According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population has at least one foot problem annually.
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It may be 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.
In recognition of April as National Foot Health Awareness Month, Village Podiatry Centers’ 35 podiatrists put together tips for healthy feet that will also lead to a healthier life overall.
Podiatrists’ recommendations are:
1. Inspect your feet daily with a mirror to check the bottom of your feet for injuries, cracks, peeling, or dry skin. This is especially important if you are diabetic to avoid infection or a non-healing wound.
2. Dry your feet and between your toes after showering to avoid fungal infections. Then, moisturize feet and heels with a good lotion.
3. Don’t leave nail polish on 24/7 which may lead to brittle nails or fungus. Take a break for several months each year to allow your toenails to recover.
4. Apply sunscreen on your feet, between toes and on ankles to avoid sunburn and prevent skin cancer which often goes unnoticed in this area of the body.
5. Stretch your feet, ankles and lower legs regularly and before exercising to keep the muscles strong and avoid injury.
Bonus: Wear shoes with good support and a low heel. If you like to wear flats, sandals or high heels, alternate with shoes having good arch support. Make sure shoes have enough space without rubbing or squeezing toes. Use shoes inserts to provide arch support and cushion the feet.
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