Dr. Kevin D. Smith, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

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Bad Foot Habits and a Simple Fix

The summer is approaching and with it come several foot injuries which can be easily prevented. We have compiled three of the most common foot conditions and ways in which you can protect your feet from getting hurt.

It might be in fashion to go sockless, but your feet will suffer from the consequences. Even when you don’t work out, your feet sweat. Sweat is mostly absorbed by socks which dry quickly. However, if you do not wear socks, most of this sweat is absorbed by the insoles and it takes between 24 to 48 hours for your insoles to dry. This moist and warm setting in your shoe provides the perfect condition for foot fungus. The so called athlete’s foot is a common fungus that leads to red, itchy, and cracked skin. Protect your feet from fungus by simply wearing socks.

Furthermore, it is not uncommon for people to buy things because they are in-fashion. Many people have followed the barefoot running trend and purchased minimal footwear simply because they look sporty. However, it can lead to serious injuries if your feet are not ready to run without support. It is crucial that you follow a slow development when you transition to barefoot running. In order to run barefoot or with minimal footwear, you need healthy and strong feet. Take your time and let your muscles get adjusted to the new movement. If you don’t, and you progress too quickly, you run the risk of getting serious muscle and tender injuries.

Lastly, who does not like to show off a new pair of high heels? Wearing heels every here and then won’t do any harm. If you do however wear high heels frequently, you run the risk of permanent foot damage. High heels lead to an unnatural bending of your toes which can cause a wide range of injuries such as ingrown toenails and leg tendons. Furthermore, forcing your toes into a small shoe can lead to permanent nerve damage. There are great looking flat shoes on the market. Make sure to grab a pair to give your feet a break from high heels.




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