What’s New in Foot and Ankle

Finding the Right Fit for Back-to-School Shoes

back-to-school-shoes.jpgHere are some tips for finding the right back-to-school shoes. Find a store with a pedorthotist or a professional shoe fitter, or consider a specialty store if you are purchasing athletic shoes. Employees at these stores are knowledgeable about which shoe is appropriate for the size and shape of your child’s foot. At a minimum, have your child’s foot measured. There are variations in shoe size between brands.

Try on shoes after exercise or at the end of the day, times when feet are more swollen. Your child should try on shoes with the socks they will be wearing with that particular pair of shoes. There should be a fingerbreadth between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. Also, your child’s heel should not slip while walking or running. Lastly, a shoe should be comfortable when it is first tried on. There should not be a break-in period.

Fall Sports: Injuries and Prevention

As summer comes to an end it means back to school and back to fall sports. Unfortunately, with the beginning of a new sports season comes an increased risk for sports related injuries. According to a survey performed by SafeKids.org, every year approximately 1.35 million kids are seen in the emergency room to receive treatment for a sports related injury. Of these injuries 15% can be attributed to the ankle. This makes ankle injuries the most common reason children go to the emergency room when injuring themselves during sports. It’s important that parents and athletes are aware of the types of injuries that may occur and what to do to prevent them from happening.

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What to Expect from Foot & Ankle Surgery – Paul Fortin, MD

The human foot is a very complex structure with 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments and muscles working together to achieve a unique combination of stability and flexibility.

What you do on a daily basis and what you’re wearing on your feet could be factors that could lead you to eventually have foot or ankle surgery.

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