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Staying active enhances your overall health, and your feet are your foundation for an active, healthy lifestyle. So don’t let foot pain slow you down. New Balance Williston offers the product selection and the expertise to help you be more comfortable and more active. We’re your partners for total health.

 

These are some of the foot problems we see every day. If your feet hurt, an appointment with one of our Fit Specialists is your first step to greater comfort and better health. Contact us today!

 

Diabetes

 

Because diabetes impedes circulation to the extremities, diabetics are prone to foot complications ranging from swelling, to infection, to neuropathy. It’s estimated that 25% of diabetics will develop a foot problem as a result of the disease. Diabetics can benefit from shoes with a high, wide toe box, and removable insoles that can accommodate an orthotic. We also offer a large selection of diabetic shoes, designed to be wider in certain areas to reduce friction between your foot and the shoe. It’s also essential to choose the correct size and width, since restrictive footwear can cut off circulation to the feet and/or cause blisters and sores.

 

Neuropathy

 

A loss of feeling in the feet, usually caused by diabetes, but can also be caused by chemotherapy. Common symptoms include numbness and loss of feeling. Those who suffer from neuropathy have feet that are more easily bruised, cut or scratched, and it’s important to prevent those injuries. Sufferers can benefit from diabetic shoes, which are designed to be wider in certain areas to reduce friction between your foot and the shoe.

 

Plantar Fasciitis

 

An inflammation caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. The most common symptom is heel pain. Over-pronation, or flat feet, is the leading cause, so the problem can often be solved by shoes with good arch support, and/or supportive orthotics. Very high arches can also be a cause, in which case a shoe with extra cushioning in the heel can alleviate pain.

 

Overpronation (Flat Feet)

 

When the arch collapses inward during weight bearing. Overpronation can also develop during pregnancy in women who did not previously experience it. If you notice excessive wear on the inside edge of your shoes, you may be an overpronator. Pronators can benefit from a shoe with extra arch support, and/or a supportive orthotic.

 

Supination

 

When the foot doesn’t roll inward enough after landing. Supination places extra stress on the foot and can result in knee problems, Achilles tendonitis, and other complications. If you notice excessive wear on the outside edge of your shoes, you may be a supinator. Supinators can benefit from shoes with curved lasts.

 

Shin Splints

 

A common condition among runners and other athletes, shin splints are caused by small tears in the leg muscles where they attach to the shin bone (tibia). The most common symptom of shin splints is a dull ache along the front or inside of the shin after running or walking. If left untreated, shin splints can lead to stress fractures. Shin splint sufferers can benefit from shoes with extra cushioning and shock absorption, as well as orthotics that offer arch support for overpronation.

 

Bunions

 

A prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint, caused by movement in the first metatarsal bone. A common condition experienced mostly by women, bunions can develop from arthritis or as a result of wearing improperly fitting shoes (such as tight, narrow dress shoes) that squeeze your toes too close together, forcing the joint to move outward. Bunion sufferers can benefit from shoes with a high, wide toe box – and we can all prevent the formation of bunions by wearing properly fitting shoes that give the toes enough room to spread out.

 

Hammer Toes

 

A toe that is contracted at the middle joint. Caused by ligaments and tendons that have tightened, causing the joint to curl downwards. A hammer toe often causes discomfort on the top part of the toe when it rubs against the inside of the shoe, so hammer toe sufferers can benefit from shoes with a high toe box.

 

Arthritis

 

Caused by inflammation of the cartilage and joints. Arthritis is a major cause of foot pain, because the foot has 33 joints that can become inflamed and affected. Arthritis sufferers can benefit from shoes with a high, wide toe box, with removable insoles that can accommodate an orthotic if necessary. Shoes should also accommodate swelling of the foot. Shoes with rocker style soles can improve flexibility while walking. 

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