It’s nearly that magical time of the year where feet start sweating and sloshing in the snow, and a little bit of neglect could lead to serious problems. And when it comes to a personal question like—how often should you change socks—during the throes of winter, it isn’t automatically obvious to everyone. So, just how often should you change socks? Well+Good’s Mary Grace Garis consulted with Dr. Ragland, who lit the path forward on how to care for your feet, and specifically how often to change out of socks. Here’s the intel!
Insoles, orthopedics, heel lifts, arch cushions — there's a lot of terminologies to sort through when you're shopping for shoe inserts, and it can be pretty confusing if you don't know where to start. To help clarify some of the confusion, Allure.com’s Maria Cassano got in touch with Dr. Yolanda Ragland, a podiatric surgeon and the founder of Fix Your Feet, Inc. "A good pair of insoles can have multiple benefits," Ragland says.
Few things are worse, IMO, than when someone asks you to remove your shoes upon entering their house. Whether your toes are deformed from a childhood spent in pointe shoes or your nails are just in need of a paint job there are, in my mind, few (if any) commonly-exposed body parts so cringe-worthy as those located south of your ankles. Yolanda Ragland, DPM, podiatrist, foot surgeon, and owner of Fix Your Feet, shares intel on some of the most common issues with which patients step into her practice, including remedies so you no longer have to run away when someone asks you to go sans shoes. (Or is that just me?)
"I don't believe in telling ANYONE they can't wear the shoes they love wearing," says Dr. Ragland. "I do ask them to wear them within reason... Especially for ladies because we are teetering on heels, I will say walk with a pair of safety shoes.” - Read this blog about Dr. Ragland’s appearance on Rushion McDonald’s “Money Making Matters” on iHeartRadio!
When it’s nice out, it’s normal to feel an itch to get all your steps in outdoors. Just make sure your feet are prepared for the extra pressure. If you’re regularly going for long summer walks in flip-flops or high-heeled summer sandals, you could be doing your feet a real disservice, said Dr. Yolanda Ragland.
“What you’re looking for in a sandal, for all-day wear, is a sandal that provides arch support instead of one that is flat,” Dr. Yolanda Ragland, founder of Fix Your Feet, tells SheKnows. “The sandal should have shock absorption, like a rubber- or cork-type sole. The sandal’s bottom should be firm, yet flexible. Look for a sandal that keeps toes in a more stable position, so they are not bending as much, and you can control the toe grip.”
“A lot of people are under the impression that it’s shoes that cause bunions and hammertoes,” she says — and sometimes that’s true. But more often, Ragland explains, too small shoes exacerbate a pre-existing problem, rather than being the root cause. Still, she estimates that ill-fitting footwear is the reason that patients walk into her office with foot issues about half the time.”