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Basic Foot Care Guidelines

Don’t ignore foot pain. It is not normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain in the foot or ankle, please contact our office. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in …

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Foot Anatomy

The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and numerous tendons. Complex biomechanics keep all these parts in the right position and moving together. Given these intricacies, it is not surprising that most people will experience some problem with their feet at some time in their lives. Within each …

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Government

National Institutes of Healthhttp://www.nih.govNIHInfo@OD.NIH.GOV (e-mail)(301) 496-4000 National Institute on Aginghttp://www.nih.gov/niaInformation CenterP.O. Box 8057Gaithersburg, Maryland 20898-8057(800) 222-2225(800) 222-4225 (TTY) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)http://www.niddk.nih.govBuilding 31Room 9A04 Center Drive, MSC 2560Bethesda, MD 20892-2560

Associations/Groups

American Diabetes Associationhttp://www.diabetes.org800-342-2383 American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicinehttp://www.aapsm.org888-854-FEET American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeonshttp://www.aaos.org6300 N. River RoadRosemont, IL  60018847-823-7186 American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeonshttp://www.footphysicians.com and http://www.acfas.org8725 W. Higgins Road, Sutie 555Chicago, IL  60631-2724773-693-9300 American Physical Therapy Associationhttp://www.apta.org1111 N. Fairfax StreetAlexandria, VA  22314-1488800-999-2782 American Podiatric Medical Associationhttp://www.apma.org9312 Old Georgetown RoadBethesda, MD  20814-1621301-581-9200 American Orthopaedic Foot & …

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Online Resources

Mayo Clinic Onlinehttp://www.mayoclinic.com MedlinePlushttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplusA resource of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and theNational Institutes of Heatlh PodiatryOnlinehttp://www.podiatry-online.net WebMDhttp://www.webmd.com

Getting a Proper Fit

Everything from serious foot disorders to more common foot and ankle conditions can be exacerbated by one, avoidable cause: inappropriate, poor quality, and/or ill-fitting shoes. Any podiatrist will tell you that a quality, properly fitted shoe pays big dividends for your feet—now and in the future. The most important quality to look for in shoes …

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Athletic Shoe Guidelines

Athletic footwear should be fitted to hold the foot in the position that’s most natural to the movement involved. Athletic shoes protect your feet from stresses encountered in a given sport and to give the player more traction. The differences in design and variations in material, weight, lacing characteristics, and other factors among athletic shoes …

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Women’s Shoes

The best shoe for women’s feet is a walking shoe with laces (not a slip-on), a composition sole, and a relatively wider heel with a rigid and padded heel counter, no more than three-quarters of an inch in height. Some women inflict punishment on their feet from improper footwear that can bring about unnecessary foot …

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Men’s Shoes

Most men’s shoes conform to the shape of the feet and have a roomy toe box with sufficient horizontal and vertical space and a low heel (usually about half an inch high). Soles made of either hard materials (such as leather) or soft materials (such as crepe) can be worn, but softer soles tend to …

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