Foot Health

“When Ted McGreer approached me in 1999 and asked me what he could do to help my patients be more active and healthy, I explained to him that I served the spectrum of patients from those with deformities and limited mobility, to the competitive athlete and that I was looking for resources to properly fit all of those patients with activity appropriate shoes.

Ted’s opened in the spring of 2000 and my expectations have been more than met through the years.  The employees are trained in shoe fitting and are sent for certifying courses.  He has tailored his store to help people find shoes that are comfortable and best suited for their activities.  We are very fortunate to have this level of service in our community.  I would like to express my thanks to Ted McGreer and the wonderful Ted’s staff!”

Anna Ruelle, D.P.M.

The foot has twenty-six bones and is a complex part of our body that takes a lot of daily impact. Your feet must last a lifetime, and most Americans log an amazing 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50. (APMA)

Many athletes and non athletes come to us because they are experiencing foot pain or discomfort. We work closely with local Podiatrists to make sure our staff are trained with proper knowledge of foot and biomechanical function to aid in our fit process. This helps us determine the best footwear option for each foot type, and any specific foot conditions they might have. Often foot pain or discomfort can be a function of wearing the wrong type shoe, or the wrong size. This is why we measure both feet every time we see a new customer or returning customer.

Ted also helped developed an insole called the TEDS2RUN custom footbed that can often alleviate pain associated with these common foot conditions:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Disorder
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton’s Neuroma

Feet continue to change as the years pass, even after the foot stops growing. They will elongate or widen, and because of this, it’s advisable to have your feet measured with every purchase. Athletic shoes run smaller than dress or casual shoes, therefore, you may require a larger size. Pregnant women will usually require shoes in a larger size following their pregnancy. There is no standardization in shoe sizes, even within the same brand.  Always fit the larger foot. Shoes should be comfortable at time of purchase. Do not depend on them to stretch out.

TEDS Foot Facts

  • 25% to 40% of Americans have foot problems
  • 75% of Americans are wearing the wrong shoe size
  • The most common foot problems such as bunions, corns, calluses, plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia are usually the result of ill-fitting shoes
  • Each human foot has about 60,000 sweat glands
  • A whole shoe size is only 1/3 of an inch
  • Once-half size is 1/6 of an inch
  • 25% of all bones in the human body are in the feet

Q:   I’m planning on starting an exercising routine.  Can I use the sneakers in my closet?  Can’t I just buy a pair of “Cross Trainers” and be fine?

A: It is very hard to find a good cross training shoe anymore.  Most Cross Trainers are made for lateral or side to side movements.  They offer great stability for a kickboxing class, or aerobic classes, but they do not offer nearly enough cushioning for running or walking.  

If you think you’ll be doing some running or walking, or maybe using the treadmill or elliptical, think about those movements.  They’re all linear.  You’d be best served with a shoe designed for linear or straight ahead movements.

Feet continue to change as the years pass, even after the foot stops growing. They will elongate or widen, and because of this, it’s advisable to have your feet professionally measured with every purchase.