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Achieving Good Foot Health One Step at a Time

Whether we notice right away or not, footwear that doesn’t fit correctly can negatively impact our health. Roman Orsini, DPM, with Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware, recommends that people try to wear the proper shoe for the proper endeavor.

“There are always trends in shoes and those trends are not always good. Right now there are shoes that are soft and pliable and very comfortable. But depending on what you are doing, they might not give you enough support,” says Dr. Orsini.

When treating a patient for more orthopaedic issues, Dr. Orsini likes to start from scratch. “If a patient comes in my office with a stress fracture or tendonitis, we will discuss the events that led up to the injury,” Dr. Orsini says. “We can be cognizant of whether the shoes were the proper ones.”

He also notes that certain foot issues, such as poor circulation, issues with sensation, and infection, can occur when a person is already suffering from another illness. Diabetes and vascular  disease, for example, are leading causes of foot  ailments requiring medical attention.

In fact, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are two pulses that can be found in your feet. Doctors can test them to ensure blood pressure is normal. If it isn’t, and if the patient is experiencing aching in the feet when resting, it could be a sign of other health issues, making feet evaluation an important part of regular health screenings. 

Have ongoing foot and ankle problems? Contact our orthopaedics nurse navigator at (844) 316-3332 or check out lists of podiatrists or foot surgeons who can help.

This article appeared in the Winter 2017 Issue of the Beacon.