A great way to improve your overall health is by paying attention to any problems you may be developing with your feet and ankles. Certain diseases like diabetes often exhibit peripheral symptoms like numbness and tingling in the feet and ankles first. Also, making sure you have the right shoes and foot support can restore proper spinal alignment and treat knee, hip, and back pain as well.
3 tips to keep your feet happy and healthy include the following:
- Wear properly sized and fitted shoes—Your feet have a natural tendency to become flatter and wider as you get older so be sure to have them properly measured each time you buy shoes. Determine your foot type with a computerized gait analysis from your foot doctor.
- Use the right arch supports and orthotics—The gait analysis will help your foot doctor design proper arch supports and other functional orthoses to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions (as well as knee, hip, and back pain as mentioned).
- Lose some of those extra pounds—Carrying around a lot of extra weight really takes a toll on your feet. In fact, each added pound of weight greatly increases the amount of force that your poor feet must absorb.
For any pain and discomfort you are having with your feet and ankles, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.