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How Stretching Your Feet Can Prevent Injury

Whether you walk, run, or work out regularly in them or not, your shoes take a toll on your body. In fact, ill-fitting footwear is the cause of the majority of foot problems. For this reason, getting people in proper shoes is a pillar of our practice, and the reason we’re so passionate about the shoes we stock in our clinic! The following health risks are ones you may see when you don’t wear the right shoes for long periods of time.

  1. Higher risk of plantar fasciitis. Wearing flat shoes with no arch support (think: flip-flops or ballet flats) can leave the fascia – the band of tissue on the sole of your foot that runs from your heel bone to your toes – susceptible to overstretching and tearing. To avoid plantar fasciitis, make sure you limit the time you spend in flip flops, or invest in some quality ones that give your arches plenty of support.
  2. Your toenails could get damaged, bruised, or become ingrown. Toes that are crammed into too-small shoes for too long can lead the nails to get damaged, or start growing to the shape of the shoe. Nails can cut into the skin and become infected. At their worst, ingrown toenails can require surgery.
  3. Blisters form. We’ve all felt the pain of new shoes that have yet to be “broken in.” Ideally, you don’t actually have to allow for a break in period. Your shoes should feel good on from the get-go! Prevent blisters by making sure your shoes fit you right in the first place, and that you’re also using the right ones for the right activities (shoes made for golfing aren’t ideal for hiking, for example).
  4. You start to feel soreness in the legs, hips, or lower back. 25% of the body’s bones are in your feet. When those bones are out of proper alignment, your whole body is. With your foot alignment compromised, your body is forced to compensate – what starts as stress on the arch, heel, and the rest of the foot can become stress on your legs, hips, and lower back.
  5. You experience inflammation. Hey, high heel fans, take note: Metatarsalgia is one overuse injury caused by ill-fitting footwear – specifically high heels. Sky-high heels can force your feet into a position that puts stress on the ball of the foot, a critical joint where the long metatarsal bones meet the toe bones. Constant pressure here can inflame the bones or the nerves that surround them.
  6. Your toes might start to grow funny. Wearing too-short or too-narrow footwear over time can actually lead to toe deformities. Hammertoes, or clawed toes, is one such condition that results when the toes (usually the second or third), are forced into a downward curling shape. This can uncomfortable when you walk, and when you stretch or even move your other toes.

When it comes to your shoes, don’t sell your sole. Take a look at our How to Choose Shoes infographic to make sure you’re choosing shoes right. Or, stop by our clinic and let us help you assess your footwear needs.

Here’s to Many More Years of Foot Care!

At Feet First Clinic, we’re always excited to welcome new clients! After a successful 12 years of treating our amazing patients, we’re ready to continue offering only the best foot care services and products. Give us a call to ask our friendly staff any questions you may have! Our Toronto foot specialists are ready to help!

Call us at 416-769-3338 or Book Your Assessment Today!

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Emily

Administrative Assistant

Emily is the newest addition to the Feet First family. She assists with the clinic’s accounting and finances, as well as all the behind-the-scenes work that keeps the clinic running smoothly. In addition to her accounting smarts, she brings sunshine and positivity to everyone at Feet First Clinic.

Erica Halpern

Marketing and Administrative Assistant (She/Her)

Part of our administrative support staff, Erica also works behind the scenes writing and editing content for our website and blog. She loves researching and writing educational content to help patients and anyone dealing with pain. When she’s not busy in the clinic, you’ll find her at her local gym, exploring underground music, hiking with friends, or cheering on her favourite sports teams (Go Jays!). She also loves huskies!

Sophie Rudahigan

Clinic Administrator (She/Her)
Sophie prides herself on providing top-tier customer service. She is here to ensure a smooth visit for all clients. In addition to overseeing the clinic’s administration and day-to-day operations, she maintains the cosmetic appearance of the store. She is the magic behind our elaborate display case designs and also ensures the clinic is stocked with stylish (but still orthopedic!) footwear options for all ages.

Bianca Carter

CEO (She/Her)

Day in and out, Bianca works hard to ensure Feet First Clinic runs smoothly. Customer service is at the top of her list and she treats every customer like family. Bianca has a passion for fitness and is dedicated to helping people take care of their feet and body. There is no problem that she can’t solve and she believes that where there is a will, there’s a way.

Carolina Charles

Patient Relation Coordinator (She/Her)

If you’ve been to the clinic before, chances are you had the pleasure of meeting Carolina! Carolina’s daily goal is going above and beyond to make sure patients are always completely satisfied. Having worked in the podiatry industry for 22 years, Carolina brings a wealth of knowledge pertaining to client service, insurance policies, and procedures.​ She steers the ship to make sure everything runs smoothly on the daily. Carolina is known for spicing up every outfit with her signature costume jewellery.