We all want to live long, active lives, so here’s a tip: if you want to live longer, take care of your feet!
You learn from a very early age to have regular check-ups with your dentist and doctor, look after your weight, your blood pressure and your cholesterol.
However, were you ever taught the importance of taking care of the two things that are there to support you through your whole life; your feet?
There are so many health problems that are linked to our modern and (at times) unhealthy lifestyle.
Conditions such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and blood pressure, osteoporosis and depression can all significantly reduce our life expectancy. There is one treatment that is common to the management of all these medical problems: Exercise!
Foot and leg pain is one of the main reasons people of all ages stop exercising or being physically active. Unfortunately, when activity and exercise stops, your health deteriorates and your life expectancy reduces.
Common conditions like “growing pains” will stop children from being active, move them away from sports and encourages a more sedentary lifestyle. When this type of lifestyle becomes the norm, our children are then set on a path that will ultimately cause poor health and a reduced life span.
In the older population pain-free, healthy feet promote a longer, more independent life.
Too many people suffer from a fall caused by painful or unhealthy legs and feet. These falls may lead to fractures, fractures lead to time off the feet that results in muscle weakness and a further increased risk of falls when you get back on your feet.
This vicious cycle can lead to loss of independence, admissions to nursing homes and a significant reduction in not only quality of life but life-span as well.
So take care of your feet and they will take care of you for many years to come.