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.
How can I prepare for my first consultation with Dr. Haro?
Is this the first time you have visited a podiatrist? Well, don't worry. This handy guide will prepare you for your appointment and help make the most of your time with the foot and ankle expert. Please be sure to bring the following with you when you arrive for your appointment:
- All insurance cards
- Your referral from your primary physician (if your insurance requires one)
- A list of all your medications you are currently taking including any vitamins or supplements
- Any X-rays or medical tests you may have done regarding your foot condition
- Please do not apply any lotions or nail polish prior to your visit with us as Dr. Haro would like to see your feet in their natural state.
- Please come in with sock and closed shoes and bring a sample of your most worn shoes outside and inside the house.