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Foot pain is very common, and in extreme cases it can be debilitating and life-limiting. Research shows that one of the most effective ways to treat foot pain is the use of orthopaedic shoes and orthotic inserts. These can help to relieve many different foot conditions, including arch and heel pain, plantar fasciitis or fallen arches.
Many foot problems are caused or worsened by ill-fitting shoes, and if you have been wearing these for a number of months or years, it’s important to consider how you can make changes to help your feet to recover. High-heeled shoes, for example, often have narrow toe boxes that can cause bunions and hammertoes, and the pressure these shoes place on the ball of the feet can also cause structural damage and long lasting pain to the feet and legs.
1. Get professional advice. Depending on the condition you are suffering from, you may need to visit a doctor to rule out any underlying causes of your foot pain. If you suffer with foot pain, it’s a good idea to pay a visit to Foot Solutions, where a team of professionals will be on hand to discuss your lifestyle and find a solution that works for you. We will also carry out a free foot and gait analysis, which will help you to avoid further problems.
2. Try orthopaedic shoes. Orthopaedic shoes are designed to provide additional support for your feet, and to ease any pain you experience while walking or standing. There are many different styles of shoes available to offer you greater support, and you should ensure that all of your shoes are working well for your feet. Training shoes, casual footwear and work wear should all be comfortable and well fitted.
3. Try arch supports. Arch supports are orthotic devices that fit inside your shoe and provide extra support for your foot, preventing pain and allowing injuries to heal. There are many different types available, including custom made options that will be designed to work with your foot in the best possible way.
4. Go barefoot. It’s important to let your feet recover from the daily grind; after all, they are carrying you around all day long! Taking some time to walk around barefoot, allowing your feet to relax and spread out naturally, is good for your feet and their health.
5. Love your feet. Your feet deserve a treat, and it’s up to you to make sure you give them the TLC they need. A foot massage, a soak in Epsom salts or a series of relaxing exercises can work wonders for your feet and leave you feeling fabulous.
Wearing shoes that fit well is the best thing you can do for your feet, and this will help you to avoid foot problems in the future. Pop into Foot Solutions today to speak to our experts and see the latest ranges of orthopaedic shoes.