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Choose Proper "At-Home" Footwear

Just as you would pick out an appropriate shoe for your commute into the office,  it is vital  to put the same level of thought into selecting an at-home shoe.

All kinds of footwear protect your feet. Over the course of weeks or months, the strain of walking barefoot can add significant stress to your arches, tendons, plantar fascia, and joints

Tendonitis: A Consequence of Improper Footwear

One of the most common foot problems has seen in patients since the pandemic started is Achilles tendonitis, or inflammation of a tendon (a thick cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones).

The  Achilles tendon  runs from the back of your calf to your heel bone. Achilles tendonitis can cause pain and swelling  within the  foot and ankle.

Plantar Fasciitis: Another Common Foot Problem

A common symptom is a stabbing pain in the heel that can be the most intense when you first step out of bed in the morning. That's because the plantar fascia, which runs from the heel to  the bottom  of your toes, tightens overnight.

The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot and absorbs stress.  an excessive amount of  stress—from standing on your feet on a hard surface for a long time, improper shoes, or running—can cause irritation and tiny tears  within the  band of tissue.

Physical Therapy and Lifestyle Adjustments Can Help With Foot Problems

One pound of additional weight on your body  results in  six pounds of additional pressure on your foot. So, if you lose 10 pounds,  that's  really taking 60 pounds of pressure off your foot

With the pandemic,  many of us  have gained weight, which compounds  the matter . But the  key's  not to do too much too quickly to try to reverse it

When to See a Doctor

In certain cases,  physiotherapy  is recommended for lingering foot issues. Physical therapists have many techniques  which will  speed up the recovery process,

Surgery  is never  needed for chronic conditions like tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, he adds. We always treat our patients first with nonsurgical options to hopefully manage the condition before we ever  speak about  surgery

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