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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Are You Choosing Fashion Over Foot Health? | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Are You Choosing Fashion Over Foot Health?
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Are You Choosing Fashion Over Foot Health? | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Here’s a startling statistic: According to a study done by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), 88% of the women in the study were wearing shoes that were too small for their feet!  High heels and narrow toe boxes have been a favored fashion for decades but women who wear the types of shoes that squeeze their toes or put pressure on the front of the foot often experience serious toe and foot problems. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists these are some of the more common disorders we treat that are directly related to shoe choice:

Bunions—shoes that squeeze the toes together can cause the bone of the big toe to move out of place. As the big toe moves toward the second toe, a bony protrusion develops out of the base of the toe. Over time, the bunion grows and becomes irritated and painful because it is difficult to wear shoes without putting pressure on the area. Bunions are progressive and will eventually lead to difficulty walking.

Hammertoe—high heels cause your toes to press up against the front of the shoe. In response to this, a toe may begin to bend down, in a shape that resembles a hammer and hence the name.

Corns—like a callus, a corn is a thickened area that forms in response to repeated friction or pressure on a particular spot on your skin. A corn has a hard center and can be painful when it rubs against your shoe.

Ingrown toenail—when a nail is cut too short, the edges have the potential to grow down and into the skin. Tight shoes encourage this to happen by keeping the toes pressed together and exerting force on the nail into the skin. Not only does the area around the nail become incredibly painful and tender, but the ingrown toenail can also lead to an infection if the nail actually penetrates the skin.

Of course, the best way to prevent these foot problems is to wear shoes with roomy toe boxes and limit heel height to 2 inches (or limit the time you spend in higher heeled shoes). It’s also a good idea to have your foot professionally measured periodically as our foot size changes as we age. If you are experiencing one of the above conditions, simply switching shoes will not likely heal the foot problem. Contact our Aberdeen office for an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel and find out how to get relief and stop suffering from foot pain.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Are You Choosing Fashion Over Foot Health?, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen