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October 2023

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

A Guide to Proper Shoe Sizing

Choosing the right footwear is not just about fashion, it is a vital aspect of foot health and overall comfort. Wearing Ill-fitting shoes can lead to various problems, from blisters and calluses to more serious issues such as bunions and back pain. To ensure you are getting the perfect fit, it is beneficial to follow simple guidelines. This can begin by measuring your feet regularly, as their size can change over time. Stand up when measuring, as your feet expand under your body's weight. Remember that one foot may be slightly larger than the other, so choose shoes based on the larger foot's size. It is important to pay attention to both length and width, as a shoe that is too narrow can cause discomfort and potential foot problems. When trying on shoes, do so in the late afternoon or evening when your feet tend to be slightly swollen from daily activity. Walk around in the shoes to ensure they provide enough space and do not pinch or rub anywhere. Check that your toes have some wiggle room, and your heel fits snugly without slipping. Finally, consider the type of shoe you need based on your activity, whether it's running, walking, or formal occasions. Proper shoe sizing is an investment in your foot health and overall well-being. By taking the time to find the right fit, you can prevent discomfort, pain, and potential long-term foot issues. If you require additional information about various shoe fitting methods, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Our feet bear the weight of our entire beings, making them the foundation of our bodies. Incorporating stretching and exercising into your routine can provide many benefits, including proper foot health. Begin with toe stretches by curling and uncurling your toes, holding for a few seconds, and repeating. Ankle circles are excellent for improving flexibility and range of motion. Point your toes and then flex them, holding each position briefly. Rolling a tennis ball under your foot can help relieve tension and improve circulation. Stretching the calf muscles can also be beneficial for the feet, and this is done by placing your hands on a wall and stepping one foot back while keeping it flat on the floor. Lastly, balance exercises such as calf raises strengthen the muscles in your feet and ankles. Regularly practicing these stretches and exercises can contribute to foot strength, flexibility, and overall health. If you would like more information about specific foot stretches and exercises to promote proper foot health, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Guide to Running During Pregnancy

In the past, it was often believed that pregnancy meant complete bed rest, but times have changed. Medical advice now emphasizes the importance of staying active during pregnancy. This shift has led many expectant mothers to wonder if it is safe to continue running while pregnant. The short answer is yes, you can continue running during pregnancy, but it comes with some considerations. If you were an avid runner, you may be able to continue with certain modifications. However, as your due date approaches, transitioning to lower-impact activities like walking or swimming is thought to be a wiser choice. Running offers numerous benefits during pregnancy, such as reducing the risk of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, maintaining a healthy body weight, and improving overall well-being. However, if you experience dizziness, vaginal bleeding, breathing difficulties, or foot and ankle pain, stop running immediately and seek medical attention. While running during pregnancy can be safe and beneficial, it requires careful consideration and consultation with your medical team. If you experience foot pain after running during pregnancy, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Managing Hammertoe

If you have ever experienced pain or discomfort or unusual changes in the shape of your toes, you may be dealing with a foot condition known as hammertoe. This deformity occurs when one or more toe joints become bent, resembling the shape of a hammer. Hammertoe can cause other foot conditions, such as calluses or corns where your toe rubs against the inside of the shoe. Symptoms may include pain while wearing shoes, swelling, redness, or difficulty straightening your toe. The good news is that there are effective treatments to alleviate the discomfort caused by hammertoe. Start by choosing footwear with a soft, deep, and roomy toe box to reduce pressure on your toes. Shoe Inserts, cushioning pads, or taping can move the toe and ease the pain. Incorporating simple exercises into your daily routine can also help. Try toe crunches by scrunching a towel with your toes while keeping your heel planted. Or, gently stretch your toes by pulling them toward you using your hands or a towel. In severe cases, a surgical solution may be necessary to release the tendon that is keeping the toe curled up. If you are afflicted with hammertoe, it is suggested that you seek the help of a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 04 October 2023 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Features of Trail Running Shoes

When it comes to trail running, selecting the ideal footwear is of the utmost importance. Trail running shoes are purpose-built to tackle uneven terrain, rocky paths, and unpredictable weather. To ensure a comfortable and injury-free experience, focus on these key aspects while shopping for trail running shoes. Traction is paramount. Seek out shoes with aggressive outsoles that provide superior grip on various surfaces, from muddy tracks to rocky trails. For stability, opt for shoes that offer robust ankle support to prevent sprains and injuries on uneven ground. Cushioning is another essential consideration. Strike a balance between cushioning and responsiveness to safeguard your feet without sacrificing agility. A proper fit is equally critical. Choose shoes that offer a snug fit with enough room for your toes to prevent blisters and ensure a secure stride. Durability is another important consideration. Choose footwear made from top-quality materials and breathable uppers that can withstand the rigors of trail running. For more help with choosing footwear for trail running, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for personalized advice based on your unique foot structure and running style.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Port Richmond Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our our office located in Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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