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The Do’s & Don’ts of Shoe Shopping

It’s time to get a new pair of shoes with the change of season coming up and you’ve found yourself baffled by the whole process – don’t worry, you’re not alone! It can be overwhelming to search for a new pair of shoes with confidence, but Dr. Scott McKinney is always here to help. Here are some do’s and don’ts of shoe shopping to assist your search.

DO try before you buy… Buying a new pair of shoes online is easy and tempting for just about anyone with a busy life, but trying them on in store before buying them can save you time and grief if they don’t fit or support your feet how they should!

DON’T skip on quality because of cost… This is easier said than done, we understand! But in the long run, spending a bit more on properly fitting shoes saves you both money and fatigue in your feet and ankles. Quality means they’re built to last!

DO factor in orthotic inserts… When you’re trying on a pair of shoes but you wear a pair of custom orthotic inserts, bring them with you! If your shoes fit without them, they will only feel snugger and increase your chances of fatigue and discomfort during physical activity when the insert is put in.

DON’T assume it will “stretch out”… This is a common podiatric myth – consider it debunked! Not every pair of shoes will stretch out when you wear them for a while. Sure, you need to “wear in” a pair of shoes, but if they’re uncomfortable from the start… take this as a sign they’re not right for your feet.

DO research the brand and read reviews… Nothing makes your decision-making process easier than reading some reviews and researching some brand names. If a brand advertises being wide-foot friendly but their reviews say otherwise, it’s time to say…NEXT!

DON’T forget about socks… Similar to orthotic inserts, make sure you consider what kind of socks you wear on a regular basis…and on an irregular basis! If you mostly wear thin socks, keep the winter season in mind when you might switch to thicker socks and your shoes may be a little snugger on your feet.

DO check in with your podiatrist… When searching for a new pair of shoes that fits just right, be sure to check in first with your trusted podiatrist. Getting an exam out of the way will keep you in-the-know about what will be the best investment for you and your feet.

It’s as easy as calling and scheduling with us today to be on your way to shoe shopping with care and confidence. Our staff at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. is happy to help you at (713) 946-1500.

3 Ankle Hacks for Spring Time

This past winter sure was a rough one, but it’s time to put it past us and spring forward! The bears aren’t the only creatures coming out of hibernation at this time of year. Springtime fills the heart with inspiration to get moving, but if you’re like most people, you might have been pretty sedentary during the winter season.

When we get up and moving again, it’s important to keep our ankles in mind. As the snow melts and transforms dirt into mud, our risk of slipping or falling can increase. No part of our body despises slipping and falling like our ankles do! Each time we injure our ankles it becomes that much more difficult to heal — it can sometimes even lead to chronic ankle sprains. This spring, keep in mind these 3 hacks for your ankle health when considering your new pair of shoes:

Hack #1 – Stabilize Your Step!

When looking for a new pair of shoes, think “stabilization.” You can tell when shoes are better for stabilizing your step if they are advertised as especially supportive or are ankle-high. Footwear that covers part or all of your ankle keeps you stable when your ankle slips or slides into a weird position.

Hack #2 – Good Grip? No Slip!

Along with stabilization, consider the quality of your shoes’ grip as another great hack for your ankle health. You wouldn’t go hiking in flip flops, right? That’s a recipe for a sprained ankle! The better texture and grip your shoes have, the less likely you are to slip and fall. No matter your age or weight, getting a good grip on your footwear is the key to avoiding unnecessary injuries.

Hack #3 – Support Your Soles!

Last but not least – one of the most important hacks mentioned here is to consider the support of your soles. A big piece of the foot health puzzle is making sure the soles of your shoes are truly supportive for your feet. If they provide great support for your feet, they’re also providing support for your ankles by reducing fatigue in other areas of your feet that may contribute to fatigue-related weakness.

Looking for more ways to hack your foot and ankle health? Take the time to talk to Dr. Scott McKinney at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A., to learn more. Visit us online or call us at (713) 946-1500 to schedule an appointment! Your feet and ankles will thank you.

Spring Into Fitness

Have you been trying to get inspired to get in shape? We all know how hard it can be to get started. Here’s the thing – getting in shape isn’t just about losing weight. Becoming physically fit benefits all parts of your body, including your feet and ankles! When you start getting active, your whole body experiences positive changes. Physical activity, when performed safely and appropriately for your level of physical fitness, can help improve the flexibility and strength of the ligaments and muscles in your ankles.

As crazy as it seems, being active can actually help decrease some of the aches and pains we get in our feet and ankles after a long day. When you experience weight loss, even just a few pounds, your feet and ankles greatly benefit from the reduction in weight load on their inner structures. This can help reduce fatigue and swelling from long days on your feet.

For those of us with a history of ankle injuries or other conditions, such as bunions or plantar fasciitis, you want to make sure you start out slow. Sitting down with your trusted podiatrist to talk about your options and resources is a great place to start! Sometimes, simply starting out with a light stretching routine every morning is all you need to create a snowball-effect of fitness. Getting off to a slow start is the key to avoiding injuring yourself further and potentially delaying your progress on your journey to fitness.

If you feel ready to have a conversation with Dr. Scott McKinney about the benefits fitness and weight loss may have on the health of your feet and ankles, reach out! Spring just arrived, but with summer only a few months away, you’ll thank yourself later. Call us at (713) 946-1500 and schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations in the Houston area.