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track-runWriter Melissa Dribben believes that comfort is the first thing to look for in a running shoe. Although running shoes are often chosen based on arch support and pronation, modern thought suggests comfort is the only real factor that should be taken into account.

When Professor Bryan Hederscheit of University of Wisconsin-Madison tries to explain the fault in relying on pronation to those of the running-shoe industry, he gets “pushback.” Running enthusiast Danielle Tolbert is in support of Hederscheit’s belief, however, and agrees that comfort is the overriding factor. “I bought [shoes],” she says, “because they felt the most comfortable.”


When it comes to choosing a running shoe, there are considerations to be made. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can assist you with finding the right running shoe.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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running-shoes1Although the design of an “ideal” running shoe has proven elusive over the past few decades, researchers from the University of Calgary haven’t given up. Some of the faculty there is planning to conduct a study to figure out if there’s any link between the comfort of a shoe and the wearer’s biomechanical performance.

The thought process behind the team’s research is that if a pair of footwear feels good on a runner, then that must be the body’s way of saying that that pair is healthy. The study hasn’t begun yet, but the scientists hope to finish planning it and get it underway soon.

Lately there’s been a lot of debate over the merits of running shoes, but it’s clear that any pair of athletic footwear would be better for running than walking shoes would be. To get the facts about running shoes, contact podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can explain how this type of footwear is designed to work and will make sure that you fully understand the differences between walking and running shoes.

The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There’s a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 14 July 2014 19:17

Injured Toe Barely Impedes UFC Fighter

foot-skeletonUriah Hall broke his toe during his fight at UFC 175 this week but somehow managed to grit his teeth through the pain and fight hard enough to secure a decisive win over his opponent Thiago Santos. It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when Hall’s injury occurred, but to those watching it became apparent that he was hurt when he began to limp around some time in the middle of Round 1.

However, even with his damaged foot Hall still found the strength to lay waste to Santos, who he defeated in a unanimous decision. After the matched a doctor examined his foot and discovered that the third bone in the second toe had become badly dislocated.

Hall’s victory is pretty impressive when you consider how much pain he must have been in. For help with the agony caused by foot and ankle injuries like broken toes, consider visiting podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose will get you the foot care you need and do everything he can to help you with the recovery process.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe with ease.
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe
  • injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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achilles-tendonThe Atlanta Falcons took a major hit when linebacker Sean Weatherspoon ruptured his Achilles tendon during a team practice. As a result of his injury, Weatherspoon will miss the 2014 season to recover from the injury. Achilles injuries generally can take up to a year to fully heal.

“We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon,” coach Mike Smith said in a team statement. “Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.”

Achilles tendon injuries are very painful. If you injured your Achilles, see podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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alvaro-saborioFootballer Alvaro Saborio was forced to miss the World Cup this year as a result of a training injury. Saborio suffered a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot during a morning training session. As a result, the Costa Rican footballer’s recovery window ranges from six to twelve weeks. The Ticos starter has appeared 93 times and has scored 32 international goals.

Returning to sports after a foot or ankle injury isn’t always easy. If you sustained a foot or ankle injury and are looking to get back into your sport of choice, consult with podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can treat your injuries with the professionalism and care they need.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.

Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.

Anyone suffering a stress fracture should visit a physician immediately. Most treatment involves refraining from any activities that place extra or undue stress on the ankle, including refraining from participation in any sports. Those interested in a quick recovery need to be mindful of their treatment process and invest in it thoroughly in order to ensure they can return to their passion in full force.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 19:19

U.S. President Suffers From Foot Pain

shoes-officeBeing president of the United States, Barack Obama may be socially and financially elevated from the rest of us, but that still doesn’t prevent our leader from suffering from physical pain. President Obama has been contending with foot pain according to NY Times. Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, Obama’s doctor, says that the pain he has been experiencing is consistent with “regular recurring plantar fasciitis”.

 

Obama’s condition is common among middle aged people, often from the effects of strained or irritated feet. Fortunately, Obama is in prime condition otherwise and continues to adhere to a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 

Plantar fasciitis can be quite painful. If you have heel pain, visit podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.       Requires multiple sessions.       This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.       This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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foot-bindingA practice known as foot binding has been practiced in China from the 10th century up all the way to the early 1900s. Known as lotus feet, foot binding was used by Chinese women in order to maintain small feet, a signature of submissive wife who does not complain. Matchmakers and mothers-in-law performed the foot binding process, which starts by soaking the feet in a mixture of herbs and animal blood. The woman’s toenails cut as far back as possible, her toes crushed and broken. The broken toes are then wound in a figure-eight style bandage to prevent the feet from growing.

 Hong Kong photographer Jo Farrell documented the last of these women who underwent the process, describing them as ‘some of the most amazing, kind, compassionate, and generous women I have ever met’.


Foot binding is a barbaric practice, but everyday foot care is not. If you need assistance, see podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can treat your podiatry needs.    

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.


For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 09 June 2014 17:24

Titans' Locker Returns to the Field

jake-locker3Titans’ quarterback Jake Locker seems to already be ahead of his recovery schedule, and is expected to start the season opener in Kansas City.  Locker has been off the field since November after undergoing surgery on his right foot to repair a Lisfranc injury. Ever since, Locker challenged himself to get ahead of his rehabilitation timeline.

“I want the guys on the team to know that it means something to me, and that I am going to do everything I can to be in the field,” Locker said. “Hopefully it helps to create a culture that we’re all going to try and work that way.”

Athletes often undergo physical rehabilitation when injured. If you are injured, talk to podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recoveries and return to the sports they love.  Podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted to help injured athletes can get back on the field as soon as possible.  But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through physical therapy or rehabilitation is often necessary to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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proper-shoe-size5Charitable organization Easter Seals has made a goal of collecting and donating 1000 bags of gently used shoes to donate to developing countries. If Easter Seals can achieve their goal of by the beginning of June, then they will receive a $10,000 backing from the group Funds2Orgs.  

To make sure the goal is met, the entire community is getting involved. Some of hands being lent are from steel mill workers, retirement residences, and even a local mall. So far the community gathered about 300 bags, 200 of which have been put together by students. When it comes to involvement and progress, development officer Carolyn Bunting O’Connor says that “We’re pleased, very pleased.”

Shoes need to be appropriately sized to be comfortable.  If you are in need of assistance, see podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can address your foot and ankle concerns.  


Getting the right shoe size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. For example, a size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible, fancy shoes that are not so comfortable can be saved for events where the occasion expects a fancier look.

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foot-surgery4Since 2002, Deborah Cole Thomas has been dealing with the effects of osteoarthritis in her feet and ankles. The 60 year old needed to undergo multiple surgeries as a result of her condition. Additionally, Thomas has to take pain medication on a constant basis.


The University of Pittsburgh focuses their research on people suffering from osteoarthritis. The team of engineering expert Rocky S. Tuan uses 3D printers to create replacement joints out of stem cells and scaffolding materials. Research suggests that the artificial joints are more effective.


Some people need foot surgery for their podiatric ailments. If you are contending with foot or ankle pain, consult podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can help you with your foot and ankle needs.


When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

• Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
• Painful nerves
• Congenital deformities
• Misaligned bones


The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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