Here’s a question I get pretty often: why feet? And I answer, because I love feet. And usually I’ll add a comment about how it’s a good thing I’m not a gastroenterologist or a urologist or something along those lines.
Yes, it’s April already, despite what your weather dude says. If you are lucky enough to be in NYC, you’ve been enjoying some warmer weather recently. And that means it’s time to get your feet ready for display as open-toe season only comes around once per year - well for now until we completely destroy the environment and planet that it envelops; something positive to think about as we start spring. So what to do now that spring has sprung? Read on dear blogistas.
For those of you about to run, I salute you. But please take it easy. I already saw 2 overuse injuries in the office today from patients who got a bit too excited and ran too fast and too far, and now have some doctor prescribed downtime, and worse - a big ugly CAM walker. If you’ve been running indoors all winter, or - gasp - haven’t been running at all, take it easy. Short slow runs at first and then build up slowly.
Take a good look at the skin on your feet and toes. If it’s peeling, cracking, or if there’s a bit of moisture between the toes, you might have the dreaded athlete’s foot. A wee bit of over the counter spray may just do the trick, but if not, there are stronger prescription meds. It’s a bit late in the season to redeem the nails from the dreaded fungus, but it’s never too late to start.
The transition from low-heeled winter boots to flat summer shoes can be a rough one. As we’ve discussed many times, most feet do better with a low heel or a good arch support. Spring and summer is no time for a vacation from comfort, and it’s important to wear something supportive, or I’ll see you in the fall.
As the temperature goeth, so doeth the injurieth. Sprains and strains, which will generally heal in most cases, should be evaluated by a podiatrist. Don’t limp around assuming it will heal, too afraid to come in for fear of me telling you I told you so. I don’t like downtime any more than you do, and will do my best to minimize it.
Well then, that does it for the springtime edition of our most holy blog. Get up, stand up, and get active. Seize the day and have some fun.
And if you or someone you care about is suffering from a foot injury or any other foot or ankle condition, I’ll be here for you. Make an appointment at either our Manhattan or Bronx location today.
See you in the office.
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