It’s a new year, and with new years come new resolutions. Many resolutions focus on eating healthier, getting more exercise, or just treating your body better overall. A big part of taking care of your body is taking care of your feet. We’ve compiled some great tips to help you help your feet in 2019!
New Shoes – Many Americans are walking around in shoes that are too old. Old shoes give less support, have less cushioning, and are usually packed with harmful bacteria that can cause toenail fungus or athlete’s foot. Podiatrists recommend you buy new shoes every 300 – 500 miles, which for the average American is every 6 months. Folks with jobs that have them on the feet all day will reach those miles much sooner.
New Socks – Much like shoes, socks have a limited lifespan. If your socks have holes in them then you’ve held on to them for way to long. When purchasing new socks try to opt for moisture wicking materials, such as merino wool or polyester. Cotton socks can trap moisture against the skin, which can lead to athlete’s foot or even ulcers in diabetics.
Supportive Shoe Inserts – Many people do not get enough support from their shoes, so a good supportive orthotic inserts can be very helpful. While inserts you can buy from the drug store or a runner’s shoe store many podiatrists recommend full custom inserts. Made specifically for your feet these medical devices can last years, providing you great support the whole time. Custom orthotics can be a great gift for your feet, as well as improving overall body health.
See A Podiatrist – While it may seem obvious, if you or a loved one is experiencing foot pain then please make an appointment with your local podiatrist. When it comes to the feet the sooner you seek professional attention then the easier it is to correct the problem. A podiatrist is an expert in all aspects of the foot, so you know you can trust them to get to the root of your pain.
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