Humans aren’t meant to have sore feet, so your foot pain means there’s something wrong that needs to be corrected. A simple ache or pain that you experience only intermittently now could develop into a chronic issue or could get worse with each passing day.
Here are five things you should know if you want to keep foot pain and heel pain from becoming a permanent part of your life. Some of them may surprise you.
First, you really need to pay attention to everyday aches and pains in your feet. A staggering 80 percent of adults, according to some sources, experience foot pain or have a foot issue of some kind. In many cases, bad shoes, poorly fitted shoes or doing high-impact athletic activities without proper footwear, orthotics or supportive shoe insoles is the cause. These aches and pains usually get worse, and eventually expensive and unpleasant surgery could be necessary to correct the problem.
Second, your weight contributes to foot problems. If you carry a few extra pounds, you’re more likely to have foot pain than if you don’t. That’s a fact. Walking around with extra weight on your frame can dramatically increase pressure on your already-sore feet. But you can reduce the strain and reduce the pain by releasing some of that weight.
Third, your feet need good support. You can get this from good shoes, but you may need to add supportive shoe insoles to get the best results. Start, however, with shoes that have plenty of room for your toes, support at the ankle and a tight fit at the heel to keeps your foot from moving around too much in the shoe. All of these things will help you prevent injuries that can cause foot pain.
Fourth, specialty-store orthotics aren’t any better than more economical ones. While we can’t recommend cheaply made orthotics and shoe insoles from the grocery or discount store, FootCareDepot.com specializes in offering reasonably priced but carefully designed orthotics that won’t break the bank. It’s our reason for existing, and we don’t sell anything that costs several hundred dollars as some specialty-store orthotics do.
And finally, don’t shun doctors. If you need professional help for your foot problems, contact a doctor. Your regular doctor may send you to a podiatrist, and this is probably covered by your insurance, if you have any. Podiatrists can handle surgery if you need it, but they can also recommend which courses of action to take to reduce or eliminate your foot issues.
Solving foot issues isn’t a “once done, always done” kind of thing because you put additional stress and strain on your feet every day. That’s why taking preventative and therapeutic actions every day is so important.
You may not be able to permanently eliminate or completely prevent foot or heel pain, but don’t you want to take every action possible to increase your comfort and increase your ability to stand on your feet whenever you want to?