MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- We walk on them, stand on them, use them to drive, play sports and shop. Possibly more than any other part of our bodies, feet experience the most wear and tear. Due to their importance, a foot in pain can make living an enjoyable life difficult. That's why taking simple steps to keep feet healthy can be the difference between jumping for joy and hobbling in pain.
Like most parts of the body, healthy feet start with good hygiene. "Thoroughly clean feet with soap and water and after bathing, be sure to fully dry them, especially between each toe," said Dr. John J. Oricchio, Director of Podiatry at CareMount Medical. "Keeping your feet dry helps lower the possibility of a fungal infection."
With feet clean and dry, it's important to select the right shoes. Wearing improper footwear can lead to potential foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, arch spasms, heel spurs and tendinitis. "When shopping for shoes, try to shop at the end of the day to compensate for foot swelling that may occur throughout the day," said Dr. Oricchio. "Wearing tight shoes can result in long-term foot problems, so ensure that you are purchasing shoes that have plenty of room for your toes and a wide heel." Poor footwear not only hurts feet, the pressure and movement can also affect your knees, hips, and the entire spine.
If you are experiencing aches, pains, unusual symptoms or have any questions about the health of your feet, visit a podiatrist. They can determine or diagnose any problem and recommend possible treatment options. Both feet make up for 25 percent of the body’s bones, and with proper care, can be a solid foundation for the rest of the body.