How to Avoid Foot Problems with the Simple Way

The feet and ankles are under a lot of pressure every day.  They bear the weight of our bodies as we go about our regular activities.  If there is excess stress placed on the feet or the body’s weight is not evenly distributed, foot problems can develop.

Medical conditions, obesity, exercise habits, foot type, and choice of footwear can all contribute to the development of foot problems.  The combination of two or more of these issues can exacerbate the likelihood of development of foot problems.   For example, if a person has high arches and runs on pavement frequently, there is a good chance that foot pain will occur.

foot problemsThe best thing that you can do to avoid foot problems is to wear supportive footwear.  You cannot change your foot type or eliminate medical conditions like diabetes, but you can wear shoes that will give you adequate support.

Obesity contributes to foot problems because of the excess weight that it places on the feet.  You can reduce that pressure by losing weight.  It is important to wear supportive shoes while exercising to lose weight so that you don’t exacerbate foot problems while exercising.

Choose comfortable shoes that fit properly.  Have your feet measured by a professional at a specialized shoe store ( custom shoe shop ) to ensure a proper fit.  If you have any type of foot condition or abnormal foot shape, you may benefit from using custom arch supports.  These devices are moulded to fit your feet and will provide support right where you need it.

In many cases, supportive, customised shoes are a great option.  If the shoes that you find in stock in stores don’t fit quite right, no matter what size you try, then consider asking if the shoes can be modified (customized) in any way, to suit your condition. This is a great way to find the fit and relief that you need.

Let’s take a look at some of the conditions that contribute to foot problems that can be addressed through the use of Custom arch supports, combined with customised shoes.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that affects the body’s ability to produce insulin, either preventing it from producing sufficient insulin or making it resistant to the insulin that is produced.

This causes the blood glucose level to be elevated.  Patients often experience symptoms in their feet and legs.  The blood supply to the lower extremities is affected, and patients can develop diabetic neuropathy.

Neuropathy means that the nerves are damaged.  The excessive level of glucose in the blood can damage the walls of the blood vessels that feed the nerves, particularly in the legs.  As the result of this nerve damage, the ability to feel pain is lessened.  Patients may be unaware of physical problems due to this loss of sensation and inability to feel pain.  Consequently, people with diabetes are prone to developing foot ulcers and other foot problems.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints.  The cartilage that surrounds the joints breaks down, which allows the bones to rub against each other.  This results in pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving the joints.  The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is caused by the process of aging and the gradual wear and tear on joints that occurs over time.

If you have a medical condition or other factor that can lead to foot problems, visit Foot Solutions UK.  We have all of the resources that you need to prevent foot problems, including a wide selection of comfort shoes which can be customized to suit you, and a wide selection of arch supports, including Custom Arch Supports. ( orthotic devices  and  custom shoes. )  Stop by Foot Solutions UK to learn more today.