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How Stress and Depression Affect Your Body

Updated: Mar 18, 2023

Hall Bank Clinic's unique Podiatry service aims to take the stress out of your appointment.

Anxiety, depression and long-term stress can affect the body: becoming irritable or overwhelmed makes it harder to switch off and get a good night's sleep, this, in turn, allows for aches and pains to become more problematic. Overall leading to feeling mentally drained and physically exhausted. Anxiety and depression can both lead to Foot related problems, with symptoms such as burning, tingling, numbness, coldness, oversensitivity, spasms, aches, and pains. Anxiety, depression and stress does not just go away overnight. They may take a combination of treatments to help ease the anxiety and in turn the foot pain.

Not being able to go about your work efficiently or fully enjoy your hobbies due to foot pain can make you feel miserable and affect your mental well-being. The pain could resolve by a change of footwear, reducing or changing your activities for a time if possible. If these tasks do not help, then you could find yourself avoiding the fun stuff just to get through the workday leaving you frustrated and slipping into depression. Avoidance of pain-related activities; avoiding activities due to foot pain can cause the muscle to waste away and become even more painful when used leading to chronic or long-term debilitating foot pain. Leaving foot pain untreated can lead to further problems requiring more extensive treatment.

As the days get warmer, fungal nails, thickened nails, callus, corns, verruca’s, cracked heels, and athletes foot affect mental well-being. People are often very conscious about showing their feet when they have these conditions, the thought of putting open-toe shoes on may cause distress. Recurrent in-growing toenails are painful and unsightly and may require antibiotics to treat the infection. Clients often report they wish they’d come sooner but were ashamed about the appearance of their feet.

All these conditions can affect your quality of life and mental well-being to some degree. A qualified podiatrist will assess you and advise an individualized treatment plan that suits your needs and helps both short term and long term with the condition. Healthy feet, happy feet, and a settled mind.

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