Nature Enthusiast Believes in Proper Outdoor Footwear

Co-owner of Mountain Tops Outdoors Kate Behney has spent most of her life among nature and hiking the mountains in the Beacon area. Because of her experiences living her passion, she knows how important it is to have proper footwear. Behney says "if you don't have the right shoes on, you could be cold, you could be slipping. Your feet could get wet."

She now helps people get the most of their nature experience by helping them select the proper footwear. Behney adds "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."

No matter what kind of activity you’re doing, you should always take care to make sure your shoes fit right. To learn more about proper shoe fitting, visit podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will teach you about the problems that can be caused by wearing shoes that are too small or too big and answer all your questions.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are come factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, keeping properly fit shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office located in Waterford, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Runners Habits’ Being Contest of Debate

There is a continual debate in the running community about whether minimalist or maximalist running shoes can better prevent running injuries. However, some researchers say that the probability of getting hurt lies less with one’s footwear and more with each runner’s individual habits.

“The best shoe for a runner is highly individualized,” Allison Gruber, a biomechanics expert at the University of Massachusetts, told Outside. “What may prevent or ‘cure’ injuries for one person may cause them or make them worse for another.” This school of thought stresses the influence of a runner’s training history, BMI, pronation, and more on their injury rate.

Be sure to choose the right type of shoe. For advice about selecting proper athletic footwear, consult with podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein can treat your podiatric needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

Over-pronators

those people who run with excessive ankle rolling. Over-pronators tend to have ankles that angle inward, flat feet, and or bowed legs.

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High Heels Constructed by 3-D Printer

Thanks to Continuum and designer Mary Huang, the 3-D printer is now being used in the realm of fashion. Continuum works with costumers in helping them create fully customizable 3-D-printed-heels.

These unique shoes are made from plastic and thermoplastic polyurethane materials and take approximately 16 to 20 hours to print. The practicality of these shoes is up for question, with doctors speculating that 3-D-printed shoes favor form over function. This is largely due to the materials that they are made of are not up to par with footwear standards.

High heelscan cause foot and ankle pain. If you are experiencing foot pain, call podiatristDr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. 

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Salon Sterilization Important in avoiding Toenail Fungus

Now that summer is in full swing, nail salons are receiving their fill of clients who are looking for sandal-ready feet and toenails. Toenail fungus, however, is a rising concern for both doctors and salon managers alike, and the importance of salon sterilization is now even greater.
The possibility of cutting the skin and receiving an infection can occur even with the most skilled and experienced of pedicurists. Clients should therefore not be afraid to ask about the way salon equipment is sterilized. Autoclaves are the gold standard for cleaning metal tools and use high-temperature and high-pressure steam. Clients who are high-risk and have health problems such as diabetes, poor circulation, or poor immunity would do best to avoid pedicures altogether.
While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. Consult with Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC for more information about treatment. Dr. Klein will attend to all of your podiatric needs.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.
Antibiotics & Treatments 
Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 
Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well
Alternative Treatments
There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  
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Dark Chocolate May Alleviate Circulatory Problems

dark-chocolateScientists at Sapienza University have uncovered quite a delicious study. The university’s scientists discovered that the polyphenols found in dark chocolate can increase the amount of blood flow. This increase in blood flow is beneficial for patients suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Half of the study’s subjects were given 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate and the other half provided 1.5 ounces of milk chocolate by researchers. Researchers observed the effects as patients walked on treadmills for a set period of time. The results showed that the group that had been given the dark chocolate was able to walk 11% farther and demonstrated improved circulation in their extremities.

Poor circulation in the feet is often very uncomfortable. If you are struggling with poor circulation, contact podiatrist Dr. Stephen Eichelsdorfer, D.P.M. of Town Center Foot and Ankle. Dr. Eichelsdorfer can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain   
-numbness in legs
-cramps           
-skin discoloration
-weakness       
-slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness        
-erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Kingwood, Atascocita, Livingston, and Cleveland, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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