April is National Foot Health Awareness Month — it’s a time to focus on the importance of taking care of your feet. Taking care of your feet properly begins with learning what podiatrists recommend for foot health. There are many ways to keep your feet healthy, such as wearing proper shoes, exercising regularly, and getting regular checkups with a podiatrist in addition to your primary care. By following these foot tips, you can keep your feet healthy throughout the year.

Why Is Foot Health Important?

Foot awareness — monitoring the health of your feet — is essential for several reasons. Your feet must adequately support your body weight and keep you mobile. Foot problems can lead to pain and discomfort elsewhere in the body, such as the upper or lower back and knees.

Foot health is a good indicator of overall health. Foot problems can be caused by diabetes, arthritis, and other medical conditions, which is why scheduling routine check-ups with your primary care physician and podiatrist is important. Taking care of your feet can also help prevent falls and other injuries.

Benefits Of Taking Care of Your Feet

Foot health is essential for overall health and well-being. Here are a few benefits of having healthy feet:

  • Improved balance and coordination. Foot health plays a vital role in your overall equilibrium.
  • Reduced pain. Foot problems can lead to pain in the feet, legs, back, and other areas.
  • Increased mobility. Foot problems can limit mobility and independence.
  • Improved circulation. Poor circulation can lead to foot problems such as foot ulcers.
  • Improved quality of life. Healthy feet can help improve your overall quality of life.

Foot Health: Diagnosis and Treatment

Foot problems are widespread, with approximately one in every four older people affected. The most common foot problems include bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and flat feet. While some foot problems are simply annoying, others can lead to severe pain and disability. See a podiatrist or other medical professional if you experience pain or discomfort in your feet.

Podiatrists use various methods to diagnose foot problems. The first step is typically a thorough physical exam. X-rays may also be taken to better see the bones and joints in your feet. In some cases, an MRI or CT scan may also be ordered.

Treatment can begin once your podiatrist or primary doctor has diagnosed the problem. Treatment options vary depending on the specific situation. Conservative measures, such as rest, ice, and orthotic devices, can be highly effective for minor problems. Severe foot troubles may require surgery or other invasive procedures.

Prevention

There are several things you can do to keep your feet healthy between visits:

  • Wear shoes that fit well and support your feet properly.
  • Avoid walking barefoot on hard surfaces whenever possible.
  • Regularly wash and dry your feet, paying particular attention to the spaces between your toes.
  • Trim your toenails regularly and avoid cutting them too short.
  • See your podiatrist or other foot healthcare professional at the first sign of foot pain or discomfort.

How Can Envision Help?

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to focus on your feet. Foot problems can signal other health risks that can progress if not treated right away. Envision can help you keep your feet healthy with regular checkups, preventive measures, diagnosis, and treatment, if necessary. Envision is located in Novi, with additional practices at Northville & South Lyon Podiatry. Schedule an appointment or call our office today at (248) 741-6909.

Envision Medical Group looks forward to helping you maintain healthy feet for a healthy life.