Our feet support the height and weight of our bodies. When they ache, problems can range from bone fractures and arthritis to plantar fasciitis – a painful condition where the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot swells.
Health officials say it’s important to address foot pain as soon as you have symptoms. Left untreated, foot pain can keep you from enjoying your life because it hurts just to walk up and down the stairs. It can also lead to other problems in the knees, hips and back as well.
Some of the most common problems that cause foot pain include excess weight, poorly fitting shoes, sports activities and not warming up properly before you work out.
Luckily, many foot disorders can be treated, health officials say. The first step will be to seek a proper diagnosis from an appropriate health care provider.
Try these tips to keep your feet healthy:
- Use appropriate footwear that fits well.
- Wear clean socks.
- Keep your feet clean.
- Lose excess weight.
- Try not to stand for long hours.
- Warm up before exercising.
- Examine your feet regularly if you have diabetes. Look for cuts, bruises, blisters, sores and swelling.
Source: NIH News in Health