Keep your feet healthy this spring

barefeetThe warm weather of spring is getting us outside and active again. It’s no coincidence that April is Foot Health Awareness Month. If your feet aren’t healthy, other areas of your body have to compensate. Without proper care, problems with your feet could cause stress to your back. Here are some tips to choose the right footwear that will protect your feet and back from injury this season.

Wear the right shoes for the occasion. It may sound obvious, but to prevent pain or injury, wearing the right shoes can go a long way. Wearing open-toed shoes can be dangerous for doing yard work with sticks and other hazards. On the other side, formal occasions require a different kind of shoe.  Ladies, look for shoes with no more than a one-inch heel to stay comfortable.

Spring cleaning. Take a close look at all the shoes in your closet. The worn out sneakers that you’ve kept for years and the deflated-looking flip-flops aren’t going to make your feet or support your back. You may even have a pair of shoes that are really stylish, but hurt. Throw out or repair shoes that don’t work for you.

Try this on for size. When buying shoes, always try them on, even if you know your size. Over the course of a day, feet get a little bigger from standing and walking. To get the best fit, try shoes on in the afternoon. If you order shoes online find a reputable company that will be flexible and allow returns.

Keep an eye out. Take a look at your feet regularly to make sure they look healthy. Any discoloration, long-lasting soreness, or change in texture should be brought to the attention of a physician immediately.

Taking these steps is a good start to keeping your feet healthy and keeping yourself active. If you have any concerns about the health of your feet, see your physician.

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