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Today, self-serve shoe stores are everywhere, so always stand and measure both feet. Make sure there’s about a half inch between your big toe and the end of the shoe. The heel shouldn’t slide up and down when you walk, and the upper portion should be a soft, bendable material to match the shape of your foot. Avoid narrow, tight-fitting shoes and high heels. Look for soles that won’t slip. You may want to scuff up the bottoms of dress or leather-soled shoes for better traction. Always choose thick soles for walking on hard surfaces. For a perfect shoe, choose one that will distribute all your weight equally.
Buy a shoe that has good cushion under the heel so when you step down it absorbs your weight and the impact, otherwise, shock waves travel from the heel and ankle up to the knee and hip. Over time, these repeated blows might cause upper joint pain. Ideally, a shoe should be flexible enough to support the arch and still allow enough movement for you to bend your toes.
When shoes don’t fit, you’re risking all kinds of trouble. Corns and calluses result when bony parts of the feet rub against wing tips or work boots. Special pads and some over-the-counter medicines may help relieve your symptoms. If you have diabetes or circulation problems, see your doctor.
Bunions tend to run in families. Pads or shoes cut wide at the toes and instep (middle part of the foot) may help. If pain persists, check with a podiatrist. You may need surgery.
Regular nail care is also important. Trim the white, dead material, but don’t get too aggressive.
To avoid ingrown toenails, cut straight across so the corner of the nail is visible above the skin.
Foot odor usually comes from excessive moisture and heat. Absorbent powders may eliminate the smell. Let your feet get some fresh air during the day; kick off your shoes for a few moments or try thinner socks.
Some manufacturers even offer breathable footwear. But if your feet suddenly become red or you experience pain, talk to a healthcare professional immediately.
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