6 Tips To Prevent Foot Pain

Many of us are always on our feet. That’s why dealing with foot pain can be quite debilitating and reduce our overall sense of well-being. It is therefore certainly in our best interest to prevent this condition before it even wears us down. Fortunately, there are a few prudent steps we can take to bolster the health of our feet and consequently prevent or manage foot pain. Below are six top tips:

Maintain a healthy weight

It’s no secret that our feet bear the brunt of the work for transporting us from one place to the other. That’s why the more pressure we exert on them as a result of our weight, the more likely we are to experience foot problems. In fact, there are many recent studies that have confirmed that the more excess weight we carry, the more likely we are to deal with foot and ankle problems such as arthritis, heel pain, fractures, and sprains. Losing just a few extra pounds can alleviate the foot pain caused by carrying excess body weight.

Don’t go barefoot

It seems like the most natural thing in the world – and for many of us, walking barefoot conjures up idealistic images of being free and enjoying nature without any barriers. However, going barefoot can cause havoc to our feet and can exacerbate foot issues like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and neuroma. When we walk barefoot, our feet don’t have the proper support and doing this for a substantial period of time, particularly on hard surfaces, could result in inflammation of the fascia, leading to foot pain.

Wear proper shoes

To prevent foot pain, wearing proper shoes is absolutely vital. That means avoiding flip flops and high heels for long periods of time as these can lead to corns, bunions, and other foot related issues. The best shoes for our feet are those that have thick, rigid soles to provide good support, a wide toe box so our feet are not squashed, and ones that provide good rear-foot control.

Consider custom orthotics

Orthotics are devices worn to provide foot support and correct foot and ankle problems. Clinical research studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function. While there are many over the counter brands, the best types of orthotics are those that are custom made especially to support your feet. These tend to mold more perfectly to the contours of your feet and provide the most comfort.

Perform foot stretches

Regularly stretching your feet will help to ease muscle pain. A quick and easy stretch that can be implemented just about anywhere is to try pointing and flexing your toes and ankles a few times. Another tried and true stretch is to sit in a chair with your feet on the floor, spread your toes apart and hold and release a few times.

Don’t forget to put your feet up – literally

Sometimes the simplest things in life can provide the most comfort. The simple act of elevating your feet regularly, such as at the end of a hard day’s work, can ease foot pain and bring about much-needed relief to aching feet.

If you experience chronic foot pain even after implementing some of these tips, speak to an experienced podiatrist. Are you in the Marietta, GA area and looking for a Marietta Podiatrist? Contact us – we would be happy to evaluate you and recommend some tailored treatment options for you.

 

How can orthotics relieve my foot pain?

what are orthotics and how can they relieve my foot pain? There are certain foot types such as flat feet or high arch feet that can cause pain. In addition, heel pain can arise from repeated tearing of the plantar fascia or the Achilles tendon. To relieve the pain, many podiatrists recommend wearing orthotics as a conservative treatment option.

What exactly are orthotics?

Orthotics are a functional device, constructed for the sole purpose of correcting and optimizing the function of the foot. They work by realigning your feet and ankles. Further, they help to distribute your weight more evenly, easing pressure on areas such as your heel or the ball of the foot. They are also useful for improving muscle positioning and performance. Orthotics can be an effective part of your treatment plan, and may even prolong or eliminate the need for surgery.

Orthotics can be purchased over the counter or can be custom made to fit your feet. For some mild conditions such as moderate heel pain or ball of the foot pain, over the counter orthotics such as gel inserts may be sufficient to cushion the foot and thus relieve pressure and pain. However, if over the counter orthotics are not providing relief, custom orthotics could be the answer for you.  Our Marietta Podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson, can perform an evaluation and custom design the right orthotics for you.

Why would one need custom orthotics? 

Custom orthotics can ease your pain when foot problems negatively impact balance, function or gait. Common problems addressed by custom orthotics include back pain, flat feet, heel spurs, Morton’s neuroma, severe heel pain, ball of the foot pain, high arch feet and Achilles tendonitis. Remember that every foot, like every person, is unique. The value of custom orthotics is that they reject the one size fits all approach. In addition, custom orthotics can be made to fit different types of shoes including dress shoes, sneakers, wedges and high heels. They can also be made in different finishes such as suede and leather.

Our Marietta podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson, can work with you to design your orthotics with your unique profile in mind. Your consultation will include an evaluation of your foot, your gait, how you stand, x-rays of the foot, as well as any pain or complications you may be experiencing. Dr. Fui Dawson will then use this information to customize your orthotics.

Note that you have to wear custom orthotics for a period of time before they fully conform to your feet. Dr. Fui Dawson also advises that you have your orthotics with you when you shop for shoes as orthotics take up space for which you may not have accounted. We recommend that you continue to wear your orthotics even when your feet and ankles feel better unless our Marietta podiatrist advises otherwise.

If you are suffering from foot pain and are considering orthotics, our Marietta Podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson, can recommend and design a product that is perfect for your unique needs. Contact us today or book an appointment online.

Don’t Allow Heel Pain To Slow You Down!

Symptoms of heel pain may range from sharp shooting pain to heel discomfort. In some cases the heel pain may be described as a tingling, burning or numbing sensation. Very often, the culprit of the heel pain may be some internal derangement of the bone such as a heel spur,a tight ligament, swelling within the bone or a stress fracture. Pinched nerves in the ankle may also manifest as heel pain associated with tingling, burning and numbness of the heel and/or parts of the foot.  Pinched nerve roots in the lower back may also affect the foot along with parts of the leg and thigh resulting in altered sensation and muscle function. In these cases, proper physical examination and appropriate diagnostic testing may be needed to determine the source of the problem.

 

Treatment for heel pain may include but not limited to activity modification, shoe modification, icing, medications, physical therapy, rigid orthotics, selective injections with steroids or surgical decompression of the pinched nerves.  A qualified podiatrist will be able to direct you towards proper treatment. Call us if you are dealing with heel pain and we will be happy to help!