Keep­ing feet fit for life

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

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.

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