Foot Solutions is a retail foot health store staffed and owned by Dr. Tom Merrit and his wife Deb, that are trained in assessing feet, shoe application, fitting and orthotic casting and modification.
Dr. Thomas Merritt, a retired orthopaedic surgeon, practiced surgery in Toledo for twenty five years. After a brief residency out of state, he and his wife Deborah have returned to the area. A former Foot Solutions customer in North Carolina, Dr. Merritt was impressed with his care and the advice he was given for his own foot problem. He decided, in his retirement, to open a franchise here in Toledo to continue his care for people with foot and ankle problems, by helping them find proper footwear and orthotics. The couple has embraced the Foot Solutions’ emphasis on customer care, personal attention and fine products with style and quality. They enjoy helping people with foot pain to not only find the proper footwear, but to understand what is occurring in their foot and the reasons and solutions for their pain.
Foot Solutions FAQ
How does Foot Solutions differ from other comfort shoe stores?
Foot Solutions is more than a shoe store. We strive to not only provide you with comfort, style and performance but also the perfect fit.
We take a unique approach to healthy feet with:
- Highly trained professionals
- Personalized attention
- Advanced assessment technology
- Custom-fitted, custom crafted orthotics
- Onsite, same-day fit modifications
- Foot health accessories
Our approach has helped tens of thousands of people:
- Achieve perfect body alignment
- Reduce foot, knee, hip and back pain
- Increase endurance and stamina
- Improve stability and balance
My right heel hurts like crazy when I get out of bed in the morning, but by mid-day it’s okay. What’s going on?
There is a stretchy ligament supporting the sole of your foot and attached at the heel called the plantar fascia. If through overuse or injury the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, every time you take a step, it pulls on your heels and really hurts. Each morning you re-injure it. The good news is that it can be treated and prevented with gentle stretching exercises and the right kind of shoes or arch supports. Foot Solutions works with plantar fasciitis every day. Come on in and let us help you get some relief.
The balls of my feet hurt when I wear high heels. Is there anything I can do to make my high heels more comfortable?
High heels put a great deal of pressure on the balls of your feet. The tendency is to want to cushion that area, but that actually puts more pressure on this area. A metatarsal arch support will support the arch behind the ball of your foot and take pressure off your forefoot. Foot Solutions offers several types, so bring in your uncomfortable shoes and we can help. Many of our heels have metatarsal supports built into them.
I wear high heels a lot. When I try to wear flat shoes, my ankles ache. Why?
By wearing heels almost exclusively, a woman can shorten her Achilles tendons, making flat shoes an uncomfortable option. It might be preferable to go down in heel height gradually. At Foot Solutions we also can add a small heel pad to shoes that are too flat, allowing you to gently work on making your Achilles more flexible.
I keep getting ingrown toenails. Could that have anything to do with my shoes?
Yes. Wearing shoes that crowd your toenails can lead to ingrown toenails, usually on the big toe. Your toes should never touch the ends of your shoes. If they do, every time you walk, you bump the toenails, putting pressure on and bruising them. The resultant injury can lead to ingrown toenails or even loss of the toenail. Make sure you have room in front of your toes in all of your shoes and that you can easily wiggle your toes in your shoes.
Some of my friends have given up their stilettos, but I still love the way they look on me? Am I causing long-term problems?
Wearing stilettos, commonly defined as skinny heels over 3 or 4 inches in height, can put your body out of alignment and strain your back, hips, knees, ankles or feet. Fortunately, today’s comfort shoe brands offer attractive, stylish alternatives for women. However, if you insist on stilettos, be aware that you could potentially cause long-term issues if you are not careful. Moderation is the key here. Also, you can bring them into Foot Solutions and we can determine whether we can make them more comfortable. We offer special arch supports that fit many types of heels.
What should I look for when buying shoes?
First of all, a shoe should be shaped similar to your foot. Put the shoe you want to try on next to your foot. If the shape is a lot pointier than your foot, it will be hard to fit, even in the correct size or a larger size. You should have a thumbnail’s width of room in front of your longest toe on your largest foot. Your toes should be able to wiggle around in the shoe. If the back of the shoe is enclosed, the part that supports your foot should be firm, to keep your ankles from twisting.
I’m in my 30s and my doctor suggested orthotics. I thought only older adults needed arch supports? What’s the solution?
Foot Solutions stocks arch supports for toddlers through adults. Some foot issues are inherited and we are born with them while others develop over time. Arch supports can be used as a preventative measure so problems don’t develop later in life. This is particularly true with children participating in athletics.
How do you assess what a customer needs? Is there a charge for the service?
We offer every customer a free foot and gait assessment as part of our service, upon request. We take the time to measure each foot, watch the way you walk, and scan your feet using our advanced technology to help you find the right shoe and/or arch support for your foot type and shape.