FAQ - Shoes and Orthotics
What are prescription, custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are foot supports that are customized for your particular feet and address your specific foot issues. At Aadvanced Foot Care Associates, we use a computerized orthotic laboratory that helps us design the exact shoe insert you need. We start by diagnosing the cause of your foot pain and prescribing the right type of support. Once the basic support is made, we modify it by hand to fit your foot and put the finishing touches on it.
Whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis, diabetic ulcers, or painful high arches, we can help you find relief with custom support. Call one of our three New York offices today for an appointment: Flushing at (718) 969-2266, Plainview at (516) 822-9595, and Rego Park at (718) 896-4433. Don’t delay! Put your foot pain to rest today.
How can I safely wear high heels?
Your question tells us you know the dangers of wearing the wrong type of shoes, but we understand—sometimes you just want the classy, dressy look of high heels. Here’s our advice to keep your feet safe during those times:
- Avoid narrow spiky heels – choose chunkier styles for more stability.
- Watch heel height – 2 ¼ inches or less is best.
- Don’t pinch your toes – opt for rounded styles that let them wiggle freely.
- Try sandal types for bunions or other foot deformities, but make sure they have thick—not flimsy—soles and the shoe is held firmly on your foot.
- Check out pads and grips – these can help prevent pain from pressure on the ball of your foot or from your foot sliding forward in the shoe.
- Watch your step! Heels throw off your normal balance, so be extra careful on stairs and while dancing to prevent falls and sprains.
- Limit the time – kick them off and stretch your feet whenever possible.
Want more help? Let Aadvanced Foot Care Associates analyze your foot and help with shoe choice. We are just a phone call away: (718) 896-4433 in Rego Park, (718) 969-2266 in Flushing; (516) 822-9595 in Plainview, NY.
How do I keep my running shoes from smelling?
If smelly running shoes are your problem, here are some tips:
- Wash feet every day and use deodorant on them.
- Use baby powder on your feet to keep them dry and control odor.
- Wear socks that pull moisture away.
- Choose shoes with breathable fabrics and enough room for the air to circulate..
- Sprinkle baking soda or cedar chips in your shoes at night, and empty them in the morning
- Use odor-resistant liners (cedar or other), silver liners, or dryer sheets.
- Put shoes in plastic bags and freeze them overnight to kill odor-causing bacteria.
- Wash your shoes (in the washer or by hand); air dry completely.
- Alternate shoes so each pair can dry out in before wearing.
If none of these methods work, you may have an unusual perspiration problem that needs medical solution. Contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates Rego Park, NY, office at (718) 896-4433, Flushing at (718) 969-2266, and Plainview at (516) 822-9595 and enjoy sweet-smelling feet again.
Are there benefits to going barefoot?
The simple answer is – maybe! Opinions on this issue vary as widely as the experts giving them. One thing is clear: walking barefoot, at least some of the time, could help you to develop stronger feet and ankles. Proponents say that going barefoot gives you better posture, muscle tone, and better balance, because your body has to support itself instead of relying on shoes. They also claim that letting your foot move in all directions as you walk increases blood circulation.
Those who oppose going barefoot cite injuries from sharp objects and picking up bacteria, viral infections, or hookworms as reasons to refrain. Others say that lack of support can cause degeneration of foot structures that leads to pain and other problems.
At Aadvanced Foot Care Associates, we want you to have healthy feet – period. If you want to strive for barefoot benefits, our advice is to start slowly and go carefully. If you find that your troubles have increased, don’t delay treatment. Call us at our Rego Park office at (718) 896-4433, the Plainview location at (516) 822-9595 or the Flushing office at (718) 969-2266 for help.
How do I break-in soccer cleats?
First of all, shop for your cleats or football boots as they are called outside the US in the afternoon or evening when your feet are most likely to have any swelling. Try on shoes that leave enough room for your toes to wiggle around, and walk around in them to make sure they don’t rub anywhere or slip off your heels. This will help you avoid blisters. Once you get them home, wear them for short times in the house, or out in the yard, gradually increasing the time. When you are ready to wear them during a training session, start with 20 minutes at first and take your old cleats along so you can switch at the first sign of trouble.
Stuffing the shoes tightly with newspaper or paper towels between wearing can keep them stretched, and rubbing the dry leather with a little petroleum jelly will help to keep them supple. Once you have been able to wear your new cleats for two full practice sessions, they should be ready for action.
If you need advice on the best cleats for your feet, or if you develop blisters despite all of your efforts, contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433 or in Plainview at (516) 822-9595. Our goal is your healthy feet!
Does my pet need shoes?
Dogs are often seen as members of the family. We’re often tempted to treat them as we would a child, including dressing them in warm shoes when you go out, but this is usually not necessary. Dogs naturally have sturdy, rough paw pads that protect them from scratches and cuts, and provide good footing. In fact, they may not take kindly to pet shoes that feel awkward, or keep them from walking and running normally.
There are a few situations in which extra protection may be helpful. Working dogs that encounter broken glass or metal shards, those who engage in extreme sports, or those with spinal problems that cause them to drag their feet could benefit from coverings. Shoes might also be a good idea if your dog will spend a long time on icy paths or extremely hot pavement. If you decide to get footwear for your pet, make sure that you measure the feet carefully and choose flexible shoes that are roomy. It’s also a good idea to introduce the shoes gradually.
Make sure to care for your own feet as well as your dog’s, and if you encounter any problems, Aadvanced Foot Care Associates is here to help. Call us in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433 or in Plainview at (516) 822-9595.
Should I wear golf-shoes?
Although golf shoes can be an expensive outlay (like golf itself!), having a good pair of shoes specifically designed for your game is important for several reasons. First, when you are enjoying a misty morning game, you need something to help you keep your footing on the wet grass. Also, the motion of the golf swing itself requires that your feet stay put on the ground for safety and for effective play. Slippery sneakers or flat shoes without the proper grip could result in an embarrassing fall and injury. Finally, it is important to have a comfortable, well-fitting shoe to provide the arch support and cushioning you need for those long walks from tee off to green.
If you have any questions about the best golf shoes for your particular arch type, call the specialists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates at (718) 896-4433 or (516) 822-9595. We can point you to the type of footwear that will make your game the best it can be!
How often should I wear my prescription shoes?
It is good to break in your prescription shoes and orthotics gradually. Start with no more than an hour the first day, up to two hours the second, and gradually increase day by day. As your body adjusts to the effects of correcting your gait and stature, you may feel some discomfort as things realign. If you feel pain in your feet, hips or back, you may temporarily reduce wear time and then build it up again gradually.
Since these special shoes are designed to promote the health of your feet, make sure you wear them whenever you are doing any activity that involves a lot of standing or walking. The podiatrists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates can give you guidance on how much to wear your shoes once you are accustomed to them. Well-designed custom shoes should provide good support for a couple of years. If yours are more than two years old, call our Plainview office at (516) 822-9595 and make an appointment with our specialists to have them evaluated again.
Why do you dispense specialty and therapeutic shoes or sneakers from your office?
Have you considered specialty shoes or sneakers? Sometimes it can be hard to get the proper fit when purchasing shoes. Having the correct footwear is especially important if you’re diabetic, have a foot deformity such as bunions or hammertoes, or if you are experiencing intense heel pain. Specialty shoes and sneakers are designed for a specific purpose: to minimize pressure points, to accommodate deformities, or to provide support in a specific area such as the heel.
Think of your feet as the foundation of your body. If it is worn down or doesn’t have the proper support, the rest of the building (your body) won’t function the way it was intended. Wearing specialty shoes or sneakers can correct poor foot mechanics and help you live a pain-free active life!
You don’t have to live with foot or ankle pain. Give Aadvanced Foot Care Associates a call to see if specialty shoes or sneakers are right for you and visit our Foot Health Centers for the proper fit. We will give you our professional recommendation as to which footwear is right for you!
Will certain types of shoes help my foot pain?
Prescription shoes are designed to address specific problems that cause your feet to hurt. Whether they are manufactured to protect diabetic feet, compensate for arch problems, or provide stability, they come in a variety of sizes, widths, and attractive styles. It is not just these custom designed shoes that can make a difference, though. Choosing shoes is a difficult business when there are so many options out there, but some are definitely more effective at combatting foot pain than others. Heel pain from plantar fasciitis? Stay away from ballet flats and go for a sturdy pair with good support for your arch. Toe pain from a bunion? Forego high, spiked heels and pointed toes for a pair with a low heel and plenty of room in the front. Pain in your forefoot from running? Make sure you go to a reputable store that can recommend a shoe with the right support and cushioning for your activity and your foot shape. The right footwear makes a difference. If you need help, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates at (516) 822-9595 in Plainview, (718) 896-4433 in Rego Park, or (718) 969-2266 in Flushing.
How do custom orthotics and over-the-orthotics differ?
There are several types of over-the-counter orthotics you can find in most supermarkets. Gel arch pads or insoles, rigid plastic forms covered in fabric, heel cups, pads that cushion your toes, half and three-quarter length insoles, and more are available. They differ from custom orthotics in one basic way: they are styled to fit an average foot and you have to find or trim one to fit you. It is quite another thing when you get a pair of orthotics made specifically for you. They are designed according to your unique foot shape and address the particular problems you are experiencing. Do you need an especially high arch support? How about padding in an unusual spot? Is one foot a lot larger than another? These are issues that an over-the-counter pair can’t address. They may help for general problems, but a custom pair will do a better job with any serious issue. If you have foot pain, come to Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York for an appointment with our expert podiatrists. We can help you find the best remedy. Call us in Flushing at (718) 969-2266, Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, or Plainview at (516) 822-9595.
What are the best shoes to wear when pregnant?
Looking for the best shoes during pregnancy? Consider the following, especially during the last trimester:
- They should be easy to put on. Flats or sandals that don’t require bending and tying are a great choice.
- Your feet need proper support. Because of extra weight and certain hormonal changes, your arch flattens out during pregnancy. Minimize the damage with supportive shoes.
- Heels should be avoided. They throw off your balance and risk falls. If you must wear them for a short period, heels should be less than two inches, and the broader the better.
- Your feet will need some “growing room.” They will likely swell as you retain fluid. Buy a pair big enough to handle the puffiness, and fill in the space with thicker socks when swelling is down.
- They have to feel comfortable—no pinching or rubbing, no flimsy styles that make your feet ache. Also, the material should breathe, so your feet don’t stay sweaty and encourage infections.
We have more foot care tips during pregnancy. Call the New York offices of Aadvanced Foot Care Associates for expert advice and care at the following numbers: Rego Park (718) 896-4433, Plainview (516) 822-9595, or Flushing (718) 969-2266.