The world is flat. The sky is purple. Dinosaurs never existed. These are all misconceptions that you can easily prove wrong. But what about false beliefs you have about your feet? Those aren’t so easily demystified, mostly because we haven’t done a good job of exposing the truth. People are still under the impression their foot pain just is what it is and it’s just their lot in life to live with it. Let’s set at least 5 common misconceptions straight.
1. The hand your were dealt
There are some things you just have to live with. You don’t get to choose your parents, so genetics is one of those things. You inherited certain traits and that’s just the way you are. You get your brown eyes and short stature from your mom and your curly hair and faulty foot structure from your dad. Therefore, the problems you experience that cause your foot pain, like bunions, flat feet or hammertoes, are just the cards you were dealt.
While it’s true that you are born with certain issues, like an abnormal bone structure in the foot, and this can lead to foot pain, there are simple treatment options available to help your conditions to get you back in the game!
2. Growing pains
As we grow and develop over time, so do our feet. For example, we’re born with flat feet and by the age of 6 or so should have developed the arch in our foot. If as a child you don’t have a normal internal bone structure, you may never fully develop the arch in your foot, which leads to future complications in the feet.
So it’s not just growing pains at all, but a matter of the internal structure of your foot, and will ultimately need to be corrected with the right treatment.
3. Pain in the rest of your body is not related
If you miss out on doing the things you enjoy, like exercising, recreational sports, or traveling, because you constantly experience pain in your knees, hips and back, it most likely didn’t occur to you that it could be related to your feet. What many people don’t realize is that chronic pain that is felt as a chain reaction through the body is caused by their feet being misaligned.
Aligned feet equal aligned lower extremities and the result is a pain free lifestyle.
4. Treatment is too painful
This might be the biggest misconception of them all! In a way, people are still living in the 20th century when it comes to their view of foot pain treatments. Up until the last 10 to 15 years, treatments were either temporary fixes that just masked the pain, or extreme surgeries that caused unnecessary trauma and lead to long recovery times.
There are remarkable outpatient treatments available now that use a minimally invasive technique and get you back on your feet in no time at all. Learn more about them in the free download below!
5. You just have to live with it
People don’t hesitate to visit a doctor when they have a severe cold, so why do they think they just have to live with severe foot pain? You can make all kinds of excuses about not getting treated for your foot pain, but after learning about the misconceptions above, if you decide not do anything about it, then ultimately you’re deciding on your own to just live with it.
You don’t have to live with your foot pain any longer! Take the next step and visit a podiatrist to get an accurate diagnosis of the problems causing your foot pain and the best recommendations for treatment.
If you’re in the New York area, contact us at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.