There are so many ways people put their feet to the test, perhaps without even knowing it. If feet could speak, they would sometimes cry out for mercy, begging you to stop doing things that make them hurt.

Here are 13 things we imagine feet might say to get you to change your ways:

  1. “Give me a break from those stilettos!” Too much time in high heels not only hurts your feet; it alters the way you walk, which negatively affects your ankles, knees, hips, and back.
  2. “Wait, did you just permanently exchange those stilettos for ballerina flats?” Spending a lot of time wearing flats with paper-thin soles and no support is not a good idea, either.
  3. “Watch those nail clippers!” Cut toenails straight across. Curves encourage ingrown toenails.
  4. “You’re going to the gym, so take those running shoes off.” Wear the right athletic shoe for your activity.
  5. “Please go shoe shopping.” If you haven’t bought shoes since Y-2K, your current pairs are likely unsupportive.
  6. “I’ve changed.” Your foot size may get bigger as you age, with pregnancy, or with weight gain. Get your foot measured before buying shoes.
  7. “Are you planning to live in those flip-flops all summer?” Minimize your time in flip-flops. They offer little protection or support, leading to plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and more.
  8. “Don’t forget your diabetic foot checks.” We like to see our patients with diabetes at least once per year.
  9. “Think it’s time for that surgery yet?” You may not be crazy about it, but foot and ankle surgery may be the best option to fix a long time problem.
  10. “I’m so sorry to say that your weight is hurting me.” Don’t turn a blind eye to the effects of obesity on your feet, such as chronic heel pain and bone spurs.
  11. “Where’d you put your orthotics?” Your doctor recommended orthotics to fix a problem, so remember to wear them.
  12.  “Hey, a little lotion down here, too, please.” When lathering up with suntan lotion, remember to include some SPF on your feet.
  13. “Um, you might want to go to Clifton Foot & Ankle Center now.” If your foot or ankle pain continually interferes with your day, it may not get better on its own. Putting off medical care often makes treatment harder down the road. Listen to your feet’s cries. Make an appointment with board-certified podiatrist Kenneth R. Wilhelm, DPM at our Fairfax County podiatry office. Call us in Centreville, Virginia at (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.
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