Proper foot care and health are important, too

Proper foot care and health are important, tooFeet are often one of the most neglected parts of our bodies because it’s not something we generally pay attention to until we feel pain.

Proper foot care should begin at a young age and just like you take your child to the doctor or dentist, you should also be taking them to a podiatrist. This is so they can tell you what type of feet they have, such as flat, overpronated or inverted and what foot conditions they could develop over time if they’re wearing the wrong shoes.

If you are an adult, you should already know what type of feet you have and be wearing the appropriate shoes and if need be, orthotics, to avoid doing damage to your feet. For example, if you have flat feet, you should be wearing inserts or have proper shoes that have arch support to avoid arch cramps and feet that overpronate, which can cause bunion problems in the future.

Proper shoes are the foundation for a healthy posture, so pairing a foot condition like flat feet with unsupportive and improper shoes could equal bad posture, your entire body being thrown out of alignment causing pain in other parts of the body.

If you’re currently having knee, hip, low back or neck pain, the reason may be because your feet are not supporting your joints, bones, or soft tissues above the ankle properly. Improper support can lead to numerous problems like foot cramps, back aches, hammertoes and painful bunions.

Gone are the days where the only option was unattractive orthopaedic shoes. Today, these shoes come in everything from dress shoes to sandals, in all shapes, styles and colours. Or, get custom orthotic insoles from your podiatrist that can be made to fit inside any shoe you wear. While high-heels have been the major blame for bunions and other foot problems, you can damage your feet in any shoes that are ill-fitted or have the wrong type of support.