Foot pain prevention

Keep your feet healthy and pain-free

Feet are one of the parts of the body that take the most abuse!  Read here to learn how to keep your feet in good condition.

Feet can take a beating, especially during the summer months when people tend to go barefoot and the air can be hot and dry.  Here we will discuss common sources of foot pain and what you can do to prevent it and keep your feet in great condition.

1. Give your feet a break

Wear sandals when you are outside to give your feet some air.  Your feet can be cramped and painful if they are always in shoes that don't give them any room to breathe.  Walk barefoot when you can, but do not do it on surfaces that will be harmful or abrasive to your feet.  However, if you are diabetic you should never walk barefoot, not even indoors.

2. Wear good shoes

The best way to prevent foot pain (and get rid of it) is to wear some good shoes!  Shoes are the things that your feet spend the most time in every day, so it is important to get some that fit you correctly and are comfortable.  Choose shoes that have a good sole and great arch support.  If you want to fix the shoes you already have, go to the pharmacy and buy some insoles to put in your shoes that will give you support and comfort.  You can buy a pair of these to put in each of your shoes.

3. Don't wear heels!

Heel put unnecessary pressure on your feet, and they force all of your body weight to the balls of your feet, which will cause your foot more strain and pain.  If you absolutely cannot give up the heels, choose the lowest heel possible.  A 2-inch heel will put less strain on your feet than a 5-inch heel.

4. Don't wear flip flops!

If you have long distances to walk, forgo the flip flops and wear tennis shoes.  Flip flops do not have the proper support that your feet need, and you will end up regretting your choice.  Wear some tennis shoes or some walking shoes that are made for walking for long periods of time.

5. Go to the foot doctor

If you feel or sense any kind of problem with your feet, it is time to call the foot doctor.  Make an appointment with your primary doctor first, because he or she will be able to decide whether or not you need to see a specialist, or if it is just a problem that you can fix with some kind of over the counter solution.

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