At Gentle Professional Foot Care, patients often come to us with foot pain that is due to an obvious cause: an ankle sprain or other injury, bunion, or ingrown toenail, for example. But sometimes, patients are experiencing foot pain and can’t point to a specific cause. This is why our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, will get your medical history and also ask questions about your career, lifestyle and leisure activities. Below are 4 suggestions that you may not have thought of to help eliminate unexplained foot pain.
1. Get Your Foot Measured—did you know that as many as 90% of people may be wearing shoes that are too small for them? Foot size can increase as you get older or if you’ve had a baby. If you’ve been buying the same size shoes automatically for the last decade or more, it’s time to get your foot professionally measured. You may be so used to wearing shoes that are too snug that you don’t realize there should be a half an inch of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
2. Expand Your Sneaker Wardrobe—if you wear the same pair of sneakers for hiking that you wear for tennis and running, your foot may be telling you it’s time to get a couple more pairs of fitness footwear. Sports shoes today are designed to support the specific movements your foot makes for a particular sport or activity. One style doesn’t fit all, and your foot may not be properly supported in all the activities you are doing.
3. Lose a Few Pounds—being obese or overweight can definitely increase the pressure and pain in your feet, but you may not realize that even an increase of a couple of pounds can be the source of foot discomfort. Your foot absorbs an impact equal to 5 times your body weight when you run and 2 to 3 times your body weight when you walk. So every pound you gain increases the impact on your feet anywhere from 4 to 20 times!
4. Shop at Night—your feet are at their most swollen after you’ve been on them all day. That’s the best time to shop for shoes. If they feel comfortable then, they’ll feel comfortable all day. Shoes bought first thing in the morning may be pinching your toes and feet by the end of the workday.