‘An ounce of prevention…….

is worth a pound of cure." No question most of us have heard this adage many of times. As a member of your healthcare team, it is a phrase worth repeating here at Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists.

You may feel quite healthy and walk around most days without much worry as to the many steps you take. The occasional achy foot or heel pain is just attributed to a little over use. That pain in your back only happens after running for several miles, so you just avoid that type of exercise. Each of these situations may appear quite benign and for all intensive purposes are immediately without consequence. Unfortunately, your entire body weight is supported by a single limb as you walk, or both as you stand, and multiplied over hundreds and thousands of steps can turn the slightest imperfection into a future problem.

Achy feet or heel pain may be caused by small imbalance of tendons or muscles, which addressed early, can be corrected with non-invasive methods. That back pain could be a manifestation of what is happening in your feet and legs. A small difference between the length of your legs many not be a problem in your daily walking, but the added compression and weight of running amplifies this difference resulting in back pain. The earlier small abnormalities, or those ‘little aches and pains' are examined, the better the outcome on your health. When addressed early, orthosis and taping can be used to corrected these problems and keep the need for future surgical intervention small. Keep yourself healthy and schedule a ‘foot check-up' with Dr. Thomajan today!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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