Prevent Foot Pain and When to See a Podiatrist

Prevent Foot Pain and When to See a Podiatrist

Countless factors can cause foot pain in an individual, including weight, choice of footwear, decreased flexibility, constant standing, foot care, and even dehydration. Foot pain can be decreased exponentially just by adjusting a few lifestyle habits.

Prevent pain in your foot

Since the feet bear the weight of the entire body, the more weight needed to be supported, the harder they need to work. Maintaining a healthy weight will not only keep you feeling more energized, your foot pains will alleviate as well. Like the rest of your body, your feet need rest; it is not recommended to stand for long periods of time without taking a few short breaks. As you grow older, calf muscles tighten, putting more stress on the balls of the feet. Therefore, by stretching the calf muscles with stretches, such as standing on your toes on a step and dropping your heels off the edge, can decrease foot pain and increase mobility.

A major cause of foot pain roots to the choice of footwear. First off, you should be sure the shoes you are wearing are the proper size. Feet change shape as you age and if footwear is too tight, it can cause painful problems (Foot Pain: Smart Ways to Prevent it, n.d.). Second, you should choose the proper shoe with the correct support for flat feet to high arches. Shoes with better support will not only improve posture but will also ease the pressure on the feet. Women should avoid high heels when possible. Since heeled shoes force the weight to the front of the foot, it increases the probability of bunions, corns, and other problems of forming. Flip flops have been proven to cause problems like heel pain, tendinitis, and stress fractures. Therefore, while it is important to dress for the occasion, taking extra precautions and making smart, more comfortable decisions for footwear will help prevent the development of foot pains in the long run.

Ingrown toenails occur when cutting the toenail too short and the edge of the nail grows into the skin around the toe. So, it is recommended to cut toenails straight across to avoid this problem that can potentially grow to be very painful. Some extreme cases of ingrown toenails may require surgery.

When should I see a specialist?

Most foot pain problems can be solved in the comforts of your own home, however there are times when you should seek a podiatrist for a more professional opinion. Podiatrists will provide a speedy diagnosis and treatment recommendation. If you are an avid runner, then a podiatrist can help assess the body and feet to flag potential problems and recommend strategies to avoid them. Arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting Americans so if the joints of your feet are frequently swollen, red, stiff, or tender, we recommend you see a podiatrist. Also, diabetic individuals are more prone to foot problems and should have their feet examined by a doctor or podiatrist at least once a year (10 Reasons to See a Podiatrist, 2015). While there is no specific timeline in which you should seek a podiatrist for an examination, those who are subject to constant and repetitive pain should get properly diagnosed for more effective treatments options.

CITATION REFERENCES:

Foot Pain: Smart Ways to Prevent It. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/how-keep-feet-from-aching?page=2

10 Reasons to See a Podiatrist. (2015). Retrieved April 14, 2016, from http://www.healthgrades.com/conditions/10-reasons-to-see-a-podiatrist

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