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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Wearing high heels can be significantly damaging to the feet for many different well-established reasons. For example, wearing high heeled shoes can put an excess amount of pressure on the toes. If a woman wears high heels while she is pregnant, there is a whole other host of problems that can occur. When a woman becomes pregnant, she experiences a variety of changes to the feet that can alter the balance of her weight. Additionally, if a woman wears high heels while she is pregnant, it can further exacerbate any swelling in the feet that might already be occurring because of the pregnancy. Wearing shoes with heels that are high can also reduce a pregnant woman’s stability, which might lead to falls that would be potentially very dangerous for both the woman and her growing baby. For more information about high heels during pregnancy, contact a podiatrist today.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Jeff Brooks from Oceanside Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of 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.  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.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Monday, 05 December 2022 00:00

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Many individuals are affected with the foot condition known as ingrown toenails. This condition occurs when the side of the nail grows into the skin surrounding the toenail. As a result, the skin will grow overtop of the nail. This might cause pain. Many people affected with ingrown toenails are curious about how they might go about cutting an ingrown toenail. Generally, it is best to seek the help of a podiatrist to cut an ingrown toenail because doing so by oneself can potentially be damaging. If someone cuts the nail too short, they may be putting themselves at an increased risk of encouraging another ingrown toenail to develop. Also, when an inexperienced person attempts to cut an ingrown toenail, they might be increasing their susceptibility to infection. Under the care of a podiatrist, a patient can receive the care that they need to treat the underlying problem. If you have an ingrown toenail, contact a podiatrist today for an appointment.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Jeff Brooks of Oceanside Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Monday, 28 November 2022 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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