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Here is the latest copy of the APMA Newsletter “Footprints”. Focus on Foot Injury: Identification, management and protection tips from future injury.
There are a few things that come into play when deciding if it is time to replace your athletic shoes. Three ways to determine if they need to be replaced are amount of usage, signs of wear, and the age of the shoe. The components of an athletic shoe that can break down and wear out are the outer sole, midsole, and heel.
The outer sole is typically made of carbon rubber, which is very abrasion resistant and also consists of 2 components. Most athletic shoes will have a harder and more resilient rubber in the heel of the shoe since this is where most of the wear will occur.
The mid-sole is normally composed of a foam material, such as ethylene vinyl or polyurethane, sometimes even a blend of these materials. This area of the shoe is intended to be shock absorbing and in some shoes, controls excessive foot motion. The midsole will begin to compress over time, because of the repetitive load that is placed on that area. The shoe will no longer absorb shock, or control the foot as well as it did when new. Sometimes the midsole can compress and deform unevenly which can create alignment changes in the foot. This can ultimately lead to injuries associated with over-use, such as achilles tendinitis, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and metatarsalgia.
Midsoles should be considered worn out if any of the following occur:
- After 300-500 miles of running or walking.
- Shows signs of unevenness when placed on a flat surface.
- Display noticeable creasing
The heel counter of the shoe helps hold the heel on top of the midsole and prevents excessive heel motion. This area is considered broken down when it feels flexible, when compressed side to side, or appears to lean to one side or the other when viewing from the rear of the shoe.
It is typically best to replace athletic shoes that are over a year old, whether they are worn out or not. Replacing athletic shoes when necessary may be costly in the short term, but can help prevent injuries and keep you active in “the long run”.
Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic is pleased to announce Dr. Elaine Allen will be joining our practice. Dr. Allen is Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Allen has been actively practicing podiatry and foot & ankle surgery in Virginia and Georgia for 8 years. She will be seeing patients in our newly built Fishersville office beginning September 14, 2015.
Call our Fishersville office at (540) 949-5150 or schedule and appointment online at Schedule Appointment to consult with Dr Allen on your foot and ankle injury or concern.
WELCOME DR ALLEN !!!
HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 3 Shoes
I want to give you my take on the Hoka Bondie 3 shoes I purchased from Ragged Mountain Running shop a couple weeks ago. I have a very broad background in running. In high school, I made the All American Track and Field team, competed at the Kinney Cross Country National meet (known now as Foot Locker Nationals), and attended college on a full scholarship. However, after injuries and many years away from any kind of training, my return to running has proven to be difficult and painful. My runs now are not much more than a jog.
I’ve been trying to implement running as a supplement to my cycling training for months now. Knee pain, however, has crushed my motivation to do so. This winter’s cold and snowy weather has been brutal on my cycling training. Riding a bike in 20+ degree weather against the cold wind, well, just ruins the fun of biking for me. The answer, put my running shoes on and suffer through the pain.
I’ve read and heard great things about the HOKA shoes. I also learned they are not cheap, $130.00+. I really wanted to try a pair, but thought it would be a waste of money. How could a shoe make that much of a difference? Maybe people are writing positive reviews to help justify to themselves the amount of money they spent. After a couple months, I had to try something.
Walking around the shop in several different models of the Hoka brand, I felt what many people had written about in their reviews. Walking on a cloud is the best way to put it. I thought, this is neat, but I’m not sold and it seems gimmicky. Do I really want to spend money on these?
I should also mention, my first answer to my knee pain was to not run on the pavement. Throughout my running career, I ran on grass and gravel to stay away from injuries. However, these days I find myself lazy and only finding the motivation to run straight from my house where the only option is pavement. I need lots of cushion and the Bondi 3s seems like a good gamble.
My first run in the Hoka far exceeded my expectations. I only had time for a couple miles, but that’s all it took for me to fall in love with these shoes. I had no knee pain the first day, nor the following several days. I’ve been running almost every day now for two weeks and my legs, although tired, are still pain free. This experience couldn’t have come at a better time. The several inches of snow recently have kept me off the bike, but not out of my Hokas.
I will follow up with this post over the next few months to let you know how the Bodi 3s perform. The only possible issue I see so far is that the mid foot area of the bottom sole seems to have a very soft compound rubber and therefore, may not be very durable.
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.
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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Benefits of Exercise Walking
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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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