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According to the College of Podiatry, the average foot has increased by two sizes over the last forty years.  In the 1960s, the average size for a woman’s foot in the US was 6.5.  Now, it’s between 8.5 and 9.  Men’s feet have been following the same trend, shifting from a norm of 6s and 7s to today’s range of primarily 9-12.  In Britain, retailers have been calling this trend Bigfoot Britain even though the scope is much wider. 

This foot growth is the natural result of overall body expansion.  Over the years, better nutrition has lengthened the human frame.  Escalating obesity rates have also contributed to this shift, and have forced feet to broaden so that they can accommodate extra weight. 

Not wearing the right shoe size increases risks of bunions, hammertoes, and joint problems.  For help finding appropriate footwear, see podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will show you how to properly measure your feet and teach you exactly what to look for then you go shopping.

Getting the Right Shoe Size: How To Keep Your Feet Happy

Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.

  • Make sure your toes are not cramped
  • Be able to wiggle your toes
  • There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip

Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.

If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:

·foot pain
·knee pain
·blisters
·swelling

Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices, located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Jules Wakeham, 31, is to marry her partner Deane after having surgery to allow her to walk without a crutch or insoles31 year old Jules Wakeham has severe osteoarthritis in her arm and leg. The Bride-to-be can finally walk down the aisle after having surgery to fuse her wrist and ankle joints. Although Wakeham’s surgery was successful, she will have to wear a pair of trainers underneath her bridal dress as a result of her condition.

Prior to Wakeham’s procedure she was unable to walk without the assistance of insoles in her shoes and support of a crutch due to her heel never fully reaching the ground staying at least two inches in the air. ‘I haven’t come across anyone who has had as many joints fused as me at such a young age, said Wakeham.

‘I haven’t been able to walk barefoot for five years now, and I’ve missed being able to walk down the street holding my fiancé’s hand. But I have learned to make the most of what I’ve got,’ she added. Wakeham had to have at least eight operations following two falls, which left her with many broken bones and deformities.

Proper foot support is important.  If you need help or guidance in properly supporting your feet, consult podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can help you choose the best footwear for your feet.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

Shoes to Consider:

- Good heel and arch support
- Have proper length and width for your feet

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Proper Shoe SizeCarol Cornachini, who owns Branhaven’s Plaza Shoetique, worked with a group of women from BHcare, an organization that aids people who are struggling with domestic abuse, mental illness and substance abuse. Cornachini, along with other workers, helped to provide shoe-fitting and footwear for the group. “We serve our customers the old fashioned way,” Cornachini says, “we take care of them. We want them to feel taken care of. We want them to walk out of here happy customers and come back happy customers.”

The mother of two descends from an extensive family line of shopkeepers and works as a school-nurse during the off-summer seasons. The group of women exchanged hugs and smiles with the staff, stating they had never ‘felt so special’ or having worn a nicer pair of shoes. Cornachini has partaken in these acts of kindness for years, adding a loving touch to her business ethics.

Wearing properly fitted exercise shoes can serve to prevent injuries and adverse conditions to your legs and feet. Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care can help size your feet and provide recommendations on the best exercise footwear for your feet so they remain healthy and can provide care should you develop any foot problems.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people that wear shoes that are ill-fitting, which affects 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 selecting the right pair.

· When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot
· When measuring your foot with your shoe on, add 1-2 inches to the size
· 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 your feet right by choosing the right pair of shoes that can provide them comfort and mobility with minimal pain.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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http://media4.onsugar.com/files/2013/06/11/769/n/1922729/99ef893129012a99_feet-sneakers.xxxlarge.jpgWhile an active lifestyle is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, keep in mind that too much time on your feet can place more stress on them. Time on your feet increases the risk of injury to the plantar fascia.

According to Lizzie Fuhr of Popsugar Fitness, when the feet are put under pressure, tissues can slit, causing swelling and make your feet less supple. Lizzie recommends following a steady routine of stretching exerciseswhich will help alleviate stress on the plantar fascia.    

Although it is important to get adequate exercise for your feet and ankles, you should be aware of proper exercise techniques before you embark on a new program. A podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care can provide exercise recommendations that allow you to gain strength in your feet and ankles while avoiding foot pain or foot injuries.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Linsey CorbinPro tri athlete Linsey Corbin, understands how far she needs to go when running, and says that barefoot runningis not an ideal alternative. When Corbin is working out on a grassy, smooth ground, she takes off her regular running shoes and goes barefoot.

"I don't think I could sustain the proper running mileage and type of mileage that I need to do as a professional triathlete with only barefoot running," Corbin said. However, even though many Americans have opted for barefoot running shoes since last year, the trend seems to be going downhill recently. The US accounts for about 4 percent of all minimalist running shoes sold year to date, according to Matt Powell an athletic-shoe analyst for SportsOneSource.  Minimalist and barefoot peaked last year. Most runners are returning to shoes that offer more cushion and stability,” said Powell.

Allowing your body time to adjust properly to barefoot running is essential, and part of this preventative care involves talking to a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care.  Dr. Salama can advise you on a running regimen, as well as provide information on techniques of barefoot running to help avoid foot pain, heel pain, and injury.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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