Your shoes are directly related to the health of your feet and ankles. Shoes are designed to protect the health of your feet, but adding comfort and support will help give you the best performance. However, wearing the wrong shoe or ones that don’t fit, can lead to painful injuries and foot problems.
Common foot problems related to shoes are:
- Bunions - The most common cause of bunions is ill-fitting footwear. Bunions are growths that develop on the base of the joint of your big toe. They can lead to swollen big toes, pain, inflammation and tenderness. Avoid wearing high heels and further reduce your risk for bunions by investing in custom made orthotics.
- Corns and Calluses - These skin abnormalities result as your body attempts to protect your feet from excessive stress. Corns and calluses appear as thick layers of skin that can harden in response to improper footwear. Corns and calluses are your body’s way of protecting your vulnerable feet as they bear the weight of your entire body.
- Heel Pain - Ill-fitting and improper shoes can easily result in severe pain in the heels of your feet. In order to reduce your risk for heel pain, look for shoes with adequate arch and heel support.
Injuries require proper care and treatment as well as time to heal fully. Running on an injured foot or ankle can lead to additional injuries, and can even result in permanent damage to your feet. If you experience one of the mentioned injuries or problems with your feet, contact our office at (203) 876-7736 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Patel.