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Basic foot care

Most people who suffer from foot pain have been told or have been self-diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. While this is a common cause of foot pain, this is not the only reason someone may experience pain in the feet. Regardless, it is important to take care of your feet because you will always have them and their health will determine your ability or desire to use them to exercise. This by no means is an exhaustive list and this does not replace proper medical attention but it is a good way to get started with taking care of the part of your body that will hold you up for a lifetime.

1.      Don’t compromise on the footwear. I know, shoes can be expensive but take the time to find the shoes that are comfortable and will help support your foot. Adding custom orthotics can also help improve imbalances and improve arch support.

2.      Cut your toenails regularly. Cut straight across and smooth the corners with an emery board.

3.      Use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses after showering.

4.      Massage a foot cream into the feet. There are several options for what to rub in but the massage is key to help relieve tension and help improve blood flow.

5.      Get adjusted. There are several bones in the feet, which means there are several joints that may not be moving properly. Find a chiropractor that adjusts extremities and get the feet moving the way they should be.

6.      If you are having pain or if anything seems out of the ordinary, go seek medical help. Especially if you have diabetes, problems in the feet are not something to take lightly. 

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