Most people are aware that smoking is unhealthy and can cause diseases like lung cancer. But it’s important to recognize that smoking can also make it harder for the body to heal after an injury or surgery. Click the button below to find out how smoking can contribute to increased pain after surgery, risk of infections, and more.
How Smoking Affects Healing
How to "Read" Your Footprint
A person’s footprint can tell a lot about their foot health, and analyzing your footprint may help you avoid foot issues in the future. Checking your footprint can also guide you in choosing the best type of footwear for your foot type. Click the button below to find out how to take a simple watermark footprint at home to read your own footprint.
How to Assess Changes in Feet: Normal or Abnormal
Over time or through improper use or overuse, feet can change. Some of these changes are normal, such as a foot widening as a person ages. But other changes are abnormal and should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. For instance, if a painful knob begins to develop near the big toe, it could be a bunion. Click below for information on how to assess your feet and know when you should see a doctor.
How to Care for Your Diabetic Feet
People with diabetes are at risk for foot problems that can develop into more serious issues. However, regular visits to the doctor along with proper daily foot care and protection at home can help reduce the risks. Click the button below for expert tips on caring for diabetic feet at home.
How to Eat Right for Your Foot Health
One step you can take to help keep your feet healthy is to consume plenty of calcium. Calcium keeps bones strong, and the amount your body needs varies at different times in your life. Dairy products like cheese and yogurt are examples of foods high in calcium. Click the button below to find out how much calcium you should have each day and for more tips to ensure you get enough in your diet.
How to Keep Your Feet Flexible
When you take time to do a few foot flexibility exercises each day, it not only helps reduce any current discomfort you may have, but it can also help you avoid foot pain and injury in the future. Click the button below for diagrams and instructions on how to perform several foot flexibility exercises that can be practiced at home, such as towel curls and toe raises.
How to Practice Good Foot Hygiene
Some people enjoy having a pedicure, but it’s important that they are performed properly, safely, and hygienically, whether you are at home or at a salon. Click the button below for details on how long to soak feet before caring for them, how to trim nails, cuticle care, and more.
How to Use a Ladder Safely
When you think of ladder safety, one of the first things you may think about is the ladder itself, making sure it has a solid construction, and then placing it properly. But positioning your feet correctly while using a ladder as well as wearing the right footwear are just as important. Click the button below to find out more about ladder safety, including the right type of shoes or boots to wear.
How Vitamin D Affects Bone Health
Keeping your bones strong promotes foot health. While consuming foods high in calcium is important, consuming vitamin D is too. That’s because it helps regulate how much calcium our bodies are able to absorb. Click the button below to learn more about vitamin D and how it can help you.