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Footcare Do's and Don'ts

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WALK! This is the best form of exercise for your feet.  
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Take life lying down. Regardless of your physical condition, walking is beneficial.
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Wear properly fitting, protective footwear even in your own home.
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Go barefoot. This increases the risk of injury and infection and provides no support for either the foot or ankle.
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Use ice (cold) to treat an injury. This treatment produces a numbing effect and prevents swelling and pain.
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Use heat or hot water to treat a foot or ankle injury. Heat promotes blood flow, causing increased swelling.
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Investigate "walking pumps." These shoes have an athletic shoe-derived construction, wider toe room, reinforced heels and are available in many fashionable styles.
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Wear heeled shoes that exceed two inches for extended periods of time - this is an open invitation for foot problems such as metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot).
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Seek medical attention at the first sign of an injury or infection in the foot or ankle. Treatments require an investment of time and sometimes include surgery - the foot isn't just a beauty concern.
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Wear athletic shoes for sports other than the ones for which they were intended - one style does not fit all! Don't wear any sports shoe beyond its useful life.
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Consult a podiatric physician regularly. There are over 300 different foot ailments, none of which should be neglected.
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Ignore foot pain. Contrary to popular belief, foot pain is not normal!

Reprinted with permission from the American Podiatric Medical Association

 

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