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Dutch wooden shoesAs a child, William Van Marel, Jr. worked in the factory of master shoemaker Wilhelm Jansen. Marel Jr. learned to make Dutch wooden shoes known as klompen under Jensen. The two would go into the forest and harvest trees, which Van Marel would carve and take back to his instructor for critiques. Eventually his creations began to be featured in the annual Tulip Festival, and still are today.

Although Jansen passed away, Van Marel continues to make klompen, albeit for decorative purposes, as the ones worn by participants in the festival are now imported directly from Holland.

Proper foot support is important for all people For more information consult with podiatrist Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can treat your foot and ankle needs.   

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

Shoes to Consider:

· Good heel and arch support
o   Have proper length and width for your feet

To learn more about the Importance of Proper Foot Support, follow the link below.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Many opinions vary when it comes to running shoes and preventing running injuries. Barefoot and minimalist running shoe enthusiasts claim that cushioned shoes are unnatural while advocates of traditional shoes claim the opposite.

However, according to Amherst scientist Allison Gruber, “The best shoe for a runner is highly individualized.” Gruber additionally says that “What may prevent or ‘cure’ injuries for one person may cause them or make them worse for another.”

Opinions vary when it comes to barefoot running. For a professional opinion, call a podiatrist like Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can help you decide if barefoot running is for you.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Proper foot supportAs told by American Podiatric Medical Association spokeswoman Leslie Campbell, countless individuals wear shoes that do not have enough foot support.

As physical activity among average people increases, so do the occurrences of foot disorders, particularly for sportspersons. Recreational activities that require rapid side to side actions put your ankles in jeopardy, whereas things such as long distance running threaten heel spurs and pinched nerves.

“We see more young children coming in because they play sports like soccer and wear cleats, which are rigid, don’t absorb shock, cause fatigue and should be worn as little as possible,” Campbell says. Dr. Campbell also advises against wearing cleats off the field and warm up adequately so the joints are supple in the shoe. Kinesiologist Dr. Eugene Charles also suggests keeping feet elevated when at rest.

Proper support is important whether it’s everyday walking or participating in exercise or sport. A podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay can make recommendations on how to care and find shoes that fit you, as well as help you with any foot pain you might have experienced from wearing ill-fitting footwear.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

To learn more about the importance of proper foot support and what shoes to consider, visit link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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