Quit These Bad Foot Habits Today
If you see your podiatrist for an examination once a year, you’re taking an important step toward keeping your feet, ankles, and lower legs in great condition, ensuring that you’re able to stand, walk, and run free from pain and discomfort. But what about all the other days of the year? Are you doing things that expose you to illness and injury?
Here are some bad habits that Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein recommend you leave behind right away:
Going barefoot in public showers – These places are breeding grounds for the germs that cause athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and other infections. Protect your feet by creating a barrier with an inexpensive pair of plastic or rubber sandals.
Wearing high heel shoes every day – Those stilettos may look great, but they are responsible for a wide range of foot and ankle issues including hammertoes and bunions. Save them for special occasions. For daily use, choose a sensible, comfortable pair of shoes with a wide, roomy toe box and low, chunky heels. Rubber soles will increase grip and reduce the likelihood of foot and ankle injuries.
Ignoring the relationship between diet and foot health – People who are overweight or obese are more likely to experience foot pain than others. Eat a sensible diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Try to avoid too much salt, which can cause edema, a kind of swelling in the feet and ankles.
Smoking – Tobacco use causes circulation issues which can affect foot health. Cut down or quit today. Your doctor can help.
If you are experiencing foot pain, or if you have a concern about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026. We will schedule a convenient appointment to see Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM in our modern, comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices. Our doctors will examine your feet, arrive at an accurate and specific diagnosis, and work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and ongoing care.