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What is the best shoe to walk in after a 5th metatarsal break has healed? Boat shoes, boots, tennis shoes?

What is the best shoe to walk in after a 5th metatarsal break has healed? Boat shoes, boots, tennis shoes?

Shoes: Anything with a good durable sole. The flimsier the shoe, the less supportive and shock absorbing it is. Often, you get what you pay for with shoes so the better quality ones are the way to go. ...Read more

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Is walking on the sand at the beach good for your skin?

Is walking on the sand at the beach good for your skin?

Can't recommend it.: Some people say that walking in sand "exfoliates" the skin and leaves the skin softer. A foot doctor will tell you that walking barefoot in the sand has more risks than benefits - there may be sharp objects that can cause infection and pain, and the sand may be hot and cause a burn. Please wear shoes or sandals when walking on the beach. ...Read more

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Can i burn the same amount of a person jogging if i walk twice the distance but half the phase of the jogger's run?

Can i burn the same amount of a person jogging if i walk twice the distance but half the phase of the jogger's run?

No: There are many factors that go into burning off calories. It depends on weight, the exercise, the duration and intensity and probably genetic factors. They do have a rough average on burning off calories and jogging/running burns more than walking overall. You also have to consider the after affects of running over walking as well. Even after you finish, you are still burning calories as well. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of wearing a mouthguard while mountain biking/snow skiing?

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What are the benefits of wearing a mouthguard while mountain biking/snow skiing?

Protection: The same as with any other sport. A mouth guard will absorb some impact of a traumatic impact protecting the teeth and gums. ...Read more

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Lateral ankle avulsion. Walk in the house without the boot now (bad idea?). How long after the boot removed until i can race (marathon/triathlon)?

Lateral ankle avulsion. Walk in the house without the boot now (bad idea?). How long after the boot removed until i can race (marathon/triathlon)?

Depends: How long have you had it on to begin with? Generally, a walking boot is on for 1-2 months with transition to supportive shoes. After a few weeks of possible rehab, you can begin training for a marathon as if you're starting from scratch. Depending on your conditioning prior, general marathon training is 8 weeks with ramp up of mileage 2-3 weeks prior to marathon (i'm a runner myself). ...Read more

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What are the best shoe inserts for 5-inch heels that would last me for several hours? I'm attending a party, & i normally wear flats.

What are the best shoe inserts for 5-inch heels that would last me for several hours?  I'm attending a party, & i normally wear flats.

Not always needed: I don't typically recommend a specific insert for heeled shoes unless a patient has specific symptoms. If there are symptoms related to the shoes, sometimes a simple over the counter cushion insert can help. More specific prescription orthotics would only be ordered as needed. ...Read more

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Does wearing a sleeve while running help comfort the pain of shin splints or am i better off buying a new pair of shoes?

Does wearing a sleeve while running help comfort the pain of shin splints or am i better off buying a new pair of shoes?

Both help: Wearing a sleeve keeps the muscle warm and against the bone which reduces pain and swelling. New shoes help to realign your feet so less stress is placed on the shin bone and the muscles attached to it. Look for motion control or stability shoes like brooks beast or asic gts. Also otc inserts like super feet can help support your arch which in turn help stabilize your ankle and shin bone. ...Read more

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Fractured the very tip of fibula. I'm walking in a boot now. How many weeks can I expect to wear the boot?

Fractured the very tip of fibula. I'm walking in a boot now. How many weeks can I expect to wear the boot?

About 6: if you have a non-displaced fracture it will usually be healing after 6-8 weeks of immobilization. Make sure to check with your primary before you throw the boot away completely or begin any strenuous exercise like running or hiking. ...Read more

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Can you lose weight by walking in the winter the same as in the summer time?

Can you lose weight by walking in the winter the same as in the summer time?

Walking is a good: exercise any time of year. You will sweat more in the summer so that may make it marginally more beneficial. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My feet hurt a lot from standing all day at work. What is the best type of shoe I should wear?

My feet hurt a lot from standing all day at work. What is the best type of shoe I should wear?

Need insole: Use arch support - like walk fit to support all 4 arches of feet. Walk-fit cost $20 vs good feet $200. ...Read more

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I walk two miles a day as part of my job. Does that take the place of daily exercise?

I walk two miles a day as part of my job. Does that take the place of daily exercise?

Heart Health: Does your walk increase your heart rate to at 115 to 130 beats per minute? Do you maintain this elevated heart rate for a minimum of twenty minutes when you are walking? ...Read more

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While jogging, how are you supposed to land your foot-flat to the ground or on the balls of your foot?

While jogging, how are you supposed to land your foot-flat to the ground or on the balls of your foot?

Heel to toe.: Land on your heel and roll through to the balls of your feet, then launch off from the balls of your feet. Try not to bounce, as that would make it more impactful upon the knees and ankles. Keep your stride as horizontal as possible, and drive forward off the balls of your feet. ...Read more

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What are the best workout shoes for the gym if cross trainig?

Try running shoes: With some exception, you can do everything in running shoes. They offer the most support and versatility. The only time i recommend against running shoes is with court sports (ie tennis, volleyball, basketball, etc). ...Read more

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Will osteoarthritis prevent me doing the things i enjoy most, like walking with my friends or swimming at the beach?

Will osteoarthritis prevent me doing the things i enjoy most, like walking with my friends or swimming at the beach?

Activity ; OA: It's very possible for people with osteoarthritis to enjoy physical activities like walking and swimming. Depending on the joint involved, physical therapy may be helpful as well as non steroidal antiinflammatories like Ibuprofen and naproxen. Swimming is a great physical activity that puts low stress on most joints, so it's a great option for people with oa. ...Read more

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Am i able to bare weight while in a foot brace up toy knee from a fracture on the top of foot?

Am i able to bare weight while in a foot brace up toy knee from a fracture on the top of foot?

Depends: For a foot fracture, it depends on the type, severity, location, and medical history. If the fracture is non displaced and you're braced to off-load that area (with stability) than it should be fine. Let pain and swelling be your guide unless you have past medical hx of nonunion, neuropathy, or other bone healing complications. Hope this helps! ...Read more