Your feet are awesome! They are put together in a very strategic way to accomplish amazing feets (excuse the pun) during your lifetime. You know the importance of eating a healthy diet, exercising, and living a balanced lifestyle, but have you ever stopped to consider that part of this balance is literal? Your feet literally keep you balanced and give you the ability to walk upright. Just like in other areas of your life foot health is important too and you should do what you can to prevent foot pain.
Before we step into talking about prevention, let’s emphasize just how remarkable your feet are and why foot pain prevention is important. Consider the following:
- The average person walks approximately 8,000 – 10,000 steps every day
- You put 100+ tons of pressure on your feet daily
- There are 66 joints in your feet
- You have 200+ muscles, ligaments and tendons in your feet
- One quarter of all your bones are in your feet – that’s 54 bones!
We tell you those statistics to underscore the important role your feet play. Because they are so hard at work for you, it’s no wonder that 75% of Americans will experience a variety of foot problems such as:
- Toenail fungus infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- …just to name a few!
So what can you do to prevent foot pain?
- Stay active - keep your feet moving by walking and exercising.
- Be very intentional about the shoes that you’re wearing – if they don’t offer good support and hurt your feet, find different shoes! For example, high heels increase foot pressure by 75% - ouch! Not to mention, they can aggravate existing foot problems like bunions or hammertoes, and cause new ones.
- Practice good foot hygiene – washing your feet every day, keeping them dry, and nails trimmed will help protect you against foot pain caused by ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, and other potential infections.
- Don’t leave foot problems untreated – if you think you have an infected ingrown toenail, broken toe, or need inserts to give you more support when you run, don’t hesitate to take conservative measures so you’re not experiencing pain.
- Visit a podiatrist – if your foot pain isn’t going away, or getting progressively worse, or if you simply want an evaluation of your feet, don’t hesitate to visit a podiatrist. Allowing foot pain to get worse will only cause more problems for you in the future.
- Print out and put the following infographic on your desk, on your fridge, in your bathroom, taped to your forehead – anywhere you’ll see it to remind you how awesome your feet are!
If you’re experiencing chronic foot pain, consider contacting a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.