Keeping feet fit for life
Getting locals on their feet and walking for fitness is the focus for Foot Health Awareness Month throughout October.
Paremata podiatrist Jonathan Chapman says people often forget about their feet until they are sore.
‘‘A lot of people have the perception that tired, aching foot pain is normal . . . but that’s certainly not the case.’’
Mr Chapman is one of many specialists taking part in Foot Health Awareness Month, promoting the inspection and maintenance of feet to prevent injuries and disabilities.
‘‘They have to take us a long way, and if we want to stay healthy then we have to look after them. They’re a really important foundation for the wellbeing of the whole body.’’
Aching feet, heel pain and lower leg injuries are common complaints, he says.
‘‘It’s not normal. There could be a number of issues that are causing those pains, so we encourage the public to get it checked out.’’
Wearing the appropriate shoes for different activities is one of the first steps people should take to prevent injury, he says.
Mr Chapman can be seen fortnightly in-store at Shoe Clinic in Porirua, fitting customers with the right runners for their foot type.
Happy feet: Resonance Podiatrists, from left, Fiona Popert, Lisa Whiteman, Katie Stewart and Jonathan Chapman are promoting Foot Health Awareness Month till the end of October.