Treat Your Feet Right
This week on August 17th we celebrate National I Love My Feet Day and at Goldsmith Podiatry we are happy to help patients show some love to these amazing structures that take you where you want to go every day. Being proactive about podiatric health is a great way to help prevent foot problems.
Check out the suggestions below for keeping feet and ankles in good shape:
Doctor’s Orders—this may seem obvious, but if our podiatrists, Dr. Howard Goldsmith or Dr. Rosanna Troia, have devised a treatment plan for your foot issue, be diligent about following it. If you have a custom orthotic device, wear it. If physical therapy has been prescribed for an ankle sprain, complete the full number of sessions. Many times foot problems get out of control because patients do not follow the care instructions from the podiatrist. If you have questions about a treatment plan or are having difficulty with it, contact our New York City office by calling: 212-877-1002.
Healthy Habits—lifestyle choices that are good for your overall health can be particularly beneficial for your feet. Not smoking—it impedes circulation—is beneficial for your feet, especially if you have diabetes or peripheral arterial disease. Eating lots of vegetables and fruits can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce inflammation. Weight loss of even a few pounds if you are overweight can reduce the stress by 3 to 5 times per pound on your feet and ankles. Regular exercise can help you stay flexible and limber and also aid in weight control.
Shoe Savvy—wearing shoes and avoiding going barefoot can reduce the risk of injury and fungal infections. Avoid overuse of flip flops because they have no support and leave your feet completely exposed. Get rid of shoes that are stretched and worn out and be sure to get your foot measured periodically to ensure that you are wearing the correct size. Always choose shoes that have solid arch support, ankle support and a non-slip tread. Avoid high heels and narrow toe boxes.
Show your feet the proper care they deserve and they will enable you to live the active life you love for many years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your feet or ankles, don’t hesitate to contact us.