Did you know that each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 ligaments, muscles, and tendons? That makes feet one of the most complex parts of our bodies! If you’ve ever dealt with foot pain, you know how frustrating it can be. Aches in your lower limbs can impact your daily activities and keep you from doing the things you love. Unfortunately, many New Yorkers don’t think about foot injuries and issues until they have already occurred. In this blog, we will focus on some ways to keep pain from happening in the first place. If you have additional questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out for more specific information. We’re here to help you keep your feet healthy!
Know your limits
One of the most common challenges individuals face is when to call it quits. Many of us are trained to think that we should push through pain and overlook feelings of discomfort. Whether this stems from societal pressure or an internal struggle to keep going to “have it all” in life, it can be quite damaging to our health. If you feel like something is off, trust your gut and what your body is telling you. Forcing your feet to do more than they are physically capable of can cause more complications and trouble down the line than it is worth. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up all of your activities completely; it simply means being more mindful of what you are asking your body to do.
Talk to your doctor
It’s important that you take any concerns to an expert. After all, it’s better to address a small issue before it becomes larger. Even if nothing is immediately wrong, we can work together to strategize about the best ways to reduce your chances of injury and make you feel more comfortable when completing your daily activities. This might mean learning new stretches or fitness techniques; using orthotics, like lifts and supports; or setting up physical therapy sessions. Advances in stem cell and regeneration therapy might also be helpful choices. You can trust that we will never suggest you do anything that is not valuable to your health.
A lot of prevention relies on selecting the right gear for your activities. For example, it’s important that you wear shoes that support your feet and problem areas. Some individuals find relief when they ditch their heels or purchase tennis shoes with more arch support. Sometimes, investing in specialty socks can even make a difference. You also need to make smart choices when it comes to the activities that you participate in and when you do them. Avoiding outdoor winter workouts, for example, can help you avoid slips, falls, and strains. If you know that you have foot issues, avoid activities that might be too strenuous for them. Remember: balance is key.