Foot Health Advised By the Chiropractor
By Brandi Goodman
People often worry about their posture and how they can prevent an aching back. Although this is an important topic to consider, many of those same people fail to realize the importance of considering foot health more closely. Your feet are just a small part of your body, and yet they're burdened with carrying your full weight. With some advice from a chiropractor, you can work toward the best foot health you've ever experienced and minimize the pain you may struggle with in this area.
Measure Your Feet for New Shoes Yearly
You shouldn't be buying one pair of shoes and wearing them for years to come. Shoes get worn out incredibly quickly -- especially if you're getting daily wear out of them. Feet also grow and change over the years. You need an annual shoe shopping trip that starts with a new foot measurement so you get an accurate size. Never choose footwear that's too tight, because it will have your feet aching quickly. Don't get a large size, either. You'll be tripping over them easily.
High heels may help add height, but they do nothing for your health. They can actually be detrimental to your foot health because you're standing with your foot at an incline -- especially if you're wearing high stilettos. It's best to avoid heels and stick with shoes that keep you balanced.
Avoid Flats and Flip-Flops
Flats aren't ideal for your feet, either. You shouldn't be wearing flat shoes or flip-flops. They offer no support and have your feet taking the brunt of the impact against the ground as you walk. You need athletic shoes with shock absorption that help avoid foot pain.
Stretch Your Feet and Ankles Daily
Most people walk at least several thousand steps in a day. Even if you stay at home, you're still walking to the bathroom and kitchen a few times per day. That physical activity requires stretching. You should be stretching out your feet and ankles daily so they're more flexible and better able to handle all the movement. Simply roll your ankle around in one direction, and then back in the other direction. Stand on your feet and slowly lift up until you're on your toes. Then raise your toes until you're nearly on your heels.
Don't let your feet continue to ache without making changes. You need to do what you can to improve the health of your feet to keep them comfortable and safe. Stop in at The Joint Chiropractic for an assessment and further guidance on how you can keep your entire body in the best shape possible.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.