During the month of November we at Long Island Foot & Ankle Group, PC are hearing many of our patients talk about what they’re thankful for. We hope your feet make the list. These amazing parts of your body do so much and yet, are often just taken for granted until there’s a problem that limits the ability to live a normally active life. We’d like to offer the following ways to show your feet you’re grateful for them:
Buy Good Shoes— well-made shoes that fit properly are the single biggest factor in preventing foot deformities and chronic conditions. Choose shoes that have a 2-inch or lower heel and a roomy toe box to prevent a host of foot and toe problems including: ingrown toenails, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses. Footwear should hold the ankle securely to prevent sprains and have a cushioned tread designed to prevent slips and falls. Materials that are natural and allow the foot to breathe can help reduce the risk of athlete’s foot and fungal infections.
Treat Your Feet to a Checkup—are you overdue for an appointment at our Valley Stream or Lake Success office? A regular exam by one of our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Russell Caprioli, Dr. Mary Ann Bilotti, Dr. John Haight and Dr. Marzana Mleczko can help detect podiatric problems in their earliest stages when they are best and most easily treated. In addition, the foot doctor can give advice about ideal shoe choices for your feet and also offer tips on how to be proactive in the care of your feet.
Don’t go Overboard with Holiday Eating—did you know that when you run the pressure exerted on your feet can be up to four times the amount of your body weight? Being overweight is a risk factor for several foot problems and can make existing foot conditions much more painful and disabling. Enjoy small portions of holiday goodies and increase your exercise during this season of festive eating.
Be good to your feet and they’ll show their gratitude to you by providing many years of pain-free standing and walking. If you have questions about the health and care of your feet, contact us by calling: (516) 825-4070 or (516) 327-0074.