Since we are on the cusp of 2016, this is a great time to think about areas in our lives that we wish to improve and then make resolutions to address them. Some of the more popular ones include quitting tobacco use, drinking less, eating better, and exercising more. Those are all centered on health and wellbeing, but so too is adopting smart foot care practices.
While thinking about your resolutions for the New Year, consider incorporating the following foot health tips to keep your feet and ankles safe and injury-free:
- Ditch any ill-fitting footwear. Shoes that are too tight or too loose put your feet and ankles at risk for conditions like corns, calluses, blisters, black toenails, ingrown nails, bunions, toe deformities, and other medical issues. Swap out models that do not fit properly with ones that are snug, but not tight, and have room for your toes to wiggle.
- Use stretching exercises. Daily stretches, particularly for your calf muscles and Achilles tendon, will help reduce the risk of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other common conditions. This form of injury prevention is often easy to do and we can show you some stretches that are particularly effective.
- Start a workout program. Of course, it is important to keep in mind that you should not do too much at first. That will only increase the risk of injury. Instead, begin at a light level and slowly make progress with regard to intensity and duration. We can help you design an exercise plan that is centered on preventing injuries and improving your overall wellness.
- Connect with us on social media. Did you know that you can find Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest? Connecting with us is a great way to stay on top of the latest news and tips about feet.
One of the best foot health tips we can offer is to make sure you come see us early when issues arise. Problems are generally most treatable at their early stages, and getting the care you need is important for ensuring that a minor issue does not develop into a major one.When foot or ankle pain strikes, be sure to contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists by calling (512) 328-8900. You can also get the first-class care you need by scheduling an appointment with our Austin, TX foot doctor office online.