Having healthy feet is an important part of your overall wellbeing, but unfortunately, most people take their feet for granted – after all they do for us. Take a look at these common foot fails and see if you are guilty of some of the mistakes people make with their feet:
Bad Shoe Choices. Probably the biggest faux pas people make is the footwear they choose. High heels put feet in an abnormal position causing stress on the balls of the feet and squishing toes together, which aggravates bunions and encourages ingrown nails. Flip flops, while flat, offer no cushion or support at all. Both of these types of shoes should be worn sparingly. Sporting shoes that are worn out or that don’t fit properly can cause all sorts of problems, too, as can wearing the wrong shoes for the activity in which you are participating. Be shoe smart and get a pair that fits your foot as well as your lifestyle.
Ignoring Pain. You should never try to “walk it off” when you are experiencing pain in your feet. This is a sign that something is wrong and not until you determine what’s behind your discomfort, can you do something about it before it gets worse. Regular podiatry visits and daily inspections will help you stay on top of problems and keep pain from interrupting your life.
Skipping SPF. People are usually mindful of protecting their bodies with sunscreen, but tend to forget the skin on their feet. Unfortunately, feet are not immune to the sun’s damaging rays -- sunburn and even skin cancer can occur on feet. So, make sure you slather on that SPF from head to toe!
Going Barefoot. Not only are you risking injury, but you may as well wear a sign that says, “Welcome, fungal infections!” Going without shoes, especially in places with warm, damp environments like pool decks, locker rooms, and gym showers, is an invitation for toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. Slip on those shower shoes or sandals to protect yourself!
Are you making some of these same mistakes? It’s not too late to change your ways! We can help you correct these common foot fails and keep your feet healthy and strong. Just give us a call for more information or to make an appointment. Dial (512) 593-2949 to reach our Cedar Park or Round Rock, TX office. Don’t take your foot health for granted anymore!