By Dr. Brian K. Bailey, Podiatric Physician & Surgeon
Foot pain can be a serious problem that can keep you tied to your recliner and TV. And it can cause you to give up on exercise. Are your feet making you fat?
Ever wonder how much damage you are doing when you walk round in shoes that don’t fit proper or ones that weren’t made for the task at hand? The shoes you wear can make you feel slim, sexy, and stylish—and they can leave you wincing in pain.
A recent survey found that people reported pain in their feet more often than any other part of the body. More than toothaches, knee problems, and even back pain. With 72% of Americans not exercising because of foot pain, a Podiatrist can provide tips to alleviate foot pain and get you back to exercising.
Aching feet can keep you from exercising, which can lead to weight gain. Being overweight can stress your bones and muscles, and put extra stress on your feet and ankles. This can cause tendon inflammation in your feet, pain in your heels or toes, and other foot problems. Yet, a recent study on foot pain found that people only visit a doctor when the problem impacts their lifestyle, causes extreme pain, or requires surgery.
If being overweight is the source of your foot pain, you don’t have to wait around to exercise. Try low-impact activities like swimming or biking. Get help from a nutritionist to make healthier food choices and shed a few pounds. And make an appointment to see a podiatrist. In many cases, new orthotic shoes can help get you back on your feet without surgery.
Many Americans rank their feet as the body part of lowest importance, yet the one that causes them the most pain and discomfort. Therefore, it is critical that people pay attention to their feet and wear proper shoes to eliminate and prevent further pain and health problems.
Most people would agree that, like having a good mattress, good shoes are important to one’s well being, since many hours are spent bearing weight on them. Yet people frequently buy ill-fitted shoes for fashion, price, or other reasons, and then keep wearing the shoes till they are worn out, because they have just become “broken in.”
If you are one of the many Americans who avoid exercise due to foot problems, visit a Podiatrist today. There’s no reason to continue living in discomfort and missing out on activities due to foot pain.
Through a thorough assessment the proper footwear or custom inserts can be recommended to alleviate or eliminate foot, knee, and back pain.
As the country’s obesity rates continue to soar, this makes treating foot pain imperative, schedule a consultation with a Podiatrist to help determine the proper footwear and get you back on your feet. Once fitted with proper shoes, you will be amazed at how quickly the pounds fall off!
Let a Podiatrist guide you to feel better and live better in 2015. Call today for a foot analysis to see how you can get moving.
Podiatrist is carefully trained to evaluate your pain, pinpoint problems, and recommend customized solutions. We can help people with a variety of problems and conditions, including:
• Anyone whose feet hurt
• Those living with arthritis and diabetes
• People whose doctors recommend special shoes or inserts as part of their treatment plan
• People with hard-to-fit feet
• Walkers and runners
• People who stand all day for work
• People who are experiencing back pain or pain in their joints
• Athletes looking for a competitive edge
Body-Mind-Spirit Podiatric Center
500 14th Street, Ashland, Kentucky, 41101
Phone (606) 324-FOOT