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APMA Says Half of Americans are Limited by Foot Pain

Runners' FeetA recent poll conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that 51% of Americans say foot pain interferes with walking, working, and exercising. The survey suggests that a large portion of this pain can be attributed to neglect, since only 25% of the participants claimed that they take careful care of their feet.

Footwear also appears to impact the prevalence of foot pain.  Scott Douglas of Runner’s World magazine advises people to start buying the shoes they wear on a day-to-day basis with the same mindset they use to choose athletic shoes. Douglas says that proper shoes should have minimal heels and a wide toe box to allow the feet to move more naturally.

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. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez 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 our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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