Many of us are adapting to different daily routines. Some
work more than ever, others found a new work-life balance allowing them to better
focus more on their personal well-being. Creating new workout routines to stay
active has become a common trend not only for people working out on a regular
basis. We want you to know we are still available if you have any questions on
how to get back on your feet – literally.
Are you new to running and started to experience a burning
sensation or numbness? This may be caused by incorrectly sized shoes or shoes
that are not made for running. Inform yourself about appropriate gear prior to
starting a new workout to genuinely enjoy your new hobby. The same applies to
any other sport, so don’t overcommit to too many new activities since each
requires specialized, and potentially expensive, equipment.
If any of your new workout routines still cause any foot
pain, we recommend to first check for ingrown toenails.
These are often caused by injuries, infections, improper trimming, or
excessive pressure on the toes. We provide quick evaluations and treatments
ranging from chemical to surgical.
Even if you are not making any changes to your daily routine,
now may be a good time to assess your fitness goals and to address any foot
concerns that didn’t seem relevant just a couple of months ago. A quick
treatment may save you much trouble down the road when damage cannot be
reversed that easily anymore. Check out the links below for more information on
some common foot issues:
Keep in mind that healthy feet will also help with daily activities.
They allow you to spend time at the lake, wear your favorite high heels, get
your weekly grocery shopping done, and be active with your friends and family.
Remaining active during the COVID-19 lockdown is a challenge for
most people. Some have spontaneously created a home workout routine or even
attempted building their own workout equipment. In any case, stretching your
feet and legs daily will provide relief against inactivity and warm you up for
some home routines. Since many stretching exercises are fun and have health
benefits for senior citizens as well, the entire family can participate in the
following activities together.
Today offers detailed instructions for the following exercises promoting
flexibility, mobility and strength. Their gifs and step by step instructions
are especially well-suited for beginners.
Big toe stretches
Toe raise, point and curl
Ready for the next level? Healthline
offers similarly descriptive instructions on stretches, but focuses more on
exercises you perform while standing. They suit most children and adults alike.
Standing calf stretch
Standing soleus stretch
Cross leg ankle stretch
You can also check out Ardash Williams, a popular Yoga instructor.
He created a YouTube video with
tips on more advanced leg and feet stretches for healthy adults. These work
best for individuals who have experience with professional workout equipment.
Some exercises are more adequate
than others depending on your age and physical health. Please reach out to our
office for more information on foot and leg exercises you can safely perform
Tammy has been with Dr. Smith for more than four years. Not
only does she own horses, she also expanded her animal family by 28 newly
hatched chickens this week. There are certain topics Tammy addresses on a
regular basis, so she wanted to make sure you have the answers to the following
top 2 frequently asked questions.
Do I need a referral to see Dr. Smith?
No, you don’t need a referral from a primary health physician
or other medial professionals to make an appointment with Dr. Smith. There are
exceptions when it comes to insurance providers, though. Some require referrals
as a condition to cover expenses. Others don’t, though, so please check with
your insurance carrier before making an appointment. Once you have scheduled an
appointment, we will ask you to bring the following documents:
New Patient Form
of Current Medications
Does my insurance covers orthotic treatments?
We accept most insurance. Ask your insurance prior to making an
appointment is crucial to avoid any surprises. This applies especially to
orthotics which are often not covered. We do understand how important orthotics
are to improve the quality of many people’s lives, which is why we offer a
discounted cash price in certain cases. We will also go the extra step of
checking with your insurance beforehand to provide a better estimate on the
cost of orthotics. We will always work with you to come up with the best
Thank you for the insights, Tammy! She is more than happy to answer your questions, so please feel free to give her a call at 309-762-7919.
you know each foot consists of 26 bones, 33 joints and plenty of muscles? Now imagine how all of these elements
interact with each other throughout the day. Adding high heels to the mix gives
you a pronounced feel of how these intricate movements interact, but not
necessarily in a good way. Follow these 6 steps to feel confident in your
fashion choices and the well-being of your feet:
We all have our favorite shoes, but be sure to change them
out. Wearing the same shoes on a daily
basis allows bacteria and fungus to flourish. A nice side effect with this tip;
your shoes will better stay in shape.
Listen to your body. Pain is a signal your current behavior is a detriment
to your health. Sit down and rest on a regular basis. Have a second pair of
comfortable shows around you at any time.
Avoid cracked heels by moisturizing regularly and watch out for misaligned
Ask your podiatrist for advice if you suffer from conditions like
Watch out for bunions. Once bunions develop, treatment may be
necessary. The earlier you detect warning signs, the better chance you have to avoid
Keep your eyes open for more comfortable versions of your favorite
heels. They may look slightly different, but the gains from avoided pain will outweigh
There is nothing wrong with enjoying your high heels, as long as
you take care of your feet and react to early warning signs indicating your
feet are suffering. Read this article for
Do you wear steel toe boots for work? Are you experiencing
pain, cramping or numbness in your feet?
There are several possible causes.
Wearing steel toe boots five or more hours a day means you should not
skimp on the quality of the boot. Making
the investment up front pays off in the long run and may save you trips to the
It may be a surprise to hear this pain isn’t due to your
steel toe boots. Well… it is, but not in the way you might have imagined. It is
actually due to a poorly fit boot. If your toe box is too small, then you may
experience symptoms of chafing, painful corns and/or toe muscle damage. If you
have too high of a heel paired alongside a cramped toe box, then your nerves
may pinch and this pinch creates nerve pain, as well as numbness in your toes.
You may have a narrow fitting boot which often creates bunions.
None of these symptoms sound pleasant and nobody should
endure this pain. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms; we
recommend you be sure to get your boot fitted to your feet while wearing your
work socks so the boots will fit perfectly when it matters most. WorkHabor and the National Center for Workforce and
Development (NCWD) recommend the following;
Break your boots in
Don’t wear your boots too tight
Add padding if your boots are not tight enough
Make use of shoe inserts, band aids and socks
Wear steel-toed boots fit to your feet
Maintain proper care of your boots
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any