Taking good care of your feet is an excellent way to improve your overall health and to avoid injuries. Your feet create the foundation for the rest of your body to stand on. When they are healthy and well supported, you avoid potential injuries to your knees, hips, and back as well.
Four tips for healthy feet
- Buy the correct shoes—Feet tend to become flatter and wider as you age, so be sure to have them measured each time you buy shoes. It’s also best to shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet have swelled to their maximum size.
- Correct arch and dome support—Improper arch support is one of the major causes of foot, ankle, knee, and back problems. The metatarsal dome where your toe bones intersect with the ball of your foot is another area that can greatly benefit from custom-made orthotic inserts.
- Physical therapy exercises—Flexibility and range of motion exercises are an excellent benefit for your feet and ankles. You can try things like rolling your arches over a tennis or golf ball and picking up small objects like marbles with your toes. Calf raises and ankle extension exercises will also help increase strength and flexibility.
- Weight reduction—Any extra weight you are carrying is exaggerated at the level of your feet and ankles, with each pound effectively adding three extra pounds of stress and pressure on your feet.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.