April is National Foot Health Awareness Month

Everyone should be aware how important the health of their feet could be a strong indicator of large medical issues. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. So, stand firm in helping your feet and learn how to make them happy.

Reported in The Bangor Daily News, a "stable body starts with a good base". According to chiropractor Dr. Robin Gooden, “National foot month is about encouraging people to understand more of how their feet influence their health”. Gooden views the feet as part of “the whole body and a very large contributor to the health of the whole body”. He also states, “Chiropractors look at the whole body effect,” in which “Your feet are your body’s primary shock absorber,” Gooden said. “Although we view [the feet] as static, they are dynamic in how they work. When these joints and bones are not aligned properly or functioning properly, it causes changes further up the body.”

Understanding how to care for your feet is important. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) here are some tips to help keep your feet healthy:

  • Inspect your feet regularly. Look for discoloration in toenails, or peeling and scaling soles of feet, could indicate fungus or athlete’s foot.
  • Wash your feet regularly, between toes, and drying them completely
  • Trim nails straight across. Cutting nails in corners or on the sides can lead to ingrown toenails.
  • Persons with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
  • Make sure your shoes fit properly. Select the right shoe for the right activity.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
  • Don’t wear the same shoes everyday.
  • Avoid walking barefoot. If at beach or wearing sandals, use sunblock.
  • Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
  • If you are a person with diabetes it is vital that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.

Any kind of foot, ankle, or knee pain is not normal and should be fitted for custom arch supports developed by a chiropractor or podiatrist.

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