Lifestyle Habits for Managing Foot Pain

Living with foot pain is hard, but common — a recent study showed its prevalence among American adults is between 17% and 30%. You may feel like you can’t do anything without experiencing pain, and it might simply seem easier to sit on the couch than to get up and live life.

At Animas Foot & Ankle, we understand foot pain, and we also know there are lifestyle habits you can adopt that help you better manage the pain so you can keep living. Our team of podiatrists wants you to start feeling your best, which means addressing your foot pain instead of just putting up with it.

Whether it’s heel pain, arthritis, or your Achilles tendon that’s causing you grief, you can utilize the general habits below to manage foot pain and get some relief.

Buy — and wear — comfortable shoes

We understand the allure of cute, strappy heels or chill sandals, but if you’ve been dealing with long-term foot pain, it’s time to start putting how your feet feel before how they look. Comfortable shoes are a must for managing foot pain, and we don’t just mean wearing slippers or flip flops. One of the things that makes shoes the most comfortable they can be is good support.

Take care of your toenails 

Many people experience foot pain when they don’t properly care for their toenails. Issues such as a nail fungus or an ingrown toenail can create even more problems for your feet, so make sure you take care of your toenails by cutting them at least every four to six weeks and by keeping them clean. We understand that pedicures feel good, but nail polish on your toes can sometimes hide serious nail problems, so it’s best to save this only for special occasions. 

Eat for healthy feet

If you can believe it, your eating habits can also affect your foot comfort. Specifically, eating a lot of refined sugars and grains increases inflammation in the body, which can make pain in your feet even worse. Instead, try to eat more omega-3 fatty acids, which you can get from items like leafy greens and fish. This good habit can help reduce inflammation and make your feet feel much better in the long run. 

Try a massage

Whether you want to get a professional massage once a month or you’re considering working on your feet yourself, massages do help ease pain and stimulate blood flow in the area. For the self-massager, follow these tips: 

Pay attention to your feet

One of the best ways you can manage your foot pain is to pay close attention to your feet. Wash them every day with soap and water, and as you do, inspect them to make sure they look healthy and strong. Check for cuts or sores of any kind, and ensure your feet aren’t dry, cracked, or discolored. 

There are plenty of ways to manage your foot pain more easily, and one of them is visiting a doctor. A podiatrist can provide an individualized treatment plan as well as plenty of lifestyle habits like these that you can use at home to manage your foot pain. 

Just call or request an appointment online to meet with a foot and ankle specialist at one of our three locations today: in Farmington, New Mexico, Monticello, Utah, and Durango, Colorado.

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