Whether you're a working Orlando mother afflicted with heel spurs, and every day is a struggle; or you're a recovering foot surgery patient who wants to avoid similar agony in the future, here are tips for treating your feet well, even if you have a lot on your plate:
- Invest in better shoes. Tight fitting shoes can, over time, lead to the development of bone spurs and damage to the plantar fascia. Especially if you're on your feet all day as a waitress or a manual laborer, your choice of footwear can make a substantial impact on your foot health. You might not feel or notice a difference right away. But heel spurs don’t form overnight, so err on the side of caution!
- Keep a journal of your symptoms. Calcium deposits and strains on the fibrous tissue on the bottom of your feet develop slowly over time. But the warning signs can come early. Be an attentive patient. Consider journaling your state of health and vigor before and after your shifts. Write in your pain journal every day, to determine what activities or movements put you in the most discomfort. By noticing your own patterns—what works for your body and what just doesn’t—you can take strategic action to protect your body and your feet.
For instance, after reviewing your journal, you might notice that the long shifts hit you the hardest. So you could insist to your boss that you need to take more regular breaks.
Get in touch with a board-certified Pennsylvania podiatrist at the first sign of a trouble. Don’t wait until heel spurs have become painfully debilitating to get them checked out. The team here at Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates can provide an integrated, compassionate, and thorough evaluation of your heel spur or other foot problem. Call our offices today at 610-565-3668.