• Foot Health

    Foot Health Do’s & Don’ts

     

    Do

    •  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

    •  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.