Sponsored Content by Dr. Kyle Lindow with Warner Orthopedics
As far as our physical bodies, total health means everything from our head…to our toes. Dr. Kyle Lindow, Zachary resident and podiatrist at Warner Orthopedics, has some valuable tips on how to make the most of your golden years in Zachary, and it all starts with your choice of footwear.
Start with your feet
Many people notice that foot pain “kicks in” after a few years of wearing heels or dress shoes to work. Ill-fitting or unsupportive footwear can put excessive pressure on certain areas of the foot, leading to discomfort, inflammation, and even structural abnormalities. High heels, for example, can cause a multitude of foot problems, including bunions, hammertoes, and metatarsalgia. Shoes that are too tight can squeeze the toes together, leading to conditions like ingrown toenails and corns.
On the other hand, shoes that lack proper cushioning and arch support fail to absorb shock effectively, placing additional stress on the feet and leading to conditions such as plantar fasciitis or flat feet. It is essential to choose shoes that provide a proper fit, adequate support, and cushioning to prevent foot pain and maintain optimal foot health.
Look for support
As a podiatrist with a passion for promoting healthy lifestyles, it’s crucial to wear supportive shoes that provide adequate cushioning and stability, especially during exercise. Brands such as Brooks, Hoka, New Balance, and Saucony offer excellent options to protect your feet while you stay active–whether it’s by trekking around the ballpark at your grandkids’ tournaments, serving it up on the pickleball courts, or your daily nature walk around the path at Lane or the Americana/BREC walking trail.
If you have any concerns or require personalized advice, don’t hesitate to consult with a qualified podiatrist. Here’s to healthy aging and a fulfilling life!
See more articles from the Healthy Aging Section featured in the July 2023 edition by clicking here.