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Frequently Asked Questions and Fun Foot Facts

Frequently asked questions and fun foot facts all in one location. The patients in our Grapevine, Texas office 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 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 there anything that can help my back pain when wearing a BK walking cast or boot?

    If you are anything like my patients, in my Grapevine or Keller, TX clinics, you will then try every shoe in your closet to try to even your leg length with minimal success. Help is on the way! The Evenup is a simple way to help patients suffering from hip and back pain while recovering from an injury or surgery in a BK walking boot cast or surgical shoe.


  • Are all custom foot orthotics the same?

    Absolutely no! Lots ofpatients come in and say they tried orthotics and they didn't work. The first thing I ask is who made them and how? A device from a chiropractor or physcial therapist or even a podiatrist who doesn't specialize in orthotics is nothing like a well made custom functional foot orthotic made by one of the physicians at FAANT. We make hundreds of orthotics using the gold standard - a neutral suspension cast or a three dimentional scan! Demand the best! Your feet deserve it!

  • Will my orthotics last forever?

    No. No material lasts forever and your feet can change. If you weight 300 pounds, your orthotics may only last a year. If you run marathons or play soccer every day they might last a year as well. If you use them every day but don't beat on them too much, they will probably last 3 to 4 years. Bottom line: the average custom orthotic lasts about 4 years.

    P.S. Over-the-counter arch supports last 6-12 months.

  • My Orthotics Squeak!! What can help this?

    Firm polypropylene (plastic) orthotics tend to squeak especially in athletic shoes. An easy fix for this annoying sounds is to place a dryer sheet under the orthotic. It stops the squeak and deodorizes the shoes at the same time! Another option is using a nylon Ped to line the underside of the orthotic. Ban the squeak!

  • How do I know I am getting the right shoe fit?

    Shoe shopping deficiently involves more than just you selecting shoes. For the best fit, do not select a shoe size alone. Have the sales associate measure both feet every time you are shopping for shoes. Shoes should be fit to the longest and widest foot. The ball of your foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the shoe and you should be able to wiggle your toes in the toe box. There should be a half -inch space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe when standing upright. Most of all, the shoes should feel comfortable on both feet as you walk.

  • When is the best time of day to shop for shoes?

    It is best to shop for shoes in the afternoon or toward the end of the day. Feet can change in length and width especially as the day progresses.

  • My foot has always been a size ___. I had my feet measured and the size I was told just can't be right! Can feet change?

    Yes! Your feet can change in length and width. Changes in feet can be caused by weight loss, weight gain, genetics, even diseases. Pregnancy has been known to add at least a half a shoe size for each child up to the third!