June 2010 Newsletter

Summer begins this month and that means it is more important than ever to take good care of your feet! 

For some of you, this warm weather means an increase in outdoor physical activity.  Have you ever considered Orthotics?  Check out the article below for more information on what they can do for you.  Custom orthotics can be made in our office and they last up to TEN years!
For most of us, Summer also means more fun in the sun.  The other article that we have chosen for this month offers tips on how to avoid a 'Flip-Flop Fiasco'. Can't give them up?  Don't worry, we have included a list of flip-flops that have been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association's Seal of Acceptance.
Please visit our Website, Blog or Facebook page for additional information and tips.  If you have foot and ankle concerns that you would like to address, please CONTACT US at anytime.  We thank you for making us your foot care provider of choice.

Dr. Kevin Murray, DPM
Dr. Stewart Chang, DPM

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What is an Orthotic?
Orthotics are orthopedic devices that are used to alter or modify foot function and are designed to treat, adjust, and support various biomechanical foot disorders. Some orthotics are simple, commercially-made devices, such as cushioned heel cups or insoles for shoes that are sold over the counter in drug stores or other retail establishments.
The most effective orthotics, however, are custom-made devices that are crafted to meet the specific needs of a particular individual. Custom orthotics are created using an impression of the foot called a cast, which duplicates any misalignments in foot structure. Using the cast and computer technology, technicians in an orthotic laboratory design a device that balances out deformities and corrects misalignments.
The finished orthotic is placed in the patient's shoe to support the foot and eliminate abnormal foot biomechanics by keeping the foot properly aligned. Depending on the patient's needs, the orthotic may have padding to cushion the foot and make it more comfortable.

TIP- When shoping for new athletic shoes, wear socks you plan to use and Don't Forget Your Orthotics. If you wear an insert, an orthotic or an orthotic with a flat insert underneath it, bring these along to the shoe store. And be sure to wear the same type of sock when you are fitted for your shoe as you will wear when participating in your sport.
How to Avoid a Flip-Flop Fiasco

FLip FlopsDO'S-  

 Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential
for blisters and other types of irritation.

Do look for flip-flops that hold APMA's Seal of Acceptance, such as those made by FitFlop and Chaco. Evaluated by a team of APMA podiatrists, these products are shown to allow for the most normal foot function and promote quality health.

Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.

Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar
warts and athlete's foot.

Do ensure that your foot doesn't hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.

Don't re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.

Don't ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.

Don't wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.

Don't do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.

Don't play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.
Athlete's Corner
Summer Runner 

It's getting HOT outside! Here are a few great articles on Summer Running.
Safe Sandals

Click HERE for a list of sandals and flip-flops that have received the APMA Seal of Acceptance

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