On average, we take about 8000 – 10, 000 steps per day. Among the numerous steps, we may experience discomfort in our feet at some point. Poor biomechanical alignment in the legs and feet combined with excessive physical activity, injuries, changes in overall health and ill-fitting footwear can all contribute to having pain in the feet.
Early detection of biomechanical problems in childhood can help to reduce injuries and the likelihood of having foot pain. Young children generally have low arches as the boney structure of their feet have not fully developed. Painful flatfeet in young children is due to having abnormally low arches. During excessive physical activity, children with flatfeet can have arch or ankle pain that can lead to secondary problems including joint damage and structural changes in the feet. Children with painful flatfeet will need treatment with custom-made orthotics to address biomechanical problems. Early identification and treatment of biomechanical concerns in the legs and feet can help to facilitate healthy development and reduce complications.
Depending on our daily activities, as we go to school, work and exercise, we use different types of footwear. Prolonged use of tight and ill-fitting footwear can cause sore feet from corns and calluses, ingrown toenails and bunions. Engaging in sports with existing biomechanical problems and poor footwear lacking in support and shock absorption can increase the risk for injuries, ankle sprains and heel pain. Foot care treatment and education can help to alleviate pain and provide guidance on how to maintain healthy feet.
Unfortunately, as we go through life, we may develop health problems that can lead to symptoms in our feet. Diabetes Mellitus is a common example of how our overall health can be reflected in our feet. Diabetes if untreated, can damage the blood flow and nerves to the feet leading to complications such as poor circulation, loss of sensation and risk of infection. Foot care treatment can help to address the concerns in the feet and prevent subsequent Diabetes-related complications. Taking good care of the feet is an integral part of maintaining our overall health and wellbeing.
Since we use our feet each and every day, it is essential to take good care of our feet. If you experience discomfort in your feet especially during your daily activities, you should seek medical attention to address the concerns early and find suitable treatment. Taking good care of our feet is vital for us to continue to walk comfortably as we go about our life.