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    What’s the best exercise for my feet?

    Walking is the best exercise for your feet and general health.

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    What is neuropathy?

    Neuropathy is a pain that results in a burning, stabbing or tingling in the feet or legs with extreme sensitivity to touch.

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    What is an orthotic?

    Orthotics are custom insoles for your shoes that are handmade from an actual mold of your feet.  This ensures they fit perfectly and provide the support, stability and alignment necessary to eliminate the pain and discomfort of common foot ailments.

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    What are plantars warts?

    Plantars warts are caused by a virus which may invade the sole of the foot through cuts and breaks in the skin.  Walking barefoot on dirty pavements or littered ground can expose feet to this sometimes painful infection.

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    What are corns and calluses?

    Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas when wearing shoes.  If the first signs of soreness are ignored, corns and calluses rise up as nature’s way of protecting sensitive areas.

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    How far does the average person walk during a typical day and during their lifetime?

    The American Medical Association says the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day.  Those cover several miles, and they all add up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime.

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    Do more women have foot problems than men?

    Women have about four times as many foot problems as men; lifelong patterns of wearing high heels are often the culprit.

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    Can serious medical problems first show up in the feet?

    Your feet mirror your general health.  Such conditions as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet.

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    Are foot problems widespread?

    Seventy-five percent of Americans will experience foot health problems of varying degrees of severity at one time or another in their lives.

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    Are all foot problems hereditary? Are you born with foot problems or do they develop later?

    Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems, the American Podiatric Medical Association believes.  It’s neglect, and a lack of awareness of proper care; including ill-fitting shoes, that bring on the problems.

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