Patient Education

Foot Care—My Aching Feet!

Here are some tips on how to avoid sore feet.

  • Use Arch supports

You may not need custom orthotics—many maladies can be treated with over-the-counter arch supports, including plantar fasciitis and flat feet. If your feet continue to bother you, however, you should consider custom orthotics.

  • Strengthen the Feet With Exercise

Exercises for your toes, feet and ankles will strengthen, stretch and relax them. Do the runner’s stretch to work the calf muscle. Make circles with your ankles, then move your foot up and down. Do some heel raises. Pick up small objects with your toes. Roll the bottom of your foot across a golf or tennis ball. All of these exercises will make your feet feel great!

  • Keep up with your Corns and Callouses

Trim your corns and callouses and lessen the pressure on the bottom of your feet. To trim them, first soak your feet in warm water. Use an emery board or pumice stone to work on your problem areas. Apply lotion, massage the feet, and then put on socks.

  • Make sure your Shoes Fit and are Tied Properly.

Feet do indeed change size as you get older—size increases as ligaments and tendons get stretched out over time. Every time you buy new shoes, make sure you have your feet measured. You also need to make sure the shoes are sufficiently wide and deep in the toe box to accommodate your feet, especially if you suffer from neuroma, hammer toes or bunions.

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