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The cold, hard truth about your high heels

high heels are bad for your feetMany women love them, and they’ve been a staple in shoe stores for decades. And though many would argue that high heels look beautiful and elegant, there’s nothing pretty about the foot, leg, and back problems they can cause when you wear them too frequently.

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How to get the best (and safest) pedicure

choosing the right pedicureStrappy shoes, barefoot on the beach, and flip flops everywhere you look — it’s pedicure season. A pedicure can actually be a great way to pamper your feet and keep them healthy.

If you’re going to a salon for your pedicure, make sure you know how to spot the ones who are properly cleaned and sanitized — and the ones you should skip.

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Osteoarthritis: Symptoms and treatment

identifying and treating osteoarthritisAlthough there are many different types of arthritis, they all have one thing in common: joint inflammation. The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, can affect many of the joints, including the feet and ankles, leading to pain that can be debilitating.

Because osteoarthritis is so common, many people think it’s an inevitable part of aging. Osteoarthritis affects up to half of all adults at some point in their lives, but certain factors may make you more likely to get it. Genetics, your age, infections, a past joint injury, and your weight can all play a role.

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Common causes of toenail fungus (and tips for prevention)

preventing toenail fungusToenail fungus can be an embarrassing problem, resulting in thick, yellow toenails that don’t look pleasing with summer’s sandals and flip flops. Toenail fungal infections are very common, affecting approximately 14 percent of the population.

Symptoms of a toenail fungal infection include nails that are yellowed, thickened, or that crumble. You may also notice a dull or darkened appearance. In severe cases, the nail may separate from the nail bed and may have a foul odor.

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Flip flop tips: Wear this style without harming your feet

wearing flip flops during the summerNothing feels quite as freeing as slipping on a pair of flip flops and enjoying the summer sun. But before you head out, take a moment to focus on your feet. Flip flops can be a foot health hazard waiting to happen.

Flip flops are responsible for thousands of podiatrist and emergency room visits due to their lack of protection, support, and stability. But you don’t necessarily have to give up your flip flops completely. Most people can wear them safely if they know the right way to sport this style:

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