- Flip-flops are bad for your feet
The new podiatrist in town is ready to get community members back on their feet.
Dr. Miranda Goodale has decided to bring her expertise to Brazil because of the lack of foot care in the county.
"People from Clay County had to travel as much as 30 miles to see a podiatrist, and I had the opportunity to open my own practice. Those were the main reasons (my husband and I) came here," the doctor of podiatric medicine said.
"We rely heavily on our feet, so hopefully I'll improve the quality of life for people in this area," she said.
People are abusing their feet and don't realize it until there is a problem.
"Foot pain isn't normal, so if you are experiencing pain, it is something that needs to be checked out."
Goodale started seeing patients June 27 and hopes to be at full capacity soon.
She plans on a majority of her patients to be older people and people with diabetes, but has had already treated younger people with foot pains.
Goodale offers some precautions to those who wish to avoid problems with their feet.
Walking around barefoot can be detrimental to foot health, because there is no arch support. Also many different surfaces can damage feet, not to mention debris that could be stepped on including glass, nails and sharp rocks.
Goodale recommends that people not be a slave to fashion. She said even though a lot of shoe designers are changing their designs to be healthier for your feet, there are still a lot of shoes that are bad for your feet.
"Flip-flops are bad for your feet. They are good for going to the pool and as shower shoes, but that is about it."
She said an athletic shoe with good arch support, solid sole and bendable at the toes, not at the arch, is the best for your feet.
"I am partial to New Balance, but Nike, Reebok and Saucony also have a good support."
As far as sandals and dress shoes, Birkenstocks, Naturalizers, Dr. Scholl's, Teva and Ecco brand designers are foot health conscious, as long as the sandal has an ankle straps.
Goodale said the ankle straps keeps stress off of the toes so they don't have to grip the shoes on whenever walking.
Work boots should have a good arch support and cushioned heel area. Goodale recommends Red Wing Shoes brand boots, but as with other boots, an over-the-counter arch support may be needed.
Goodale is from Malborough, N.H. She received her bachelor's in psychology and graduated from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago.
Goodale is married to Jeffrey Etling and has a four-month-old daughter, Vivian.