Foot care tips everyone should know!
Foot Pain is NOT Normal
Your feet should mirror your general health. With the right fit, proper footwear and orthotics for your foot type, most common foot pain can be relieved and prevented.
Buy Shoes that Fit Your Needs
Most people do not know their true foot size (length and width) and too often purchase shoes that are too small. Today, many full-service stores are equipped with foot-scanning technology that is able to capture your foot size, arch type and pressure points and recommend the ideal footwear and orthotics for your needs.
Give Your Feet a Break
While we love our heels, women have four times as many foot problems as men and high heels are partly to blame. Whenever possible, wear comfortable shoes that fit your feet properly.
After being on your feet all day, give your feet a little TLC. Knead them gently with your thumbs to increase blood circulation. Then cover them with a good quality foot cream or nourishing gel to help keep the skin from cracking and drying.
Socks are Important Accessories
Socks are important foot health accessories too. Damp and dark conditions, such as those found in shoes, promote the growth of fungi, bacteria and odor. Protect your feet by wearing socks made with copper fibers that have been clinically proven to help eliminate these common problems and improve your skin’s appearance and texture.
Sites such as foot.com offer comprehensive information about foot conditions, sports injuries, foot health for diabetes, and an online shop with products that help treat or prevent foot pain.
*Always consult your podiatrist or physician if you suffer from persistent pain or a medical condition
6 Common Foot Conditions & Recommended Solutions
Condition: Plantar Fasciitis
Definition: Inflammation of fibrous tissue along bottom of foot.
Causes: Over-pronation (flat feet), high arch feet, sudden increase in physical activity, excessive weight gain, flipflops.
Symptoms: Heel pain, heel spurs, arch pain first thing in the morning or after a period of prolonged rest.
Treatment & Prevention: Orthotics with arch support & rearfoot posting, footwear with proper cushioning and shock absorption, stretching, night splints.
Condition: Pregnancy & Feet
Definition: Over-pronation, edema.
Causes: Weight gain, hormonal changes, flattened arches.
Symptoms: Pain at the heel, arch, ball-of-foot, leg cramping, varicose veins.
Treatment & Prevention: Orthotics with arch support & rearfoot posting, wide width footwear that incorporates stretch fabrics.
Definition: A prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint.
Causes: Usually from wearing tight & narrow footwear with a constrictive toe box.
Symptoms: Inflammation, swelling and soreness on the side surface of the big toe.
Treatment & Prevention: Footwear with wide toe boxes, and stretch fabrics, orthotics, bunion shields, bunion night splints.
Condition: Heel Pain Syndrome
Definition: Extreme heel discomfort.
Causes: Plantar Fasciitis or over-use repetitive stress.
Symptoms: Pain underneath the heel or just behind it, where the tendon attaches to the heel bone.
Treatment & Prevention: Heel cups or cradles, orthotics with arch support, shock absorption, cushioning, footwear with elevated heels.
Metatarsalgia (Ball-of-Foot Pain)
Definition: Inflammation or pain at the bones and joints at the ball-of-foot.
Causes: Thinning out of the fat pad, improper fitting footwear such as shoes with narrow toe boxes, high heels, excessive pressure.
Symptoms: Pain in the region of the foot before the toes.
Treatment & Prevention: Orthotics with metatarsal pads, proper fitting footwear with high, wide toe boxes, shoes with rocker bottoms.
Condition: Achilles Tendonitis
Definition: Inflammation & degeneration of the tendon in the back of the leg that inserts into the heel.
Causes: Over-pronation, improper fitting footwear, inadequate stretching.
Symptoms: Shooting, burning or extreme piercing pain.
Treatment & Prevention: Thorough stretching program, decrease in physical activity, heel cups or cradles, orthotics