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Foot Care – Use it or lose it

Foot Care – Use it or lose it

By Anthony Allen, Certified Pedorthist

Foot care | Custom OrthoticsPeople ask if there are any secrets to enjoying your “golden years.” The secrets are mostly a great attitude, sensible decisions, understanding what changes your body goes through as you age, and what limitations you may have occurred because of your younger lifestyle.

Our bodies were made to move. Have you heard that saying “use it or lose it?” It’s all too true. Without activity to keep your body physically strong and limber, you can stiffen up. Joints can accumulate arthritic conditions and muscles can become tight. You also may build up fat and lose muscle if you let yourself go too long without some healthy movement. The beautiful thing about Green Valley is there are a ton of places to exercise and enjoy yourself without even knowing that you’re giving yourself a workout.

Do what you enjoy for starters. Three times a week take a 30-minute walk, hike, enjoy nature or play a few rounds of golf. Locally there are tennis and racquetball courts and swimming pools. Local physical fitness trainers can create a workout regimen that is just right for you.

Our bodies were not designed to lift loads over and over again to build muscle, or to run miles every day. You may look great, but over the years you could wear out your body in a way that is beyond repair.

Originally being hunter/gatherers, we are designed to be walkers and sprint for short distances. Swimming and walking are some of the best forms of low-stress muscle toning and fat burning activities. These exercises can also strengthen your heart and lungs and even lower cholesterol. As we age, our joints sometimes do not work in tandem with all the connective tissues that hold them together; ligaments and collagen fibers lose elasticity and strength. And, as we age, our alignment changes as well. These changes may have occurred from a simple or serious injury when you were younger such as a car accident or falling off a swing or bike.

Everybody changes with age; it can start at your foundation. Like being right or left-handed, sometimes you favor one side of your body more than the other. If one arch in the foot tends to be ahead in the race of breaking down, they can make one ankle fall a little more inward. This, in turn, can cause your leg to internally rotate causing shin, calf muscle problems, and knee pain.

If one ankle is more "fallen" than the other, chances are that it will drop down one side of your hips and can affect your lower back resulting in lower back pain or discomfort when you walk or stand for too long. In worse case scenarios, you even may develop something more serious like bulging or herniated discs creating damage to the nerves.

The bottom line: your feet have a lot to do with how you feel.

There is a popular saying, “if your feet hurt, you hurt all over.” We walk on flat, hard surfaces, and there is little support in your shoes – it’s mostly just cushion. Sometimes you may just need to fill the gap between your arches in your shoes. There are a range of over the counter supports at local stores that can help with this.

You can also take a more informed approach by contacting a certified Pedorthist. A Pedorthist is a foot specialist with special training that can properly evaluate your feet and identify the problems. He or she can then make custom orthotics for your shoes made from casts of your own feet that will address the specific issues you have.

Properly supporting your foundation can start a realignment process that can help take away pain from your feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders, and even your neck.

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NOTE: Other costs of getting older are the loss of balance and poor posture. Custom orthotics improve balance and stability and help improve posture. With these, you can go out, exercise, and be comfortable at the same time, all while preventing further injury.

If you need help, go see one of them. Then, go out and have fun.