Helpful Hints For Your Feet, Ankles, Knees And Back Helpful Hints For Your Feet, Ankles, Knees And Back
FootSmart For Foot Health, Fall 2005

Maintaining healthy feet can be a full-time job. Those who have experienced foot, ankle, knee or back pain know that pain can be triggered from different areas.

The long metatarsal bones of the foot distribute your weight while walking. Bone abnormalities, systemic condition such as diabetes and arthritis, even ill-fitting shoes can cause pain to the metatarsals. According to FootSmart For Healthy Feet, one can wear insoles that redistribute body weight across the bottom of the foot.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the base of the toes. When placed under too much stress, the fascia stretches, causing intense pain and inflammation at the heel.

Ankle ailments range from a fall or injury that “twist” the ankles to muscle imbalance, loose ligaments, leg length discrepancy, previous sprains or neuromuscular disorder. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation seems to provide the best relief for most ailments.

Back stress and pain can be the results of many factors from age, occupation, gender or bad habits like poor posture, overexertion or carelessness. However, many back conditions start with your feet. Every step you take influences how your back feels. When pain occurs, simply improving your posture can sometimes provide relief. Other options for stress on the back can include back/seat cushions, posture corrective supports and tractioning devices.

Good foot hygiene can start by wearing well-fitted shoes, using the proper pedicure files and clippers as well as therapeutic creams. These can help calluses, ingrown toenails, or just plain dry, cracked skin.