The nation commemorated “Backwards Day” on January 31 – or did it pass you by? Not the most celebrated of holidays, unless you’re 8 years old and fond of wearing your shirt front-to-back or starting your school day with Snack instead of Reading. So exciting – for kids!
Instead of telling you what you should do when your feet present you with a problem, Chanda L. Day-Houts, DPM and Heidi M. Christie, DPM of Montgomery Foot Care Specialists are taking the opposite approach today, in honor of Backwards Day.
Here are three things you should NOT do when you have complications with your feet:
- Grin and bear it.
Putting up with pain is not just backwards thinking – it can be dangerous. We can’t tell you how many times people have come to our office after months of pain, and we’re always sorry to tell them that had they made an appointment with us when the pain first started, their recovery would be so much easier and quicker. You’re running the risk of doing more damage than you’ve already done when you put up with pain. Our podiatrists have the expertise to put you out of your discomfort. Don’t wait. Make an appointment, so we can help you move forward toward healing.
- Ignore what the doctor says.
Whether it’s heel pain, arch pain, stretched ligaments, or a broken bone, proven methods of alleviating your pain are going to include things like stretching, exercising, resting, or wearing a brace, boot, or orthotic inserts. Even if you’ve never exercised in your life, you should make every effort to do the stretching as prescribed. Embarrassed by wearing a boot? It’s temporary. Forgot to wear your inserts? Go back home and get them. Follow our advice carefully for the best chance at getting better!
- Forget your meds.
Anti-inflammatory medications relieve pain. Prescription ointments knock out stubborn nail fungus. We can’t guarantee they’re 100% effective, but the medications we prescribe definitely won’t help you if don’t use them at all.
Put an end to backward thinking and be proactive about your foot pain. Visit us online or give us a call at our office in Montgomery, Alabama, at (334) 396-3668.