Keep Your Feet Healthy So You Can Stay Active
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Learn more about what you could be doing to take care of your feet. This is especially important if you want to stay active or if you have diabetes.
Taking care of your feet is important – it can affect your health and weight. Think of it this way: if your feet hurt, you are not likely to want to stand, walk, or move around that much. Ironically, many of us tend to eat and drink more calories when we are less active. This can happen with or without pain medication use. So, take good care of your feet to help stay active.
If you have diabetes, it is especially important to take good care of your feet since you have a much higher risk of losing your toes/foot given problems sensing pain, reduced blood flow, and slower healing of infections. The National Diabetes Education Program’s “Diabetes and You: Healthy Feet Matter!” recommends 8 basic rules for taking care of your feet:
I don’t know how many times I have met with patients and clients and noticed that their footwear is completely unsafe or unsupportive for walking or even standing. It is far easier to make time for walking and exercise if you routinely wear footwear that supports it.
Most of us don’t need special expensive walking shoes to walk, we just need shoes/sneakers that fit well, don’t rub, and have good arch support. I go to a shoe outlet store and buy good quality running sneakers at a discount price. And yes, if you walk or run regularly, you will probably need to replace your sneakers about twice a year. Good walking shoes will last longer, especially if you use orthotics. But if it has been many years with the same shoes, then you might need to replace them.
And just a special note to all women who wear high heels: stop wearing them daily for work and errands. Just stop. Consider this: if you wear footwear that helps you stay active, you will look and feel sexier. Leave the heels for a special occasion.
Please see a doctor if you have chronic foot pain, an ingrown toenail, or an infection that won’t go away, with or without diabetes. I meet so many people whose quality of life is severely reduced due to long term foot pain. And it can drastically affect a person’s ability to exercise or even work. Consider seeing a podiatrist, especially if you have diabetes, if you have long term or chronic food ailments.Diabetes->Health Exercise->Walking & Steps