Unlike many other bodily pains and discomforts, it’s often difficult to locate the exact cause of foot trouble; even more frustrating is determining exactly how to treat it. The sad answer: foot pain can be caused by a number of complicated and hard-to-pinpoint reasons. To add insult to injury, The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that 75% of Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives, with pain ranging from mild to severe.
One of the purposes of this blog is to explore the many causes of foot pain and discomfort, but even more importantly, to share solutions that help relieve and even heal these issues. We also hope to help educate you with preventative measures so you can avoid trouble in advance.
With this post, we’ll start with some simple and sensible tips that can help you either reduce foot or heel pain that already exists, or prevent you from having issues in the future.
These may be the most important exercises you can do for your foot and ankle, and they should be done regularly:
- Passive Stretch for Ankle. Gently grasp foot and bend ankle and foot up and down. Hold 30 seconds.
- Passive Stretch for Toe Flexion / Extension. Gently grasp big toe and straighten it to feel stretch in the bottom of a foot. Hold 20 seconds.
- Stretching for Calf Muscle w/ Straight Knee. Stand with right foot back, leg straight, forward leg bent. Keeping heel on the floor, turned slightly out, lean into wall until a stretch is felt in right calf. Hold 30 seconds. Complete on opposite leg also.
DON’T GO BAREFOOT
You would think that going barefoot is part of a healthy and relaxed lifestyle, but the painful truth is that going shoeless puts a strain on your foot, and can lead to plantar warts and athlete’s foot. Limited compromise: flip-flops, but they should be used rarely. In fact, avoid flat footwear, which can cause heel pain, tendinitis, and stress fractures (especially if you have flat feet).
Another alternative, for indoors: slippers, but make sure they offer good orthotic and ergonomic support.
CHOOSE COMFORTABLE, ROOMY, WELL-CUSHIONED SHOES
Non-negotiable: give your feet and toes enough breathing room. Kick cramped shoes to the curb. DTF gives you the option of widths that fit your feet, from narrow to extra-extra wide.
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR TOENAILS
Thick toenails may not occur to you as a problem, but 65% of people age 65 and older have this condition, which leads to common foot problems. Why? Once nails thicken, they separate from the toe bed, and this causes pain. The reason is usually traced back to athlete’s foot (the scientific name: tinea pedis), which can lurk in your shoes for years before making itself known.
Another huge source of foot pain: ingrown toenails. This happens when the edge of your toenail grows into the skin around the toe. Preventative solution: always cut your toenails straight across, with clean, sharp nail scissors. Don’t round the corners to match the shape of your toe. Many people think this is the proper way to cut nails, but now you know better.
KICK OFF THE HIGH HEELS
In the fashion world, high heels refuse to go out of style but buck the trend. Deep in your heart, you know that a five-inch spike heel is not going to be doing your feet, your knees, or your spine any favors. What heels do: force all of your weight to the front of your foot – this is what causes the pain. High heels are also the fastest way to develop bunions, corns, and other problems.
Are you a slave to fashion? Well, at least try a shorter heel. How about if you compromise: if you wear a two-inch heel, we’ll look the other way – but you have to promise not wear them every day. And if you have flat feet, choose chunky heels instead of skinny ones.
Now, let’s talk about DTF many major advantages over all comfort footwear found on the internet and this is a few of many and the balance can be found at https://www.dtfootwerr.com
Go to those sites that offer 4E to 14E in widths for men and women. Very few on the internet. Go to the website that provides that complete comfort program and that is the perfect shoe and the ideal HEAT MOLDABLE CUSTOMIZED INSERTS. WOW. I SEE A LOT OF INSETS BEING ADVERTISED ON TELEVISION, AND ON THE INTERNET but not the two most essential elements for maximum support, balance, proper gait, strength offered together, and that is SHOES AND INSERTS!
To find relief from the above conditions go to www.dtfootwear.com and view all the styles and understand widths need the base as well as upper and a selection of widths (no minor league but major league) and with DTF we have 4A to 14E widths, for men and women. With all our removable inserts we can add those great Heat Moldable Customized Inserts and YES, we offer 1 to 3 sets of inserts for FREE. Listen below why these inserts are out of this world!
Why are we so HOT? That we a therapeutic/orthotic line – not just a comfort line but so much more and here is what are the differences between Therapeutic/Orthotic footwear and Comfort and Athletic footwear? What a difference- mainly lack bi-lateral movement on your feet, or we create a lot less wear and tear to your feet:
Again, we carry sizes from 4A to 14E widths for Men and Women. Try to find all those sizes under one website!
That means Slender, Narrow to Extra Extra Extra Wide Widths for Ladies and Narrow to Extra Extra Extra Wide Widths for Men.
That carries lengths up to a 20 for Men and 15 in Women’s length
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Why do I keep preaching about these HEAT MOLDABLE CUSTOMIZED INSERTS?
Let’s two videos tell you why:
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