It’s a brand new year, and people all over are trying to work out plans to keep their New Year’s resolutions. Every year, thousands of people decide to live more healthy lifestyles and lose weight. It’s quite popular to resolve to change something in your life, but quite difficult to actually do so. If your feet hurt whenever you’re active because of low or flattening arches, it’s even harder. You can succeed, though – if you make a few accommodations for your flat feet.
When you run or jump, your lower limbs strike the ground with a force of three to four times your body weight. All that pressure puts a lot of strain on your foot structures, and if your arches have flattened, the stress of your activities could hurt your lower limbs. Wearing good, supportive shoes that bolster your arch helps your feet distribute the force more evenly, relieving some of the pressure and making it easier on your body to stay active.
Some simple physical therapy exercises can help, too; as you build up your endurance and arch strength, your feet are better able to support your needs when you’re up and moving. The exercises don’t have to be complicated; they just need to work the muscles in and attached to the midfoot. A movement like grabbing a towel with your toes or balancing on one leg uses those small muscles and forces them to do their jobs. Don’t forget to stretch them out afterward, to release the tension and allow them to rest.
You can be one of the few to keep your resolutions, even if you have flat feet. Don’t let foot pain hold you back from living a healthy lifestyle or doing activities that you love. If you’re struggling with flat feet or any other foot and ankle problem, contact Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville for an appointment or more information and take care of your lower limbs. Visit the website contact page or call our office at (775) 783-8037 to reach us.