About half of Americans make at least one New Year’s resolution each and every year, but as a group we’re not particularly successful at sticking with them. A new gym membership sits unused. A promise to go for a run twice a week quickly slips to once a week, then once a month, then never. Old patterns are hard to break.
Well, here’s one resolution that you shouldn’t abandon, and without much effort it can be a really easy to keep, too: pay attention to your feet and treat them right!
Feet are one of the most ignored body parts. A lot of people never think about them, or even really look at them, until something starts to hurt. Even then, far too many people shrug off mild to moderate foot aches as a temporary inconvenience, or an inevitable consequence of getting older.
That’s the wrong approach! Foot pain is not normal. Furthermore, your feet are your entire foundation—they’re what keep you standing, walking, working, playing, and living the life you want to live.
Most importantly, just a little bit of awareness and care can save you weeks, months, or years of unnecessary time, pain, and expense. A great number of foot conditions and problems can be stopped or slowed before they even really begin, and all it takes is a few minutes each day to pay attention to what your feet are telling you. Whether you have a bunion or hammertoe beginning to grow, or a sore or ulcer starting to develop, or a tingling or zinging sensation from damaged nerves, catching it early and getting treatment right away can make a huge difference for your future health and happiness.
So, don’t give up on this easy resolution! In 2017, make listening to your feet and checking for problems a part of your daily routine. Pick an easy-to-remember time—say, right before you go to bed—and stick with it. Don’t shrug off pain and wait for it to get better; most of the time, it will only get worse.Instead, if problems do emerge, call the team at Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists for a professional evaluation and experienced, compassionate care. You can connect with us at (512) 328-8900, or request an appointment online.