Foot Health Do’s & Don’ts
- Walk! This is the best form of exercise for your feet.
- Wear properly fitting, protective footwear even in your own home.
- Use ice (cold) to treat an injury. This treatment produces a numbing effect and prevents swelling and pain.
- Wear athletic shoes for walking that were meant for walking, with wide toe room, reinforced heels and soft cushioned soles.
- Wear good cushioned socks, ones with holes or worn areas can cause blistering and sores.
- Seek medical attention at the first sign of an injury or infection. Often early treatment can help avoid problems later on.
- Pain is usually a sign something is wrong. Consult a podiatrist for foot pain, don’t live in agony.
- Don’t take life lying down. Regardless of your physical condition, walking is beneficial. If you are diabetic, it will reduce your blood glucose level; if you are arthritic, it will keep your joints moving.
- Don’t go barefooted. This increases the risk of injury and infection and provides no support for the foot or ankle.
- Don’t use heat or hot water to treat a foot or ankle injury. Heat promotes blood flow causing increased swelling.
- Don’t wear heels above 2” for more than a few hours at a time, very high heels can cause pain in the ball of the foot called metatarsalgia. Prolonged high heel use can cause a shortening of the Achilles tendon leading to tendonitis.
- Don’t wear shoes that are worn out and no longer supporting the foot. This is essential in sports shoes.