When it comes to relieving foot pain and preventing podiatric problems, you often hear about rest and ice, medication and stretches, but did you know that footwear is a key component to providing the support and protection your feet need to heal and stay healthy?
At Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, we’re always instructing our patients to wear shoes that fit properly and offer good arch support in order to help their feet heal from inflammation or an injury, or prevent foot pain from occurring in the first place!
In fact, shoe gear for support and protection is so important, it is part of our conversation in every patient encounter we have in our office, from those with heel pain to those with bunions or hammertoes, to our diabetic patients, and anyone suffering from foot pain in general.
Of course, we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to wear shoes in the house. That’s okay! Just be sure to choose a slipper or house shoe with excellent arch support and hard soles-- certainly a much healthier choice than walking barefoot or wearing floppy flip-flops! Being careful even at home is important to avoid making foot pain worse and it’s especially crucial for people with diabetes. Walking barefoot, even around your own home, can lead to possible injuries like stepping on a sharp object or stubbing your toe. If you must wear sandals or flip-flops, make sure they have a firm sole and sufficient arch support so you can keep your feet safe and problem-free.
To find out more about how to treat or prevent foot pain, call Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates today! Dial (309) 661-9975 to reach our Bloomington, IL office, and remember…keep those shoes on your feet!