HEALTH

Ways to keep your feet healthy and happy

Apr 10, 2018, 11:38 AM

CNN — Doctors say don’t take your feet for granted!  They work hard and can tell you more about your health than you may realize.

Healthy feet are happy feet, so comfortable shoes are important.  But so are personal habits.

In order to avoid serious problems later, especially for those diagnosed with diabetes, you need to watch your feet.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest seeing a podiatrist at least once a year.

Some diabetics have a reduced blood flow to the legs and feet, which can make it difficult to recognize a problem.

So doctor’s say don’t smoke, or stop if you do.  Smoking can reduce blood flow to the feet.

Be active and maintain a healthy weight but try and choose foot friendly activities.

The CDC also suggests being familiar with and recognizing the body’s warning signs about potential health issues with the feet.  Those may include tingling or burning, numbness, color and temperature change, leg pain or cramping.  See a doctor if you recognize these signs.

 

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