Remedies for cracked heels and dry feet
Our 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.
Oh, baby: foot care during your pregnancy
An 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.
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).
Are you wearing the right shoes?
Shoes 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.