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Monday, 18 September 2017 00:00

Flip-flops are extremely popular during the summer thanks to their allowing the feet to breathe and ease-of-wear. Yet, flip-flops do not provide proper foot support,  decrease foot protection, and increase the risk of fungal and bacterial infections. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear flip-flops; knowing when to wear them and what to look for when buying a pair is most important. When shopping for flip-flops, look for a pair that won’t bend easily and that are made of soft leather. These two features will ensure that they will provide comfort while ensuring foot protection from debris on the ground. Wearing flip-flops to the beach or pool is acceptable, but avoid wearing flip-flops for long periods of time or in bad environments.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Stanley R. Kalish from Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Jonesboro and Sandy Springs, GA.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Choosing the right kind of footwear for women can be hard. High heels can exacerbate a number of foot related issues such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, and ingrown toenails. Flats, on the other hand, don’t provide enough support for the foot. Knowing what to look for in a shoe can save you from a number of foot problems. Throughout the day, your feet tend to increase in size; with this in mind, it is recommended to buy shoes later in the day when they are largest. If a pair of shoes you want don’t offer arch support, try orthotic inserts to make them more comfortable and appropriate for your feet. Knowing what shoes to wear for specific occasions is important. Athletic shoes generally provide good comfort and support and are a good choice for everyday activities. When wearing high heels or flats, try not to wear them for more than two hours. Finally, make sure that the shoes you purchase aren’t too pointy for the toes. Shoes that allow the toes to wiggle around are recommended.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Dr. Stanley R. Kalish from Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of one of our offices located in Jonesboro and Sandy Springs, GA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 00:00

Many people will develop either a corn or callus on their foot throughout their life, but what are they? Corns and calluses are areas where the skin has thickened due to constant friction on the area. Corns are smaller and harder than calluses and usually develop on the toes. Calluses are not usually painful compared to corns and usually occur on the bottom of the foot. Most of the time both will go away if the source of friction is taken away. There are also some home treatments that may help, however, you should consult a podiatrist first. Soaking your feet can soften corns and calluses, as can moisturizers. Over-the-counter pads can remove both but require caution in their use due to some using salicylic acid, which should be avoided. Finally one of the most important ways to prevent calluses and corns and allow them to disappear, is to wear fitted and comfortable shoes that prevent friction against the area.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Stanley R. Kalish of Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Jonesboro and Sandy Springs, GA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 28 August 2017 00:00

When buying shoes for children, comfort is more important than fashion. Things to look for are foot room, foot support, cushioning, breathability, and flexibility. Children should be able to wiggle their toes but not too much that the shoe shifts around. Shoes should provide proper foot support and cushioning so that children’s feet are comfortable in them for hours. Breathability is also important so that feet don’t sweat too much. Finally, flexibility is important since children are moving around alot and the shoes need to be able to handle it. Parents are advised to also examine their children’s shoes every couple of months to see if the they still fit properly.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Stanley R. Kalish of Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Jonesboro and Sandy Springs, GA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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