3 Ways to Waste Time Treating Your Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Mar 4, 2015 1:30:00 PM

clocks_in_trashcan_wasting_time_conceptThe average life expectancy in America is 78.6 years. If you divide that up, you spend 25 years sleeping, 10.3 years working, 9.1 years watching TV, 3.6 years eating, and 4.3 years driving a car, just to give a few stats. You also laugh out loud 290,000 times, drink 12,000 cups of coffee, spend 70% of your waking life in front of digital media, and walk a total of 110,000 miles (Source: distractify). If you suffer from foot pain, those miles feel really long. Don’t waste your time treating the problems causing you pain with mediocre methods.

While it’s true that the methods mentioned below do help treat the symptoms causing your foot pain, and are recommended in some cases, they are only temporary fixes.

Changing Footwear

Making sure you’re wearing shoes that fit you correctly should be part of your everyday life. Why would you wear shoes that are uncomfortable all day anyway? Shoes should feel comfortable and offer adequate arch support. They should have a solid sole and roomy toe box that allows you to wiggle your toes. If you suffer from foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, or plantar fasciitis, changing footwear can help relieve foot pain, but doesn’t address the actual problem.

Arch Supports

Arch supports, also known as orthotics, are inserted into your shoe to offer more support and help correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern caused by the foot not bearing weight properly. While many people do find relief by using an arch support, the majority don’t. This is because arch supports cannot be worn in all types of shoes, can’t help at all when you’re walking barefoot, can be costly to have consistently made and replaced, and give a false sense of correction. They are only an external fix and won't correct the main problem with most foot problems; chronic dislocation of the joint that sits beneath the ankle (called the subtalar joint).

If this problem is left untreated many foot, ankle, leg, knee and back problems can result. Alternative treatment of this problem involves a minor minimally invasive procedure (HyProCure® implantation) that can permanently correct this problem with little to no discomfort or disruption of your life. Kind of like "Lasik for the feet" but instead of throwing away eyeglasses; patients toss out their arch supports.

Home Remedies

Home remedies are perhaps the biggest waste of time because many of them are based solely on old wives tales – like turning your shoes upside down before you go to sleep to help your foot cramps! If you’re experiencing foot pain, then treating your feet at home by soaking, massaging, stretching, icing, and resting are all good things. But when you start soaking them in mouthwash or bleach or massaging them with oils and herbs found in your kitchen, you’re really just wasting your time.

Life is too short to waste time treating your foot pain. Subscribe to our blog so you won’t miss the next article: 3 Foot Pain Treatments That Will Save You Time.

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Topics: foot pain