Now that Christmas is just about over, it’s time to start thinking about your resolutions for 2020. One that is very popular on many lists is to start taking better care of our health. Yes, this is a wonderful idea, but Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC want to make sure that you don’t forget about your feet when making your list.
So, today we’re sharing seven resolutions to keep your feet healthy in 2020.
Monitor your diet. What you eat affects your feet as well as the rest of your body. To help keep your feet healthy, stay away from foods that cause inflammation in the body, such as artificial trans fats and sugar.
Exercise. Walking works miracles for keeping your feet healthy, and it’s especially helpful for people who work on their feet all day or who play sports.
Maintain a daily foot care routine. Each evening before bed, bathe your feet and apply moisturizer to help prevent dryness.
Switch out your worn-out athletic shoes twice a year. If you continue wearing athletic shoes when they’re worn out, it can have an effect on the alignment of your foot and put you at a higher risk for sports-related injuries.
Don’t live with foot pain. If your feet bother you on a regular basis, it’s time for a visit with your podiatrist. Foot pain is typically caused by the interaction between your footwear and your gait. Put an end to your discomfort by visiting your podiatrist.
Reduce the amount of time you wear flip-flops and/or high heels. Because flip-flops don’t provide any support, wearing them puts your feet at risk for injury and infections. Similarly, high heels force your feet into an unnatural position that can affect the structure of the foot and cause calluses, bunions, and corns, among other things.
Wear the correct shoe size. It’s believed that 80 percent of foot problems result from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. When buying shoes, have your foot measured to ensure that you are buying the correct size.
Proper foot care is, unfortunately, often overlooked. By committing to these foot care resolutions, you can help avoid foot pain. If you are experiencing any issues with your feet or ankles, contact the offices of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello, at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC.
We serve both New Haven County and Fairfield County areas. You can schedule an appointment by calling our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown location at (203) 270-6724. You can also request an appointment online.