Summer is the season for everything outdoors. To name a few activities: hiking, amusement parks, shopping, evening strolls, and so much more. All of these things require sandals or shoes of some sort. That’s where we come in. Here are our top 5 picks for your summer sandals.
You see these sandals everywhere. People rave about how comfortable they feel on their feet. While they aren’t the easiest to break in, they form to your feet and offer great support. They come in many different styles in their iconic leather. Pictured above is the Arizona, their most popular design. Birkenstocks, or ‘Birks,’ are durable and last for years. They are a good investment if you want a shoe that will keep your feet happy summer after summer. Check out all the styles on their website here!
Slightly less expensive than Chaco, Teva sandals are colorful and supportive. These sandals pack a solid rubber sole in a variety of colors and styles. Built for adventure and fun, a Teva sandal is perfect for the hiker or explorer. Teva is branching out in terms of their styles. With great arch support and secure straps, Teva will keep your feet from aching after a lot of adventures. Look at their variety of sandals here!
KEEN is a great option for those that love to cover their toes. Their styles offer the openness of a sandal while also providing the security of a closed-toe shoe. Their sandals offer a sturdy rubber sole with colorful design options. They’re also structurally supportive, much more so than your average sandal. See your KEEN options on their website here!
Vionic’s wide selection of sandals offers a variety of styles and colors. The company is focused on the aesthetic quality of the shoe while also maintaining the supportive structure your foot needs. They stress “comfort and style” in their designs, keying in on arch support. So, if you’re looking for supportive but fashionable sandals, Vionic may be the sandal for you this summer! Visit their website here!
Merrell’s sandals are a healthy mixture of adventure and style. With a large selection of neutral colors, you can wear these sandals with anything. From stylish leather to adventuring colors, Merrell offers practically any style you can imagine. With an emphasis on comfort, there’s no doubt your feet will be content with a sandal from Merrell. Visit Merrell’s site here!
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If your child or adolescent develops heel pain, chances are it’s due to Sever disease, which is also known as calcaneal apophysitis. Sever disease is one of the most common sources of heel pain in adolescents and most commonly affects children between the age of 6-13 who are active and involved in sports. Sever is an irritation or inflammation of the heel bone growth plate which is a result of the heel bone growing faster than the surrounding muscles and tendons. Along with repetitive microtrauma, these tight tissues cause increased pull on the growth plate, which results in pain. It is commonly seen in soccer players. Traditionally Sever used to be more common in boys; however, due to the increasing number of girls involved in organized sports, it is becoming more common in the female population.
Sever disease will eventually resolve on its own without any long-term complications. All treatments are symptom based and some children may have to decrease or take off some time from sports until the pain goes away. In some severe cases, children may have to be immobilized in a walking boot for a couple of weeks until the pain subsides. Sever patients commonly have a tight Achilles tendon, so stretching exercises are very important to help try to decrease some of the pull on the growth plate. Anti-inflammatories and ice are also recommended. Return to activity is based on relief of symptoms and should be done gradually. When returning to play, gel heel cups can be used in the cleats or sneakers in order to help provide some cushion.
—Dr. Colleen Law
Custom Functional Orthotics
Custom orthotics are the best decision people can make to improve their foot health and function. Custom orthotics are unique and specially made to your feet. Orthotics treat and correct individual foot ailments. Proper shoes fitted with custom foot orthotics are the best insurance that we can give ourselves to protect our feet.
Your orthotics are manufactured by a state-of-the-art fabrication facility utilizing the latest advancements in machinery and technology available today. The fabrication starts with an analysis of your feet and a laser casting. The image produced from this scan is sent to our lab where your device is “born”. The technicians analyze these scans and make subtle adjustments to ensure a precise fit and form. Exact models of your feet are created on an automated CAD/CAM milling machine. These models are used to form your orthotics with a high temperature pressure fit system. Then they are assembled by hand and laminated. The result is a set of orthotics made to your feet with Dr. Murray’s or Dr. Chang’s specific instructions and modifications to optimize your foot function. This process typically takes 2 weeks and you will be called when they are ready.
Please bring the shoes you plan on using the orthotics with so one of our assistants can check for a proper fit. You will be given instructions to use with the orthotics during the “breaking-in” period. A follow up appointment will be made to discuss with the doctor how the orthotics are working for you. Some patients may need more time to get used to their orthotics and some orthotics may require adjustments. Although most patients are happy with their devices immediately, we want you to appreciate the uniqueness of the human body and understand this process can sometimes take time to make the proper adjustments. Our goal is to help treat and correct your ailment so you can live a healthy and active lifestyle. Therefore, we include free adjustments for 90 days.
One set of orthotics may suffice for many of our patients, but different activities require different accommodations. Therefore, some of our more active patients order multiple pairs of orthotics. Here are a few of the reasons why:
“I need a second set of orthotics for when my other pair gets wet.” – Local runner
“I need orthotics for standing on a concrete floor all day and another pair for hiking with my family.” – Factory worker
“My orthotics really help in my athletic shoes. I wish they worked in my dress shoes.” – Local business woman (we offer the Cobra, which is an orthotic designed to work with many casual and dress shoes)
Most of our orthotics are designed to last 5 to 10 years. Depending on your particular ailment, activity, and amount of use, your orthotics may need to be refurbished (re-covered) during this time period.
First set – $395.00
Additional set – $300.00
These are the prices for non-covered orthotics; when covered by insurance, the prices are predetermined by the terms of the insurance plan.
Insurance coverage: Please verify with your insurance company that custom orthotics are a covered benefit and how your deductible and coinsurance apply.
Welcome to the Blue Ridge Foot and Clinic team. We look forward to helping you stay healthy and active.Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic LIKE US ON 887 A Rio East Court Charlottesville, VA 22901 434-979-8116 417 South Magnolia AveWaynesboro, VA 22980 540-949-5150 New office in Fishersville will open early 2015 @ 66 Parkway Lane Suite #102 Fishersville, VA 22939 Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic has been a part of the Waynesboro and Charlottesville communities for over 20 years. Podiatrists Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Stewart Chang offer services in sports podiatry, foot and ankle problems and diabetic foot care. Our friendly, accommodating team of Certified Podiatric Medical Assistants look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
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Local Walk/Jog/Run Events this fall
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Orthotics are commonly suggested aides to recovery and injury prevention. Orthotic shoe inserts control the motion between the forefoot and the rear foot, evenly distributing the weight and pressure exerted on the foot. They reduce excessive motion that may occur in certain feet, they can act as a binding force that absorbs strain as pressure is exerted on them, and they can accommodate and cushion painful or injured areas. “While not everyone needs orthotics,” Dr. Murray notes, “they are a highly successful conservative treatment strategy for certain types of feet and foot conditions.” For problems ranging from structural deformities, such as bunions, to conditions such as posterior tibial tendonitis, orthotics are an economic way to both treat pain and prevent further injuries.
Through their forty years of combined experience in working with Charlottesvillian feet, Dr. Murray and Dr. Chang have found resounding success in prescribing and fitting orthotics to fit a variety of foot types and injuries. The process for getting orthotics takes some time, primarily because Dr. Murray and Dr. Chang want to make sure that orthotics are right for the health of your feet.
If you suspect that you need orthotics or if you have foot pain, a first visit will include a foot examination, as well as an examination of your shoes. That’s right, bring your shoes to your appointment. The reason being is that the number one cause of foot pain and related injuries is worn out shoes. “Shoes are just not made to be worn forever,” comments Charlottesville shoe guru, Mark Lorenzoni of Ragged Mountain Running. Lorenzoni, a veteran runner and long-time shoe salesman, argues that you should be just as wary of your daily shoes as you are of your athletic shoes. Shoes should be sized properly in regard to the width of the different parts of your foot as well as your gait, your arch, and any propensities your foot may have to pronate. Shoes support your foot by guiding its motion.
If you did not consider which shoes are best for your individual feet, or if you wore out your shoes and kept using them, you may be experiencing a host of problems. Shoes that are too loose can cause blisters or problems with your Achilles tendon; shoes that are too tight could cause plantar fasciitis or aggravate bunions and bursitis; shoes too wide could cause problems in the ankle of people who pronate, and shoes too tight could cause ankle pain in a supinator. So if you come in telling Dr. Chang and Dr. Murray that you have kept working out in over-worn or ill-fitted shoes, they may just send you back to Lorenzoni’s shop. There, a number of trained shoe experts will conduct a gait analysis and draw on their years of expertise in the industry to match your feet to the proper shoe. And a time-saving strategy may be just trying new shoes and replacing your shoes every 200-400 miles, according to the chart below. The good news is that purchasing new shoes is often a complete solution to burgeoning foot pain! The shoe mileage chart below, created by the family at Ragged Mountain Running Shop, can help you sort out when to replace your shoes.
| Shoe Mileage Chart
Over half the injuries runners and walkers experience can be directly attributed to “worn out shoes”. Worn out refers to the midsole (engine) of the shoe, which is the most important component of an athletic shoe. Don’t use the outsole/tread wear as a way of determining how much life is left in your shoes! This midsole component generally lasts about 375-450 miles of athletic use. Cut that mileage rating in half if you choose in addition to use your shoes for anything other than your running or walking exercise (i.e. “wearing around”). Here is a sample mileage chart to determine how often you might need to replace your exercise shoes.
*Created by the family at Ragged Mountain Running Shop*
New shoes, however, may not solve all your foot pain. If you still feel pain after you try out your spiffy new, well-fit shoes, it is time to visit your Charlottesville podiatrist. To get closer to the root of your foot pain problem, Dr. Murray and Dr. Chang are likely to suggest that you wear an over-the-counter shoe insert for a couple of weeks. These inserts cost between $35 and $60, and test whether your foot needs a little extra support or more specific support from an orthotic. If pain still occurs, upon the next visit Dr. Murray, Dr. Chang and their staff will assist you with taping your foot. The tape, in addition to the over-the-counter shoe inserts, will help to redistribute weight throughout the whole foot, binding it in a way similar to an orthotic to test whether a pair of custom-made orthotics will help you. Orthotics last about 5 years (depending on use), they lessen the likelihood of injuries, reduce doctors visits, and relieve pain.
The prescription for your orthotics will depend on your foot type, your condition or injury, and the intended purpose of the orthotic. To this effect, there are different kinds of orthotics. Orthotics are mainly grouped into two categories: functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics correct for excessive motion of the foot, preventing pain during ambulation. Accommodative orthotics are used to distribute weight away from a painful or injured area. Dr. Murray and Dr. Chang will scan your foot and write a customized prescription for your orthotics to fit your orthotics’ purpose and your intended activities. They will consider materials used, the rigidity of the device, and the shape of the heel or head to ensure you go home with the right product.
The process to begin wearing orthotics is gradual. It takes 2-3 weeks to work up to wearing an orthotic full time since the adjustments they make with your foot function could cause initial soreness or pain in the feet, ankles, knees or hips. It takes several months before athletes can run in orthotics comfortably. Be attentive to any pain that may surface in the initial weeks, as adjustments to your orthotics are free under a six-month warranty with the lab that makes them.
But it all comes back to shoes. Truth be told, orthotics are only as good as the shoes in which they are inserted. Make sure that your footwear is foot-friendly and accommodates orthotics. It is important to recognize that worn out shoes will negate the work of the orthotic. Note that not all shoes are made to accommodate orthotics, no matter the brand, style, or cost. Consult your podiatrist or local shoe store for more information on which shoes are compatible with orthotic devices. Although one pair of orthotics can be used in multiple pairs of shoes, most patients purchase multiple pairs of orthitcs to fit a variety of shoes.
As sand and dirt can abrade them, reducing their functional period, wash your orthotics every two weeks with mild soap and lukewarm water, letting them dry overnight before reinserting them. If you find that your orthotics squeak, remove them from your shoes and sprinkle talcum or baby powder on them, which should prevent the squeaking.
Your orthotics will work to restore your gait, posture, and to prevent a host of injuries that could be caused by your foot condition. Orthotics are affordable and last for years, and prevent a host of conditions, from runner’s knee to lower back pain. They are a highly effective, cost efficient, non-invasive, and all-around successful treatment technique. Orthotics are only helpful when used, so Dr. Murray and Dr. Chang suggest that you wear orthotics continually to reduce pain and to improve your posture and alignment.Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic 887 A Rio East Court Charlottesville, VA 22901 434-979-8116 417 South Magnolia AveWaynesboro, VA 22980 540-949-5150 Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic has been a part of the Waynesboro and Charlottesville communities for over 20 years. Podiatrists Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Stewart Chang offer services in sports podiatry, foot and ankle problems and diabetic foot care. Our friendly, accommodating team of Certified Podiatric Medical Assistants look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
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Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic enjoys promoting physical activity in our community. We believe physical exercise is the best medicine available. Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley are fantastic areas to enjoy the outdoors. Our clinic sponsors the 2013 Virginia Off-Road Series mountain bike races and some of the Devils Playground fun runs at Devils Backbone Brewery in Roseland, VA. We want to encourage you to find local events this summer to participate in. Your participation is a healthy choice and helps promote physical activity to others by being a role model.
Our staff participates in many physical activities year round. Dr. Murray and Dr. Chang enjoy activities such as cycling, hiking, skiing, and ice hockey. Kindra Jones, medical assistant, hits the gym regularly. She’s expecting an addition to her family this fall and now exercising for two. Congratulations Kindra! Mary Mead, billing specialist, and her husband walk all over the streets and trails of Charlottesville. Our jack of all trades, Amy Flevarakis, participates with her family in events such as the March of Dimes Walk. Newbie, Teresa Thompson, enjoys hiking and running the trails in and around Staunton and wants to run her first 5k race this year. Welcome to our practice Teresa. Mallory Snow, Charlottesville receptionist, stays fit by running while her kid participates in dance class. Mallory and Amy are running the Color Me Rad 5K in Virginia Beach this fall. Mark Smith, Waynesboro receptionist, rides his bike daily and competes in local mountain bike and running races. Aside from keeping our offices running smoothly, Mary Ishee – office manager, walks with her daughter and has participated in the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler for the last two years.
We hope you join us this summer in some of the fun activities and events our communities have to offer. Let us know if there is anything we can do for your feet or ankles to help you be a role model to you family and friends.
Here are some sites to help you find local activities:
Bike rides and racing:
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Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic
Charlottesville Podiatrist Location: 887 A Rio E Ct., Charlottesville VA, 22911 (434) 979-8116
Waynesboro Podiatrist Location: 417 S. Magnolia Waynesboro,VA 22980 540-949-5150
Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic has been a part of the Waynesboro and Charlottesville communities for over 20 years.
Podiatrists Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Stewart Chang offer services in sports podiatry, foot and ankle problems and
diabetic foot care. Our friendly, accommodating team of Certified Podiatric Medical Assistants look forward to welcoming
you to our practice.
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Back to school : Youth sports injuries and prevention.
As our children return to school many are involved with extra-curricular athletics. In our experience, this return to school sports is sometimes plagued by injury and/or onset of foot and ankle pain. This past week our office has seen several middle and high school teens with an assortment of foot and ankle problems related to athletics. Here are the common ones we see:
Many of these conditions are a result of engagement in activity without adequate preparation and conditioning. Our active young children are involved in sports that are becoming increasingly competitive and demanding. I’d like to offer some TIPS for pre-conditioning and injury prevention.
- Warm up before exercise. Pre-activity stretching
- “Fuel up” – EAT before exercise
- Hydrate your body before exercise.
- Gradually increase: Time & Intensity of your exercise activity
- Cross Train
- Wear proper equipment
- Consider supporting the feet. Orthotics or Off shelf arch supports
- Consult a personal/athletic trainer
- Have a pre-participation athletics physical
- Take time to rest and recover from exercise activity. Post activity stretching.
- LISTEN to your body…
Here is one of my favorite articles on this topic by a Sports Podiatrist.
Stewart M Chang, DPM