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By Dr. Kayla Emter, DPM
February 21, 2018
Category: Shoes

If the Shoe Fits…

Dr. Kayla Emter, DPM

Once upon a time, many years ago, I worked in the shoe section of a sports store. A good portion of people would come in with improper fitting shoes. Fast forward a few years past medical school and residency, and I now cringe, as a Podiatrist, knowing the effects of ill-fitting shoes. As many know, the advent of online shopping is here, henceforth, shoes are not being tried on prior to purchasing. With that being said, shoes can vary in size from brand to brand and even within the same brand when they are made at different factories. The following are some tips to help prevent discomfort, calluses, blisters, injuries and deformities:

1. Try shoes on at the end of the day when the feet are at their biggest.

2. Bring your own socks that you’d wear in the particular shoe you are shopping for, as well as any custom inserts.

3. If the shoe is not comfortable in the store, it will not be comfortable at work or on the court/track/field. Be true to yourself, in other words, just because the shoe is cute/cool doesn’t mean it’s the best option.

4. Have both feet measured in width and length and accommodate the bigger foot.

5. Walk and jog around the store. Be cognizant of comfort, that the arch hits you appropriately, and that your heel does not slip.

6. Give yourself enough room. Don’t be self-conscious of big feet and don’t try to squeeze into a shoe that you like because your size is not available. The width of a thumb nail should be available at the front of the shoe. For width, make sure your toes can spread and do not feel squished.

In the world of aching feet and improper fitting shoes, everyone followed Dr. Emter’s tips and people were more comfortable, much happier and they all lived happily ever after.

If your in need of some proper fitting shoes check out Happy Soles Footwear located at 1802 Allison Dr.  Bismarck, ND 58501

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

By Dr. Brian Gale
November 29, 2013
Category: foot specialist
Tags: foot pain   foot specialist  
     Basically a podiatrist is a foot and ankle expert. We have extensive medical training. So just about anything that can go wrong with the foot and ankle is what we take care of.  There is a long list of specific things we treat, but what’s important to understand is that most physicians are specialists, for example, you see one doctor for asthma and another doctor for back problems.   So we’re the specialist of anything that’s happening with your foot and ankle, whether it’s arthritis, or an ingrown nail, or a broken bone, an injury, ankle sprain, heel pain, all these different things. 
       We also take care of people with diabetes because a lot of the complications of diabetes involve your feet.  There are studies that show when you’re diabetic and see a foot & ankle specialist at least once a year you have less chance of developing an ulcer and of having an amputation.  This is because when we examine their feet we find things that they didn’t notice that if left untreated could become big problems.
        About 70% of people in the US will see a foot specialist at some point in their life.  When they come in they are almost always in pain.  The pain varies quite a bit from mild pain so people decrease their activities to people who come in limping or using crutches because of an injury but pain is ultimately what gets them to come in.  Some people are resistant to coming in because they think the pain is just a ‘normal’ part of getting older or they don’t think there is anything that can be done.  This simply is not true, your feet aren’t supposed to hurt and if they do it is because something is wrong.  Don’t suffer, call today for an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS of Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic at 701-255-3338.