american-podiatric-footAccording to a poll conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 51% of Americans say that foot pain interferes with daily activities, including walking, working, and exercising. The survey suggests that a large portion of this foot pain may be caused by neglect, since only 25% of the respondents reported that they pay careful attention to the health of their feet.
Scott Douglas of Runner’s World magazine advises people to start choosing daily footwear the way they choose running shoes, with comfort and support as the principal concerns.  Normal footwear is worn much more frequently than athletic footwear, but often values style over maintaining healthy feet.
When working on your feet for long hours, it is important to take certain precautions so that excessive use doesn’t leave lasting damage. If your daily activities are causing foot or ankle pain, see podiatrist Dr. Neal Mozen, DPM of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen will discuss possible solutions and devise a treatment plan that is right for you.
Working on Your Feet
Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.
Positive Changes
Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.
Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Allow yourself to expose your feet.
Eliminate Pain
Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.
Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.
Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.
If you have any questions please contact one of our offices, located in Southfield, Novi, and Livonia, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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