Why should I go to the doctor if it doesn’t hurt?
Many of us, men and women alike, lead busy lives. Our daily commitments to our work, families, and daily activities cause us to not address problems unless they stop us from doing the things we want to do. Unfortunately, your feet are one thing that do not allow you to get far when not working properly. When your heels continue to ache day after day or you literally crawl out of bed in the morning, you are likely to call for any appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors at Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid Atlantic are ready to help resolve these symptoms and get you back on your feet quickly.
But, what if you came to see the doctor before your problems started? Who thinks twice about an annual check up with your primary doctor? What if an annual exam with a podiatrist could keep your feet happy and healthy? Good news! It Can!
Many problems that make your feet hurt and sideline you have a mechanical cause. The shoes we wear and the shape of our feet lead to many problems I see in my clinic daily. Every time you take a step, your foot has to support two to two and a half times your body weight! That is a lot of pressure and strain to put on our feet with every step throughout the day. It is these pressures that can change the shape of our feet and toes. Whether it is over a lifetime or changes from season to season, all we ask of our feet can lead to heel pain, bunions, neuromas, hammertoes and many other problems.
Your shoes and the support within them can do a lot to decrease these pressures and prevent injuries and problems. When walking barefoot and in a thin flip flop our feet are taking the full brunt of those forces. Your foot works to meet the ground with every step. A supportive athletic shoe or an insert may help to bring the ‘ground’ up to meet your foot. There are many foam options for inserts that claim to mold to your feet but still lack support. An insert that is designed specific to your foot is the best way to mitigate the forces that lead to problems. With an annual foot exam, your podiatrist can identify any underlying deformities and address them before they hurt or worsen.. A custom orthotic can keep your feet healthy and as well as preventing disabling foot pain. Why wait for pain to force you to seek help-make that appointment now.
Take care of yourself and see one of our doctors today!
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