads and moleskin bandages can be effective for healing a blister. To prevent additional irritation, be sure to wear well-insulated socks with defined heels.
For more professional advice on treating summer blisters, schedule an appointment with a highly qualified foot doctor. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating blisters and other common foot problems. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!