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Posts for: January, 2014

Gel pads for the innersoles of shoes are readily available.  They do serve a useful purpose.   The pads provide added cushioning and can help people who have areas under their feet that are taking too much pressure when they walk.   An example would be an older person whose natural fat pad has thinned out.  Another example would be a woman wearing high-heeled shoes all the time for work and needing some cushioning under the forefoot.   At our office, we offer both high quality over the counter orthotics and also custom made orthotics.  These products can also be made to offer cushioning when needed.  They are more effective in properly balancing the foot and therefore dispersing pressure more naturally.  By supporting the arch area, pressure is alleviated in the forefoot region.  They also have the benefit of controlling the heel position, which plays a large role in positioning the rest of the foot.  It is my opinion, that the best option generally is an orthotics that controls foot position with cushioning built into it.  That is the best of all worlds.  Please visit your foot doctor (podiatrist) for a proper evaluation of what will work best for you.   East Avenue Podiatry in Norwalk, CT is a convenient stop.   Call 203-853-6570 for an appointment or visit our website at

January 19, 2014
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So what kind of education is required to become a podiatrist?  It involves 4 years of podiatry school after college.  I was a biology premed student in college.  I then attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.  The first two years consisted of basic science courses and the last two years were more specialized and clinical training.  I graduated in 1989 and at that time the residency programs were either one or two years.  Today, podiatrists have 3 years of residency.  A doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) is truly an expert in the foot and ankle.  The extensive training prepares one to treat a large array of foot conditions.   Podiatrists are truly saving limbs with fine diabetic foot care and improving the quality of life of so many Americans.

Sure it is cold outside and those Uggs boots feel so nice and soft on your feet.   Your feet remain toasty in them.  This is all good, right?  Yes and no.  Keeping your feet warm in the cold weather is important.  The circulation to the feet is often not great because of the fact that your feet are so far away from your heart.  Many people have conditions where the small blood vessels in the extremities close down when exposed to cold temperatures.  Others suffer from diabetes, which can compromise circulation.   So again, keeping your feet warm is important.  The problem with Uggs boots is the lack of support.  There is little to no arch support and the materials around the heel is so soft that it does not control the heel motion during ambulation.  Lack of support can lead to tired feet and legs, bunion, painful arches and lower back pain among other problems.  The other problem with Uggs type boots is that they can become a breeding ground for bacteria.  The lack of socks allows for a warm, moist environment that is prime for bacterial growth.  My best advice is not to throw out your Uggs, but to limit their use.  Here is to staying both warm and healthy!