The American Podiatric Medical Association estimates that about 20 percent of Americans experience at least one foot problem annually.
These problems may be caused by the shoes you wear, or an underlying health problem.
To learn what to do about your aching feet, keep reading!
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Most Americans are likely to walk 75,000 miles by the time they turn 50 years old. Your feet must last a lifetime, that’s why maintaining healthy feet is as important as taking care of your heart and kidneys.
When your feet are not able to do their job correctly, other parts of your body have to work harder, which can lead to knee, lower back and hip pain. By following some easy tips, you can avoid many foot problems.
Inspect your feet daily for injuries, cracks, peeling, or dry skin (especially if you have diabetes). Dry your feet (and between toes) after showering in order avoid fungal infections.
Try stretching your feet, ankles and lower legs regularly and before exercising to avoid injuries. You should maintain a healthy weight with diet and exercise. Excess weight puts pressure on your feet that can cause foot and heel pain, circulatory problems and arthritis.
Always be sure to wear shoes that fit well with good support and a low heel. If you wear flats, sandals or high heels, you should only wear them part time, but wear shoes that have good arch support most of the time. You can also use shoe inserts for extra arch support and cushion.
Keep in mind that as you age, your feet flatten, so you should have your foot measured periodically for the best fitting shoes.
To avoid cuts, athlete’s foot, or plantar warts, don’t go bare footed in public places.
Normally, your feet should not hurt for long periods of time or regularly. If they hurt every day, or if you’re feeling pain for more than 3 days in a row, there’s probably a bigger problem than just walking too much. Talk to your foot and ankle doctor today to prevent problems before they become too serious.
If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.