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July 2017

It’s Time for Back To School Shoe Shopping

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Shoreline Foot and Ankle Associates would like to share several important factors that parents should consider while back to school shopping:

Children’s Feet Change with Age. Shoe and sock sizes may change every few months as a child’s feet grow.

Shoes That Don’t Fit Properly Can Aggravate the Feet. Always measure the child’s feet before buying shoes, and watch for signs of irritation.

Never Hand Down Footwear. Just because a shoe size fits one child comfortably doesn’t mean it will fit another the same way. Also, sharing shoes can spread fungi like athlete’s foot and nail fungus.

Examine the Heels. Children may wear through the heels of their shoes quicker than outgrowing shoes themselves. Uneven heel wear can indicate a foot problem that should be checked by a podiatrist.

Take Your Child Shoe Shopping. Every shoe fits differently. Letting a child have a say in the shoe buying process promotes healthy foot habits down the road.

Always Buy for the Larger Foot. Feet are seldom precisely the same size.

Buy Shoes That Do Not Need a “Break-In” Period. Shoes should be comfortable immediately. Also, make sure to have your child try on shoes with socks or tights if that’s how they’ll be worn.

Consider Closed Toe Shoes. Covering the child’s toes allows for more protection.

Do Your Child’s Shoes “Make The Grade?”

Look For a Stiff Heel. Press on both sides of the heel counter. It shouldn’t collapse.

Check Toe Flexibility. The shoe should bend with your child’s toes. It shouldn’t be too stiff or bend too much in the toe box area.

Select a Shoe With a Rigid Middle. Does your shoe twist? Your shoe should never twist in the middle.
Are the shoes secure on the foot? Laces or Velcro are best to hold the foot in place.

If your child is experiencing foot pain or you have other concerns, please make an appointment today by calling: 231-733-1111

Your feet tell a story…We are here to listen!

Enjoy Pregnancy without Foot Pain

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Physician offers mothers-to-be remedies for aching feet

“Oh, my aching feet” is a phrase you hear often from pregnant women. But, are sore feet a symptom they just must deal with during pregnancy? According to Shoreline Foot and Ankle Associates surgeon Dr. Roger Deyoung, DPM, the answer is “no.” There are many remedies available to help alleviate foot pain.  

Dr. Deyoung states women often experience foot pain during pregnancy because of increased weight, foot instability, and swelling. “In the last five years, I’ve seen an increase in pregnant women with foot pain because more women than ever before are active, even running marathons, during their pregnancies,” Dr. Deyoung says. He recommends the following guidelines to help reduce foot pain during pregnancy.

Painful, Swollen Feet—Pregnant women often experience throbbing, swollen feet due to excess fluid build up (edema) in the feet from the weight and position of the baby. To reduce swelling, put feet up whenever possible, stretch legs frequently, wear wide comfortable shoes and don’t cross legs when sitting.

Arch Pain—Pain in the arch can be due to both arch fatigue or over pronation (or the flattening of the arch). Over pronation causes extreme stress to the ligament (the plantar fascia) that holds up the arch of the foot. The best way to prevent arch pain is to stretch daily in the morning and before and after any exercise, don’t go barefoot and wear supportive low-heeled shoes.

Ingrown Toenails—Excessive stress from tightly-fitting shoes causes painful ingrown toenails. Give your feet a break: wear wider shoes during the last trimester of pregnancy to avoid ingrown toenails. If you do experience an ingrown toenail, avoid attempting “bathroom surgery.” Repeated cutting of the nail can cause the condition to worsen over time. It is best to seek treatment with a foot and ankle surgeon.

It is also not uncommon for women to experience a change in their foot size during pregnancy. “A permanent growth in a women’s foot, up to half a size, can occur from the release of the same hormone, relaxin, that allows the pelvis to open to deliver the baby. It makes the ligaments in your feet more flexible, causing feet to spread wider and longer,” Dr. Deyoung adds.

Pregnancy and pending motherhood should be a joy. If foot pain persists, call Dr. Deyoung’s office at 231-733-1111. He or the other Shoreline physicians can provide relief with conservative treatments such as physical therapy, foot orthotics, supportive shoes and minor toenail procedures.

Sunscreen on Your Feet? 

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Doctor urges sunscreen use and exams to prevent skin cancer on feet

When at the pool or lake we all lather up with sunscreen to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But do we remember to apply sunscreen to our feet?

Many don’t realize skin cancer can occur on the feet from unprotected sun exposure and overlook applying sunscreen to the area. But, skin cancer of the foot is prevalent and can even be fatal if not caught early.

While all types of skin cancer, including squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma, can be found on the foot, the most common is the most serious form, melanoma. Symptoms can be as subtle as an abnormal-looking mole or freckle found anywhere on the foot, and often go unnoticed without routine foot exams.

 Early diagnosis is key to effective treatment for the condition. But because people aren’t looking for the early warning signs or taking the same precautions they do for other areas of the body, often times skin cancer in this region is not diagnosed until later stages.

“I advise my patients to regularly inspect their feet, including the soles, in between their toes and even under their toenails, for any changing moles or spots and to have any suspicious areas promptly examined by a foot and ankle specialist,” Dr. Travis Piper explains.

For more information on skin cancer of the foot contact Dr. Piper at 231-733-1111 or visit the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ Web site, FootHealthFacts.org.