Things have been difficult for everyone lately. Having a foot or ankle issue can make life even more harder. It is still very important to take care of yourself and your overall wellness including your feet. Healthy feet and ankles are necessary for good balance, mobility, and a healthy body. There are things you can do to help keep your feet in shape as well as avoid injuries. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offer the following tips:
- Stay active. Do sit-ups, push-ups, planks, squats and leg lifts or check out virtual fitness classes online. You can still get outside for fresh air without putting yourself at risk. Go for a walk, run, or hike while practicing social distancing. If you feel better staying inside, take scheduled breaks to get up and walk around your home.
- If you suffer from foot pain, such as a neuroma, avoid wearing narrow shoes. Also, avoid walking on hard surfaces barefoot, even in the house.
- Do strengthening exercises like calf raises on a step to prevent or treat Achilles tendinitis.
- Examine your feet regularly for bumps, lumps or other changes.
- Wear comfortable, sensible shoes, especially for exercise.
- Continue using padding, insoles or whatever special footwear you’ve been prescribed.
At Idaho Foot and Ankle Center, we want to ensure you still have access to the care you need during this uncertain time. We are taking several steps to help lessen the risk of exposure while at our office. We have modified our patient schedule to minimize the potential exposure between patients. We have also added surgical grade disinfectant to clean rooms after every patient. We are taking many other protective measures to minimize the potential spread of infection.
Here are some of the conditions that should be evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon as soon as possible:
- Injuries such as sprains, fractures, or trauma
- Ingrown toenails
- Post-operative Care
- Foot ulcers
- Calf pain with warmth, redness, or swelling, which could possibly be a blood clot
If you are struggling with a foot or ankle issue, please contact Idaho Foot and Ankle Center for an appointment. We are here to make sure all of your foot and ankle needs are taken care of in a safe and efficient manner. We also have same day appointments available! Dr. Kylin Kovac and Dr. Jed Erickson are ready and qualified to get you back on your feet.
Some content provided by The ACFAS.