When Lenny fell in love, he said he was “swept off his feet.” When Abdul wasn’t sure about retiring, his wife said he had “cold feet.” Lilliana was so sensible; her kids always said she had “both feet on the ground.” Everyone agrees it’s important to put “your best foot forward.”
Be kind to your feet. Years of wear and tear can be hard on them. So can disease, bad circulation, poorly trimmed toenails, and wearing shoes that don’t fit. Foot problems are sometimes the first sign of more serious medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and nerve or circulatory disorders.
Practice good foot care. Take a look at your feet often; use a mirror to look at the bottoms of you feet. Look for cuts, blisters, and ingrown toenails. Ask a member of your family for help if you need it. If you have diabetes, be sure to check your feet every day.
Remember to put your feet up when you are sitting down. This helps the circulation in your feet. So can stretching, walking, or having a gentle foot massage. A warm foot bath is also helpful. Make sure your feet are dry before you put on your shoes. Wear shoes when you’re outside. If you are sitting for a long time, stand up and move around every now and then. If you cross your legs, reverse or uncross them often. Don’t smoke.
If you have a problem with your feet, your family doctor can help, or you can see a doctor who treats feet, called a podiatrist.
Curated from www.nia.nih.gov
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