Listen to the Little Things

Don’t ignore what your feet are trying to tell you!

Obvious pain of even small imperfections, like calluses, often indicates imbalances that can lead to injury.  Like the old saying goes, “A House without a Strong Foundation is Likely to Crumble.”  We’ve put together a list of a few warning signs that will let you know that it is time to do something about your feet. That might be new, properly-fitted shoes. Or it might be corrective footwear or even medical treatment. Our bodies send us messages about our health. All we have do is listen!

Four Warning Signs to Heed

1. Calluses: Calluses are areas of thickened skin that form from repetitive pressure.  They are a sign that the feet are getting a lot of force on one spot.  A pair of good-fitting shoes, along with an arch support, is very important to prevent further damage.  The proper arch support can also aid in pain relief.

 

2. Bunions:  When the joint at the base of the big toe faces extra pressure, it can swell and form a bunion.  This is a bony protrusion on the side of the foot that may be painful as the big toe moves out of alignment.  Bunions don’t have to hurt.  Make sure your shoes are wide and deep enough at the toebox, along with possible arch support, and avoid shoes with seams that rub against the problem joint.

 

3. Neuroma:  A neuroma is an enlarged nerve, which most frequently occurs in the interspace between the third and fourth toes. Though neuromas aren’t visible, you can definitely feel them.  They can cause toe cramps or a more general pain in the ball of the foot.  Your shoes might be too tight in the toebox. It is a warning sign that it is time to get fitted for better shoes.

 

4. Plantar Fasciitis:  You have heard us talk about this many times, because it is so common!  Plantar Fasciitis causes pain in the heel or arch and occurs when the connective fibers that run along the bottom of the foot become inflamed at the spot where they attach to the heel bone.  Gentle exercises can help alleviate pain, along with properly-fitting shoes which may include arch supports.

If you said “yes” to any of these warning signs, it may be time to take a look at your shoes. Are they properly fitted to your body? Are they old or worn out? Are they too tight or unsupportive? Come see us to discuss some improvements to alleviate your pain and get you on the road to happy feet!

 

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