Posts for category: Foot Care
Wear Appropriate Footwear
Consider Shoe Inserts
Apply Protective Padding
Practice Pain Management
Do I need surgery for a hammertoe?
If you are dealing with hammertoes or other foot problems, you must have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular and immediate care.
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
- Running requires shoes with shock absorption. Your feet take on a lot of pressure and friction. Cushioning your shoes in the correct areas keeps you from feeling the pain.
- Traction is important in sports that need quick changes in direction and sprinting, like basketball. Traction should never be too high or low. The right shoes keep you from slipping on the floor while letting you move and pivot.
- Ankle support is a must. It limits the side-to-side movement that knocks your ankle out of alignment. This kind of support keeps ankle sprains at bay. For sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and skating, make sure that your shoes aren’t too high. Otherwise, they will dig into your Achilles tendon. You can also wear soft ankle braces.
- Arch support varies for everyone. Your podiatrist can test your foot to determine your gait. Depending on the results, your podiatrist can recommend orthotics or special shoe inserts.
Our lives have changed immensely in the past month. As social distancing has become the current norm, we've had to give up going to the gym, playing sports, competing in 5Ks, and other activities. Fortunately, you can stay active and still follow social distancing recommendations by making a few changes to your normal routine. Wearing supportive shoes while you exercise can help you avoid tendonitis, sprains, and other foot/ankle conditions treated by your podiatrist in Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, Dr. Eric Arp of Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic.
4 Ways to Stay Active
Following a few of these tips can help you stay in shape during the pandemic:
- Set Your Alarm Clock: You'll encounter fewer people running or walking in parks or in your neighborhood if you exercise earlier than normal. An early morning jog around the neighborhood will get your heart pumping and naturally help relieve stress and anxiety.
- Create Your Own Gym: Don't have a treadmill, stair stepper, or weights at home? You can still take advantage of the benefits of these types of workouts. Walk up and down your stairs a few times a day or run in place when you watch TV at night. Build up your muscles by lifting empty milk containers filled with water or performing planks, pullups, or pushups.
- Take a Turn on the Dance Floor: Pump up the music and practice your dance moves from the comfort of your living room. Dancing is an excellent way to get a little aerobic exercise and doesn't require any special equipment.
- Try a New Form of Exercise: If you're working from home, use the time you used to spend commuting to your Harrison or Mountain Home job to exercise. YouTube.com has thousands of exercise videos that can help you keep busy and active. Give Pilates or kickboxing a try, master tai chi, or embrace the benefits of Zumba.
Have you been experiencing foot or ankle issues? Schedule an appointment with your Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrist, Dr. Arp of Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic by calling (870) 365-3668 for the Harrison office or (870) 425-7363 for the Mountain Home office.