Whether you're standing all day at work, running errands, or simply going about your daily tasks, your feet play a crucial role in moving you from point A to point B. You likely also know that any foot pain can make your day seem infinitely longer.
Already dealing with foot pain? Dr. Dustin Hamoy, DPT, MTC, DNC, CKTP, CWCHP, is no stranger to treating foot pain here at Precision Laser Joint and Spine Pain Center. Whether you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, arthritis, or sports-related foot injuries, physical therapy and laser therapy might help provide the relief you need.
Lifestyle modifications can also go a long way in protecting your feet and reducing the risk of future aches and pains. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best strategies to keep your feet healthy.
1. Choose the right footwear
The foundation of good foot health starts with the shoes you wear. Opt for footwear that offers proper support, cushioning, and a comfortable fit. Look for shoes with ample arch support and cushioning to absorb shock as you walk or stand.
Remember that poorly fitting shoes 一 as stylish as they may be 一 can lead to discomfort and even long-term foot problems, so invest in high-quality footwear that is designed for your specific activities or sport.
2. Wear the right socks
In addition to the right shoes, choose the right socks. Wool socks, for instance, can help wick moisture, and because they keep your feet drier, you have a reduced risk of developing blisters. Always change out of wet socks to reduce your risk of fungal infections and blisters.
3. Take breaks to stretch
Even when you're on your feet all day, it's essential to take short breaks to stretch and move around. Incorporate simple foot and leg stretches into your routine to relieve tension and promote blood circulation. .
4. Maintain proper posture
Believe it or not, your posture has a direct impact on your feet. Standing or walking with poor posture can distribute weight unevenly on your feet. To improve your posture, keep these tips in mind:
- Stand up straight with your shoulders back
- Avoid slouching or leaning forward
- Keep your head level
- Distribute your weight evenly on both feet
If your job requires standing for long periods, consider standing on a cushioned mat.
5. Pamper your feet each night
After a long day on your feet, it’s time to pamper them! Soak them in warm water with Epsom salts to relax muscles and alleviate any soreness. Epsom salt is particularly nice because it soothes achy muscles, helps treat ingrown nails, and helps exfoliate dead skin.
After your foot bath, apply moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and prevent dryness or heel cracks then follow it up with a quick foot massage. A gentle foot massage not only feels great but also improves circulation and helps reduce tension.
6. Maintain a healthy weight
Carrying excess weight can increase your risk for a host of health issues from hypertension to diabetes. It can also cause foot issues like plantar fasciitis and swelling.
Losing weight can have a profound impact on your overall health, and even just losing a few pounds can go a long way in improving your foot health.
7. Consider orthotic inserts
Orthotic inserts can provide extra support and cushioning. These specialty inserts can help align your feet correctly and alleviate discomfort caused by prolonged standing. If you’re prescribed orthotics, wear them each day.
8. Rotate your shoes
Wearing the same pair of shoes every day can lead to increased wear and tear on both the shoes and your feet. Rotate between different pairs of well-fitting shoes to allow them to air out.
Toss any shoes that show signs of wear and tear.
9. Elevate your feet
After a long day on your feet, elevate your feet to reduce swelling and promote circulation. When you lie down, prop your feet up on pillows or a cushion to encourage the blood to flow back toward your heart and relieve any built-up pressure.
This is an easy tip to implement when you watch TV at night!
10. Don’t ignore foot pain
Being on your feet all day doesn't have to mean sacrificing foot comfort and health. By following these simple yet effective tips, you can protect your feet from strain, pain, and potential problems. That being said, if your feet hurt, don’t brush it off.
There are many reasons why your feet may hurt 一 plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and tendonitis are common culprits 一 and there are many strategies for addressing pain. Depending on your exam, Dr. Hamoy may recommend:
To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 659-204-5737. You may also request an appointment online.