We spend a lot of time on our feet everyday, and depending on overall activity take on average of 10,000 steps every single day. That’s almost five miles! Additionally, many people wear shoes that, while very fashionable, can be murder on your feet. There are a number of reasons why your feet hurt throughout the day. Here are some of the more common reasons your dogs are barking.
You Wear High Heels
Everyone knows that high heels are not so great for the health of your feet. Stilettos especially can cause a number of issues, including stress fractures, fractured ankles, bursitis (inflamed, stiff, or swollen joints), and neuroma (inflamed nerves between foot bones). It is recommended that you wear three inch heels and try to stick to stacked heels instead of thinner ones.
You Wear Flats
Flats are extremely popular and, while they appear relatively harmless, can actually harm your feet. This is not only due to the lack of arch support, which they are infamous for, but also due to the fact that they can actually through your posture off due to a low heel. This not only hurts your feet but can harm your knees, legs, back, and shoulders. Flats often come with pointy toes which can constrict your toes and can cause bunions to get worse.
You Don’t Stretch
Many people forget to stretch their feet, which is especially important if you are on your feet a lot at work or if you work out a lot. This can cause the tissues at the bottom of your feet to become inflamed and irritated (commonly known as plantar fasciitis).
You Are Diabetic
Diabetes, mostly if you are having difficulties managing your blood sugar, can cause blood capillaries to constrict which limits blood flow to key areas of the body, including your feet. Nerve pain, as well as muscle and joint pain are also common symptoms of diabetes. In addition to monitoring your blood sugar, many podiatrists can help you protect your feet and limbs from diabetes.
You Have Gained or Lost Weight
We know that gaining weight can cause your feet to hurt more, but surprisingly losing weight can also lead to foot pain. Roughly every 10 pounds that you gain or lose the muscles in your feet will expand or contract. This means that the shoes you wore 10 pounds ago may not be offering the correct support for you now.
Do you live in the Northern Colorado area and can’t stand to walk on your painful feet? You may need to visit a podiatrist. The Foot and Ankle Center of Northern Colorado has two convenient locations in Longmont and Greeley and can help you address any concerns that you may have about your feet. Why wait? If you would like to schedule an appointment please give us a call at (970) 351-0900 for our Greeley office or (303) 772-3232 for our office in Longmont.
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