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Going Through Divorce? Don’t Forget To Care For Your Feet!

Posted by on Friday, July 5th, 2013

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Emotional pain can be difficult to overcome. Part of the brain doesn’t want to let go of this pain that has taken on a life of its own. Another part of the brain is still trying to sort through all that has happened. The sense of devastation and loss can be tremendous. Simple things — like eating or sitting in a well-lit room — are suddenly difficult to bear. Making minor adjustments to daily routines can be helpful during the recovery stage. While you may not think of it at first, addressing any physical maladies you’ve been suffering can also make you feel a whole lot better mentally. It may sound odd, but visiting a podiatrist and pampering your feet is very soothing following a divorce.

1. Read a book.

Enduring a divorce and coming out of it relatively unscathed will involve a whole new state of mind. One of the quickest ways to get there is to read a book that really makes you think and shift your perspective. Some popular books include: Eat Pray Love, Wife Goes On, Falling Apart in One Piece, and Rising from the Ashes of Divorce. You’ll probably find that it feels good to lie in bed, buried under your covers, taking in a soothing story. It’s so much better than braving the world and having to explain what happened to everyone. The world can wait. You can tell your story when you are ready.

2. Find your support network.

You may feel like wallowing for a while — and that’s okay. You may want to cancel all those dinner parties, high school reunions, weddings and other obligations. However, find at least one good friend with an excellent sense of humor who can lighten your mood. Some divorcees have found great solace in local support groups. You might find that many of your old friends fade away in light of your recent divorce — in which case, a support group can fill the void. “We have Friday night pizza with our kids. We’ll give each other a ride to the airport if we need it. It really has saved my sanity,” explains divorcee Nancy Michaels.

3. Take care of your physical needs.

Never seen a podiatrist before? Now may be a great time to start a new relationship with a foot doctor. Sure, you can visit the spa for a pedicure, facial, manicure and massage. A podiatrist, however, can help you tackle those nagging foot issues you may not have had time to focus on before. Calluses, corns, bunions, hammertoes, blisters, plantar warts, yellow fungal nails, plantar fasciitis heel pain, fallen arches — any problem you’re having with your tootsies can be addressed here. Often, a podiatrist can even offer treatments that improve the condition of your knees and back as well. You may not be able to control everything that happens in life, but visiting the doctor will give you a sense that there are plenty of actions you can take to improve how you feel — mentally and physically.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.