A recent survey released by the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) reported that Americans are least likely to worry about the health of their feet. If you have read any of our blogs, you probably care more about your feet than the responders of this survey. Even so, think about how many times your feet have hurt and you have ignored it. Would you ignore a tooth ache? Shoulder or knee pain? Or would you seek out an evaluation by a medical specialist? As a specialist of the foot, your Austin podiatrist is looking out for your feet and doesn’t want you to ignore it.
If you think about it, your feet are one of the most important components of your daily activities. While there are many thing instrumental to your daily activities, you can to favor an uninjured arm over the other without many problems. Attempting to do this with an injured foot is not only extremely difficult and could lead to falls, but it also puts undue stress on your other joints. Many times small aches or problems with your foot can lead to knee, hip, or even back pains. Your foot bones, the ligaments that hold them together and the muscles that attach to them are your foundation and require the proper support. One of the best ways to correct small problems in the way your foot is aligned with using a custom orthosis. While you can visit other practitioners who may attempt to prescribe orthosis, a podiatrist has the best training to put you in the best one for your foot type.
We feel it has been stressed many times, yet we’ll do it again….. foot pain is NEVER normal! Do not ignore foot pain or chalk it up to aging. Often the RICE principle can be used to provide relief and limit further damage early after an injury or the onset of pain. This is not always a cure and should be followed up with an appointment to Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Take good care of your feet with regular visits to the podiatrist and they continue to keep you healthy.
Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy, Austin!