July 2024

Choosing Shoes for Treadmill Running

Whether seeking greater control over your workout or avoiding unpredictable weather, treadmill running offers a convenient alternative to outdoor running. Using a dedicated pair of treadmill shoes for indoor runs not only protects your feet but also enhances your workout experience. Despite the treadmill’s ability to mimic outdoor running, there are significant differences between running on a machine and running on the road or trail. Outdoor terrain features various surfaces and elevations, whereas treadmills provide a uniformly flat and predictable environment. For that reason, treadmill runners should prioritize shoes that excel in breathability, lightweight design, and cushioning to ensure maximum comfort and efficiency. The repetitive nature of treadmill running can overwork some stabilizer muscles while underutilizing others. Adequate midsole cushioning alleviates these repetitive impacts and provides energy return to keep you going strong. Too much cushioning can make your shoes feel unstable. If you are experiencing a foot problem after running on a treadmill, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and expert treatment.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Illinois . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Do You Suffer From Painful Feet?

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Facts About Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a deformity causing one or more of the smaller toes to bend abnormally at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. This condition arises primarily due to muscle imbalances that lead to increased pressure on the tendons and joints of the toe. Common causes include wearing ill-fitting shoes, particularly those that are too tight or have high heels, as well as genetic predispositions and conditions like arthritis. Symptoms of hammertoe include pain or irritation while wearing shoes, corns and calluses on the toe, redness and swelling, and in severe cases, open sores. The affected toe may become rigid over time, making movement difficult and painful. Preventing hammertoe involves wearing properly fitting shoes with adequate toe room, avoiding high heels, and performing toe-stretching exercises to maintain flexibility. Early intervention is key to managing the condition effectively. Treatment options range from non-surgical methods, such as wearing custom orthotic devices, using padding to reduce pressure, and taking anti-inflammatory medications, to surgical procedures for severe cases where the toe has become rigid. Surgery typically involves realigning the toe and correcting the deformity. Complications of untreated hammertoe can include chronic pain, difficulty in walking, and persistent sores or infections, which can lead to further foot problems. If you have an uncomfortable hammertoe, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Illinois . Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Dragging Your Feet Can Signal Health Problems

Dragging your feet might seem like a minor inconvenience, but it can actually be a sign of a serious condition known as drop foot. Drop foot occurs when you have difficulty lifting the front part of your foot, causing it to drag while you walk. This problem can arise from various health issues affecting the muscles, nerves, or structure of the leg or foot. Common causes can include peroneal nerve injury, which affects movement and sensation in the lower leg, foot, and toes. Other conditions leading to drop foot include peripheral neuropathy from diabetes, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. Symptoms of drop foot include difficulty in walking, a stepping gait where the foot slaps the ground, and potential numbness or tingling in the foot. Diagnosis by a podiatrist involves a physical exam and tests such as electromyography, or EMG, nerve conduction studies, and imaging scans. Treatment depends on the cause and can include orthotic devices, nerve stimulation, or surgery. If you are experiencing trouble walking normally, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Illinois . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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