Happy Feet: The Healthy, Pretty, Pain-Free Foot Care Guide
4 Big Fat Feet Lies
Surprising misconceptions -- finally set straight:Lie #1: Flip-flops are totally foot-friendly.
They may seem ideal, but traditional flip-flops don't have support or cushioning. So chances are, your feet will hurt after walking in them for a few hours, says Jim Christina, director of scientific affairs for the American Podiatric Medical Association. In fact, wearing flip-flops for long periods can lead to tendinitis, arch pain, and ankle sprains.Lie #2: Foot size and width stay pretty much the same.
Pregnancy, weight gain, even the simple fact of aging can cause ligaments in your feet to stretch, making them potentially a half to a whole size larger, says Donald Bohay, MD, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Michigan State University.Lie #3: Some foot pain is completely normal.
"Definitely not!" says Dr. Ross. Any discomfort means that you need to wear different shoes, give your feet a rest, or change the surface you're exercising on (by switching to a treadmill, for example, which is more forgiving than concrete or pavement).Lie #4: The best athlete's foot prevention is wearing flip-flops in the locker room.
It helps, but what really causes this virus to grow and spread is trapping your feet in a moist environment (like sweaty socks or sneakers that aren't well-ventilated) after being exposed to it. Immediately after exercise, swap your sneakers out for a pair of treads.
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