It’s the holiday season and for many patients, that means dressing up to make appearances at numerous home and office parties. What will you wear on your feet in the coming weeks? If you’re thinking about taking that pair of high-heeled pumps out of your closet, think twice.
High-heeled shoes have been an integral component of fashion footwear more than 400 years. Although originally intended for men, over the centuries they have become almost exclusively part of the feminine wardrobe. One study reports that in 2017, 72% of women own high heels. 31% wear them to work daily and 50-77% choose them for parties and special occasions.
Those stilettos may look nice, but they’re not very nice to feet, ankles, and lower legs. Dr. Jason Grossman often sees patients with podiatric issues related to high-heeled shoes:
- High heels cause increased stress along the sole of the foot and can contribute to heel pain.
- High-heeled shoes often come with narrow toe boxes, which squeeze the toes together, leading to hammertoes and neuromas.
- Long-time high heel aficionados often suffer from bunions, bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe and Haglund’s deformity, a bony enlargement on the back of the heel that often leads to painful bursitis.
- The unnatural pressure that high heeled shoes put on the feet can lead to corns and calluses, painful accumulations of dead skin cells.
- High heels decrease your base of support, diminishing balance and putting you at increased risk for falls and foot and ankle injuries.
If you’re not yet ready to give up your heels:
- Choose shoes with heels that are 3 inches or less.
- To distribute weight more evenly, choose a newer, modern-looking pair of shoes with a rounded front and a chunky heel over a pointy pair with a spiked heel.
- Look for a new pair of shoes with softer soles or built-in cushioning to reduce impact and stress on your muscles and joints.
- Wear different shoes sometimes to change the stress points on your feet. Remember to mix it up!
Have high-heeled shoes caused you to experience discomfort or any other problem in your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 or click here today to schedule an appointment with Jason Grossman, DPM. Whether you choose our comfortable and convenient Old Bridge or Sayreville office, you can rest assured that you will receive the same thorough examination, accurate diagnosis, state of the art treatment and comprehensive follow up.
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term that refers to excess sweating. It’s a common condition that can happen to anyone. The International Hyperhidrosis Society estimates that 3 percent of Americans live with the condition, frequently producing significantly more sweat than what we would typically associate with triggers such as exercise or nervousness. Hyperhidrosis can manifest anywhere on the body but is most commonly observed in the armpits, the face and head, or the palms of the hands. When it manifests on the feet, it’s known as plantar hyperhidrosis and can be more than simply an embarrassment. Regularly damp and sweaty feet are a contributing factor in other podiatric health issues, including ingrown toenails, athlete’s foot, foot odor, and continually cold feet.
What Causes Sweaty Feet?
Are you at risk of hyperhidrosis? How many of these risk factors apply to you?
- Family history. If your parent or sibling has been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, your odds are increased.
For those with the condition, many triggers can lead to a hyperhidrosis episode, including nervousness, warm temperatures, illness or fever, and wearing clothing or footwear made of materials that don’t allow the feet to “breathe.”
How Can You Prevent Sweaty Feet?
If you notice that your feet get sweaty often, start with a journal. Making note of how and when sweating episodes occur will help you identify triggers and get some control of the situation. What else can you do to keep your sweaty feet dry and odor-free? Here are some tips from Jason Grossman, DPM to get you started:
- Practice good hygiene.
- Use foot powder or cornstarch to absorb sweat.
- Apply deodorant or antiperspirant to your feet.
- Always wear clean, dry socks.
- When possible, choose open shoes such as sandals.
- Reduce your stress levels.
How Can the Podiatrist Treat Sweaty Feet?
If your hyperhidrosis can’t be managed at home, your podiatrist will have several treatments to try:
- Iontopheresis is a procedure in which a medical device is used to pass a mild electrical current through water and through the skin's surface. It’s effective in 80-90% of patients. Iontopheresis is painless and there are no significant or serious side effects.
- Another dramatic treatment option for heavy sweating is injections of botulinum toxin A. Botox works by preventing the release of a chemical that signals the sweat glands to activate.
- Prescription oral medications are available that stop the activation of the sweat glands, but they are a last resort as they can have unpleasant side-effect.
Are excessively sweaty feet negatively impacting your day-to-day life? You’re not alone. Dr. Jason Grossman has been helping many patients with hyperhidrosis, and he can help you, too. Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 or click here today to schedule a convenient appointment in our Old Bridge or Sayreville offices.
Thanks to modern medicine, we know that many of the myths that humans once believed about their bodies are untrue, but many commonly held misbeliefs about our feet remain. How many of these do you still believe?
MYTH: Of course I have foot problems…I’m getting older.
MEDICINE: Podiatric issues are common as we age, but they are not natural and they are not inevitable. The use of stylish, modern footwear is often to blame for modern-day foot problems. Save your high heels and rigid shoes for special occasions and choose sensible, comfortable footwear for everyday use.
: Bunions are caused by shoes.
Bunions are most often caused by an inherent flaw in the anatomy of your foot. Family history is the most significant risk factor. A preference for shoes with pointed or cramped toe boxes or very high heels can contribute to bunions or make them more painful, but shoes alone cannot cause bunions. Your podiatrist can perform surgery to correct a bunion.
MYTH: I know that my foot or ankle isn’t broken because I can walk.
MEDICINE: If you’ve had a fall or other trauma to your lower leg, foot or ankle, you should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible. There are numerous foot and ankle injuries that people can walk on, including stress fractures, toe fractures, small “chip” fractures of the foot and ankle bones, and hairline breaks of the thinner of the two leg bones.
MYTH: A vinegar soak will cure my toenail fungus.
MEDICINE: This is nonsense. Vinegar won’t do anything to help your fungal toenail infection, and may even make the situation worse. See your podiatrist for proper treatment.
MYTH: Going barefoot is best for my feet.
MEDICINE: While you might enjoy spending time barefoot in your house, you should think twice about going barefoot outside. You’ll be vulnerable to scrapes, bruises, cuts, and. In public places such as locker rooms, it’s easy to pick up infections including plantar warts and toenail fungus. If you have heel pain, going barefoot can exacerbate the problem.
MYTH: My saloon is spotless. Pedicures there are perfectly safe.
MEDICINE: While a salon pedicure is a lovely indulgence from time to time, appearance isn’t everything when it comes to cleanliness. Even the most beautiful salons can be breeding grounds for bacteria and fungus. Reduce your risk of contracting plantar warts, toenail fungus, or other infections by bringing your own instruments and never sharing them with anyone.
Are you concerned about the health and wellbeing of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Jason Grossman, DPM can ease your mind. Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 or click here today to schedule an appointment in our comfortable and convenient Old Bridge or Sayreville offices. Dr. Jason Grossman will thoroughly examine your feet, carefully diagnose your problem, work with you to create an effective and individualized treatment plan, and provide comprehensive follow up.
For most Americans, weight gain is a slow creep that happens over many years. As many as one third of Americans have a body mass index greater than 30, making them clinically obese.
Obesity puts you at risk for numerous chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. But what about the effect of extra weight on your legs, feet, and ankles? What sorts of risks does obesity increase?
- You’re more likely to develop sore feet from walking or standing.
- There is a direct link between increased BMI and painful foot conditions including arthritis, tendonitis and heel pain.
- Blisters and chafing can occur when shoes are too small.
- Your posture and gait may change and balance and mobility may be challenged.
- You may find it hard to reach your feet to trim your toenails. Ingrown toenails can result.
- Hygiene can become problematic, making you vulnerable to athlete’s foot and fungal toenail infections.
- The pressure and stress that extra body weight puts on muscles, joints, and tendons in the feet can trigger plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot.
- Excess weight wears down even the best shoes and they quickly become less supportive than expected. Fallen arches can occur.
- If you are overweight, you are at higher risk for diabetes, which often causes podiatric complications including leg and foot pain, loss of sensation, unhealed wounds and infection.
- Gout is a lifestyle disease that develops when uric acid crystals accumulate in your joints, especially in the knuckle of your big toe. Because gout attacks can be triggered by consuming large quantities of rich foods, shellfish, and alcohol. If you’re overweight, you’re at increased risk.
Desk jobs and limited time make losing weight challenging but even small changes can improve overall wellbeing and foot health. Start with simple changes such as cutting out sugary drinks or salty snacks. Increase your consumption of lean protein sources, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Begin an exercise regimen with low-impact activities, such as walking, water aerobics, or gentle yoga.
Is excess weight making it uncomfortable for you to stand, walk, or move? Jason Grossman, DPM can help. Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 or click here to schedule an appointment in our comfortable and convenient Old Bridge or Sayreville offices today. Dr. Jason Grossman will thoroughly examine your feet and expertly diagnose any problems, then provide appropriate treatment and comprehensive after care.