Shoes and Your Foot Problems

By Dr. Brian Gale
December 16, 2013
Category: Shoes
Tags: foot pain  

Did you know, foot specialists enter treatment rooms every day to find active women in their 70 & 80’s with bunions as red as Rudolph’s nose with their Keds from 1987 hopelessly distorted and tucked away ever so gently as to avoid the physicians view.  It’s easy to blame heredity on some common foot conditions but quite possibly a major contributing factor is poor footwear. 

How does your shoe shape measure up?  Is it a box toe or rounded shape or a shoe with a toe so pointed it could pass for something straight out of a professional ballet?  Next look at the depth, is it deep enough to accommodate the foot that has resided there since Reagan was inaugurated?  Does it only allow room for a fraction of your foot? Or more commonly, is the original shape of the shoe unidentifiable as every bony prominence and deformity can now be seen with or without you wearing it?

Shoes do breakdown!  More often than not the shoe support is broken down long before the shoe shows signs of wear.  It is necessary to replace your shoes at least every 9-12 months, sooner depending on their construction and how many hours a day you wear them. 

Your feet carry you for your lifetime. Don’t neglect them with old worn out shoes.  Call 701-255-3338 today for your appointment with Dr. Brian Gale at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic.

Information provided by Tina Del Buono, PMAC & Cindy Pezza, PMAC