Did you know that the average person will walk approximately 115,000 miles in a lifetime? That’s more than 4 times around the Earth! This month we’ll celebrate National I Love My Feet Day on August 17th. At Texas Foot Specialists we think this is a great time to treat your feet as a way of saying “thank you” for all that they do for you. Here are 3 suggestions:
Get a Checkup. When you meet with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Bruce Miller or Dr. Gregory Mangum, you will get a full evaluation of your feet and ankles. The foot doctor will conduct a complete examination and also get a medical history. The podiatrist may also observe your gait and check your shoes to see what the wear patterns reveal. If any podiatric conditions are detected, the foot doctor will be able to prescribe the proper treatment and help you make adjustments to your footwear or activities to prevent damage from occurring to your feet.
Buy New Shoes that Fit. The number one cause of foot problems is wearing improperly fitting shoes. Get your feet professionally measured. It’s estimated that 9 out of 10 women are wearing shoes that are too small. For many patients, one foot is larger than the other—always buy to accommodate the bigger foot. Choose shoes made of soft, natural, breathable materials and limit heel height to 2 inches. Make shoe buying an event: take the time to try on both shoes and walk around the store for a while to be sure they fit well and do not rub or pinch anywhere on your feet.
Give Your Feet Both Exercise and Rest. Healthy feet need exercise to maintain good circulation and range of motion. Regular exercise also helps keep weight down—another way to be good to your feet. Feet also need rest, however, so be sure to put them up periodically and especially if you’ve had a day where you’ve been walking or standing for a long period of time.
Perhaps one of the most important ways to show your feet you care about them is not to ignore foot pain. If you experience any discomfort in your ankles, feet or toes contact our Houston (713) 664-6677, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 or Sugar Land (281) 242-4448 office without delay to make an appointment.