Happy Feet

Most of us log an amazing 75,000 miles on our feet by the time we reach age 50. Keep your feet healthy and pain-free along the way by following these guidelines.
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Most of us log an amazing 75,000 miles on our feet by the time we reach age 50, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. To keep your feet healthy and pain-free along the way, follow these guidelines:

>>Exercise. Like the rest of you, your foot muscles need exercise to stay in shape. A few simple moves—calf raises, toe taps and ankle rolls—can relax your feet and help stave off injuries and muscle or toe cramps.

>>Moisturize. Use lotions on feet daily to help avoid dry, cracked and irritated skin.

>>Maintain good hygiene. Wash feet daily with an antibacterial soap, and dry between the toes.

>>Wear shoes that fit properly. Have your feet professionally measured every time you shoe-shop, and look for comfortable shoes with good arch support and a padded sole. Purchase shoes late in the day, and shop for the larger foot.

>>Pedicure properly. Trim toenails straight across using toenail clippers. Never tear edges of nails or cut into the sides, and gently round off corners with an emery board to avoid ingrown toenails. And to lower the risk of infection, don’t cut the cuticles.

>>Wear sunscreen. Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, including the ankles and feet. So it’s important to slather on the sunscreen and check regularly for suspicious-looking moles or freckles.

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