You only get one set of feet in life, which is why it’s really important to pamper and care for them. If you take care of your feet, they will continue taking care of you well into your old age. If you don’t, however, you could wind up suffering from nerve damage, hammer toes, bone spurs, or worse. Remember these tips from Premier Foot & Ankle to protect yourself from common bad habits that can ruin your feet.
Flip Flops Are for the Beach
When you’re slipping shoes on to walk to the mailbox or go to the pool, flip flops are fine. However, they aren’t the right choice for your everyday shoes. Without proper support, wearing flip flops to run, jump, or play sports will lead to serious injuries that can include broken toes, tendinitis, and a painful condition known as plantar fasciitis.
If you aren’t sure what kind of support your feet need, visit your local McKinney podiatrist to learn what type of support is right for you. Custom orthotics will help support your feet and prevent the problems listed above.
Slimming Heels Are Terrible for Feet
Women who wear high heels every day can become immune to foot pain, but their bodies aren’t becoming immune to the damage. Any heels over two inches cause the Achilles tendon to shorten, so wearing them often can lead to Achilles tendinitis and serious problems. It also puts incredible strain on the balls of your feet and can lead to metatarsalgia, an acute pain that can be chronic.
Avoid these problems by wearing high heels only for special occasions and by choosing something healthier and more conservative for everyday use.
Give Your Toes Some Space
Men and women both wear shoes that don’t give their toes the space they need. Pointy-toed shoes are not as popular now as they were a few years ago, but there are still many styles that pinch the toes and can cause serious problems. The outer toes can curl under in a condition known as hammertoe, and you can suffer from an inflammation of the nerves between the toes known as neuroma.
Instead, look for shoes with a wider toe box that let you wiggle your toes while wearing them. This will protect your feet from damage.
Protect your feet by choosing shoes wisely. Sometimes the softest shoes that seem comfortable can serious problems if they don’t have the support you need.
Whether you have been told you have flat feet or you are suffering from some pain, visit Premier Foot & Ankle to discover what kind of support you need and what shoe styles are the best option for you. We are here to help you protect your feet for a lifetime. Call us at 214-778-1239.