4770 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego CA 92117

With our trained pedorthists and our quality footwear and orthotics, we can help with many ailments, including:

Arthritis

Arthritis is not one disease, but over 100 known diseases that affect the bones, muscles and joints. The term does not designate a specific disease, but means inflammation of a joint resulting from any cause. Pain and swelling can ensue (particularly obvious in the hands and feet), which creates limited movement and mobility. Footwear plays an important part in maintaining an active lifestyle and comfort level. Because the arthritic foot is hypersensitive, swollen and painful joints need extra room and soft leathers. Arthritic feet typically have disintegrated fatty pads that need extra cushioning and shock absorbing insoles. Often, orthotics are prescribed to position the foot to create less stress and alleviate pain. If arthritis is present in the fingers and hands, footwear with Velcro® closures and a wide opening can ease the pain of putting on, and taking off, footwear.

Note: This documentation is not intended to suggest treatments for abnormal foot conditions. Any such cases should be referred to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (also known as jogger’s heel) is a common painful disorder affecting the heel and underside of the foot. It is a disorder of the insertion site of ligament on the bone and is characterized by scarring, inflammation or structural breakdown of the foot’s plantar fascia. It can be caused by overuse injury of the plantar fascia, increases in exercise, weight or age.

Treatment of plantar fasciitis begins with first-line strategies, which you can begin at home:

  • Stretching exercises. Exercises that stretch out the calf muscles help ease pain and assist with recovery.
  • Avoid going barefoot. When you walk without shoes, you put undue strain and stress on your plantar fascia.
  • Ice. Putting an ice pack on your heel for 20 minutes several times a day helps reduce inflammation. Place a thin towel between the ice and your heel; do not apply ice directly to the skin.
  • Limit activities. Cut down on extended physical activities to give your heel a rest.
  • Shoe modifications. Wearing supportive shoes that have good arch support and a slightly raised heel reduces stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Medications. Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation.
Diabetes

The Diabetic Condition

Diabetes disrupts the vascular system and can affect your legs and feet. Diabetic neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel pain, heat and cold. Diabetics can also develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, or pressure sores that they may not be aware of due to their insensitivity. Complications could result if these minor injuries are left untreated.

We Can Help!

People with diabetes need to pay particular attention to foot care. Properly fitting footwear can prevent foot problems or avoid complications associated with diabetes. At Healthy Shoes you will find a wide selection of footwear ideal for diabetics because they:

  • Are available in a variety of styles that include a wide mid-foot area
  • Have stretchable and moldable uppers providing extra comfort
  • Offer additional depth to reduce pressure on the foot, and to accommodate custom orthotics
  • Have wide, easy-on-and-off openings, many with strap closures reducing pressure points on sensitive areas
Bunions

Bunions can form in any part of the foot, but occur most often at the big toe joint. Bunions are created when friction between bones and skin create inflammation, resulting in a fluid-filled sac. With continual pressure the sac hardens and the result is pain and rigidity of the bones. The big toe is often forced into a position where it faces inward, resulting in the bunion. High heels and poorly fitting footwear are considered the main culprits. Recommended footwear offers wide toe boxes that reduce cramping and allow the toes to spread out evenly. Other features to look for are extended medial heel stabilizers and specifically designed Lasts that allow adequate toe room, yet keep the heel snug in the shoe. Footwear with added depth creates space for custom orthotics, which can prevent the overpronation that created the bunion in the first place.
Note: This documentation is not intended to suggest treatments for abnormal foot conditions. Any such cases should be referred to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle Vagus

This is a condition where the ankles roll in, compromising the stability and alignment of the body. Failure to treat ankle valgus can lead to chronic ankle instability including sprains and progressive weakening of the ligaments. Varying degrees of foot pain in the lower legs and ankles is often associated with this condition. Ankle valgus shoes, when constructed properly, help to counteract the foot’s natural tendencies while decreasing the likelihood of injury. Footwear with its extended medial heel stabilizer and the added support of a steel shank is ideally suited to help improve foot alignment and reduce the chronic pain associated with ankle valgus.

Note: This documentation is not intended to suggest treatments for abnormal foot conditions. Any such cases should be referred to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle Varus

Ankle varus is a condition where the ankles roll out, diminishing the stability and overall alignment of the body. If left untreated, ankle varus can lead to chronic ankle instability. People with ankle varus often experience an increase in sprains and progressive weakening of the ligaments. Ankle varus shoes help to balance the foot’s natural tendencies to roll out–significantly decreasing the occurrence of injury. Footwear should have a wide, often flared outsole and extended medial heel stabilizer, to helps to reduce the chronic pain associated with ankle varus while improving foot alignment.

Note: This documentation is not intended to suggest treatments for abnormal foot conditions. Any such cases should be referred to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.