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Everyone makes New Year's resolutions, but very few people make resolutions about their feet! Often times, we don't think about our feet until there is a problem, but by making goals to have healthy feet, we can change that! Here are four foot and ankle related New Year's resolutions to give you some inspiration for what goals you can set in the new year!
New Year's Resolution #1 - Eat for your feet
What you eat on a day-to-day basis affects everything from your stomach to your feet and more! You want to avoid foods that cause inflammation, especially if you have gout. Creating a consistent and healthy meal plan can avoid some of these symptoms. Finding healthy alternatives and incorporating them into your diet will help to make sure you can avoid excessive fluid retention, plantar fasciitis, and inflammation in the feet.
New Year's Resolution #2 - Put those feet to use! Walk more
Walking is one of the most universal and oldest types of exercise known to man! No special equipment required, just get up and get going. This is great for your foot health, but also has numerous benefits related to overall health and wellness. Try walking in 15-20 minute increments and increasing the time as you feel comfortable.
“Walking is man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates
New Year's Resolution #3 - Stay on top of routine checkups
Try to schedule regular check-ups with your podiatrist to stay on top of any potential foot or ankle problems. If you are already suffering from a foot and ankle related condition, it is even more important to maintain regularly scheduled appointments. Your car gets regularly scheduled maintenance and inspections, so should you!
New Year's Resolution #4 - Listen to your body
Living a day-to-day life with pain is not normal! Don't let foot and ankle pain/ injuries hold you back, ignoring them can cause even more severe problems in the future, on top of preventing you from living life to the fullest right now.
Tip #5 - Footwear that works for you
Lastly, the footwear you choose is so important! Supportive footwear is one of the best ways to proactively take care of your feet. Always make sure to replace shoes that have excessively worn down heels, have a lack of support, or hurt when you wear them. A good shoe is one that fits to your foot and offers support in the arch and anywhere else you need it. Try to keep the heel under 2 inches, and look for breathable material that still offers support to your feet.
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