Happy New Year!
We hope your holidays were a wonderful time with family and friends. But now it’s time to focus a little bit on Y.O.U. Yes, that’s right! Now is a great time to see how you can make the best of this new year (if you haven’t already made time to draw up new year’s resolutions). As you contemplate your resolutions for a healthier way of life, we at The Podiatry Group encourage you to include resolutions for healthier feet and ankles in 2018.
Here are a few new habits you may want to commit to, in order to have healthier feet:
- Make your annual foot care appointment with one of our podiatrists to finally address the corns, calluses, bunions, or heel pain that you’ve developed. Don’t forget, some problems can only get worse if you ignore them. Furthermore, your foot health condition can help you identify other health issues that you might be suffering from (i.e. diabetes or peripheral vascular disease).
- Schedule in regular physical activity, including exercises for the toes, feet, and ankles. If you are already active at least 3 times a week, add to your exercise regimen or start with some foot exercises while you watch TV or sit at your work desk! Note: Using an activity tracker app or journal can help you stick to your plan.
- Take more steps! Did you get a new smartphone, smart watch, or other activity tracker during the holidays? Put them to good use by challenging yourself to add more steps throughout your day. Take the long route, walk up the stairs, park farther away from the building entrance.
- Get rid of old shoes and only buy new shoes that are supportive and comfortable. It’s not worth having foot pain to be fashionable. If that’s really challenging, be sure to get orthotic inserts to reduce the strain on your feet when wearing shoes with no supportive features.
- Take time to give your feet some love. Wash them daily, give them a nice foot rub, or a warm soak in the tub. Refer to our Thanksgiving post for more ideas for pampering your feet.
Make an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group. Our foot doctors, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can perform a thorough assessment and prescribe treatments at our Jonesboro, AR office.