Remedies for cracked heels and dry feet

fix your dry heels and cracked feetOur feet take a serious pounding. The average person in the United States takes over 5,000 steps per day, with busier days sometimes resulting in twice that many steps. It makes you wonder why foot health is often overlooked when we rely on them so heavily.

One common foot issue that many experience is dry feet, which results in skin cracking on the heels and other areas of the foot. The skin on our feet has no oil glands, instead relying on sweat glands to keep feet hydrated and moisturized. When combined with other medical conditions like diabetes or athlete’s foot, the pain can be debilitating.

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Oh, baby: foot care during your pregnancy

foot care while pregnantAn upcoming addition to the family is the most exciting time, but also one that means a lot of changes for the new mom — both emotionally and physically.

During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes changes that often lead to pain in the feet and lower extremities. Weight changes alter the center of gravity and place increased strain on the feet. Swelling during the third trimester can also cause serious foot pain and difficulty walking. Hormonal changes can cause ligament laxity, which can put additional pressure on the feet and lower legs. Many pregnant women suffer from extreme foot and lower body pain, particularly during the later stages of pregnancy.

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What’s the difference between a podiatrist and a medical doctor?

When you’re hurt or sick, you know you should see a doctor, but what about when you hurt your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Is it wise to go see a regular medical doctor (MD)? While an MD is certainly capable of providing you an adequate level of care, the best foot and ankle treatment  is provided by a podiatrist (DPM, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine).

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Are you wearing the right shoes?

finding the right shoes for your feetShoes are an important part of your everyday wardrobe, and there are thousands of styles, colors, fabrics, and fits to choose from.

But finding the right shoes is about much more than just fashion. Some shoes can actually encourage or aggravate foot disorders and pain. The wrong style or an improper fit could leave you with a foot problem that interferes with your daily activities.

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Do you have flatfeet?

causes and effects of flatfeetA normal human foot has a gap, or arch, on the underside that naturally forms during the early years of childhood. For some people, that arch never develops or it loosens over time, resulting in flatfeet or fallen arches.

The foot’s arch plays a role in how you walk. If the arch is flat or too low to the ground, this can strain certain muscles, tendons, and joints in the feet and legs. It can cause overpronation when you walk or run. Most frequently, it puts strain on the ankles that are forced to turn inward as you step.  

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