Hi, I’m Christina Knutson, DPM, Podiatrist, Hudson Hospital Specialty Clinic – welcome to my blog!
Here’s a few tips for you to protect your feet this summer:
Sandals (flip flops, sandals) are not all created equally
- Do consult your physician if you are diabetic, have peripheral neuropathy and always try on before purchase
- Do find sandals made of high-quality, soft leather to minimize the potential for blisters
- Do gently bend the shoe – they should not fold in half
- Don’t let your foot hang off the edge of the shoe
- Wear a sturdy pair of sandals around a pool, beach, hotel locker rooms (walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete’s foot)
- Don’t wear sandals year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear.
- Don’t ignore irritation between toes, this can lead to blisters and possible infections.
- Don’t wear flip-flops while walking long distances.
- Don’t do yard work while wearing sandals.
- Don't play sports in sandals or flip-flops. This practice can lead to injury.
Common Foot & Ankle ailments
- Heel & Arch Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis most common culprit
- Typically involves pain to the bottom of the heel that can extend into the arch
- Heel pain can also be caused by stress fracture
- Pain worse with first steps from resting position
- Fracture/Stress fracture
- Prevention & Treatment
- Appropriate shoes
- Warm up, Cool down
- Stretching, icing,
- Cross training
- Supportive Footwear
- X-rays may be necessary
- Orthotics, Custom orthotics, bracing/tapping, physical therapy
- Walking casts, injection and surgical treatment
- Make an appointment if you are experiencing:
- Bruising, redness, swelling
- Pain not improving with rest
- Lasting pain
- History of prior similar injury
- Walking compensation
To make an appointment with Hudson Hospital Specialty Clinic, call 715-531-6700.
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