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Avoiding Common Foot Problems

If you’ve got feet than the odds are at one point you are going to have a foot problem. Studies show that 7 out of 10 Americans will experience foot pain in their lifetime. In this blog we’ll talk about some of the most common foot problems and what you can do to avoid them.

Ingrown Toenails – A common problem in both children and adults, ingrown toenails can be very painful, but fortunately avoiding them isn’t. Try to wear shoes with a wide toe box (the area of the shoe where your toes go) and definitely avoid shoes with pointy toes. When trimming toenails always cut straight across, don’t curve them in at the edges.

Ankle Sprains – This one is very common problem, especially for runners and people playing sports in their free time. The best thing you can do to help prevent a sprain is to wear the proper shoe, especially one that provides a lot of support. If you are prone to ankle sprains you may want to wear an ankle brace while playing sports, or if you have a lot of standing or walking to do in your day.

Blisters – A common problem with runners, many people experience blisters while on vacation, because they are walking much more than usual. To prevent blisters make sure that you are wearing supportive shoes that fit well. If a shoe is too large or too small it can cause excessive rubbing resulting in a blister. If you are prone to blisters you should try using a petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) or wear a bandage over areas where blisters frequently occur.

Athlete’s Foot – You don’t need to be an athlete to suffer this itchy, burning fungal infection. The most common place to catch it is common areas that are wet, like pools or gym showers. Fungus thrives in warm dark environments, like the inside of your shoes. Try to make sure you have dry socks that help wick moisture away from the foot, like merino wool.

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