Whether you consider yourself an athlete of any level, or if you work all day and sit watching TV all night, it is critical that you pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. The problem with the typical male mentality of ignoring an ache or pain, is that small problems don’t always go away. Most of the time, they accumulate and build up. Aches and pains are the body’s way of warning us that something may be wrong – either a new issue or an old small problem that finally turned into a big one.
An example of the latter is what is called degeneration, where perhaps the tendons or ligaments helping create the arch in your foot eventually stretch too much and wear out over time, until finally your arch collapses. Another example of degeneration is the development of arthritis, perhaps in your big toe joint. This can occur after trauma, like a broken bone in the joint, or from improper biomechanics when walking. In this case, “small” repetitive problems accumulate over time until finally the joint surfaces wear out and you are left with a very painful big toe that makes walking difficult.
It is easy to make excuses and feel too proud to ask for help, but there are many “aches and pains” that can actually be treated by a medical professional. Also, seeking help and getting answers may very well prevent bigger problems down the road. In this time of new year resolutions, challenge yourself to pay attention to your body’s warnings and prioritize your health by seeking medical attention, whether it is for treatment or prevention. Smart men don’t “walk it off,” they get it checked out!
If you are experiencing any aches and pains in your feet or ankles, listen to your body! Call our Bloomington, IL office at (309) 661-9975 to schedule an appointment and get the care you need.