People always tell you to live your life to the fullest. You definitely should, but you should also be aware too that the way we live our lives affects our health in many ways — especially our feet.

Our feet are more than just an extension of our legs. It helps us move and bears the weight of our body. This means, whatever that may happen to our bodies will eventually affect our feet. As they have said, we have to be good to our feet as it brings us to different places. However, there are lifestyle trends that we are leading that we didn’t know could harm our feet and cause us foot pain. What are these? Read on to find out!

  • Obesity
    As we all know, our feet carry all of the weight of the whole body especially when standing and walking. If a person is overweight, it puts more pressure on the lower extremities, particularly the feet, resulting in flattening of the foot. Because of this, the plantar fascia or the group of tissues running from the heel to the base of the toes is strained causing foot pain. Overweight children are more prone to foot pain since their heel bone will not fully develop until 14 years. Older people also feel foot pain more often since their bones tend to become more vulnerable as they age.

 

  • Footwear
    Your footwear isn’t just about providing coverings on your feet. It also gives support and provides stability on your feet. This is the reason why choosing the right footwear is essential for your foot’s health. Make sure to choose footwear that is comfortable enough for your feet and lets you move with ease. Pointy shoes are a great fashion statement, however, if you think you will be moving around for the day, or will be standing for a long period of time, then refrain from wearing them. Pointy shoes do not have enough space for your toes, putting strain on your big toes. It can cause foot pain or the growth of bunions. You may also think that flats are the most comfortable footwear. Nah-ah. Shoes should have an arch so that your feet will have enough support. Flat footwear will require extra work from your foot muscles so you can move conveniently.

 

  • Inactivity
    You may think that the lack of activity in the lower extremities won’t hurt your foot since it requires less effort and pressure. Well, you are wrong. A sedentary lifestyle is as dangerous to your feet as being overly active. If the feet are not used often, it can cause plantar fasciitis and edema. Fluid may start to build upon your feet and ankle, making it swell, and can be very painful when moved.

 

  • High impact sports
    Athletes and other individuals who love to play high impact forces are prone to foot pain and injury. Running and moving around for a long time will put extra strain on your feet and ankle, which causes the pain and worse is when you get injured.

Foot pain is common; however, it doesn’t have to be a part of your life. Whenever you feel foot pain or experience a foot/ankle injury, seek medical help right away.  

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