As we roll over the calendar to 2018, millions of people will take advantage of the opportunity to assess various areas of their lives and make resolutions for positive changes. These resolutions might be centered on finances—like eliminating debt or saving more money—or improving personal relationships, but an overwhelming majority tend to be health-based.
As medical professionals, we love to hear about people taking measures for better health!
Given the connection between your feet and your overall health—they do, after all, enable you to move around and participate in healthy activities—you should at least consider making some foot-related resolutions for this upcoming year. Doing so is an important part of having the healthiest body possible.
With that in mind, here are some foot health resolutions you should make for 2018:
- Wear proper shoes. We aren’t going to tell you that you have to completely give up the high heels or sandals, but you should at least be reasonable with their usage. Stick to reasonable shoes for most of the time, and then treat yourself by wearing those “super cute” pumps on a night out.
- Exercise. Hey, this is one you might have been planning on making anyway. When you do, it is important that you don’t jump into intense activity too quickly without taking the time to prepare your body first. Also, come see us and your primary care physician if it’s been a while since you last exercised on a regular basis.
- Eat well. Don’t “go on a diet.” Even hearing those words can trigger something in your subconscious that might set you up for failure. Instead, commit to “making healthy dietary choices.” The phrasing makes a big difference. For one thing, diets are supposed to be limited. But what happens when the diet’s over? Conversely, you can—and absolutely should—make healthy dietary choices for the rest of your life. As another consideration, many traditional diets often have flaws (not enough carbs, too much carbs, they can be costly, etc.). Further, it’s too easy to view a diet as a “magic pill,” when there isn’t any such thing.
- Lose weight. Follow those previous two resolutions and this one will just fall into place! Shedding pounds—in a healthy manner—and then managing your weight is important for so many reasons, including the health of your feet. Put simply, the less you weigh, the less physical force your feet need to endure.
- Get plenty of sleep. As a living being, your body needs time to recharge, replenish, and rejuvenate. This all happens when you sleep. Getting insufficient amounts of sleep disrupts your body’s repair processes and also messes with hormone production.