Anyone who lives with chronic or persistent pain knows that it can have a major impact on our ability to enjoy a normal lifestyle. Suffering pain can often also lead to feelings of isolation, however you are not alone.
Too many Australians live with pain and this week we are encouraging people to do something about it as part of National Pain Week (July 24 – 30).
When it comes to our feet, our recent Healthy Feet Survey revealed that around 6 per cent of us – or around 1.4 million – wake up every morning with heel, arch or foot pain. Foot pain can often be prevented and is more than often easily treated.
Ignoring symptoms of pain can lead to permanent issues such as arthritis or conditions in other parts of your body including legs, knees, hips and lower back. Does this sound like you?
Pain is manageable if you have a good partnership with your healthcare team. We encourage you to be bold this National Pain Week and help you or someone you know manage their condition.
Take the first steps:
- Diagnosis – has your pain been correctly diagnosed? Only with a thorough history, physical examination and the services of an experienced clinician can an accurate diagnosis be made.
- Treatment – treatment should be personalised to your needs and condition. Some common treatments for foot pain can include custom made foot orthotics, footwear changes, strapping, icing, stretches and shockwave treatment.
- Listen to advice: most injuries will heal if you take the time to look after yourself and follow the advice of your podiatrist.
- Management: ongoing care is needed to ensure you look after your condition and that it doesn’t return. Recurrence of injuries can be frustrating. We recommend an annual review to ensure your foot health.
If you or someone you know suffers from foot pain, contact your local my FootDr Podiatrist and stomp out Australia’s foot problem.
Book an appointment online or call 1800 FOOTDR.