5 tips to prevent foot pain

The most common foot pain

They support our daily activities and absorb much of the shock of each step, right from our very first one. Feet are often mishandled, or given little consideration in our hectic pace of life.

They support our daily activities and absorb much of the shock of each step, right from our very first one. Feet are often mishandled, or given little consideration in our hectic pace of life.

Causes of foot pain

  • Swollen feet (oedema)
  • Varicose veins and spider veins
  • Circulatory problems (inefficient venous return)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Hallux valgus
  • Arthritis of the foot
  • Flat foot or hollow foot
  • Wearing high heels
  • Heavy Legs Syndrome

It’s good to know that preventing these pains is still possible, thanks to simple good habits. Here are 5 tips to include in your routine to prevent many of the inconveniences related to foot pain, which may require wearing orthopedic shoes or foot orthotics.

 

Tip No. 1 – Stay alert for warning signals

Stiffness, pain at the end of the day, chronic swelling, and local pain are often tolerated in the feet. We tell ourselves that “it’s going away on its own”. However, these little aches and pains can be signs that should not be overlooked. In other words, signs that herald more serious problems if they are not listened to and treated.

What you avoid by staying tuned to these signals:

 

Tip No. 2 – Limit the use of high heels as much as possible

It is well known that high heels are an important vector of various pathologies and imbalances. Keep your high-heeled shoes for special occasions, and opt for low heels when you know you will be standing all day.

What you avoid by limiting the wearing of high heels:

 

Tip No. 3 – Massage Your Feet

A good foot massage is more than just a pleasant activity to integrate into your daily routine. It is also a way to detect certain problems such as pain, corns, and ingrown toenails before there are complications. It is also a way to prevent certain problems caused by poor blood circulation or a lack of joint range of motion.

What you get from self-massage of the feet

  • Fabric softening
  • Awareness of certain painful points
  • Activation of local circulation in the foot area
  • Hydration of the skin of the feet

 

Tip No. 4 – Opt for orthopedic shoes or foot orthosis

One of the best ways to prevent common foot pathologies is to opt for custom-made shoes or foot orthosis. Molded to your foot, the shoe (or orthotic) allows the tissues and joints that make it up to the freedom of movement, shock absorption and breathing in the shoe.

What you avoid by opting for an orthopedic shoe or foot orthotics:

  • The deformed toes
  • Lenoir’s thorn
  • The hallux valgus
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Plantar fasciitis

 

Tip No. 5 – When in doubt, don’t wait: consult!

The best way to prevent complications is to consult a qualified expert at the right time. If you are experiencing foot pain, whether it is acute or not, sporadic or chronic, your orthotist is the professional who will be able to highlight the right way to treat it.

From wearing a foot orthosis to simple daily exercises, he or she is in the best position to make recommendations adapted to your situation.

Do you have any questions?

Contact a orthotist.