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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Orthotics for Flat Foot Pain

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, can be a source of persistent discomfort. Fortunately, orthotics can offer a valuable solution for many individuals suffering from flat foot pain. These custom-made shoe inserts are designed to provide support and correct foot alignment, ultimately alleviating pain and enhancing overall foot function. Orthotics work by helping distribute the weight-bearing load more evenly across the foot, which reduces stress on the arch and related structures. They can aid in controlling overpronation, a common issue where the foot rolls excessively inward upon impact. By stabilizing the foot and optimizing alignment, orthotics can enhance shock absorption and reduce pain associated with flat feet. They also offer increased comfort and may prevent further complications, such as shin splints or stress fractures. When you choose custom orthotics tailored to your specific foot structure, these inserts can make a significant difference in your comfort and mobility. If you experience flat foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to determine the best orthotic solution for your needs.  

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Los Gatos, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

What Shoes Should I Purchase for Work?

In the workplace, ensuring the safety of your feet is of great importance. Different job environments require various types of foot protection to prevent injuries and promote a secure working environment. Steel-toed boots are a popular choice in jobs like construction, manufacturing, and heavy equipment operation, as they shield against impacts and punctures. For those working with chemicals, waterproof boots with chemical-resistant materials offer protection against corrosive substances. Electricians and others exposed to electrical hazards can benefit from electrical hazard footwear that insulates against electric shock. Slip-resistant shoes are necessary in environments prone to spills or wet surfaces as they reduce the risk of slipping. Healthcare professionals often wear comfortable, slip-resistant shoes to maintain stability during long shifts. To determine the best shoe choice for your profession or to learn about the benefits of wearing work-appropriate shoes, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Los Gatos, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 20 October 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

How to Recover From a Foot Stress Fracture

Suffering from a stress fracture in the foot can be frustrating, but with proper care, you can facilitate healing and prevent complications. The first step is rest, and it is beneficial to avoid putting weight on the affected foot to prevent further damage. Wearing compression bandages can provide support and reduce swelling, but it is important to ensure they are not too tight. Additionally, elevating the injured foot can also help reduce swelling. For moderate to severe stress fractures, a cast or walking boot may be prescribed to immobilize the foot. This can be followed by gradually reintroducing weight-bearing activities under the guidance of a podiatrist. With patience and adherence to these care measures, you can expect a full recovery and a return to your active lifestyle. If you have endured a stress fracture of the foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose this condition and treat it accordingly. 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts


Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Los Gatos, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Choosing the right footwear is essential for physical activity, including walking or running. While the two may seem similar, they entail different biomechanics and therefore require distinct types of shoes. Walking shoes are designed for forward motion and primarily provide cushioning in the heel and support for the arch. They tend to be more flexible to accommodate the natural rolling motion of the foot as you walk. The emphasis is on comfort and stability, making them ideal for daily strolls or leisurely walks. Running shoes, on the other hand, are engineered to handle the repeated impact of the foot striking the ground with greater force during a run. They offer more cushioning throughout the entire sole, a stiffer midsole to support the arch, and added stability to control pronation. Running shoes are essential for absorbing shock and preventing injuries during high impact activities like jogging or sprinting. Wearing the right shoes for your chosen activity can enhance performance, reduce the risk of injury, and ensure a more comfortable experience. If you would like additional facts about walking and running shoe differences, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.


Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Los Gatos, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Foot Pain and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is usually an event that is looked forward to with anticipation and excitement. However, it is also a time where many changes take place in a woman’s body and some of them are challenging. For example, pregnancy can lead to changes in foot anatomy, potentially increasing the risk of foot pain and musculoskeletal issues. It has been found that orthotics can help to prevent back pain and arch collapse during pregnancy. Orthotics are designed to absorb shock, increase stability, and reduce extra movement that can aggravate pain. These, along with wearing supportive, well-fitting shoes, can provide relief. If you are pregnant and enduring foot or related pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to find ways to get through these common discomforts more comfortably.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Los Gatos, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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