Texas is known throughout the nation for many things, including our love of football. No matter the level—high school, college, professional—it is quite evident that football season is in full swing now. For many Texans, a favorite experience is to head out to the stadium and support your favorite team. Some people, though, prefer to watch the games from the comfort of their own homes. This is certainly understandable – there is no place like home, after all!
Home can be a great place to watch football, but it’s also your starting point when it comes to preventative measures for foot health. Sure, you can always come see us here at Richardson Podiatry Associates when you need treatment for a foot or ankle problem, but a better plan is to take measures to prevent issues from developing in the first place.
- Footwear choices. Wearing activity-appropriate, well-fitting footwear is absolutely essential for optimal foot health. When it comes to fit, make sure your shoes are snug, but not tight, in the heel and that your toes have plenty of room in the front. Also, give consideration to the construction of your footwear. Pick shoes that offer robust arch support, have ample cushioning, and are made from breathable materials.
- Stretch and exercise. You can prevent heel pain from issues like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis with strong, limber muscles and tendons. Our office can provide you with exercises to perform at home for stretching and strengthening your feet and ankles.
- Dietary choices. Your foot bones, muscles, and connective tissues need the right nourishment to stay strong and keep you free from injury. This means eating a diet based on fresh fruit, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, legumes, and low-fat dairy products. Even better, eating like this will lower your risk for gout and peripheral arterial disease.
- Hydration. It’s no big secret that water is important for your body, so make sure to drink several cups of water (not beer or soda!) throughout the day. This can help you avoid cramps and edema in the lower limbs.
These are some general guidelines when it comes to preventative measures for your foot health, but we can provide more specific information when you come see us at our Richardson, TX podiatrist office. Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 and our staff will be glad to answer any questions you might have or assist you in scheduling your appointment.