You Can’t Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions with Foot Pain

Get your feet healthy so you can keep your resolutionsHappy New Year! Have you spent today listing all the ways in which 2014 is going to be a better, healthier year for you? Does one of your New Year’s resolutions involve getting to the gym more often?

If, like so many people, you want to get in better shape in the New Year, you’ll need to make sure that your feet are up to the challenge. In order to make your plans a reality, here’s your Houston podiatrist’s list of New Year foot health resolutions:

  1. Check out and treat any existing foot pain. It’s almost impossible to get motivated for a new exercise routine when your feet hurt.
  2. Make sure you have a pair of athletic shoes that fit you properly. If you have a hard-to-fit foot, it may be a good idea to invest in a pair of custom orthotic inserts.
  3. Create a smart training program. You may want to go from your couch to a 10k in ten days, but taking on too much too soon can leave you vulnerable to sports injuries. Whether you’ve decided to train for a marathon or just get on the elliptical three times a week, any new fitness program needs to be eased into; build in rest days, vary your cardio and incorporate resistance training, even if you are determined to be a runner.
  4. Once you’re at the gym regularly, pay attention to your body. If something hurts your feet, you’re either doing it wrong or you’ve sustained a foot injury. Try asking a gym staff member to give you a fitness orientation that ensures you use all equipment correctly. If your pain persists, however, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider immediately so that an untreated injury won’t put you back on the couch and back at square one.
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
yes its true i have 10 tips for healthy feet. i agree with last comment that we need to be more careful with their activites . 1. Foot pain is not normal. Do not ignore foot pain. If pain persists, see a podiatrist. 2. Inspect your feet regularly, look out for changes in color and temperature. Check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Thick or discolored nails are a sign of developing fungus. Peeling or scaling on the soles of the feet can indicate athlete’s foot. Any growth on the foot is not normal. 3. Wash your feet daily, especially between the ingrown toes, making certain that you dry them completely. 4. When cutting your ingrown toenails, cut them straight across, but not too short. Cutting nails at the corner or along the sides can lead to ingrown toenails. 5. If you have blisters do not pop them. Instead, protect blisters by cutting a hole in a thin piece of foam and placing it over the blister, or cover them with a protective soft gel dressing to prevent infection and speed up the healing process 6. Make sure your shoes fit properly. It is best to buy new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest. Have your feet measured while standing and if your feet are different sizes, buy shoes in the size of the larger foot. Beware of shoes that need to be “broken-in.” 7. Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day. Alternative your footwear. When traveling, pack several pairs. 8. Keep your shoes in good condition. Run-down heels put uneven pressure on your foot, which can cause pains throughout the body. 9. Do not forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet. 10. Apply ice if you suspect a fracture, sprain or dislocation in your feet. Do not use heat or hot water, which promotes blood flow and greater swelling.
by Podiatry in Chelsea January 12, 2014 at 08:22 AM
These are the perfect new year resolutions for foot pain sufferer's. I think this year people need to be more careful with their activities and other things which are causing them foot pain other foot related issues.
by Painful Foot Problems January 3, 2014 at 05:36 AM
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