Worried about your feet? Our team has developed 6 easy tests you can do at home to determine your foot health. Many people believe it's normal for your feet to hurt or experience some sort of pain. it is NOT normal to have foot pain!
These easy tests can help you determine when you need to see a podiatrist. If your feet are keeping you awake at night or you are a diabetic, you should see a doctor to determine the condition of your feet. The sooner you see a doctor, the quicker you can begin to feel better!
A good test for balance involves standing on one foot, with your arms out to the side and your eyes closed. If you are less than 30 years old, you should be able to balance for 15 seconds, 30-40 years old for 12 seconds, 40-50 years old for 10 seconds and over 50 years old for seven seconds. This can be improved with exercises.
Look at the color of your toes. Are they red, pink, purple or blue? Press down on the nail of your big toe until the color blanches. Now let go and allow the blood flow to return to your toe. The return of normal color should take 2-5 seconds in a person with average circulation.
How flexible are your toes? Try to pick up a marble or a small dish towel. To test your ankle flexibility, hang your heel off of a stair. Now let the heel go below the level of the stair. If this causes pain, stop the test. If your heel goes below the level of the stair without causing strain in your calf, that is a goof sign. If there is some strain, this can be improved with flexibility exercises.
There should be no pain in the average foot.
Take a pencil eraser and lightly run it on the top, bottom and both sides of your feet. The sensation should feel equal in all quadrants. It may tickle on the bottom of the feet. That is normal.
Check your skin for calluses, blisters or areas of irritation. Stand next to your shoes. Are they shaped like your feet or are they causing areas of constriction that may result in calluses, blisters or irritation? Put your hand inside your shoe. Are there seams, tacks or rough places in the shoe that correspond to the areas of irritation, calluses or blisters on your feet?
Worried About Your Feet
If you are worried about your feet or they are hurting you, you need to see a doctor! Foot pain is not normal! If you injured your foot or ankle and are hoping the pain will go away, you should see a doctor. It is always best to have any pain or injury checked by a doctor. We see patients everyday who waited too long to have their injury checked and now their recovery is so much longer than if they treated the injury right away.
Call our office to make an appointment today (732) 968-3833 or (908) 874-8030.