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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