Sit down. If your job keeps you on your feet for many hours, if you’ve put in an especially long run, or been rushing around doing errands all day – stop. Prop up your feet and spend a minute or two flexing your toes. Just give your feet a break!
Shop for specific shoe details. Of course, make sure you buy shoes that fit well (try them on toward the end of the day, when your feet are largest). But beyond a proper fit, look for signs that they’re well made, such as a natural leather upper; a deep heel cup to cushion your heel bone; thick, solid soles to absorb shock; and fasteners that you’re able to loosen when needed (think “hot summer day”).
Watch your weight. Many overweight patients of ours here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland have found that their foot or ankle pain disappeared after they lost the extra weight. When we demand that our feet support more pounds than they’re designed to, they can quickly lose their arch (flatfoot), undergo tiny stress fractures, or lash out in the form of chronic heel pain. So keeping your feet in top shape is just another reason to keep your body at a healthy weight.
Hop on the cool sock bandwagon. Compression socks have come a long way since your grandmother wore them for her varicose veins. In the 21st century, socks have evolved to become best buddies with any active human. Serious triathletes don colorful knee-high compression socks during or after a race to improve the flow of blood from out of their hard-working legs. Even the occasional athlete or just the casually-dressed will benefit from the new ankle-high athletic socks. They’ve got an anatomical advantage – that is, they’re specifically designed with a right and left sock. They’re sewn with cushion and support in just the right places, making them extremely comfortable.
Submit to pampering. Get thee to a reputable salon. Guys, that goes for you, too. We can’t think of anybody who doesn’t enjoy the lower limb soak, scrub, and massage that make up a professional pedicure.
Pledge to treat pain fast. One of the best ways to treat your feet well is to listen to them when they cry out in pain. Treat pain early, and if it doesn’t subside within a few days, visit experienced podiatrists Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann at our Solon office, in the suburbs of Cleveland. Call us at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online.