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Golden Feet

January 2004
Golden Feet

The year 2000 marked an important demographic in American society for the first time in history our elderly population out numbers our children. This is an attribute to advances in our society and health care. However with advancing individual age, one can expect to start to show signs of wear and tear from a life long use of their now "golden feet". It has been said the feet are a mirror of health, therefore your podiatrist (Foot Doctor) is sometimes the first to detect signs of diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory conditions. Here are some Health tips to keep those golden feet going:

1. Shoes: Ill fitting shoes can cause devastating problems. Remember feet change in shape and size as we age. A shoe with good support and comfort is of utmost importance. Don't forget to shop for your shoes during the afternoon because feet swell as the day progresses.

2. Exercise: Walking is the best exercise for your feet. Consult your doctor before embarking on a new exercise regieme.

3. At Home Surgery: Never cut corns and callouses with razors, pocket knifes, or any other such instruments. Avoid over the counter products with medication for these aliments. Always cut toe nails straight across.

4. Hygiene: Bathe your feet in lukewarm water daily, using a mild soap with moisturizers within it. Always use moisturizers afterwards and avoid putting it between your toes. Be sure to test the water temperature with your hands.

5. Inspection: Check your feet every day or have someone do it for you. If you notice any redness, swelling, blisters, cracks or sores in the skin contact your foot doctor or physician. And don't forget to have your podiatrist inspect your feet twice a year to make sure your feet are doing well.

So don't let your feet get you stranded along the path of life because we all know a healthy life style needs healthy feet!!!

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