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Taking a Step in the Right Direction
Oh, my feet hurt! Does that sound like you? According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population have at least one foot problem annually. It maybe the shoes you are wearing, or the foot pain could be the result of an underlying health problem, such as diabetes or obesity. You’ll need your feet to carry you an average of 115,000 miles in your lifetime, so avoiding foot problems should be a priority.
Five Tips for Healthy Feet:
- Inspect your feet daily
- Check your feet for cuts, blisters, scratches, redness and swelling. Catching these problems early can help prevent more serious complications later.
- Avoid loose or tight fitting socks
- Socks that are too loose can cause friction inside your shoes, which can lead to blisters and other irritations. Socks that are too tight can restrict blood circulation.
- Keep your feet dry and warm
- Fungus and infection thrive in cool, moist environments. Keeping your feet warm and dry will protect them from such conditions as athlete’s foot.
- Take care of your diabetes
- Responsible diabetes management will reduce your chances of developing the complications that can lead to amputation.
- Inspect your feet regularly
- Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete's foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.