10 Ways You’re Hurting Your Feet

proper foot care

Feet are some of the most neglected parts of our bodies. At Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, we’ve put together a list of some common foot abuses. They’re easy to fix, and we encourage you to do so!

  1. You’re wearing the wrong size shoes.
    If you haven’t had your feet measured since the 11thgrade, you missed an important life lesson. Adult feet can change sizes. An increase in shoe width will give your flat feet some needed room. A bigger size can accommodate your growing bunion.
  2. You’re cutting your toenails wrong.
    Cutting your toenails in a curve encourages ingrown toenails. To prevent this painful condition, cut your toenails straight across and not too short.
  3. You’re spending too much time in unsupportive shoes.
    Too much time spent in sandals or cheaply-made shoes with no support can lead to fallen arches and heel pain.
  4. Spikes are your go-to shoe.
    Podiatrists Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey recommend that you limit your time in high heels. Squeezing your toes and putting all of your weight on the ball of your foot can lead to toe deformities, metatarsalgia, and ankle sprains.
  5. You go out long and strong.
    When starting a new exercise program, slowly increase your duration, intensity, and distance. Taking it out long and fast stresses your feet and can cause plantar fasciitis and fractures.
  6. You put up with foot pain.
    Patients often wait way too long to get their foot pain treated. The sooner you address it, the easier and faster the treatment is likely to be.
  7. You’re diabetic and neglecting your feet.
    Diabetics need to be super-vigilant about performing daily foot checks.
  8. You don’t wear your orthotics.
    Your doctor prescribed them precisely to help you avoid pain!
  9. You keep putting off surgery.
    Our expert podiatrists will always attempt to heal you through conservative methods. But sometimes foot surgery is our best recommendation.
  10. You’re closing your eyes to the effects of obesity.
    Many foot issues are caused or worsened when we ask them to support extra pounds.

Peruse our online education library for lots more information about proper foot care. And call us in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041 or click here for an appointment to treat whatever foot or ankle pain ails you.