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Frequently Asked Questions and Fun Foot Facts

Frequently Asked Questions and fun foot facts all in one location! Our patients love to ask a myriad of questions! We try to answer them all - sometimes we even have to write a full length article on them, so take a look at our library as well. Have a question about your feet and ankles? You may find your answer here. Gait issues? Problems with shoes and socks? We have answers. Want more? Contact us and ask a question. We will answer!

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  • What shoes should I wear for soccer?

    The appropriate footwear should:

    • Have a good-quality foot bed, which can help provide proper support for the arch and user’s foot type.
    • Leather is most often the way to go, it fits snug to the foot and breathes well which decreases blisters and sliding injury in the shoe. For wet surfaces think synthetic.
    • Feature the stud type for the ground that will be played on most often: soft, hard, firm, or turf. Longer cleats for wet surfaces.
    • Use molded rubber cleats rather than the screw-on variety.

  • What are the best shoes for Basketball, Volleyball and Tennis?

    Sport-specific shoes can change the way you play. Come into our Healthy Steps store to have your feet professionally measured and shoes fitted. If you play a sport more than twice per week it is best to wear a sports specific shoe. Check out these pointers to find the perfect shoes for basketball, volleyball and tennis.

    The appropriate footwear should:

    • Have a thick, stiff sole that provides support for impact.
    • Have high ankle construction that supports the ankle during quick changes in direction.
    • Be lighter, have less midsole support, and contain a sole more responsive to quick starts and stops (for volleyball).

  • Are Black Toenails Bad?

    Black toenails are common in athlete's, especially runners, and are usually a sign of too much friction to the toenail. This can be due to shoes that are too tight (or loose and your foot is shifting), socks that are too tight, or abnormal stress from hammertoes or curly toes. 

    For more info on black toenails click here

  • What running shoes are right for me?

    Good question! You should ask your podiatrist at your nex visit. Until then, here are some general guidelines:

    High arches? Light weight? Neutral shoes

    Medium arch? Average weight? Stability shoes (most people)

    Little to no arch? Overweight? Motion Control shoes

    Visit our Healthy Steps Shoe Store for more information or to find the right shoes for you!

  • Is Bone Marrow Aspirate a viable treatment option for heel pain?

    Bone marrow aspirate is a surgical procedure where your own bone marrow is siphoned through a large bore needle, spun down into stem cells and then injected into the plantar fascia.  There are 2 areas of concern here with the use of BMA for the treatment of chronic heel pain. 

    • This is invasive and often requires general anesthesia as the best place to harvest bone marrow is your pelvis.  If you are trying to avoid surgery, this is not your best option.
    • The stems cells generated by our own bodies are not extremely potent.  If they were, we would all heal like we did when we were infants and still growing.  Our stem cells can aid in fracture healing when used in the right manner, but do they have enough power to completely change the severe pain of plantar fasciitis.

    If you have questions about BMA and your heel pain, call us today and make an appointment to see one of our experts in heel pain.


  • Is it Normal for My Child to have Flat feet?

    Every parent that has a painful flat foot is afraid that their child might inherit their foot type. It is normal for a child's foot to appear flat up to about the age of 2 due to a thick layer of baby fat that fills the arch area. As long as the child is otherwise healthy, and the foot is flexible and free of pain, then no treatment is necessary even if you think it may look "too flat" to be normal. Many times they actually inherited your spouses or grandparent's feet and got lucky!

    If you are worried that your child has an inherited flat foot or is complaining  of foot and leg pain; time to visit the podiatrists at FAANT for an opinion. Contrary to popular belief, foot and leg pain in children is never normal; and most kids will not grow out of flat feet! There are simple changes in shoe gear and inserts as well as physcial therapy that may help your child run, jump and play with their friends without pain!

  • Can Exercise Make Me Smarter?

    Exercise can slow the aging process not only physically, but mentally, too. In a recent study of Canadian women older than age 65, a link was found between physical exercise and the brain. Those who did regular aerobic exercise had better blood flow to the brain, which helps its ability to process information. In fact, the women who exercised scored 10 percent higher in brain function tests. And you wondered why the runners in your life were so smart?

  • Why Does the Top of My Foot Hurt in Shoes?

    If you are having pain in the top of your foot only when you are wearing shoes, you are probably irritating the nerve on the top of your instep with your shoes. Many people have a prominance in this area due to a high arch and this rubs on their shoes and pinches the nerve causing a burnong pain in the area.

    The quick fix to this problem is to loosen your shoes. Padding the area can be helpful. Stop wearing clog-like shoes if you do. If you are still having pain, an injection may be necessary to calm down the nerve. Orthotics may also be necessary to stop excessive motion in the area.

  • Why Do My Shins Hurt?

    Your shins can hurt after running for a variety of reasons. The most common is a shin splint. This is actually a term commonly used to describe medial tibial stress syndrome.  What? Yes, stress causes pain along your shin bone and can even cause a stress fracture. In the early stages the painis actually myositis (irriation of the muscle that runs along the shin bone) and this will “warm up” when you run. Stress fractures don’t “warm up.”

    Why does this happen? Most common reason is either worn out running shoes or inappropriate shoes to start with. If you have a very high arch, you need a more cushioned shoe. If you have a flat or low arched foot, you need a more stable shoe. Lots of times you just need to part with your old beloved super worn-out running shoes.

    Other reasons can be a change in surface like going from the treadmill to concrete. Or a rapid increase in training mileage or increased speed.

    When is it time to stop the home remedies and go to the doctor?

    • Pain 5-7/10 or in a pinpoint spot can indicated a stress fracture!
    • Pain that has lasted more than a few weeks with rest, ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.
    • Lastly, if you have changed shoes, tried stretching and icing and still have pain daily….time to come in for a visit.

    Some people need help buying shoes, some people need functional foot orthotics to re-align their gait and some people need to rehab their injury with physical therapy.

    So the take home point is that your shins shouldn’t hurt after you run!! If they do, you should take a look at you shoes and training patterns! When in doubt, give us a call so we can take a look and make your shin pain go away!



  • How Long Does it Take to Get Over an Ankle Sprain?

    Great question! Answer is that it depends. A grade 1 or 2 ankle sprain can take 6-8 weeks to recover from. A grade 3 sprain can take 8-10 weeks. The old wives tale that it is better to break than to sprain your ankle comes from the fact that many ankle sprains can linger for months due to cartilage damage in the joint and lack of rehabilitation of the sprain. Rest in a brace or cat, lots of ice and compression with an ace bandage is helpful. Most sprains will require a few weeks of physical therapy to get to 100% better! 

    If you have experienced an ankle sprain, contact us for an evaluation by one of our physicians.