Good foot health is essential. Painful feet can affect our ability to enjoy the most basic daily activities. Be kind to your feet. Years of wear and tear can be hard on feet. So can disease, bad circulation, poorly trimmed toenails, and wearing shoes that don’t fit right. Foot problems are sometimes the first sign of more serious medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and nerve or circulatory disorders.

Practice good foot care. Check your feet often, or have a member of your family check them. If you have a problem with your feet, your family doctor can help. Protect your feet by wearing shoes whenever you go outdoors. Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well can prevent many foot problems.

The Facts:

  • Switching to better-fitting shoes should resolve most problems with corns and calluses.
  • Bunions appear most often in women, and are usually caused by wearing fashionable tight, pointy and narrow high-heeled shoes that constrict the foot.
  • Athlete’s foot is usually contracted in dressing rooms, showers, and swimming pool locker rooms where bare feet come in contact with the fungus.

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