You may be surprised to hear me say this, but not ALL foot problems necessitate a trip to your Houston podiatrist’s office: some can be staved off with preventative measures and some can be helped with the use of over-the-counter drug store items. I just came across a piece in the Huffington Post listing their top drugstore picks to help them take better care of their feet, and I thought I’d share them with you.
1. For Blisters:
You know those shoes you own that always rub the back of your feet but you keep on wearing them anyways (Yes, I’m on to your tricks!) Instead of dealing with painful blisters after-the-fact, try Petals Heavenly Heelz, a six-pack of back-of-the-heel cushions that keep you protected right where ill-fitting shoes would normally hit (Of course, you could just toss the shoes, but I’m thinking you won’t now if you haven’t already done so.)
2. For Sliding Problems
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen women wearing shoes that leave their toes hanging over the edge of their shoes (which can cause all sorts of problems!) Soles Suede Insoles will keep your feet from slipping out of your peep-toes and also minimize the amount of foot-sweat you put out, keeping you safer from athlete’s foot as well.
3. For Fans of the Standing Desk
If you’ve recently transitioned to a standing desk or have a job that keeps you on your feet all day, Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Insoles will help stave off the foot pain that this kind of all-day impact could otherwise cause.
4. For UGG addicts:
I’ve previously written about the fact that completely-flat UGG boots can cause you foot pain, but if you can’t detach yourselves from these beloved boots, the Say Hello to Longer Legs shoe insert creates a false, minor heel that offers you better arch support.
Of course, there are some issues—like bunions and hammertoes, for starters--that you really shouldn’t try to treat on your own (hint: they’ll probably just get worse!) When these problems get you down, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider for quick and effective relief.