Prevent Injuries by Choosing the Right Shoe [Video]
Ask the Expert: Foot and Ankle Video Series
About the video: How shoe choice can prevent injury?
No two feet are the same and finding the right shoes can help prevent injuries. Listen to our foot and ankle experts Michael Anderson, D.O. and Michael Castro, D.O. discuss the importance of choosing supportive footwear.
Meet Dr. Michael Castro
Dr. Castro’s approach: “I view the foot and ankle as a ‘perfect machine’ that is taken for granted…when it breaks down the effects can be profound. My focus and the focus of my team is to help get you back on your feet doing what you love.”
Dr. Castro’s background: After graduating from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, Dr. Castro earned his medical degree at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. His residency took place at Michigan State University/Mount Clemens General Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan, and he went on to complete two fellowships: the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Portland Foot and Ankle Center in South Portland, Maine, and then an AO/ASIF Fellowship in Bellinzona, Switzerland.
Meet Dr. Michael Anderson
Dr. Anderson’s approach: “Foot and ankle problems affect people from all walks of life. Whether your goal is to get back to competitive sports, live a more active life, resume work or enjoy time with family and friends, I’m here to help.”
Dr. Anderson’s background: After completing his undergraduate studies at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, Dr. Anderson attended the Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois to earn his medical degree. Following his residency as part of the the Orthopedic Surgery program at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals in Clinton Township, Michigan, he went on to train at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York through their Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery fellowship.
Summit Orthopedics offers personalized foot and ankle expertise
Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle physicians understand that your mobility depends on the health of your feet and ankles. If you have suffered an injury or are experiencing symptoms that make walking painful, our team of foot and ankle specialists can help with conservative treatment, seasoned surgical teams, and expert rehabilitation support. Summit Orthopedics specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely get you back on your feet and on your way.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
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A common problem that we deal with as foot and ankle surgeons are shoe wear issues. No two feet are the same, and the spectrum of shoes out there reflects that. It’s important to find a supportive shoe, especially for more active activities like exercise, hiking, and other times you’re going to be on your feet a lot. Some patients benefit from a shoe with a higher arch, but that might not be right for everyone. The best thing is to talk to an expert and really look at your foot shape and your foot height to try to determine what shoe is best for you. You know if you’re used to doing activities or you’re a weekend warrior, or you’re training for a marathon and you’re wearing the same pair of shoes, the same type of shoe for five, six, seven years, and then all of a sudden you want to try something like these Vibram Finger Shoes or something that’ve become so popular, your foot’s not going to like it because your foot is used to that support. And to go from a supportive shoe like that to a shoe that’s not as supportive or has no support, it’s a traumatic event for your feet. And I probably see more stress fractures related to people training and changing the shoe that they wear than anything else.
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