Foot pain is common in law enforcement. Achilles problems, blisters, and plantar fasciitis are some you may know from first-hand experience. Injury, overuse, or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments, or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Arthritis is another common cause of foot pain.
“Pain can be caused by a number of reasons. These may include wearing uncomfortable shoes, excessive walking, standing on your feet for a long time, ingrown toenails, diabetes, or other health conditions, or some kind of fracture,” says James Han, D.P.M., a board-certified specialist in Podiatry at Kelsey-Seybold’s Berthelsen Main Campus, The Vintage Clinic, and Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center.
As a law enforcement officer, it’s crucial you take good care of your feet. One way to do that is to wear the correct footwear. Here are several tips to help you find the right footwear for duty and to prevent foot conditions.
- Examine the soles of your current footwear. If the soles are worn unevenly, this is a red flag. If your feet roll inward (pronate) too much, this can lead to flat feet and become painful, possibly keeping you from being able to perform necessary work duties.
“Pronating can also lead to worsening of bunions, calluses, and plantar fasciitis. If you find that you do pronate, and it causes pain, speak with a podiatrist about the possibility of using orthotics to help,” Dr. Han advises.
- Feet swell over the course of the day. Because of this, purchase footwear after work. It’s important to wear appropriate footwear that properly fit for your activities.
- Keep your feet dry. The brave officers who stood in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters for hours rescuing local residents can speak to the fungal infections, blisters, itching, burning, cracking, and peeling of skin on their feet they endured. “For normal work days, wearing moisture-wicking socks and waterproofed footwear to keep feet dry can help prevent these types of foot pain,” Dr. Han says.
If you experience foot or ankle pain, seek medical care. “Many people let their conditions continue on untreated, which often leads to secondary joint and back issues, as well as worsening of the original issue,” says Dr. Han. Reach out to a podiatrist or a specialist in Orthopedics. He or she will help you by diagnosing and treating acute or chronic foot and ankle problems. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Han, call 713-442-0000.