In today’s program, Dr Daniel Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, reminds us that April is Foot Health Awareness Month. Did you know that you’ll need your feet to carry you an average of 115,000 miles in your lifetime? Avoiding foot problems should be a priority. In a recent study, over 75% of Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. That's an impressive statistic. Foot pain can have a profound impact on our quality of life. The study also reveals that half of all adults say that foot pain has restricted their activities like... walking, exercising, working, or playing with their grandchildren. For those with chronic foot pain, that number jumps from 50% to to 83%. People in the study also say they would exercise more and participate in more activities if it weren’t for their foot pain.

Here are a few foot health tips from Dr. Reminga…

  • Inspect your feet regularly
  • Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet
  • Look for thick or discolored nails
  • Check for cracks or cuts in the skin
  • Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athletes foot
  • Any growth on the foot is not considered normal
  • Wash your feet regularly, between the toes, and dry them completely
  • Trim toenails straight across
  • Persons with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet... they are more prone to infection
  • Make sure that your shoes fit properly
  • Replace worn out shoes
  • Wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in
  • Alternate shoes—don't wear the same pair of shoes every day
  • Avoid walking barefooted—to prevent injury and infection
  • Use sunblock on feet when exposed
  • Beware of home remedies for feet, this can turn a minor problem into a major one
  • It's vital that Diabetics get their feet checked annually

And...

  • Don't ignore foot pain, it's not normal

Listen to today’s show and find out how proper detection, intervention, and care, can lessen or prevent most foot and ankle problems.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.