New Year’s Eve is right around the corner now and it won’t be long until the ball drops at midnight as we all ring in 2018 (or at least those of us who will still be awake!). Naturally, this means people everywhere are hard at work thinking about their New Year’s resolutions.
This is probably less than surprising, but exercising and dieting are popular resolution choices. Both are exceptional decisions and can combine to help with weight loss.
Losing weight in a healthy manner is admirable. There are many benefits and protections that come from keeping your bodyweight within the recommended range. Even better than losing the weight is to keep it off.
In a way, that is actually like taking measures to keep foot pain from coming back. In both cases, there was a problem of some kind (too much weight, painful sensations) that had been resolved, and now it’s best to keep that problem from recurring.
Now, these two examples can go hand-in-hand a bit, since one of the pillars of responsible weight loss and management is leading an active lifestyle. It’s hard to stay active when you have foot pain that comes back, so let’s explore some options for staying pain-free, including:
- Stretch regularly. One of the key preventative measures you can take for recurrent foot and ankle pain—or to prevent it from even happening in the first place—is to stretch on a regular basis. Many people think they don’t have time for stretching, but it only takes 5-10 minutes to sufficiently stretch your lower limbs. This is something you could easily do while brushing your teeth or watching tv!
- Take it easy (in the beginning, at least). Movement can be good for recovering from an injury, but too much at the start of your recovery could be more problematic than helpful. This segues nicely into our next way to avoid pain from returning, which is…
- Follow our treatment plan (or post-op instructions). When you see us for a professional treatment plan, we will provide guidelines for returning to normal activities (or as much activity as will be appropriate after your injury or condition). Exercises and physical activities need to be strategically ramped up over time, so make sure you adhere to your treatment plan.
- Choose the right shoes. Wearing solidly constructed shoes featuring ample arch support, heel cushioning, and robust heel counters helps to avoid biomechanical problems that are the source of foot pain for many people. Remember, if you ever have any questions about what might be the best footwear for you, don’t hesitate to ask.
- Maintain your weight. Once again, weight and foot pain can be so connected. In this case, we advocate managing your weight to ease force loads on your feet. It’s easy not to realize this, but you actually place up to twice your bodyweight in force on a foot as it lands when you take a step. The amount of force jumps up to as much as four times your weight when your run. Obviously, carrying less bodyweight reduces the amount of force your feet have to endure.
For more information on how to keep for pain from coming back, or to request treatment for a recurrent condition, contact our Centerville, OH office today. You can reach Sunshein Podiatry Associates by calling (937) 435-7477 or connect with us online right now.