In any health class, you probably studied the systems of the body, the damaging effects of alcohol and drug abuse, and the benefits of exercise. It’s likely that the feet were never mentioned, and if they were it was probably in a “the toe bone’s connected to the foot bone” sort of way. Now that you’re older, you may be experiencing foot and ankle pain. The American Podiatric Medical Association reports that about seventy-five percent of Americans do during their lifetimes. Since prevention is always easier than treatment, basic foot care is essential.
The feet support the entire weight and activity of your body. Whether you’re standing still or running, the feet are working for you. Yet, how often do you take the time to inspect them? Looking at your feet doesn’t take long, and making it a part of your routine will help to reinforce this practice. One option is check them out prior to or while you are showering. If you notice changes in color, a laceration that hasn’t healed, bruising, a lump, or areas of tenderness, take note. Pain should never be discounted—it is your body’s way of signaling for help. Diabetics must do this daily to avoid serious complications.
Everything! You would be surprised by how many common conditions of the feet and ankles are caused by improper footwear. Shoes that are too small, too tight, unsupportive, or high-heeled can cause problems in the feet and all the way up the body. Understanding your foot type is essential in purchasing shoes that fit well and feel good. An evaluation of your feet at Dallas Podiatry Works is a great place to begin!
Most people don’t hesitate to see the doctor about back pain, but pain in the feet and ankles is often ignored. This leads to worsening discomfort and further damage to the affected area. Drs. Brook and Northcutt are foot specialists trained to diagnose and treat painful conditions. Pain-free feet are just around the corner. Don’t wait—make an appointment today at our Dallas or Plano, TX offices.