This week marks an important celebration: August 17th is National I Love My Feet Day. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we couldn’t help but take this opportunity to highlight some ways you may not have thought of that you can tell your feet you love them.
1. Don’t smoke. Smoking is known to impede circulation. With the blood that goes to your feet having to travel the furthest distance from your heart, good circulation is extra important. This is doubly true if you are a patient with diabetes, peripheral artery disease or other conditions that can have a negative effect on your circulatory system. Even in patients without these diseases, good circulation is necessary for healing lower extremity wounds and generally keeping your feet healthy.
2. Add more color to your plate. Many colorful fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, cherries, kale, peppers, broccoli, beets and pineapple are known to help reduce inflammation—a major component of many painful foot conditions such as tendonitis, arthritis and gout and plantar fasciitis.
3. Carry a water bottle. Staying hydrated can help reduce swelling in your ankles and feet by flushing out excess fluids from the body.
4. Make regular exercise a priority. Both weight bearing and aerobic exercise will benefit your feet. The former increases strength while the latter helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, which in turn reduces stress and strain on your feet. Stretching can help you retain range of motion in your feet and there are also exercises to help with balance so you can reduce your risk of falls and ankle sprains.
Of course one major way of loving your feet which is not surprising is to never ignore foot pain. When your feet hurt, make an appointment at our Somers Point office so our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco can examine your feet. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of foot problems means less chance of them developing into chronic conditions which can be both painful and debilitating. If you are in any foot discomfort, show your feet you care by contacting us today at: (609) 927-4894.