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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 27, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM patients come to us for a number of disorders that are making their feet hurt, such as bunions, plantar fasciitis and ingrown toenails. Sometimes, however, the source of foot pain is less evident. That’s when our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, has to put on his Sherlock Holmes hat and do a little sleuthing. Some of the hidden reasons he finds for foot pain may surprise you.

Wrong shoe size—many patients continue to buy the same size shoe year after year. As you age, it is not unusual for your foot to get a little bigger, necessitating an increase by a half or even whole size in your footwear. Pregnancy can also result in foot growth that is permanent. It has been estimated that up to 90% of people may be wearing shoes that are too small for them.

Weight gain—it surprises patients to find out that just putting on a few extra pounds—not even enough for your doctor to comment on or your clothes to feel tighter—can make your feet hurt. That’s because when you walk, your feet bear the impact of 2-3 times your body weight and when you run, it’s 5 times the weight of your body.

Bought shoes at the wrong time—no, we don’t mean you missed the sale. If you shop first thing in the morning, your feet are at their smallest size. As the day goes on, feet swell. Shoes that felt fine when you put them on at the start of the day may be causing foot pain by the time you are leaving work. Make sure there is a half inch between your longest toe and the front of your shoe and that you can insert a finger between your heel and heel counter when purchasing shoes. And, shop at the end of the day whenever possible.

Too much time barefoot—your feet receive a substantial amount of impact just from everyday walking around. If you spend much of your time without shoes, your feet are not cushioned in any way. In addition, walking barefoot often cause feet to flatten which can result in pain to the arch and heel.

What’s important is that if you are experiencing foot pain you contact our Washington office (724-225- 7410) for an appointment sooner rather than later. Generally, the earlier on the podiatrist detects the cause of your pain the less invasive the treatment and the faster the healing.

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