An old saying is that when your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. So when your feet feel good, well, your whole body will thank you.
Foot issues afflict Americans, with a study from The American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) finding that about 77 percent of American adults have some sort of foot pain.
Often foot issues can not only cause discomfort, but they can affect quality of life, restricting activities and doing things you love, even effecting work and home life.
Foot issues can also lead to other problems, like back, hip or knee problems. But you don’t have to live this way.
Here are some things to do and ways to do it:
- As the following article notes, find a good podiatry practice and see a doctor. The same study said that – Among those who have visited a podiatrist, 88 percent said their podiatrist was able to quickly provide a clear diagnosis, and 76 percent said their podiatrist was able to prescribe an effective treatment regimen and/or medication that helped their foot- or ankle-related issues improve or go away;
- Practice the prescribed treatment – Whether it’s medicine or physical therapy or simply inserts in your shoes, follow through with what the podiatrist recommends;
- Be kind to yourself – If you know certain things will bother you and your feet, be prepared. Maybe a new pair of shoes and inserts is in order if you are about to visit Disneyland with your family. Take time to rest your feet as well.
Social Networking is a Good Step to Take
- A great place to start is on your social media – Ask your Facebook friends if they have a trusted podiatrist. This will give you some options in your area that you can further research;
- Research some of your symptoms and/or your condition – Twitter is an excellent tool for finding articles related to what you need. Whether it’s before your visit or after, Twitter can point you to some great information.
- Use YouTube for finding some exercises – If you need modifications to your fitness plan or are searching for some stretches for your feet, take a look at YouTube. You’ll find some demonstrations showing correct methods and exercises. However, be sure you go to a reputable source so you get accurate instruction.
- Connect with others – You could find some social media support whether on Facebook or some other forums to share experiences, what has worked and what hasn’t.
Use social media to help you on your journey to better foot health.
Every step of the way matters to getting your feet feeling good again.
About the Author: Heather Legg is an independent writer focusing on articles related to social media and health and well-being.