5 New Year Resolutions for Better Feet

 

happy feetThe New Year has arrived, which means you’re probably making your New Year’s resolutions. Instead of the typical, but certainly worthwhile, “I want to lose weight,” or “I’ll quit smoking,” New Year’s resolutions, try resolving to have better feet in the new year; and trust us, the rest of your body will thank you for it, says Burlington podiatrist, Dr. Todd Hyatt at Triad Foot Center.

“Healthy feet mean a healthy body,” explains Dr. Hyatt. “Believe it or not, your feet are connected to virtually everything in your body.  Back and leg pain, among many other ailments, can arise as a result of unhealthy feet.”

If you want to resolve to have healthier feet, here are a few ways you can fulfill those promises to yourself:

Make Better Footwear Buying Decisions: While many women subscribe to the theory, “beauty is pain,” there is nothing beautiful about painful feet. You should look for shoes with arch support and flexible soles with a minimal heel.  Your toes should also have sufficient room without the sides of the shoes pressing against your toes.

Wear Better Shoes: When deciding what shoes to wear every day, make the healthier decision. By choosing healthier shoes over your sky-high pumps, you can reduce the risk of developing lower extremity problems, like bunions, hammer toes, plantar fasciitis, interdigital neuromas, and ingrown toenails.

Stretch Regularly: There are a number of stretches that you can do to enhance your overall foot health, like the toe extensor stretch.  By stretching you can also alleviate pain and lengthen tight muscles and tendons.

Have Better Foot Hygiene: Washing your feet daily with mild soap and warm water, as well as drying between your toes, can help keep a lot of foot infections and diseases away.

Get Active: Physical activity is not only great for your overall health; it provides a lot of benefits to your feet as well. Find an activity you enjoy doing like running, rollerblading, hiking or bicycling to help you get on your feet and start moving!

For more foot health tips, tricks and information, please visit triadfoot.com It’s always a good idea to have a thorough exam by a podiatrist to ensure you don’t have any foot conditions you aren’t aware of.  Click here to go ahead and request your appointment, and get on the right track!

 

 

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