The New Year is right around the corner. It’s a time for many people to focus on getting healthy – eating better, exercising more, and living a more balanced lifestyle. But there’s a different, more literal type of balance that should also be considered: the kind your feet provide. When you get around to making New Year’s resolutions consider the type of foot care you can provide for your feet. Check out some simple ideas in the article excerpt below.
Posted by: Health & Wellness Magazine Kansas City
Six Steps To A Healthier Stride: New Year’s Resolutions For Your Feet
Nip foot pain in the bud
If your feet are bothering you, it’s likely because of the repetitive nature of the interaction between your gait and your footwear. Most non-impact foot and ankle injuries are a result of consistently wearing improper footwear. The sooner you see a foot professional to find out exactly what is bothering you, the better your chances are of alleviating the pain and discomfort.
Wear larger shoes
Over the past four decades, the average shoe size worn by Americans has increased by 2 sizes. Comfort Plus staff estimate that up to 80 percent of foot problems are a result of people wearing too small of a shoe size. While it’s tempting to select a shoe that makes your foot look as slender as possible, finding the right fit for your feet is essential for good foot health.
Change your workout shoes every 500 miles, or roughly every six months
Getting exercise is a great way to improve your circulation and maintain a healthy body weight. But when you push your body towards its limits, you’re also pushing your footwear to its limits.
A shoe is normally well worn out by the time it’s noticeable on the outsole or tread. Each step you take compresses the midsole area, which responds by absorbing the impact and returning energy to you as you begin the next stride. Over time, that energy return and stability dissipate, especially after thousands of reps.
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Taking care of your feet is often overlooked, unless you are experiencing foot pain. Then you’re probably searching high and low for a solution. The tips above can help with everyday foot care to help prevent problems that cause the pain, but if you already have chronic pain in your feet you should visit a qualified podiatrist.
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, consider scheduling a free foot assessment with a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare where you’ll find the latest advancements to treat the foot problems causing you pain. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.