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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 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).

  • 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.

  • How do I know if I tore my Achilles tendon?

    Achilles tendon injuries are common in the “weekend warrior.”  This injury is often described as feeling like someone kicked you in the back of the ankle. Inability to go up onto toes is a simple test to diagnose complete rupture, but often partial tears have occurred and evaluation by a podiatrist and possible MRI examination are required. Early treatment is important to prevent long term disability.

  • Can I run on a stress fracture?

    Stress fractures are still a broken bone. You should not run for at least 4 weeks after being diagnosed with a stress fracture. It can take up to 8 weeks to heal and the more stress on the area, the longer it takes to heal. Relative rest like riding a bike or swimming is recommended.

  • My Feet Go Numb on the Elliptical. Is this Normal?

    This can be normal from repetitive stress. If your toes go numb, but then are perfectly normal when you stop; I wouldn't worry about it. If you have continued ball of the foot pain or numbness after getting off the elliptical, time to take a look to rule out a neuroma or metatarsalgia.

  • What is the most common foot problem?

    The most reported foot ailments among Americans are heel pain, blisters and ingrown toenails. Heel pain is the winner with a whopping 43% of Americans polled experiencing some kind of heel pain in the last year. Six in 10 Americans polled (60%) that experienced heel pain in the last year also had trouble performing life's daily activities due to pain. Wow! There really is an epidemic of heel pain in the US!

  • Is carb loading before a marathon a good idea?

    Is carbo loading all about eating more pasta?

    Is there a magic formula?

    If you are an endurance athlete who is fearful of hitting the wall,listen up: proper fueling before a marathon, triathlon, century bike ride, or other competitive endurance events can make the difference between agony and ecstasy!

    If you plan to compete for longer than 90 minutes, you want to maximize the amount of glycogen stored in your muscles, because poorly fueled muscles are associated with needless fatigue. The more glycogen, the more endurance (potentially).

    Read the entire article by Nancy Clark, a leader in sports nutrition.


  • Why do I get blisters from running and how do I prevent them?

    Ever get those nasty blisters after a long run? Why does this happen? You wear the same socks and running shoes you usually wear but then....bam...nasty blisters. After years of meticulous research into my own blisters, I came to realize I only got blisters when I ran faster! The biomechanics of landing farther up on my midfoot then pushing off harder made me have blisters. So, I figure either run slower or endure! Since that wasn't a great anser, I tried all kinds of lubricants and socks. My best combo is blister free "Wright Socks" and my friend "Body Glide". Now I can run fast and beat the blisters!

  • What is the "All-You-Can-Eat" diet?

    I Love this sentiment! I have a shirts that asks, "Do I run to eat or eat to run?" I always answer - both!

    From Trainig Peaks.Com: Lately I’ve been toying around with a concept I call "The All-You-Can-Eat Diet." It could also be described as exercise-only weight loss. To practice it, you simply eat as much as you want and whatever you want and exercise as much as necessary to lose weight. For some people that would be quite a lot of exercise, but so what? There are many men and women who would find it much easier to exercise 10 hours per week than to drastically change their eating habits to promote weight loss.

    It’s no exaggeration to suggest that any person, no matter how overweight, can achieve his or her optimal body weight without changing his or her eating habits with adequate exercise. It’s a simple game of math. If you start the all-you-can-eat diet and find that it’s not working for you, just exercise more. And if you exercise more and it’s still not working for you, then exercise even more.

  • Why Retul Your Bike?

    Good question! I spent four hours this week with a Retul specialist, Craig Fulk, in Roanoke, TX. He is a fantastic cyclist with a quirky sense of humor who practically killed me by making me ride the bike trainer for hours getting my fit just right. In the past, I’ve had cervical spine pain, left leg numbness and felt like I was cycling mostly with my right leg. I felt like I was all over the saddle and could never find a comfortable position. Since Ironman is my goal, I had to find the sweet spot on my saddle and try to find some more power, since I ride about as fast as an 80-year old Grandma!

    Retul is a dynamic bike fitting computer system that helps adjust your cycling position. Most bike fittings are done in a static position. Most bike fit specialists use a tape measure and plumb bobs and cannot take an accurate measurement when the cyclist is pedaling. The Retul computer system captures the rider’s position relative to his pedaling motion and creates the most realistic replication of the rider’s biomechanics. It measures the actual pedal stroke and body position when the cyclist is riding. Retul uses a 3-dimensional view to see everything from knee extension (from the side view) in relation to knee wobble (from the front view) in order to make the best decisions on adjustments to the cyclist. I felt like I was all wired for sound! Imagine little sensors attached all over your body and then cycling. The computer model showed how pathetic I was to start and how fabulous my biomechanics were when we were finished. I think we spent an hour just adjusting my cleats! It seemed like a lot of minimal adjustments, but together it was fabulous! Who knew I could feel this good on my bike!

    After four hours of sheer torture, I had found the sweet spot I the saddle and actually felt so much better on my bike. I even found 15% more torque from my pedaling! An added bonus that will hopefully make me a little more competitive!