So how does a Podiatrist at Waikato Podiatry Clinic treat sore feet?
Well there are many treatment options available, and the underlying cause (Diagnosis) of your sore feet will determine what is the best treatment option.
In some cases, simple footwear advice is all that's required. It's important to make sure your footwear matches the activity you're undertaking, and this also applies to work.
If you're on your feet all day, then you need a shoe that is both supportive and stable along the arch and has adequate cushioning, especially when on concrete.
This is why you should purchase your shoes from well-trained footwear outlets. Good footwear comes with a price, but how valuable are your feet?
If you have a normal foot-type, and we'll be able to tell you if this is the case, yet you're still getting sore feet, you may benefit from other podiatry therapies, mobilisation, shockwave therapy, or exersises to reduce pain and swelling.
No two feet are the same, which is why our Podiatrists are trained to offer various treatment options.
If you have flat feet, you may benefit from having orthotics made.
When you stand, a foot that flattens and rolls inwards at the ankle too much, places a lot of force of the supporting soft tissues and muscles and this is often the source of many long-term foot and ankle problems.
Listen to your Body
Yes, good footwear can help, but long term it will not be adequate enough to prevent long-term pain, and when you're in pain you need to listen, because it's your body trying to tell you that something is wrong, and it needs assistance.
Untreated foot problems can and will lead to long-term joint damage and arthritis, so putting it off now will only make things worse later on.
Glasses for your Feet
Think of orthotics like glasses for your feet. Both orthotics and glasses are simple devices, which when manufactured properly make your life better.
If you have poor eyesight, imagine your life without glasses. Think of orthotics and your feet the same way.
You may not want to wear orthotics, but if you have sore feet and you're in constant pain, then the answer is pretty simple. Supporting the soles of your feet will go a long way in giving you back your lifestyle, especially if its being interrupted.
If you find it difficult to stand at work, run around with the kids, walking the dog, or simply enjoy a casual stroll on the beach, then now is the perfect tine to be assessed.. not next month.