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By Dr. Paul C. LaFata
October 09, 2014
Category: Footwear
Tags: Footwear   Orthotics   Shoe Inserts  

Support your feet with custom orthoticsFall is a great season for runners. The cool, crisp air is refreshing on the trail, and the changing colors make for beautiful scenery. Whether you’re a casual jogger or training for your next race, fall is a great time for a run. It’s also a good time to evaluate your orthotics, particularly if you’ve had them for a while. Custom supports are very durable, but they don’t last forever. To keep running your best, you need to be able to recognize when your running inserts are wearing out.

Custom orthotics are made from durable materials, including dense foam, cork, and plastic, depending on your needs. These materials last for a long time—typically several years. However, heavy wear and pounding from running stresses the inserts over time and wears them down. The harder and more frequently your feet strike the ground, the quicker they deteriorate. Eventually they aren’t able to support your feet as they used to and need to be replaced.

Consider several factors to determine if it’s time to replace your orthotics, including how long you’ve had them, how much you use them, and how they feel when you wear them.

  • How long: A normal pair can last anywhere from one to five years on average, though this will vary with the materials. Consider when you got the pair of inserts you’re wearing. If it’s been a few years, it may be time to have them evaluated.
  • How much: The more often they’re used—and the harder you are on them—the quicker they’ll wear down. A pair of custom insoles you wear and run in every day will deteriorate more quickly than a pair you only use on occasion. Consider how often you run and how hard you strike the ground, which can make the insoles wear out more quickly.
  • How they feel: This is a huge factor in replacing your inserts. If they do not feel right when you run, or you notice you’re developing foot pain again, they are most likely worn out and no longer fitting correctly.
     

Orthotics don’t last forever, but they don’t have to be replaced every year, either. Pay attention to your custom insoles. If you’re concerned they need to be replaced, let West Lawn Podiatry Associates in West Lawn, PA, know. You can make an appointment with us by calling (610) 678-4581 or sending us an online request.

By Dr. Paul C. LaFata
October 02, 2014
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Heel Pain   Footwear  

Your shoes could be causing heel painIn the right place, you may find history, science, and art come alive for you to enjoy. The Reading Public Museum has a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits packed with fossils, statues, and relics of ages past. Just be sure to plan a couple hours to wander the halls and enjoy everything the museum has to offer. Anyone suffering with heel pain may concerned about spending so long on aching feet—and rightly so! However, the solution may be simpler than you think: check your shoes.

Your shoes have an enormous impact on your lower limbs. They are supposed to support and cushion your foot structures, helping you absorb the shock and impacts your feet are subjected to daily. Your footwear is also supposed to protect your feet from foreign objects and other things that might injure you when you’re active. Unfortunately, not all shoes do this. In fact, some can actually contribute to discomfort and injuries, including heel pain.

Unsupportive shoes with insufficient padding can strain the plantar fascia band, irritating it, especially if you wear bad shoes while being active. Super flat soles and high heels in particular stress all the tissues in your lower limbs and worsen any biomechanical issues you may have. Your plantar fascia ends up overstretched and aggravated.

Sometimes changing your shoes is all it takes to find real relief and avoid chronic pain in your heel. Make sure you choose shoes that have plenty of padding through the sole, particularly under the heel. Avoid models that are completely flat—make sure your midfoot has support for your arch. How much cushioning you need here will vary with your arch type. Keep heels below two inches if you can, too. Higher than this and the strain can aggravate your arch and Achilles tendon.

Shoes are a simple solution to what can turn into a complex problem. You don’t have to suffer from painful heels. Make sure your lower limbs are sufficiently supported. Our team at West Lawn Podiatry Associates in Reading, PA, can help you fit and find footwear so you can be sure it fits correctly. If shoe changes are not enough and you continue to struggle with uncomfortable heels, we can also help you find a treatment to resolve the problem. Just call (610) 678-4581 or use our website to reach us.

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