If improving your health is one of your New Year’s resolutions, we suggest you start from the bottom up. Many people don’t consider their foot health until there’s a problem. This year promise yourself you’ll take better care of your entire body, starting with your feet by following these tips from Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County.
Walk more. Walking doesn’t require any special equipment, you can do it in almost any weather, and it’s great for your overall health. And that includes your feet! Even in small doses – just 12 to 15 minutes - walking will help keep your feet in shape.
Lose weight. Less weight means less stress on your feet. It is essential if you work on your feet all day or play sports.
Schedule regular checkups. Your feet get you around even more than your car, so you should be taking them in for regular checkups with your podiatrist. These regular visits will let alert you if there’s anything you should be paying closer attention to. And if you already have any foot conditions that affect your feet, missing these checkups is bad for your overall health.
Eat for your feet. What you eat affects your body, all the way down to your feet. Cut back or avoid foods that cause inflammation. For instance, if you have gout, sustaining a healthy eating plan can reduce the symptoms. When you identify which foods to avoid, look for healthy alternatives that won’t trigger your symptoms.
Choose the right shoes. Avoid wearing both super high heels and flip-flops, as they can be hazardous to your foot health. And when it comes to athletic shoes, even the best ones can lose their ability to support your feet adequately. If you continue to wear them, you could throw off your foot’s alignment or experience sports-related injuries. In the long run, the potential harm of wearing athletic shoes that are too old is much greater than the cost to replace them after every 300 to 500 miles of use.
The path to achieving your 2021 goals awaits you, so don’t forget to make sure your feet can take you there. Call the office of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield to schedule your first appointment for 2021! You can reach our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown office at (203) 270-6724.