We've put together some sites you might want to visit for some additional information on pedorthic problems you may have or walking you may wish to do.

When you believe you have one of the following conditions, always be sure to consult with your physician with questions and concerns.

Plantar Fasciitis is a persistent pain located on the bottom of the heel and the medial -- inside-- of the foot. The plantar is a fibrous, tendon structure extending the entire length of the bottom of the foot, beginning at the heel bone and extending to the base of the toes.

Due to excessive activity, the plantar fascia can become irritated, inflamed and even tear if the area is subjected to repetitive stress. Heel contact during the gait cycle exposes a specific area to this stress. This area is known as the medial-plantar aspect of the heel where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis is most common in people who have a high arch, rigid type of foot, or a flat, pronated foot. One of the most diagnosed foot ailments, plantar fasciitis can be often seen in individuals who are former athletes, dancers and runners. Footwear can play a crucial role in maintenance, healing and prevention. Look to products like clogs, the Theresia or the Mephisto brands. Symptoms: The pain resulting from this injury is most noticeable in the morning when the first few steps are taken, but then the pain subsides with prolonged walking. (Want more information on this disorder? Click here!)

Arthritis is not one disease but a host of over one hundred diseases affecting bones, muscles and joints. The designation actually means inflammation of a joint resulting from any cause and it is one of the most ancient diseases known to man. Whether inherited or the result of trauma, old age or injury, arthritis can be degenerative, inflammatory, disfiguring and painful to the feet. The arthritic foot is hyper-sensitive. Painful and swollen joints and disfigured toes need extra room and soft, glovey leathers. Disintegrated fatty pads need extra cushioning and shock absorption. Shoes that would be good for this type of malady would be Ecco, Dansko clogs or Theresia shoes. (Want more information on this disorder? Click here!)

Neuromas (i.e., Morton's Neuroma) are swellings or scarring of a small nerve that connects to two of your toes and provides sensation to these toes. The symptoms can come and go depending on activity, shoe style and even, weather. They consist of pain or numbness, usually affecting the third and fourth toes, counting from the big toe. Any action that shifts the body weight onto the front of the foot, such as wearing high heels, climbing stairs and running, can make a neuroma worse. Some doctors will describe a neuroma as a nerve tumor. However, don't worry because neuromas are not cancer and will not spread to other parts of your body. It is an injury to a nerve, that occurs slowly, over a long period of time. Symptoms: Neuromas frequently start as a numbness or tenderness in the ball of the foot. This is the area just behind the base of the toes. As the swelling increases, pain and strange sensations such as numbness, burning and tingling in the area can radiate out into the toes or back into the foot. The area may be hot or very swollen and, just as mysteriously, the symptoms can disappear and reappear. At first, the pain is only present when weight bearing in tight shoes. As it gets worse, spontaneous shooting pains, often like electric shocks, can be felt even when you're off your feet. You want Ecco shoes or Munro shoes, when you're experiencing this problem.

Diabetes affects the feet in two predominate ways: peripheral vascular disease and peripheral neuropathy. Poor circulation causes hypo-sensitivity or a lack of feeling, resulting possibly in ulcers, gangrene and eventually amputation. Neuropathy causes deformities and multiple fractures. Prescribed orthotics play an important part in diabetic foot care. By limiting potential ulcer complications, the chance of of amputation is diminished. Unless you've purchased a particular style previously or have a physician's precise recommendation, we do not recommend you purchase shoes on line. (Want more information on this disorder? Click here!)

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