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Good health starts from the feet up. What you wear on your feet matters as much as your age or occupation.

Your Body, Your Health, Your Feet

"The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the earth in a lifetime. That is an enormous amount of wear and tear on the 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles that make up the foot. A lot of people think foot pain is part of the aging process and accept it, function, and walk with pain. Though some foot problems are inevitable you can slow the progress of many problems"

The New York Times, May 13, 2008

Common Foot Ailments

  • Plantar Fasciitis: inflammation of the fibrous tissue along the sole
  • Bunions: enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe
  • Arthritic Joints
  • Poor Circulation
  • Fungal Nails
  • Back Pain

How does it affect my feet?

Obesity puts a great amount of stress on all the supporting structures of the foot. This stress can lead to plantar fasciitis and heal pain and can worsen hammertoes and bunions.

Diabetes can often manifest itself in the feet. Complications include poor circulation and loss of feeling; both of which lead to poor wound healing and amputation. Diabetics should have their feet examined by a doctor and avoid shoes that cause abrasions and pressure. If you're diabetic contact your doctor/insurance provider to find out if your footwear is covered. We accept prescriptions and Medicare at both our locations.

Poor circulation, also known as peripheral artery, is a narrowing of veins in the legs, the result of which makes your feet susceptible to problems.

Flat feet and high arches can put feet at risk. A flat foot is squishy, causing muscles and tendons to stretch and weaken, which can lead to tendonitis and arthritis. A high arch is rigid and has little shock absorption, putting more pressure on the ball and heel of the foot, as well as on the knees, hips, and back. Shoes or orthotics that support the arch and heel can help flat feet. Those with high arches should look for roomy shoes and softer padding to absorb the shock.

Preventive Measures

Walking is the best way to exercise the muscles and keep feet healthy.

See a podiatrist. Using foots pads or prescription orthotics can relieve the pressure on sensitive areas, rebalance the foot, and slow the progress of a condition.

Being properly fitted could change your life. Feet flatten and lengthen with age so all your foot pain could be the result of wearing the wrong size shoes. Since every foot is different and changes over time, you should be fitted by a professional fitter often.

Avoid wearing high heels. Occasional wear is fine, but the constant force on the heel and the forefoot contributes to hammertoes, neuromas (pinched nerves near the ball of the foot), bunions, and "pump bump" (painful bump on the back of the heel), as well as toenail problems.