Summer is near, and you will probably be spending considerably more time outdoors than you have been. You might spend a morning kneeling with bent feet in your garden, crouching in a catcher’s stance at a softball game, or going for a long hike. If you have cavus foot (meaning you have a high arch), you could end up with tired, achy feet at the end of the day. If so, here are three things you can do at home to make them comfortable again:
Massage them. If you have this condition, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet may be tighter than usual. A thorough foot massage can help loosen the tissues, relieve the achiness, increase your circulation, and revitalize the way your feet feel.
Check your shoes. With cavus foot, you will come down harder on your heel and forefoot because less of your foot hits the ground during your stride. You need a shoe with good arch support and plenty of cushioning to counteract that trauma.
Rest from high impact activity. Runners with high arches may need to shorten their distances so the bone structure and soft tissues don’t experience as much trauma. Try it and see if your pain improves. You should be able to find that sweet spot that gives you a decent workout without making you miserable afterwards.
If these three tips don’t take care of your pain, give Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in the west Denver area a call. It may be that you could benefit from a pair of custom orthotics that are designed to spread the impact of your steps more evenly over your sole.
If even that doesn’t do it, we can discuss surgical options with you. Our staff includes podiatrists who excel at surgery, and many times a simple procedure can bring an end to your foot pain. Call us today at (303) 423-2520 for an appointment at one of our four Denver area locations, or schedule through our website. You can also check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for other useful tips and interesting facts.
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