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Eye on Health: Foot Care

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If your feet hurt, it can be a long day.

Foot pain makes it harder to walk and go about your daily activities.

In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge offers some tips on selecting shoes.

Your foot contains 25 bones, 33 joints, and more than 120 muscles and ligaments, tendons and nerves.

These all work together to support your body.

So we need to be good to our feet, and the right shoes can make a big difference.

(Dr. Roger Racz, Podiatry-Trinity Health) "I'll fitting shoes, over times cause problems, once in a while okay, and repetition causes problems."

For instance, if you want to get flimsy flip flops, don't wear them to work or to the mall.

Or high heals either.

He says any heal over two inches is too much for everyday.

(Dr. Roger Racz, Podiatry-Trinity Health) "High heals can lead to bunions, and hammertoes, it's the way the foot is positioned."

Another tip: make sure your shoes have support by trying to bend them.

The toes should bend, but the shoe should not bend in half, and the heal should not compress.

And if you want to go with insoles, the good ones are generally the more expensive ones, he recommends power step or spenko.

He says those gel inserts might feel good, but they offer no support.

Constant foot abuse by wearing the wrong shoe can lead to bunions, hammertoes, or knee and hip pain.

Take care of your feet, they need to take care of your entire body.

For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge.

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