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- 3 out of 4 Americans experience serious foot problems in their lifetime.
- The two feet may be different sizes. Buy shoes for the larger one.
- Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control, and promoting all-around well being.
- Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet – so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.
- There are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet. Sweat glands in the feet excrete as much as a half-pint of moisture a day.
- Walking barefoot can cause plantar warts. The virus enters through a cut.
- About 5% of Americans have toenail problems in a given year.
- Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. It limits everyday dressing, climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed or walking – for about 7 million Americans.
- About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage, which in severe forms can lead to lower limb amputations. Approximately 56,000 people a year lose their foot or leg to diabetes.
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Hazardous Heels – What do fashionably high heels mean to feet? First, the toes are jammed into a pie-shaped wedge which prevents them from moving naturally. Then the heel is elevated three inches, increasing the pressure on toes with no room to move by a factor of 7. Now, you’re ready to walk, just walk. Ankles, calves and knees work to steady a teetering rear foot. The arch strains to stretch and flex simultaneously. Imagine the increase in pressure on the forefoot. It’s no wonder that, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, women who wear heels have the highest percentage of ingrown toenails, bunions, neuromas and calluses.
- Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Replace worn-out shoes as soon as possible, and try on new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest.
- Select and wear the right shoe for your activity, in other words, running shoes for running.
- Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day, alternate them.
- Avoid walking barefoot. Your feet are more prone to injury and infection when walking barefoot. When at the beach or wearing sandals, remember to use sunscreen on your feet as well as the rest of your body.
- Use home remedies cautiously. Self-treatment often turns a minor injury into a major foot problem.
- If you have diabetes, it is essential that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a thorough check-up.
Footwear Fit Tips –
- The ball of your foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
- Allow a half-inch space between your longest toe and the toe of the shoe when you are standing.
- Select a style with a toe box deep enough to allow you to wiggle your toes.
- Try on both shoes and walk around to make sure they fit well and feel comfortable.
- Judge fit by how it feels on your foot, not by the size on the box.
- There is no such thing as a “breaking in” period. If the shoes feel too tight, don’t buy them. Do not expect them to stretch.
- Don’t purchase shoes with slippery soles. Soles should provide solid footing.
- Avoid heels higher than 2.5 inches. High-heeled shoes tend to have a narrow, pointed toe box that crowds toes. Pressure increases with heel height, bearing down on the ball of the foot and forcing toes into the point of the shoe.
Did you Know? – There are currently more websites on the Internet having to do with foot fetishes than with foot health.