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Happy, healthy feet- for better quality of life
Rod Beckwith May 3, 2016

Happy, healthy feet- for better quality of life

Issue 11-Seniors on the Coast

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From the moment we are born we are changing – starting out as a baby we develop into a small child and then into a teenager, an adult and finally into the so called golden age of seniority. Alongside these developments comes all kinds of feelings and sensations, these often tend to become something we associate with normality and as just another part of life. At times we can even place pain in this category, however:

Pain is generally an indicator that something is wrong within the muscles, ligaments, bones, joints of the body and also the feet.

Feet are the foundation of the body – they support the entire weight of a person throughout a person’s life. This does not mean however, pain in the feet should just be part of our everyday function

Your feet-5 myths debunked.

Myth 1: As you get older pain in the feet is expected and normal – a part of everyday life that you just get used to.

Truth: As we age our risk increases for injuries and medical conditions that may cause discomfort in the feet – on the other hand it is possible to have healthy / happy feet without pain or complication until we reach a ripe old age.

Truth: Majority of these conditions that people contract can be treated or managed to reduce the pain and improve a person’s quality of life through quality medical or allied healthcare such as podiatry.

Myth 2: When you are on your feet all day, you should expect your feet to be painful.

Truth: Tired feet are different to painful feet – when you have been on your feet for an extended period it is possible that you will feel lethargic and long to put your feet up but this is vastly different to discomfort that makes you limp or unable to walk properly.

Myth 3: When you work / exercise hard, it is normal to have pain in the feet

Truth: Pain in the feet after a workout is just as much an indicator of a problem as if you had not done any strenuous activity and your feet started hurting. Working hard simply increases your risk of developing a foot problem. As such, if you are experiencing pain in your feet post strenuous activity, see a podiatrist.

Myth 4: You cannot do anything about arthritis pain in the joints of the feet – it’s just a part of old age.

Truth: While it is true that arthritis is yet to be considered a curable condition, arthritis in the feet or legs often develops because of an underlying mechanical problem. These mechanical problems are treatable and the arthritic pain can be managed and the degeneration of the joints reduced.

Myth 5: New shoes should cause pain or significant discomfort when worn

Truth: New shoes may feel firm for a time when you first put them on your feet, however any discomfort that lasts longer than a few minutes of wearing the shoes or abnormal sensations (such as numbness, sharp or aching pains) should not be considered normal. Discuss with your podiatrist about how to appropriately fit a shoe and what kind of shoes will be best suited to your feet.

So if you’re enduring pain as a part of your everyday life and have just become “used” to it under the belief that that is normal, it may be worth taking the time to have an assessment with an allied health practitioner. It could make a world of difference.

 

Bradley Moodie

Riverside Podiatry, part of Reliance GP Super Clinic, West Gosford.

www.reliancehealth.com.au

www.riversidepodiatry.com.au

 

 

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