New Questions:
1. Is it more healthy to wear flat shoes? Published at:2012-08-25
Generally speaking, it is recommended to wear shoes with 1 inch height heel to reduce pressure there, especially for those with heel pain.
2. As the foot of adult is fully developed, what can we do if we have flat foot? Published at:2012-08-25
Although the shape of foot for adult does not change, we can still minimize the problems of flat foot such as pain and fatigue by choosing proper shoes and insoles.
3. What can I do if my legs have different lengths? Published at:2012-08-25
If your legs have different lengths, you should consult doctor. If the difference is not too large, it can be treated with insole or heightened shoes to keep both legs balanced. If there is a need, you are welcome to visit Dr. Kong’s Foot-Health Orthotic Centre for custom-made insoles.
4. What can I do if I have hallux valgus? Published at:2012-08-25
Those who have hallux valgus should avoid wearing high heel shoes or pointed shoes to reduce the tension at hallux. Use hallux valgus splint in static circumstances(sitting or sleeping) and toe separator when walking to reduce the deterioration of hallux valgus. If the situation is severe, please consult your doctor.
5. How to choose a pair of comfortable health shoes? Published at:2012-08-25
When selecting shoes, it is recommended to have the following features:
 One inch height for heel and avoid excessive pressure at forefoot
 With total contact insole inside that:
 Consists of arch support to redistribute pressure evenly along foot bottom
 Consists of metatarsal pad to shift the pressure on forefoot to to posterior region for relieving pressure at forefoot
 If they are women’s casual shoes, the shoe heads have to be easily flexed for walking comfortably.
6. If both of my feet are easily swollen, how should I choose shoes? Published at:2012-08-25
If both of my feet are easily swollen, it is recommended to choose shoes with a soft body and even made of material with better elasticity such as lycra. Find shoes with width suitable for your foot and choose the ones with magic strap or shoelaces that can be adjusted. Further adjust the room to fit the shape of your foot.
7. My foot shape is normal. So I do not need to wear health shoes? Published at:2012-08-25
Although your foot shape is normal, due to factors such as body weight, job nature and shoe style, it is also possible to have foot discomfort. Therefore, even for normal foot, we recommend to wear suitable health shoes or insoles to help redistributing pressure along foot bottom and enhance comfort.
8. What should we do if there are cramps? Published at:2012-08-25
Cramping is painful due to the cause of unconscious muscle contraction. It is mainly caused by low temperature, exercise after diet, insufficient warm up exercise or excessive loss of body fluid and salt following sweating, vomit or diarrhea. There are different ways of handling cramping at different locations:
For example: When there are cramps at thigh, try to straighten small leg and thigh;
When there are cramps at small leg, point your foot towards your knee;
When there are cramps at foot bottom, straighten your toes.

To prevent cramping, please make sure doing enough warm up exercises before strenuous exercises. Drink water to replenish its loss during exercise. The elderly should wear more clothes at night to keep hands and legs warm.
9. What should be done if there are knee pains? Published at:2012-08-25
The causes of knee pain are numerous: for example, degeneration of knee joint, over-weight or flat foot. It is recommended to take the special care according to the different causes. Generally, you could use shock-absorbing insole to reduce pressure or kneepad to relieve knee pain. In addition, pay attention to your work posture and avoid kneeling down or squatting, the actions which could easily hurt you knee joints. If the situation is severe, consult your doctor for opinions.
10. I always have heel pain, what should be done? Published at:2012-08-25
There are many causes of heel pain: for example, flat foot that results inexcessive stretching of plantar fascia, bone spur, wearing improper shoes, walking or standing extensively at work, etc. It is recommended that we should take special care according to different causes. Generally, the use of shock-absorbingn insole can reduce pressure at heel. Wearing shoes with about 1 inch high can relocate the pressure away from heel to anterior region to relieve pain. If the situation is severe, consult your doctor for opinions.
11. How should we deal with plantar fasciitis? Published at:2012-08-25
Plantar fasciitis can easily occur if there is over stretching due to flat foot or prolonged walking. Usually it is painful when getting up from bed or standing up after sitting for a long time. It is recommended to use shock absorbing insole (silicon) to relieve. If the patient has flat foot, arch support insole can be used to reduce over stretching of plantar fasciitis. If the situation is severe, please consult your doctor for opinions.
12. My heel has bone spur. What should I do? Published at:2012-08-25
Heel bone spur is the bony projection at heel. When walking or standing up, the heel experiences stabbing pain. It is recommended to use heel absorbing insole to reduce heel pressure. At the same time, we recommend wearing shoes of about 1 inch high so that the heel pressure is relocated to anterior region to relieve pain.
13. The big toe is already overlapping with the second toe. What should be done? Published at:2012-08-25
If your big toe overlaps with your second toe, you should wear shoes with wide head, soft and elastic body. Avoid the formation of corns or callus due to prolonged overlapping of the toes. You may also use toe separating socks to separate the big toe from other toes. If the situation is severe, please consult your doctor for opinions.
14. How to reduce the chance of getting the Athlete's foot﹖ Published at:2012-08-25
Athlete's foot is generated by the growth of fungi in humid environment. For prevention, you should keep both feet dry. For example, change a pair of shoes if they got wet after rain and the use of foot powder can help to keep your feet dry. If the situation is severe, please consult your doctor for opinions.
15. What exercises can relieve waist fatigue? Published at:2012-08-25
To relieve waist fatigue, one can do exercises to stretch the side muscles. It helps to relieve tension of waist muscle.
Instruction: Put your left hand on your waist, lift your right hand. Bend your body towards the left until your waist feels stretched. Hold it for 10 seconds. Repeat for another direction. Repeat it 10 times for both sides.
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