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Protect Your Feet and Ankles to Stay Mobile

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us overlook our most basic form of transportation, our feet and ankles. We just assume they will be there doing our bidding until there’s a snag. Actually, they are a very basic form of mobility insurance.

New foot or ankle pain, injuries, or complications can make the most simple tasks excruciating, or even impossible. It can lead to limping a lot, using a cane, or needing help. Little things like cooking, taking a shower, taking care of a toddler, or doing the laundry, quickly become more complex.

Some time ago I was in a bike accident where I sprained my ankle. Within seconds, I went from going wherever I wanted to being cooped up, using a crutch, and then a cane. I had togradually work my way back to my normal routine. Simple things, like navigating steps or walking far, were not options.

Your Chiropractor Can Help

All of us can benefit from keeping our ankles and feet healthy, and making sure we have good backup when accidents occur. One of the best healthcare picks to do the job could be The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint’s experienced staff of professionals routinely field all sorts of foot and ankle problems, seeking to relieve pain and provide protective advice.

When you stop by, you will learn how spinal health may greatly influence overall health. Then you can talk with your chiropractor about any ankle or foot injuries that you have.  Overall, your chiropractor’s goal will be to help you seek pain relief, returning you to your normal routine, without the use of pain medications or surgery.

As you pursue chiropractic treatment, here are some ways to keep your feet and ankles healthy.

Try Weight-Bearing – Walking, stair-climbing, standing yoga, or dancing all qualify. Your feet are  stimulated to create new cells for new bone material. Stronger bones help to avoid falls and encourage stability.

Stretch Daily – Stretch five minutes morning and evening and during the day. The Achilles’ tendon, calves and hamstrings will contract and function poorly if they are not stretched.

Do Not Smoke – Nicotine constricts blood vessels, reducing the oxygen flow to feet and toes.

Reduce Weight – Too much weight harms ankles. Each step puts a pressure of five to seven times the body weight on ankles. Lose 10 pounds to start reducing the strain.

Get the Right Shoe – Make sure it is comfortable, wide enough for toes, and not too loose.

See a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out more. An affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance. Extended weekend and evening hours make visits convenient. No appointments are needed. Walk-in visits are welcome.

 

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