Obese people are more than 40 % more likely to have a foot issue. Wayne Goldstein, Podiatric Physician at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, says obesity is a big factor, because it increases the weight and forces you to put on your feet. "With the more weight you have, the more force is going on your feet and that accelerates the problems that you might have or you might not even have currently, but it might force it to develop a lot sooner", highlights Goldstein. He recommends to keep weight down. Obesity can also lead to diabetes which leads to even more foot complications.
Wayne Goldstein, Podiatric Physician at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, explains plantar fasciitis is an inflammation around the heelbone, underneath your foot. "There is a ligament called the plantar fascia, it is the frame work, the arch of your foot. So it starts on the heelbone and it spreads out and it goes to the front of your foot", he says. The problem is it is pulling against the heelbone and causes initial pain and discomfort.
"There is a price for beauty", says Wayne Goldstein, Podiatric Physician at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, about wearing high heels and how it affects foot health. Goldstein recommends when you are looking for a high heel or certain shoe, bring a piece of paper and a pen with you and really draw what that toe box looks like. Then put your foot on top of it and see if the outline of that shoe, if your foot is too wide and you do not see it, the shoe is going to be too narrow for you.
It is important to make sure you have the right footwear and for different conditions, like working out or not. Wayne Goldstein, Podiatric Physician at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, highlights the importance of finding the right fit for your foot. "It is important based on your activity level and what you are doing", he says. A tip Goldstein gives to his patients is to not necessarily go by the size they think they wear. Try on the shoe, because each shoe can fit you differently.
Fitness junkies have to be careful when they chose the shoes for their activities. Wayne Goldstein, Podiatric Physician at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, says the cushioning is the most important thing to think about. "The shoe is absorbing the shock and the impact. Look for signs of wear", he highlights. If you have used that shoe too many times, it is time to change it and buy a new pair. Goldstein also says people have different foot types and it is useful making sure the shoe is right for your foot type. You always can ask for help in the store.