Stopping Common Foot Problems in Their Tracks
Not all feet are created equal. Differences in size, shape, uniformity, and countless other factors mean that people often go years wearing the wrong type of shoes for their feet. This can result in discomfort and even long-term pain and injury. Fortunately, we have a simple fix: a properly fitted pair of shoes. See some of the more common foot problems we can help with below.
The first step is quality service. We understand the value of finding shoes that do their job, and we’re here to guide you through that process.
We carry shoes in all sorts of styles and widths. If your feet have issues, we have the shoes to help them.
Digital Foot Scanning
We use iStep technology to further assess your individual needs, allowing for more accurate shoe fitting.
Sometimes shoes alone aren’t enough, but orthotics can make the leap to give you extra comfort and stability.
We know how to listen to your problems and pick up on the real issues. Talk to us, we’re here to help.
With a pedorthist at each location, we’re better equipped than most to deal with problem feet.
Heel & Arch Pain
The band of fibrous tissue that runs along from your heel bone to your toes is known as your plantar fascia. When that tissue is strained, it becomes inflamed and sore, and can even begin the formation of heel spurs. This is called plantar fasciitis, and it’s an incredibly common foot condition.
Plantar fasciitis has a wide range of causes, including over-pronation or flat feet, high, unsupported arches, a sudden increase in physical activity from work or exercise, excessive weight on the foot attributed to pregnancy or bodyweight, tight calf muscles, or wearing non-supportive shoes.
Fortunately, a properly fitted, supportive pair of shoes can greatly reduce the strain on your plantar fascia and offer your feet some well-deserved relief. Orthotics and arch supports can provide additional layers of cushioning, creating a foundation that promotes natural foot alignment.
Metatarsalgia, or simply metatarsal pain or ball-of-foot pain, is a condition that affects the heads of the metatarsal bones that sit in the ball of your feet, right behind your toes. Although this most commonly affects the area behind the big toe, more advanced cases can extend further along the ball of your foot and cause more pain.
Metatarsal pain can be caused by a drop or collapse of your metatarsal arch. The arch flattens and the bone ends move closer together, causing the soft tissue to be pinched or trapped between the bones. With every step, the arch rises and falls causing repeated stress on the area.
Treating metatarsal pain can be as simple as wearing the shoes that fit correctly and offer support in the right places. Shoes with a low heel-to-toe drop can provide significant relief, while insole upgrades with a metatarsal pad can also supply additional layers of cushioning and relief while providing a foundation that promotes natural foot alignment.
Arthritis in Feet
Your foot and ankle contain over 30 joints. When the cartilage and lining of those joints become inflamed, signaled by swelling, pain, warmth, and redness, it’s known as arthritis. This is a condition that can affect anyone but becomes more common after the age of 50.
There are two types of arthritis that are most common in feet: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is often called “wear-and-tear” arthritis because it is the result of joint cartilage being worn down over time. It can make movement difficult or even painful, and is often exacerbated by standing and walking. Old injuries, even when treated properly, can also result in arthritis years later.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory form of arthritis that can cause deformities of the joints such as bunions, hammertoes, and claw toes, as well as causing general fatigue. This chronic condition usually affects more than one joint and sometimes affects all the joints in the body.
Properly fitted and cushioned shoes can offer significant relief from the pains of arthritis. Upgraded insoles with added cushioning can help further by easing strain on your joints and helping to align your feet correctly.
Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
When the tissue that connects the muscles to your shin bones is put under an unusual amount of stress, it can become inflamed. This can make walking, running, or even simply lifting your feet a painful process.
Shin splints are often a case of exerting yourself too much, too quickly, and there are a number of other factors that can exacerbate the problem. These include flat feet or over-pronation, poorly-fitted shoes that don’t offer the right support, working out without warm-up or cool-down stretches, or weak ankles, hips, or core muscles.
While shin splints may require rest before you can truly get back to the same level of exertion, a pair of properly-fitted and supportive shoes can reduce your pain and prevent shin splints from reoccurring in the future. In some cases, orthotic inserts can further improve the fit and support of your shoes.
What Our Customers Say...
I work 12 to 15 hours a day and suffer from horrible pain in the balls of my feet. Enough was enough with the pain. Ben the certified pedorthist was incredible! Very professional and knowledgeable. I was very impressed by the selection of shoes and I ended up buying two pairs of running shoes for work and a pair of sandals. My feet feel relieved already!
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