Q How can I prevent foot injury?
Your feet are amazingly complex structures with 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments in each foot. Foot pain is never normal, but while feet are designed to withstand an extreme amount of stress, your decisions can often subject them to more than they can handle.
Avoid foot injury first by taking a good look at the kinds of shoes you are wearing. There are numerous injuries we see and conditions that develop that are caused or aggravated by footwear. Avoid flip-flops that offer no support and high heels with pointed toes that squeeze toes and put feet into a position that will undoubtedly cause pain over time. If you are an athlete, wear the right shoe for the right sport and in every case, always wear shoes that fit your feet properly and are comfortable.
A second way to prevent injury is to pay attention to early warning signs. This is especially important for someone with diabetes, as minor problems can quickly turn major. Observe changes in your skin, toenails and foot structure. Seek treatment early - as soon as symptoms are noticed. This puts you ahead of the game and prevents symptoms from worsening and injuries from occurring in the future.
If you need some advice on footwear for your feet or have a symptom you now know needs to be evaluated, please contact Harvey R. Danciger DPM today. You can make an appointment by calling our Palm Desert office at (760) 568-0108.