Rise of Foot Pain in Quarantine

The state of New York saw its share of the Coronavirus pandemic. As we re-open and wait patiently for the virus to subside, we at Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C, have noticed an increase of patients experiencing foot pain.

Whether you are outdoors or quarantining at home, good foot health is paramount to your overall health and wellness. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. John C. Marzano, has traced some of the common sources of foot pain, which include:

  • Overuse and repetitive motions
  • Biomechanical dysfunction of the feet
  • Footwear

During self-quarantine, many people switched to wearing their slippers 24/7. And why not? They are comfy and are easy to put on and take off. But what’s important to know is that slippers are not designed like shoes. They rarely offer any cushioning, arch, or heel support that your feet need. Similarly, many people are avoiding shoes altogether and walking barefoot. Without proper support, feet often experience pain or discomfort, and this can transfer to other parts of the body.

If you have been wearing slippers or going barefoot for extended periods during much of your quarantined period, you may experience issues in different areas of your feet.

  • A typical mule-style slipper can cause an increased risk of ankle sprains and sore feet due to little or no side support.
  • The lack of arch support in most slippers can lead to inflammation of the plantar fascia (a band like tissue that connects your heel to the front of your foot), causing pain in the heel, arch, or both.
  • Joint deformities or pain in your toe joints, especially if you are wearing slides. You subconsciously keep your toes tense to make sure the slides don’t slip off. This can lead to problems such as hammertoes

You don’t have to suffer from foot pain. You can find the highest level of skilled and compassionate care at the office of Westchester Podiatric Medicine, P.C. For more information on foot health and the many services we provide, call Dr. Marzano at (914) 423-0600 for an appointment today. Feel free to visit our health library and blog section for more extensive information on podiatry related topics.

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