FEET MEANS A HEALTHY YOU!
Dr. Leon Livingston, Dr. Douglas Livingston and
associates at Livingston Foot Care Specialists
Healthy feet are important for feeling good and
staying active. When we think about exercise, we tend to leave our feet out of
the equation. However, when it comes down to it, healthy feet are essential to
enjoying an active lifestyle.
There is nothing more discouraging to staying active
than painful feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association estimates that
approximately 75 percent of all Americans will experience some type of foot
problem during their life. This alone is enough reason to pay special attention
to the health of your feet. But on top of that, our feet contain twenty-five
percent of the bones in our body along with thirty-three joints, which is how
they help us move and keep our balance. Regular exercise can help you remain
mobile, alleviate stiffness in the joints, and improve your balance.
It is extremely common that problems in our feet can
lead to other problems in the body, such as knee, back, and hip problems.
Unhealthy feet can also cause emotional stresses and changes in adrenal stress,
blood sugar, fatigue and many others. As a result, when you have foot problems
you are less inclined to enjoy staying active. Inactivity and a lack of
exercise can lead to many serious health issues, which can simply be avoided.
If you want to keep your body healthy, you need to pay attention to your feet.
Keeping your feet healthy is not hard. There are
many things you can do to keep them pain-free. First and foremost, healthy feet
start with proper hygiene. Thoroughly cleaning your feet and drying them well
is key. Fungal organisms thrive in moist areas so making sure your feet are
dry, especially in between your toes, makes it more difficult for those
organisms to prosper. Examining your feet often for changes in color, texture
or appearance could increase your chances of catching a problem before it gets
worse. Daily examinations are especially
important for diabetics because they are at a higher risk for sores and
infections. Properly cutting your toenails straight across and never cutting
into corners helps prevent painful ingrown toenails, which could lead to infection.
Most importantly, do not ignore foot pain. Pain is a way for your body to tell
you something is wrong and ignoring it will only prolong and worsen the issue.
Appropriate foot care helps to encourage keeping
activity levels high which lead to a healthier you. Foot problems make it more
difficult to stay active. The Board Certified Podiatrists at Livingston
Foot Care Specialists
can help with all foot problems.
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