When you mention your New Year’s resolutions to some people, you will receive an eye roll. The entire concept of resolutions can seem clichéd from marketing slogans like “new year, new you” and other such messages. Pop culture can even lampoon the practice, but the truth of the matter is that this is an opportunity to take time and assess things in your life. There’s absolutely nothing wrong about that!
Whether you label the actions you take to become a better you as “resolutions” or not, the new year is a great time to think about your feet and the measures you should take to keep them healthy and functioning their best for you.
We know feet don’t often get the focus and attention that other parts of the body do. In part, it’s probably because they aren’t usually visible, being hidden beneath socks and shoes and all. When you look in the mirror, you will definitely notice something weird growing on your face or if there is some extra weight around the midsection. You don’t see what is happening with your lower limbs, though.
Your overworked/underappreciated feet need a little love in 2017! The following foot care tips will help you keep them healthy, safe, and capable of getting you where you need to go:
- Address problems early. As is the case with many issues in life, catching and treating foot problems at their earliest stages is the best way to address them. This is especially true because your feet are complicated structures with many moving pieces and facing tremendous amounts of physical force (even when we are only walking). What this means is that there can be a bit of a “domino effect,” wherein an issue in one part causes you to walk differently, which then places extra pressure on a different area. Over time, this can lead to a completely different problem!
- Exercise regularly. As with the rest of your body, your feet need nourishment from healthy blood flow and are made of various tissues. A proper exercise program can help keep your feet functioning at an optimal level to keep you mobile.
- Eat the right foods. Exercise is important for your body, but so too is what you put into it. Eating too much sugar can lead to diabetes. Too much red meat and beer could cause gout. Not enough calcium and vitamin D and the bones in your feet won’t be strong. Basically, you need to center your dietary choices on whole grains, veggies, fresh fruit, lean meat, legumes, nuts, and low-fat dairy products. (Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too!)
- Protect your feet. One of the common reasons for problems developing in the lower limbs is footwear that doesn’t fit. Protect your feet with shoes that fit well, have ample cushioning, and provide solid arch support. If you move heavy items often for your job, invest in steel-toed work boots or safety shoes. When you run or participate in sports, wear appropriate athletic shoes.
- Manage your diabetes. If you are diabetic, you simply need to be mindful of diabetic foot care practices. Earlier we mentioned the importance of catching issues at their earliest stages. Well, this is infinitely more important if you have diabetes. Minor problems can become medical emergencies when they are either unnoticed or untreated.
Going back to our first tip about addressing problems early, come in and see us if you are having any issues with your feet or ankles. We have the medical training you need for foot health and safety. If you would like any information, simply give us a call at (208) 731-6321 to connect with our Twin Falls office or (208) 312-4646 to connect with our Burley office. Of course, you can contact Advanced Foot & Ankle online right now as well!