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Dr. Helene Nguyen
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Metatarsalgia (Definition)

A condition resulting in pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. The most common causes are overuse during physical activity, tight fitting footwear with an elevated heel, and from running barefoot when ...Read more


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Orthotic 4 overpronation used 2 wear aa shoe med now.Heel, back of heel ankle still slim use heeliner in all shoes even if think m shoe fits heelfine?

Orthotic 4 overpronation used 2 wear aa shoe med now.Heel, back of heel ankle still slim use heeliner in all shoes even if think m shoe fits heelfine?

Overkill: No, although the orthotic can address overpronation, no need for an extra heeliner. This will make the shoe too tight and uncomfortable. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hey docs, should you walk on your foot if you have morton's neuroma / metatarsalgia?

Hey docs, should you walk on your foot if you have morton's neuroma / metatarsalgia?

Walking is not : A contraindication. But, if you are having pain i would see a doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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How to walk in high heeled shoes without twisting ankle?

How to walk in high heeled shoes without twisting ankle?

Very difficult: A stack heel will be easier to walk in than stilettos good luck. ...Read more

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I have over-pronation & use orthotic. Told heel counter in shoe should hold foot snugly. Foot heel does ride up, how much too much?

I have over-pronation & use orthotic. Told heel counter in shoe should hold foot snugly. Foot heel does ride up, how much too much?

Shoe counter: It may well be impossible to find an otc shoe that fits that well . If there is a lot of room move to a narrower shoe and remove the inner liner of the shoe as well to allow the orthotic to fit better. You may need some additions to the counter area of the shoe (inside) as well to promote fit. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you tape a foot to heal heel spurs?

How do you tape a foot to heal heel spurs?

You can wrap: Or tape your plantar fascia. You can't tape a heel spur. There are various wrapping methods which a podiatrist can show you. A simpler approach may be to try an orthotic. ...Read more

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I have flat feet. How do I make them fit into pointed toe heels?

I have flat feet. How do I make them fit into pointed toe heels?

Comfortable shoes: Shoes should basically selected based on comfort and secondarily on style. ...Read more

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I've got plantar fasciitis & need arch support. But i hate shoes! any suggestions?

I've got plantar fasciitis & need arch support. But i hate shoes! any suggestions?

Fascitis: Stretch the calf muscles and planar fascie continuously. Shoes obviously play a major part of treatment. Cryotherapy is an alternative to treat the condition as well. ...Read more

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I have plantar fasciitis and spur at ball of my foot. New orthotics have an arch and I walk flat footed. Foot feels bruised. Try to adapt? Damaging?

I have plantar fasciitis and spur at ball of my foot. New orthotics have an arch and I walk flat footed. Foot feels bruised. Try to adapt? Damaging?

Give it time: If you have just started wearing the orthotics, your foot may just need more time. Just like anything new, start slowly. Meaning, wear the orthotics in short durations and build from there. If the foot does not come around quickly, see a doctor to check the fit of the orthotic. ...Read more

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Can shin splints make your heels hurt?

Can shin splints make your heels hurt?

Not likely: But gait changes due to pain can cause heel pain. See a podiatrist for your shin splints. ...Read more

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I have Achilles tendonitis, should I wear high heels or flat shoes?

I have Achilles tendonitis, should I wear high heels or flat shoes?

You may have less: Pain in the high heels as the achilles functions less. Ideally, you should wear neither. Stick with a good shoe or sneaker, consider a small heel lift, ice the achilles.... ...Read more

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I have flat feet, bunions and overpronate. What kind of shoe do you recommend? I wear orthotics,

I have flat feet, bunions and overpronate. What kind of shoe do you recommend? I wear orthotics,

Does it hurt?: Do your feet hurt? YOu can try taking out orthotics. you may not need them. you can work on ankle strength and foot strength instead. where are you located, i can recommend a doc? or you can find me on concierge. you want to see sports medicine. check out amssm.org ...Read more

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Have overpronation & bunions, how hi can shoe heels be w/o problem? Sneakers seem to be on a platform how hi can they be?

Have overpronation & bunions, how hi can shoe heels be w/o problem? Sneakers seem to be on a platform how hi can they be?

High heels & bunions: I would recommend you not wear heels over 2 inches and even then, depending on how rounded or pointed the toes are, shoes can aggravate and make worse a bunion. If you are overpronated a heel of around 1 inch is good. You also need to go by your symptoms. If shoes hurt, do not wear. Get evaluated by a podiatrist is best advice. They make dress shoe orthotics which may help the pronation issue. ...Read more

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I have plantar fasciitis will I need crutches?

I have plantar fasciitis will I need crutches?

No: Crutches won't be needed if you get treatment with injections, ice, rest custom orthotics eswt etc. There are many treatment options that can help. ...Read more

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