New Beginnings for National Foot Health Awareness Month

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Did you know that every April is National Foot Health Awareness Month? April is a great month to celebrate foot health awareness because it occurs right as winter is turning to spring. As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, you can start fresh with a brand-new foot care routine! Here at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, we want to challenge everyone to pick up at least one new healthy foot health habit and keep it going all year long. In this blog, we’ll give you some ideas for healthy habits you can pick up this month. 

Stretch Your Feet 

            Whether you work on your feet all day or sit at a desk, taking some time to stretch your feet and ankles throughout the day is a great way to prevent injury. You can stretch your plantar fascia tendons and Achilles tendons at work or at home in less than a minute by following these steps:

  • Place your palms shoulder-width apart against a wall

  • Bend your front leg and extending your back leg behind you

  • Press your heel to the ground for 15 seconds to stretch Achilles’ tendon

  • Shift the pressure to the ball of your feet for 15 seconds to stretch your plantar fascia

  • Switch legs and repeat 

This exercise can help prevent overuse injuries in these tendons like heel pain or Achilles tendonitis. For more specific exercises, talk to your foot doctor about your particular needs. 

Limit Alcohol Intake 

            For adults, having a drink or two every now and then can fit into a healthy lifestyle. However, abusing alcohol can severely damage the body, including your feet. Repeated instances of binge drinking can damage the nerves in your body, resulting in a condition called peripheral neuropathy. The symptoms of this condition include: 

  • Tingling or burning sensation in feet

  • Difficulty differentiating between hot and cold sensations

  • Complete loss of feeling in feet 

Limiting your consumption of alcoholic beverages is overall a very beneficial way to improve your activity levels and feel healthier. When your body and mind are healthy, so are your feet! 

Visit a Podiatrist

            The best way to keep your feet healthy for years to come is to create a relationship with a podiatrist in your area. If you’re located in the North Houston area, our board-certified podiatrists are ready to help you achieve your foot health goals for April and all the months to come. With locations in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland and Livingston, finding a podiatrist you can trust has never been easier .Make an appointment online or call today at (281) 444-4114.