Foot Care Tips
If you have foot and ankle pain, heel pain, or arthritis, there is hope.
Does foot pain stop you enjoying life?
Do you get aching pain after resting, or sharp pain in your feet when walking on them?
Have you had to give up what you enjoy because of pain?
At Posture Podiatry we have seen thousands of people who are frustrated because foot and ankle pain is holding them back from life.
Do you have any of the following conditions?
- Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis
- Sharp pain in your forefoot (Neuroma/Metatarsalgia)
- Hammer Toes
- Aching arches
If you are suffering from any of these problems you need to know that there is help available.
Pain medication could be making things worse
Pain is the warning sign telling you to stop.
Some pain medication lets you keep going, but pills don’t fix the real problem.
In fact, if you keep taking pills you could be more likely to do things that cause more damage.
Foot and Ankle pain is not just “Old Age”
If that was true, then every part of your body would be painful… because everything in your body is the same age!
Pain is normal, but pain that doesn’t go away is not normal.
Finding the problem and fixing it has to be the top priority.Pain is the warning sign telling you to take a break. Click To Tweet
You don’t have to wear ugly shoes or bulky insoles to fix foot pain.
You must find the true cause of your pain to be able to treat it effectively.
The good news is there is a solution.
Your body has a remarkable ability to heal itself; it sometimes just needs a little help.
Here are 4 things you can do for yourself.
- Massage: You can condition your muscles by massaging the painful area
- Simply rub the area, kneading the tight muscles.
- Roll your foot over a tennis ball or golf ball
- Remember that your pain may be referred from other areas, so massage all over
- Mobilise: You need to mobilise tight joints to promote better movement.
- Write the ABC’s in the air with your toes, moving only your feet and ankles
- Gently move tight joints through their full range
- Stretch: Increase your range of movement
- Calf stretches or Plantar fascia stretches can help release tension as well
- Strengthen: Improve your ability to cope with demands of daily life
- Simply walking on soft sand, or picking up a towel with your toes can help to build strength in your feet
Here’s how we can help:
Posture Podiatry is a podiatry clinic located in Kent Town, just outside of the city of Adelaide, South Australia.
Our podiatrists use a 3-Step system for uncovering the true cause of pain, without drugs or surgery.
How many people feel they could perform better, achieve their goals and enjoy life without pain holding them back?
- We take a complete history, and take the time to really listen to your concerns.
- Our Podiatrists complete a full assessment, and explain the situation so you have a complete understanding.
- You are treated as a real person, and we tailor a plan for you.
Posture Podiatry is an award-winning, Accredited clinic with convenient parking, experienced podiatrists and on-time appointments.
Preventing Falls, Improving Balance
Good shoes can give you the grounding you need to help with balance and also help prevent a fall.
Every year, more than 1 in 3 older people will have a fall, and the likelihood of a severe injury increases with age.
Falls can happen to everyone, but one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent a fall is to change the type of shoes you wear.Seniors are often not wearing the right shoes which can cause problems with balance. Click To Tweet
Your feet are like reference points on a map, and without good mobility, strength and grounding you may find yourself heading in the wrong direction.
Good shoes can help keep older people grounded.
What to look for in a good shoe:
Active seniors need to choose the right shoe for the job. They should be lightweight, secure on the feet, and comfortable.
If you’re of mature age, here are some questions you can ask yourself to check if shoes are right for you:
- Do the shoes fit well? Your shoes should be secure around your heels, and have space at the end of your toes
- Are they enclosed and comfortable? Purchase shoes when your feet are feeling their worst – late in the afternoon. Make sure they’re enclosed and comfortable.
- Do they bend at the ball of the foot? They need to be flexible at the ball of your foot, but rigid under your arch
- Do the shoes have a flat sole? Heel blocks, hard edges and high heels increase your risk of falling
- Do the shoes have a bit of bounce? The sole should be low and soft, giving you good feel for the ground
You should avoid shoes that are heavy, rigid, or hard. Shoes shouldn’t have a slippery sole, and shouldn’t be able to be kicked off without untying laces or straps.
You should also avoid shoes with leather soles, or shoes with high heels.
Good shoes don’t have to be boring.
You can find good shoes that look good as well.
Podiatrists are dedicated to helping people choose the right shoes, and will often work with shoe companies and specialist shoe stores to make sure they’re happy.
Are your shoes safe?
If you’re unsure if your shoes are safe, speak with your podiatrist.
The podiatrists at Posture Podiatry can assess your balance, your current footwear, and help connect you with specialist shoe stores to make sure you choose the right shoes for you.
Treat Your Feet with a DIY Foot Bath
There’s nothing like a foot bath at home to pamper your feet. It’s not difficult or expensive to do either.
In this post, you’ll learn how to create a relaxing and yummy foot bath for your feet from the comfort of your own home.
Just mix all the ingredients below and you’re relaxing mineral salt foot bath with essential oils will be ready for you!
Here’s what you need
- A large bowl or plastic tub – something that’s just right for you to place your feet inside without feeling squashed.
- Warm water – Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
- Epsom Salts – Adding 1 Tbs Epsom salts to your foot bath can benefit your feet greatly. It can soothe dry skin, relieve aching feet, and help to remove foot odour.
- Bicarb soda – 1 tsp Bicarb soda helps exfoliate the skin, has antibacterial properties and also removes foot odour.
- Marbles – A few marbles in the base of the bowl give you something to gently roll your feet over for a luxurious massaging touch.
- Pure Essential oil – Just a couple of drops of lemon myrtle oil can add to the experience, as well as the health benefits.
The scent of the oil, the soothing mineral salts, the exfoliating baking soda, and the gentle massage from the marbles all work together to soothe your senses and relax your nerves.
Easy Foot Bath Recipe
So, you’ve got the ingredients, now here’s the recipe for an easy do-it-yourself foot bath at home:
In a large bowl, add:
- 1Tbs Epsom salts
- 1tsp Bicarb Soda
- 3 drops of pure Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil.
- Then add marbles and fill with warm water.
Relax and enjoy!The ideal DIY footbath - Essential oil, mineral salts, exfoliating baking soda, and gentle massage from marbles Click To Tweet
And if you want to see what it looks like in real life, check out this video below:
Will you be trying out this easy DIY footbath? We’d love to hear your experience!