Get answers for frequently asked questions!
Haro Podiatry & Laser Center has been able to provide effective treatment for numerous patients over many years. During this time, we have been able to compile a list of questions that are often asked. You are certainly always welcome to give us a call if you have a question not featured in the section. While you’re on the line, be sure to request your appointment with Dr. Haro so he can create a treatment plan to resolve your foot or ankle problem. We add to this section, so be sure to check back periodically!
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Are sandals good or bad for my feet?
Depending on what you want to accomplish sandals can be good or bad for your feet. If you want to allow your feet to breathe after a long, day sandals are good. If you have athlete’s foot or your feet sweat excessively, sandals are good. But if you want to exercise or walk on the boardwalk then sandals are not a good idea.
Should I wear water shoes while swimming?
Wearing swimming shoes around the pool and on the beach is a smart decision. The grounds around the pool are always wet and warm, which makes them a great place for fungus and viruses to grow. Walking barefoot would expose you to catching an itchy athlete’s foot condition or even a wart. Also, walking barefoot on the boardwalk or the sand can lead to splinters and puncture wounds you could live without. Wearing water shoes would protect you against all that and allow you to have a nice, healthy summer.
Why do my feet hurt when I walk in my sandals?
While sandals may look and feel great in the summer, they are not the best walking shoes. Usually they have minimal top support and flat thin soles which can traumatize your feet. For these reasons, people come down with foot injuries or heel pain in the summer. Wearing the right shoe for the right activity is the key.
What kind of exercising is good while I recover from my foot injury?
Swimming is a great sport for people with foot injuries. I treat many avid athletes who never want to stay inactive while recovering from foot injuries. My advice to them always is to go swimming. Swimming is a very low impact sport as far as the feet are concerned but a great one for the rest of the body.
What should I wear when I am ready to go for a walk, exercise or going sightseeing while on vacation?
Walking in open back shoes or flip-flops makes your feet work much harder. Our muscles tire out and next day patients wake up with sore ankles. Moreover, summer shoes tend to have no arch support which eventually results in triggering plantar fasciitis. Wearing an orthopedically supportive sneaker would help alleviate these issues.
What sandals should I wear when I am going to spend most of my time relaxing and just sitting outside?
Our feet need to be exposed to sunlight and fresh air. I always advise my patients who have fungal infections to wear open shoes as much as they can. Sandals can help reduce excessive sweating which consequently help reduce fungal growth.
What shoes should I wear when I am going to the pool or beach?
The moist ground around the pool is a breeding place for viruses and fungus. Walking barefoot on the beach, rivers, and lakes can always trigger puncture wounds from stones, shells and splinters. Wearing water shoes can help you avoid these issues and enjoy the rest of your summer.
My child does not like to walk or play sports. Is he/she lazy?
Children in general have a great amount of energy and love to walk and play as a way of let it out. So when a child does not like to walk or play sports that can be a sign that something is wrong. Most children who come to our offices with this type of complaint are noted to have flat feet or similarly related conditions. Once they are treated, they are usually able to go back to sports just like any other kid.
I could never find a shoe that is comfortable. Why is that?
When people can’t find comfortable shoes no matter how hard they try, the problem may not be the shoes but their own feet. When people have misaligned feet, they will have difficulty finding comfortable shoes. So before rushing into buying yet another shoe, let our doctor evaluate your feet for you. When your feet are brought back into a proper alignment, then it will not be so hard finding shoes that are comfortable and last longer.
What is peripheral neuropathy?
Explaining peripheral neuropathy will help you understand how it can be a danger to your feet. The symptoms that will likely make you aware of the problem are either faulty sensations—burning and tingling are rather common—or a lack of feeling in the lower limbs. This happens because neuropathy is a medical condition that involves damage to the nerves in your legs and feet.
Peripheral nerves connect to the central nervous system (brain and spine) and form an extensive network that runs throughout your entire body. These nerves are responsible for transmitting signals back and forth between the various reaches of the body and the brain. When they are damaged, as is the case with peripheral neuropathy, messages are either sent incorrectly or not at all.
Neuropathy can have adverse effects on the health of your feet, so if you are experiencing painful sensations or not feeling anything in your lower limbs, come to Haro Podiatry & Laser Center and we will provide the care you need. Call us for more information by dialing 973-755-7775 or schedule an appointment at either our Jersey City or Clifton Park, NJ offices online today.