3 Tips for Healthy & Happy Feet

With summer in full swing and all the outdoor activities to enjoy, it’s important to keep your feet happy and healthy so you aren’t sidelined with an easily preventable foot or ankle problem.

Here are 3 tips that your feet will love:


  1. Wear adjustable footwear—Hot summer weather will cause your feet to swell more than usual, so it is a great idea to wear shoes and sandals with a variety of strapping and lacing options so you can make quick adjustments as needed to redistribute any stress or pressure points, providing fast relief.


  1. Shop for shoes at the end of the day—It’s very important that your shoes fit properly and provide adequate support. Shoes that are too tight can cause a wide range of foot problems, so be sure to try on shoes later in the day to account for any normal swelling that may have occurred. Also, be certain to have your feet measured once a year. As you get older your feet have a tendency to get wider and flatter. Also, weight loss or gain can have a pronounced effect on your shoe size, so get those feet accurately measured!


  1. Proper arch support—One of the easiest and most effective methods of correcting problems with your feet, knees, hips, and back is to have your walking gait analyzed by your foot doctor. When our arches drop or roll we tend to compensate by altering the way we walk, which can have a profound effect on your health all the way up your spine. Be sure to be fitted with proper arch supports and any other necessary orthotic inserts that can keep your feet, and the rest of your back, properly aligned.


If you are experiencing problems with your feet and ankles, seek the advice of a board certified podiatrist for the best advice and recommendations for 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 (929-336-4523).