In June, we celebrate Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month. At First Coast Foot & Ankle Clinic, we want to help you help Dad prevent foot problems. Research shows that when it comes to their health, men delay seeking treatment and may put off making medical appointments until their condition has progressed to a severe stage. This year let your dad know that you want him to be able to enjoy a long and active life and encourage him to take the necessary steps to protect his podiatric and overall health.
Regular exercise is a great way to maintain the health of your feet and the rest of your body. Consider giving Dad a gym membership or joining a golf club or local pool to work out together. Exercise improves circulation and also helps maintain flexibility and range of motion in your feet. Consistent physical activity can also help Dad keep his weight down. This will go a long way to preventing certain foot problems from developing as well as decreasing any foot pain he currently has.
Choose the Right Shoes
If your Dad has been wearing the same shoes for the last several years, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Even well-made shoes eventually wear out and this means that the arches weaken and the soles wear down, leaving you open to injuries and painful conditions like plantar fasciitis. It’s also important to pick shoes that are appropriate for the activity you are doing. If your Dad plays a sport, consider a gift certificate to a sports shoe store for a new pair. Tell him to get his feet professionally measured as well, since foot size can increase with age.
Be Proactive about Foot Care
Most foot and ankle disorders are most successfully treated when diagnosed early. If you notice bunions on the sides of Dad’s toes or there is anything unusual about the appearance of his feet, or if you know he is experiencing foot pain, have Dad contact our Duval County office for an appointment by calling: 904-739-9129. Our podiatrists Dr. Vimal A. Reddy and Dr. Jeffrey Brimmer will examine Dad’s feet and help him get rid of foot pain fast.