Many of us feel youthful rather than acknowledging the reality of our actual age! This causes us to want to maintain the energy, motivation, and endurance of teenagers. Our minds may be willing but our bodies are not always able.If you run, bike, play golf, tennis or any other sport on the weekend, you know what we’re talking about.
Hopefully, you are able to keep up, but it’s likely that you may recognize at some point that your body is not as limber as it once was. There may be several causes for this but one that is typically ignored until it is too late is the feet. That’s right, your feet – also known as the rarely recognized superstars that make sure that you can run, jump, pedal, swing and walk when you want.
Here are some tips from Dr. Mark Forman, DPM, a leading Scottsdale podiatrist, as well as his all-star team at Put Your Feet First to help keep your feet in great shape so you don’t get twisted up.
Proper Footwear: Look at your shoes – what are you wearing? How do they feel? If you’re wearing heels and are feeling pain, then you’re not doing it right. And if you have on tight, narrow shoes that are suffocating your feet, you’re definitely doing something wrong. The shoes you choose to wear day in and day out can directly affect the health of your feet.
Custom Orthotics: Custom-made orthotics gently correct the alignment of your feet so the complex network of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones in your feet can work together properly, so you’ll be able to walk and stand without foot pain.
Stretching: Many patients who come in with foot pain don’t understand the importance of stretching their feet on a daily basis. Here are some stretches that can help keep your feet limber and prevent injury.
Maintenance: Treatments like MLS Laser Therapy help eliminate pain and reduce inflammation in the body in a safe, painless, and non-invasive way. This therapy utilizes dual wavelengths of infrared light to penetrate deep into the tissue and stimulate regeneration at the cellular level.
If you have been in pain for a short to extended period of time, make an appointment right away as problems typically get worse rather than go away on their own. At Put Your Feet First, we feel your pain and have solutions that will help you get back on your feet!