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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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  • I like to run for exercise. How often should I replace my running shoes?

    Rule of thumb is every 350-550 miles. Heavier runners should replace their shoes close to the 350 mile mark while lighter runners can stretch shoe mileage closer to the 550 mile range. If you run around 25 miles per week, you should replace you shoes every three to four months. The average person needs to change their shoes at least every 6 months

  • I sprained my ankle, how should I treat it?

    An easy home course of treatment to remember is "RICE"



    R- Rest. If pain is persistent with activity, don't think that by getting back on it you can "work it out". Resting it may prevent further injury.
    I- Ice. Apply an ice pack (with a cloth barrier between the skin and the ice) 20 minutes on 20 minutes off. This helps to keeo the swelling down.
    C- Compression. An elastic wrap should be applied firmly, but not so tight where your foot is throbbing, immediatly after the injury and re-wrap it every 3-4 hours. This will help control swelling and pain
    E- Elevation. Elevate the foot and ankle only to the level of your heart (usually one big pillow) is sufficient to help your body drain the fluid that accumulates at the injured site.

    It is important to see a poditatrist as soon as you can to make sure you do not have a hairline fracture of the ankle bones and to get you on the right track towards recovery.

  • How Do I Know If I Need Orthotics?

    Between 70 and 85 percent of all people have biomechanical imperfections, yet not all these people require orthotic control.

    Orthotics are prescribed to:

    • Reduce pain
    • Provide support
    • Prevent or slow down the development of a foot deformity
    • Provide better positioning of the foot, knee and hips
    • Improve the overall biomechanical function of the body

    When a runner gets a series of nagging injuries one after the other, they are probably caused by a biomechanical flaw and can be corrected by orthotics. Runners who suffer from chronic knee pain, arch pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, hip and lower back pain and certain types of muscular fatigue very often benefit from orthotics.