Happy New Year! If you’re like most adults in America, you’ve probably made some resolutions to better yourself in some way. If taking good care of your health is at the top of your list, why not work from the bottom up? Feet are all too often forgotten until a problem arises. This year, resolve to show those feet how much you appreciate all they do with these 8 tips:
Exercise, But Start Slowly
We know you’re probably ready to put your new exercise regimen into play, but you’ll definitely want to start slowly, especially if you’re not normally an active person. Exercise can really take its toll on the feet, and you’re much more prone to injury if you start off too quickly. Gradually build on your routine – even small 15-20 minutes of walking work! Remember to stretch your feet and warm up before working out (and cool down after the fact, too).
Eat Well for Your Feet, Too
What you eat affects your entire body – including your hardworking feet. Reward their efforts by choosing healthy, whole foods to promote circulation and strength. Avoid sugary foods or anything laden in artificial ingredients; they cause inflammation in the body, which can cause pain. This is especially important if you suffer from gout or diabetes.
Commit to Wearing Supportive Shoes More Often
Many times podiatric issues stem from wearing the wrong shoes. This year, promise your feet that you will spend less time in flip-flops and heels and more time in comfortable, supportive shoes. Choose shoes that fit correctly, provide plenty of arch support, and have a wide and comfortable toe box. Life’s too short for cramped toes!
Treat Yourself to New Shoes
We are officially giving you permission to buy new shoes (as long as they are form-fitting and supportive, of course!). You should replace your shoes every 300-500 miles of walking, which is around every 6 months. Discard shoes that are worn out, and donate gently-used shoes you no longer use. Consider buying a few pairs so you can alternate between them and lengthen the time before you need to go shoe shopping again.
Do More Stretching
Want to keep your feet flexible and limber while preventing injuries and painful conditions? Work some stretching into your day! Stretch your feet and toes regularly to keep your muscles and ligaments strong. Remember, if it hurts, stop – you don’t want to overextend and strain your muscles!
Start a Daily Foot Care Regimen
Let’s face it – your hardworking feet deserve the best every day. Treat them well with a daily foot care routine. Wash and thoroughly dry your feet each day and inspect them for anything unusual (especially if you have diabetes). Apply moisturizer to the bottoms of your feet to keep them soft and supple as well. Trust us, your feet will thank you!
Don’t Ignore Foot Pain
Do your feet seem to hurt and ache on a regular basis? If so, it might be time to call your podiatrist. Ignoring foot pain and putting off treatment can worsen any potential problem you may have. Call your podiatrist to help relieve the pain you’re experiencing!
Visit Your Podiatrist Regularly
Visiting your podiatrist regularly can help you keep your feet in top shape. This is especially important for those who have a foot condition, suffer from diabetes, or have any other condition that can affect the feet and ankles. Start the new year on the right foot by scheduling your appointment with the knowledgeable doctors at The Foot & Ankle Center! Call us today at (314) 487-9300 or request an appointment with us online!