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Hoka One One is a brand of athletic shoes marketed for runners but is also an excellent choice for many of our patients, especially those with ball of the foot pain, hallux rigidus, and midfoot or ankle arthritis. The Hoka has a stiff rocker bottom sole that significantly takes the pressure off of these areas during gait. The Hoka provides good arch support as well, is lightweight, and very well cushioned. The insole is removable and a custom orthotic can fit well inside. Hoka also makes hiking boots and now recovery sandals! 

 

March 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Running Shoes   Foot Type   Arch type  

Many patients are interested in their foot type so that they are able to choose athletic shoes best suited for them. Here is a simple test you can do at home to determine this:

  • Place your foot in a shallow pan of water, enough to wet the entire sole of your foot.
  • Then step onto a brown paper grocery bag, making sure to stand up and place your entire body weight on your feet.
  • Look at your footprint and visit https://www.runnersworld.com/running-shoes/the-wet-test to compare!
  • A good athletic shoe should not flex through the arch, it should not be able to be easily twisted and it should have a stable heel counter. 
  • Athletic shoes no matter the brand are typically separated into three categories: Neutral, Support, and Motion Control.
  • If you have a high arch, you will benefit from a neutral type athletic shoe.
  • If you have an average to slightly pronated foot type, you will benefit from a support type athletic shoe.
  • If you have a flat foot, you will benefit from a motion control athletic shoe.
  • Athletic shoes wear out after about 500 miles so make sure your shoes aren’t getting too old.

Heel slippage?... try this lacing technique. 

Instead of crisscrossing all the way up the shoe, run the laces up parallel on the last eyelet. Then cross the laces and pull through the loop you have made. This makes the lacing more snug at the ankle and keeps your heel from slipping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top of Foot Pain?...  try this lacing technique.

Instead of crisscrossing all the way up the shoe, run the laces up parallel when you are halfway up, or where the bump on your foot is. Then finish lacing as you normally would. This makes the lacing leave an opening to give your arch or the sore spot a little more room.

 

 

February 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

First step in the morning heel pain is a classic sign of plantar fasciitis. 

It is the most common cause of heel pain a localized inflammation of the plantar fascia. Patients with plantar fasciitis describe an ache localized to the inside part of the heel. Other descriptions are tugging, pulling and burning. The pain can range from mild to severe and can interfere with activities. 

It can be cause from overuse, minor mechanical issues with the foot/arch structure, or wearing unsupportive shoes.

Supportive shoes, over-the counter anti-inflammatories (if tolerated), and gentle calf stretching can often ease the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. 

If the condition persists more involved conservative treatment is recommended.