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By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
August 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Proper Footwear  

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.

Luckily, there are a wide variety of great options for orthotic-friendly footwear! Here’s what you need to look for when shopping for corrective shoes:

Removable insoles

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.

Supportive footbeds

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

Adjustable straps

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.

Gracious laces

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!

Ankle boots

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!

Siouxland Matters writer Allison Walker strongly discourages wearing flip-flops. Walker believes that wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can actually increase the likelihood of incurring foot and ankle conditions and injuries. Some of the risks taken while wearing flip-flops include heel pain and ankle injuries.

The best way to prevent these conditions is to at least choose flip-flops that can provide some support if you must wear them. Mike Pape of Rudolph’s Shoe Mart says, “There are different types of what they call orthotics or foot beds that are in the various shoes and sandals . . . Now there’s all the different components that go into making the different arches.”

If you must wear flip-flops, try not to wear them for too long. If you have questions, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will provide you with quality foot and ankle care.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

-Ankle problems
-Hip problems
-Lower back problems
-Pain in the balls of the feet
-Problems with foot arches
-Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

-Sprained ankles
-Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Hiking can be a fun and exciting activity, but you might end up getting hurt if you don’t have the proper equipment for it. Katey Behney, owner of Mountain Tops Outdoors in Beacon, NY, has been hiking up mountains all her life, and she understands the importance of being adequately prepared for a trek. One of her biggest tips is to make sure that you have a pair of shoes that fit well so that you don’t accidently injure your feet.

"With an outdoor activity, you have to look at your clothing and footwear as equipment, and having the right equipment is going to make the experience a better one," Behney said.

Having shoes that fit properly is a must before beginning any type of physical activity. If you have questions about getting appropriate footwear, consult with podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will teach you how to find shoes that fit well and offer adequate protection.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Proper shoe fitting is one of the most common concerns people have when it comes to the health of their feet. To some this may not seem like a major issue, but the reality is that improperly fitted shoes account for a tremendous amount of injuries to the foot. Because our feet, our posture, and our gait directly affect the bio-mechanics and the overall structure of our entire body, pains and discomforts felt elsewhere within the body can frequently be attributed to improperly fitted footwear. Here are a few factors to consider, which will help you select the proper footwear when shopping.

Do not purchase shoes with the expectation that they will stretch to accommodate the size of your feet. You are looking for shoes that fit correctly right away. If the shoes you purchase are too large and are slipping in the area of the heel while you walk, do not purchase them. Do not look favorably upon shoes that slip with the intention of wearing thicker socks to compensate for the slippage. Make certain that in the widest portion of the shoes, the ball of your foot, fits comfortably in the shoe.

For more information about Proper Shoe Fitting, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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plantar fasciitisHouston Rockets player Marcus Camby does not seem to have a promising future ahead of him regarding his basketball career. The center suffered another obstacle after tearing his plantar fascia.

“My plantar fascia is torn,” Camby told the Houston Chronicle, “I’m trying to do whatever I can to avoid surgery. We’re just going to rehab it and see how it goes in the next two weeks and take it from there. We don’t want to rehab it and nurse it and still have it lingering. That is something I’m going to sit back and figure out and definitely look toward long term, as the season progresses to the second half of the season. I have to be smart about it.” The plan for Camby’s recovery is undisclosed but it is probable to last between weeks and months.

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Kahimovwill examine your heel pain and determine if you have plantar fasciitis before providing the appropriate treatment options.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Lack of adequate footwear
· Obesity
· Excessive running
· Poor foot support
· Overpronation

How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?

· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Fort Lee, NJ or Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more on Plantar Fasciitis.

Carol CornachiniCarol Cornachini, owner of Branhaven’s Plaza Shoetique, worked with a group from BHcare, which is an organization assisting people who are mentally ill or struggling with substance or domestic abuse. BHcare bridges that gap by providing them with shoe-fitting and new footwear services.  “We serve our customers the old fashioned way,” Cornachini says, “we take care of them. We want them to feel taken care of. We want them to walk out of here happy customers and come back happy customers.”

The mother of two descends from a lineage of shopkeepers and works as a school-nurse during the regular school year. The group of women exchanged hugs and smiles with the staff, stating they had never ‘felt so special’ or having worn a nicer pair of shoes. Cornachini has engaged in these acts of kindness for years, adding a personal touch to her customer service and business.

Wearing properly fitted exercise shoes can serve to prevent injuries and adverse conditions to your legs and feet. Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC can help size your feet and provide recommendations on the best exercise footwear for your feet so they remain healthy and can provide care should you develop any foot problems.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people that wear shoes that are ill-fitting, which affects their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to selecting the right pair.

· When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot
· When measuring your foot with your shoe on, add 1-2 inches to the size
· Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes
· Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently
· Purchase shoes later in the day as your feet swell as the day progresses
· If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat your feet right by choosing the right pair of shoes that can provide them comfort and mobility with minimal pain.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Fort Lee, NJ or Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read the full article on Choosing the Right Shoe Size.

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