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4 Exercises That May Help Correct Flat Feet

Affecting approximately 30 percent of the population, flat feet don't always cause enough pain to require surgery. Still, abnormal arches can contribute to foot, ankle, and even knee pain because of the way leg alignment may be affected. If your discomfort isn't too severe or constant, you may benefit from exercises, like the ones discussed below, to help correct flat feet. 1. Calf/Heel Raises Standing calf raises and heel raises are exercises...


5 Ways to Handle Foot Odor

It's a problem just about everyone has experienced at one time or another – smelly feet (bromodosis). Mild instances of foot odor are usually caused by moisture from sweat that contributes to bacterial growth. Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) and other types of fungal infections can also produce odorous feet. Even tootsies that are well-cared-for can let off a scent that's anything but rosy. Fortunately, there are some things you can...


5 Flavorful Spices That Can Help Manage Your Arthritis Pain

Two of the most common forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), may produce a chronic low-grade inflammation in the body that can also affect the immune system. While there are medications that control this problem, some NSAIDs and pain medications have side effects that can be equally disruptive to quality of life. If you're looking for a more natural and flavorful way to keep tissue swelling and...


5 Types of Shoes That Aren’t Good for Foot Health

Your feet are affected by more than just your daily activities and movements. Some sources of foot pain aren't entirely preventable, as is often the case with deformities present at birth or certain diseases and conditions. However, there are some potential sources of foot-related discomfort you can have more control over, such as the choices you make with what you put on your feet. Here's a closer look at some...


Confirming a Broken Toe

It can happen to anyone. A toe can be stubbed on the corner of a bed, something heavy might drop on it, or you might accidentally twist one of your toes while running or jogging. The resulting injury is sometimes a broken toe. If you're under the assumption there's nothing you can really do about a broken toe except let it heal, you may not consider seeing a foot doctor...


How to Do a Self Diabetic Foot Exam

According to the American Diabetes Association, a major reason individuals with diabetes seek medical care is due to issues with nerve damage and circulation. Such problems often affect feet. Diabetic foot issues are sometimes overlooked in early stages if infections or signs of damage are in unseen parts of feet between toes or on the bottom of feet. One way to minimize health risks associated with your feet if you...


Artificial Turf & Football Injuries

Since its advent in the 1960s, artificial turf has become commonplace in both amateur and professional football arenas throughout the country. It is widely appreciated for its clean and uniform look and easy maintenance. As preferable as it may be for stadium owners and groundskeepers, it also can pose a unique risk to football players. Studies continue to link artificial turf to football injuries that may otherwise be prevented on...


A Primer on Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a common condition that is easily acquired and transmitted. It is a fungal infection that is caused by the same organism responsible for jock itch and ringworm. This fungus thrives in warm, humid environments, which is why damp shoes and socks are the perfect place for it to grow. Wet surfaces such as those found in locker rooms, gyms, and public pools and showers are also areas...


How to Choose the Right Shoe for Your Child

Approximately 98 percent of children are actually born with healthy feet, but only about 40 percent of kids will be still be enjoying healthy feet as adults. A significant contributing factor is the shoes worn throughout the different stages of life. Since children's feet are constantly growing and developing, it's especially critical to choose the right shoe when it's time to upgrade to something new. Consider these tips as you...


6 Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

Nearly 20 million Americans have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. It's a condition that can affect circulation and various tissues throughout the body, including those in the feet. Diabetics often have to be proactive about foot care because of nerve-related damage (neuropathy), which affects about 60-70 percent of people with diabetes and may result in reduced sensation in parts of the feet. Do Daily Self Inspections In between regular visits...