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Can serious medical problems first show up in the feet?

Your feet mirror your general health. Such conditions as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet – so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.

What exercise is safe for your feet and good for your overall health?

Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control and promoting all-round well being.

How should toe nails be trimmed?

Trim your toe nails straight across with toenail clippers. Leave them slightly longer than the tips of your toes, and file the edges round.

What tips should I follow when buying shoes?

Buying shoes is best done late in the day. Your feet tend to swell a little during the day, and it’s best to buy shoes to fit then. Have your feet measured every time you purchase shoes. Many people have one foot larger than the other, so it’s best to fit the larger one.

How much pressure goes into your foot?

When you walk, the pressure on your feet exceeds your body weight. When you’re running, it can be three or four times your weight.

How far does the average person walk during a typical day and during their lifetime?

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. They cover several miles, which add up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime – more than four times the circumference of the globe.

Do more women have foot problems then men?

Woman have about four times as many foot problems as men; lifelong patterns of wearing high heels often are the culprit.

Are feet complicated?

The foot is an intricate structure containing one quarter of all the bones in the body. 33 joints, 107 Ligaments, 19 muscles, and several tendons hold the structure together and allow it to move in a variety of ways.

Are foot problems common?

Seventy-five percent of Canadians will experience foot health problems which may lead to knee and back pain.


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