Jeffrey Dombroski, MD
Foot & Ankle Fellowship
There are 26 bones plus 33 joints in the human foot, and the height of arches and the shape of the toes vary from person to person. It is the deviation from normal arches and toe position that leads to foot problems.
Foot and ankle pain can severely limit daily activity and diminish quality of life. The most common causes are:
Even minor foot pain can affect your mobility. Wearing properly fitting shoes and taking extra care to protect your feet is important to your over all health.
- Sprains, fractures due to an injury
- Heel Pain from spurs or Plantar fasciitis
- Morton’s Neuroma (Irritation to a nerve)
- Biomechanical problems such as high arches, pronation or supination
- Diabetic complications
Checklist for Shoes
When shopping for new shoes, always shop at the end of the day when feet are at their largest, and look for the following:
- Good fit; comfortably loose when worn with soft, absorbent socks
- Shaped like the foot; broad and spacious in the toe area
- Shock-absorbent sole; a low wedge type is best; avoid high heels
- Breathable material; canvas or leather, not plastic
- Comfortable the moment you put them on
- Medication - typically oral anti-inflammatories
- Activity modification or rest
- Physical therapy (ARMC Rehabilitation Services)
- Splint, cast or total contact cast
- Assistive devices such as canes, walkers, and similar devices.