January 1st is a time when many of our patients at Paul Klein, DPM, FACFAS are making resolutions to improve their lives. How about a few resolutions that will benefit your podiatric health?

Get Chronic Foot Conditions Under Control—make this the year that you stop putting off getting foot pain evaluated. Most foot disorders will only get worse if left untreated. Even if the pain is intermittent, it can signal a stress fracture, a joint or heel issue. Make an appointment now at our Wayne, NJ office so that our podiatrist, Dr. Paul Klein, can examine your feet. Our foot doctor will get a medical history and may order imaging or laboratory tests to determine the source of your foot pain and the appropriate treatment.

Clean Out Your Shoe Rack—sometimes it’s hard to part with old, comfy shoes but footwear that is worn out can cause injuries. Stretched backs, loose stitching or worn soles can lead to trips and falls. Now is also a good time to resolve to get rid of high heels or at least to reduce the amount of time spent wearing them. High heels force your feet forward and squeeze toes together, creating pressure that can cause bunions, hammertoes or other deformities to develop.

Maintain a Healthy Weight—although losing weight is a common New Year’s resolution, it’s one that can also have a positive effect on your feet. Many foot conditions can be caused or made worse by carrying excess pounds. Exercise can help with weight control and also keep feet flexible and improve circulation. Be sure to wear the appropriate shoes for the exercise activity you choose and, if you’re starting a new program, get your doctor’s approval and start out slowly.

Make this a year of good foot and ankle health. To learn more ways to be proactive about your podiatric health or if you have questions about a new or existing foot condition, contact us by calling: (973) 595-1555.