Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Run that Extra Stuffing off with the Right Shoe

Heading out to exercise off that extra stuffing you might gain after Thanksgiving. Make sure your walking or running shoes are in good shape. Dr. Adam Brown is an avid runner and always has tips. Here's what to look for.

Athletic shoes need to be replaced after one year, whether or not they are worn, and after a certain amount of repetitive load is placed on them and wears them down.

The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine advises replacing running or walking shoes after 300 to 500 miles of wear, and replacing aerobic, basketball, and tennis shoes after 45 to 60 hours of wear.

Athletic shoes should also be replaced if they show signs of unevenness when placed on a flat surface, display noticeable creasing, and/or when the heel counter breaks down.

Dr. Adam Brown, Podiatrist, Carolina Foot Specialists 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What's that smell? Getting to the bottom of stinky feet

Did you know...The feet and hands contain more sweat glands than any other part of the body, with roughly 3,000 glands per square inch.

Smelly feet are not only embarrassing, but can be physically uncomfortable as well. But it's not something we at Carolina Foot Specialists can't treat.

Feet smell for two reasons: 1) shoe wear, and 2) sweating of the feet. The interaction between the perspiration and the bacteria that thrive in shoes and socks generates the odor. Therefore, any attempt to reduce foot odor has to address both sweating and footwear.

Smelly feet or excessive sweating can also be caused by an inherited condition, called hyperhidrosis, which primarily affects men. Stress, some medications, fluid intake, and hormonal changes also can increase the amount of perspiration our bodies produce.

Call Dr. Adam Brown today if you've tried everything for your stinky feet, he can help. 843-225-5575

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What should people with Diabetes look for when buying shoes:

As a general rule, people with diabetes should choose shoes that:

Accommodate, stabilize, and support deformities, such as Charcot Foot, loss of fatty tissue, hammertoes, and amputations. Many deformities need to be stabilized to relieve pain and avoid further damage. In addition, some deformities may need to be controlled or supported to decrease further progression of the deformity.

Limit motion of joints. Limiting the motion of certain joints in the foot can decrease inflammation, relieve pain, and result in a more stable and functional foot.

Reduce shock and shear. A reduction in the overall amount of vertical pressure, or shock, on the bottom of the foot is desirable, as well as a reduction of horizontal movement of the foot within the shoe, or shear.

Relieve areas of excessive pressure. Any area where there is excessive pressure on the foot can lead to skin breakdown or ulcers. Footwear should help to relieve these high pressure areas, and therefore reduce the occurrence of related problems.

Make your appointment with Dr. Andrew Saffer at our Mount Pleasant office:
501 Bramson Ct.
Suite 301
(Across from Belle Hall Shopping CTR)
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What are your shoes saying?

What are you shoes saying about you?

Sometimes it's that they've overstayed their welcome and it's time for a new pair. The wear patterns of your shoes explain it all.

Look for these signs:
A bulge and wear to the side of the big toe means too-narrow fit or you have a bunion.

Outer sole wear means you turn your foot out. Orthotics may help.

Toe-shaped ridges on the upper means your shoes are too small or you have hammertoes.

Wear on the ball of the foot means your heel tendons may be too tight.

Wear on the inner sole means you pronate or turn your foot inward. Inner liners or orthotics may help.

Wear on the upper, above the toes means the front of your shoe is too low.

For more helpful tips, check out www.carolinafootspecialists.net