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In the past runners were encouraged to select shoes that matched their individual foot types and pronation habits. But now some fitness experts are claiming that comfort may actually be the most important part of a running shoe.

Many sports medicine scholars like Bryan Heiderscheit of the University of Wisconsin-Madison say there isn’t much factual data to support the idea that shoes designed to match a runner’s biomechanics can prevent injuries. Instead, runners might be better off just picking footwear that feels good on their feet. Heiderscheit admits that there are still a lot of people who think the design of a shoe is extremely important though, especially in the multi-billion dollar shoe-making industry.

It might be wise to take both the comfort level and the design of a pair of running shoes into consideration before buying them. If you have questions about what to look for when shopping for running footwear, call podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will analyze your foot type and give you advice about what style might work best for you.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
July 21, 2014
Category: Foot Care


feetPlantar warts is a contagious symptom caused by human papilloma virus (HPV). People are rendered susceptible to developing HPV when walking barefoot in  high moisture areas such as bare floors, swimming pool decks, and locker rooms. Since the infected cells are outside of the body, they are very difficult to kill, making plantar warts difficult to get rid of.

According to Pete Smith, vice president of the Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association, if left untreated, plantar warts can spread. Some home remedies such as duct tape and topical creams may solve the problem, but it is still important to seek professional medical help if no improvement is seen.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you have plantar warts, talk to podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti can treat your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart. Make sure to keep the wart covered for protection in between daily treatments.

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According to new data from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, about one hundred Scottish citizens have limbs amputated every month due to health conditions they developed as a result of being obese.

The most common of these conditions are peripheral vascular disorder and type 2 diabetes, which can both be caused by the same lack of exercise and a healthy diet that cause people to become overweight. These hand and foot amputations are costing the NHS about $82 million a year, way more than the public healthcare sector is able to afford. Those who lose limbs are also entitled to cost-of-living benefits, a $46 million annual expense for the government.

Obesity takes a toll on the feet. For foot and ankle needs, visit podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will treat your podiatric necessities.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics– These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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By gary@drjeffreyconforti.com
July 07, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Akhil Viz after completing the Cotswold 113 middle distance triathlon in under four hours 30 minutesWhen he started his training a few months ago, avid triathlon runner Akhil Viz decided that he would complete this year’s Cotswold 113 in less than four hours and thirty minutes. When the day of the competition finally arrived, he found that the swimming and cycling portions presented him with only minor obstacles as he raced to meet the goal he had set for himself.

The third and last segment, the foot race, also seemed easy enough at first, although at the beginning he had a hard time adjusting his biomechanics to running after riding a bike for so long. By the time he hit the last lap, his energy was almost depleted. But Viz pushed himself to finish, and in the end he clocked in at four hours and twenty-nine minutes, just under his target time.

Runners can often improve their performances by learning more about their own biomechanics. If you have questions about the natural movements of your feet and ankles, visit podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will explain the concept of biomechanics to you and help you use that knowledge to refine your exercising techniques.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body causing an interference with the biological structure and focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs.

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