jo-farrellA recent survey authorized by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that about 51 percent of Americans have difficulty walking, exercises, or working due to some form of foot pain. Considering that only 25 percent of those questioned said that they really put in an effort to take care of their lower extremities, part of the problem may be neglect for proper foot health.

The type of footwear people typically use may play a role in this foot pain epidemic as well. 49 percent of the women involved in the survey claimed that they wore high heels frequently, and 71 percent of women said that they believed those types of shoes caused them pain.

Frequent or intense foot pain can sometimes interfere with one’s ability to work. If you have a foot condition that’s making your job difficult, contact Dr. James C. Ricketti, DPM of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti can provide you with a comprehensive medical diagnosis and will make sure that you get the care you need.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

For more information contact our office, located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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