New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 5, 2011 in Featured Articles, Dynamic Footworks News | 0 comments

Another holiday season has past, the tree has been recycled, the plum pudding put back in the freezer and the sweets all eaten – no more excuses not to focus on your New Year’s resolution. If you are anything like me, every January you’re determined to get back into shape and start exercising. Whether it’s jogging, spin class or yoga, I always set some fitness goals for the New Year.

Many people have the best intentions to improve their fitness levels but find it hard to get started due to foot pain. Some common foot ailments that affect people of all ages and body types include; plantar fasciitis, which is pain, generally in the heel, caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia (tissue that spans the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes) and is most noticeable first thing in the morning. Metatarsalgia is pain, burning or discomfort under the ball of the foot or in the toes and is caused when the soft tissue in this area becomes inflamed. It is most noticeably when standing or walking and during the push-off phase of each step. Arthritis in the joints and bones of the feet can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in or around the joints and can affect one’s mobility. Other common problems include bunions, hammer toes and achilles tendonitis, all of which can be very painful or become aggravated when exercising.

Fortunately most people who experience these symptoms can find improvement with custom made orthotics. If you are experiencing any of the ailments listed above feel free to give us a call for some free advice, or come in for a full lower limb biomechanical assessment by our Certified Pedorthist.

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