Keep Your Feet Healthy and Pain-Free this Fall
The leaves are beginning to change. The air is becoming more crisp and cool every day, and it is officially fall. Time to carve pumpkins, break out the apple cider, and rake leaves. And prepare for the upcoming holidays, of course.
There are a lot of great things that come with autumn, but the new season also brings along a new set of problems that we need to watch out for in our feet.
As the weather cools, many people will be ditching their summer footwear, usually sandals or flip-flops, for warmer, closed-toe shoes. If you’ve been in sandals and flip-flops all summer and are just now switching back, this sometimes causes problems. Bunion sufferers and people suffering from other foot problems that shoes can irritate, like corns, calluses, or deformities, such as hammertoes, often love the warm summer months because they can wear footwear that doesn’t irritate their foot problem. But when the cold returns and they get back into regular footwear, the pain returns because their foot problem is being aggravated by their shoes again.
If this an issue you are having, see a podiatrist if you haven’t already. Your podiatrist can help you to make your footwear comfortable again, whether you just need padding or shoe modifications, or a more drastic treatment option like surgery, your podiatrist can talk you through it and recommend the best option for you. Wearing flip-flops all winter is just not an option, and neither is being in pain!
The arrival of fall also starts some sports seasons, like football, and sports can be demanding on our feet and ankles, which, if you follow or play football, I’m sure you already know. There is always a long list of injured professional players, and oftentimes those injuries include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon injuries, or breaks or sprains in the feet or ankles.
If you are an athlete participating in a fall sport, be sure to check out our section on athletic foot care for tips on keeping your feet health while staying active.
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