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July 2023

Walking and running are two different sports that affect your feet differently. The shoes for each sport have different qualities because of how the foot strikes the ground. While walking, one foot is always on the ground and will follow a rocking motion from heel to toe. Conversely, both feet can be completely off the ground while running. When an individual runs, the impact while coming down on the foot is felt in the middle or front of the foot. Walking may put less stress on the feet, however, the feet will hold the weight for a longer period. With this being said, walking shoes may be more flexible and can have additional cushioning than running shoes, and for this reason, it is beneficial to refrain from wearing running shoes while walking. If you would like to know about additional differences between these two types of shoes, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Eveleigh Williams, DPM from Sole 2 Sole, PC. 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 Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

Dealing With Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection termed tinea pedis, often causes an eruption of blisters between the toes or on the bottom of the foot. The blisters are filled with a clear liquid, which in and of itself is not problematic. Other symptoms can include scaling skin, redness, and itchiness. It is important to know that the fungus that causes athlete’s foot is extremely contagious and can easily spread to other body parts. Be sure to wash your hands after touching the infected area. Men, people who are diabetic, and anyone with eczema may be more likely to become infected with athlete’s foot. The best way to prevent coming into contact with the fungus that causes athlete’s foot is to wear foot coverings in warm and moist public areas. This includes shower rooms and locker areas at gyms and swimming pools. If an athlete's foot infection does not react to common treatments, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can examine the affected foot, and test the infected area to provide appropriate treatment measures. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM from Sole 2 Sole, PC.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

The Prevalence of Broken Toes

We may have all stubbed our toes into a piece of furniture or dropped something heavy on our toes and experienced intense pain. A fractured toe, particularly a pinky toe, is a common occurrence, especially because they involve small bones on the edge of the foot and are more prone to injury. When one breaks a toe, it is painful, and the toe will look bruised and swollen. If the ends of the broken bone get displaced, the toe may look crooked. It may be painful to walk with a broken toe, particularly if one breaks their big toe because this toe takes more weight when walking. Most broken toes can be treated at home. The buddy taping method is frequently used, which involves taping the broken toe to the toe next to it for stability. Wearing comfortable, enclosed, and sturdy shoes that do not press against the broken toe should also help. The only way to be certain a toe is broken versus being sprained or strained, is to have an X-ray taken. If a broken toe is associated with another injury or problem, if the big toe is the affected toe, if the skin is broken, or the toe is displaced it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist for proper evaluation and treatment.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM from Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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

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Wednesday, 05 July 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Research has shown that approximately 25 percent of adults fall every year. Many of these people can experience consequences that can range from breaking a bone to the inability to complete daily activities as a result of having a fear of falling. Falling can happen from having an unsafe living environment, existing medical conditions, or a change in eyesight. There are simple methods that can be implemented which can help to reduce the number of falls. Installing grab bars in the toilet and shower area and using a non-skid bathmat are effective fall prevention techniques. Additionally, removing worn rugs and improving lighting in the household can make the home safer. Many elderly people choose to stretch and exercise daily, which is helpful in keeping the body strong, and possibly helping to prevent falling. If you would like additional knowledge about how falling can affect the feet and how to avoid this, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you useful tips.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Eveleigh Williams, DPM from Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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