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Step It Up - Keep Your Feet Happy & Healthy

As our most basic mode of transportation, our feet are crucial to our daily lives. And what you might not realize is how important foot health can be to your overall health.

Did you know that most Americans walk an astonishing 75,000 miles by the time they reach age 50? No wonder foot care is so important! As our most basic mode of transportation, our feet are crucial to our daily lives. And what you might not realize is how important foot health can be to your overall health. 

Some common foot ailments include sprains, tendinitis, heel pain, Athlete's Foot, corns/calluses, bunions and even sweaty feet. Arthritis can affect all of the joints in the body including feet, and foot health is especially important for individuals with diabetes. Whether it's an ingrown toenail or extreme nerve pain, all foot conditions should be taken seriously. As with any medical concern, something that starts out small or seemingly insignificant can develop into larger problems when left untreated. If you notice a change in foot appearance or experience persistent pain, contact your podiatrist as soon as possible.

So what are some ways to keep your feet healthy? One of the most important things you can do for your feet is to pamper them every now and then. Regular pedicures are important for cleanliness and to monitor changes in overall foot appearance. It doesn't matter if you head to a nail salon or do it yourself; follow these pedicure pointers as first steps to better foot health. Once you have given your feet the royal treatment, keep it going by choosing proper footwear for you and your family. From running shoes to flip flops, make sure you consider more than just fashion when making shoe purchases. Your feet will surely thank you!

You can find out more about foot care at a free presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Griffin Hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center, 130 Division Street, in Derby. Fellowship-trained podiatrist Luke Jeffries, DPM, will present “The Right Steps to Proper Foot Health - General Foot Care” and answer your questions about general foot health and care, from choosing proper shoes to the anatomy of the foot and treatments for common conditions and ailments. Register for this talk online.

The presentation is part of Griffin’s new Healthy U Tuesday Talks, a series of free talks by Griffin’s medical experts about health care issues, certain conditions and their latest treatments and preventative health. Visit griffinhealth.org or call 203.732.1511 for more information.

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