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5 Things You Should Know About Your Feet

Posted by on Jun 9, 2012

Yes, I truly do just share about almost anything on this blog. 🙂 In today’s lesson, I want to talk about feet, your feet specifically but using my feet as an example. If you remember, a month ago I did both a post and video on lying about your health. Well, one of those things we tend to lie about is our feet.

We need our feet if we hope to continue getting around. Sure, sometimes it’s our legs bothering us, but sometimes leg problems are caused by your feet; I’ll get into that one a bit more. So, let’s get started.

1. Always buy shoes at least 1/2 in bigger than what your foot is. For 35 years I’ve bought 11 1/2 because that’s my foot size. Turns out that it’s recommended to always go at least 1/2 foot size bigger to give your toes room to move. Usually it’s the outer toe where, if you’re going to start developing any issues, you’ll feel it. Even your big toe in some shoe sizes won’t be happy unless you give it more space.

2. As you age, you need more support in your arch area in your shoes. Regular shoes seem to be fine, but when it comes to sneakers many of today’s designs are built with more cushioning in them than support for the arch area, which can lead to issues, especially if you have flat feet or problems with your gait. Turns out I have both, as I’d forgotten I had flat feet and my right leg is 1/2 inch longer than my left. The picture of the sneaker you see above is a Brooks Adrenaline and it’s what he recommended, though I have to admit I’d never heard of Brooks before then. But the brand name isn’t as important as making sure your arch is supported.

3. Most cushioning you buy aside from what comes in the shoes isn’t helping you at all. Podiatrists seem to get most animated when they see you’ve popped down $20 bucks for shoe cushions. They say it’s a false crutch of comfort we’ve been conditioned to enjoy that doesn’t work for 99% of the people that buy them. I’ve always purchased extra cushion, even trying that “jelling” insole once, because I thought my feet needed it. What he recommended is that unless it’s a cheap shoe, which he said never to buy, use what comes in the shoe because it was specifically tested to offer both the maximum comfort and protection for your feet. It’s that thing about having your shoes be a little looser so blood flow can occur.

4. Treat your heels well. Adding to #3, it seems that we all concentrate more on the front of our feet when we should be treating our heels better. When we start noticing that our heels might be getting more crusty and such, that’s when we have to worry about neuropathy, which is when you stop having feeling in certain parts of your body. Actually, it turns out it’s way more than that; you could be causing damage without numbness, and it can start affecting other parts of your body such as your legs, your back, even your neck.

They did an interesting test on my feet, a sensitivity test. It started out with one prong on different locations of both feet. I did very well on that one. Then you had to feel two prongs on different areas of the feet; that one I had a lot of trouble with. I was diagnosed as having minor neuropathy, especially in my heels, but luckily he said it wasn’t diabetes related based on the first part of the test and said it’s probably because of insufficient footwear over the years. So we’ll be monitoring it over the next few years, but at least now I know.

5. It’s imperative that you cut your toenails. I have a wife that’s always on me about cutting my nails and now she’s got physician support on it. Based on our footwear, longer nails can cause us discomfort, if not pain, and thus we inadvertently start curling our toes, which then alters how we walk. Once we artificially start changing how we normally walk, that’s when problems start to occur.

I’m adding one last thing, but not changing the number above because I’m superstitious on some things and I’m not crazy about some even numbers; something else new that you now know about me. lol Anyway, the last thing is to look at your feet at least once a month to see if anything looks odd. Most of the time you won’t notice anything different, but we did notice I have this “thing” near the right big toe that he’s not worried about, but it’s there, and that I injured my right big toe back in November, which I knew because I’d seen the blood blister, but have no idea how I did it. It’s slowly going away, but if there had been something like that elsewhere it could have meant something bad. Also, as a kid I used to sometimes develop holes in my feet, which turned out to be blisters that grew inward; freaky, but after finally noticing and bringing it to a doctor’s attention we made some changes that stopped that from happening.

There you are; nothing about social media or the internet today, but something I think is equally as important. Enjoy your Saturday!
 

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This is a great post Mitch! Our feet keep us moving and if you don’t take care of them—well, you know the deal. I am definitely tweeting this one to my boomer friends.
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June 9th, 2012 | 11:04 AM

Thanks Bev; every once in awhile I get one correct. lol

June 9th, 2012 | 11:16 AM

Oh man, my dogs are barkin’! I just did my semi-daily run/walk/lurch down the local path here so it’s a nice coincidence to see an article about feet.

I just examined mine. Hey guys, are feet supposed to be green?

It is a mystery…

Aw, I’m just kidding. They’re not green. More of a turquoise color, really.

When I go to buy shoes I always mean to get the absolute best that money can buy, since I figure my feet are worth it. Except then I see the price tag and I figure maybe they aren’t worth quite THAT much. Oh, well…

Did anyone say anything about toe-jam? Oh, this comment is taking a wrong turn here (or maybe got off on the wrong foot?) so I’ll just close up shop here and say I learned some stuff in this article so it was a good one!
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June 9th, 2012 | 2:27 PM

LOL! John, way too much. lol I’m thinking green feet are never a good thing, whether it’s because they’re ready to fall off or you’ve dyed them green to go with your yellow socks. And if you keep your toenails cut you won’t have to worry about toejam, so there. 😉

June 9th, 2012 | 3:41 PM

Last year after my brother-in-law Jack died my sister offered me a couple pairs of very nice walking shoes that he’d only worn a couple times. When she told me they were size 12 I let her know they were way too big for me because my feet are size 10 1/2. She said that so were Jack’s but his doctor had told him to go for the 12. I tried them on and by golly they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. And here I’ve been wearing 10 1/2 shoes for the past 40 years. Never again.

Lee
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June 10th, 2012 | 12:58 AM

Arlee, isn’t it amazing the things we learn as we get older? Maybe it’s that we finally start asking questions or just meeting the people we need to meet, but we seem to learn what we need to. I’m really glad I’ve learned some of this stuff about my feet before it’s too late.

June 10th, 2012 | 3:25 PM
Carl:

Nice one Mitch, from personal experience I completely agree with you. I am still young, but I used to be football player for several years and I’ve had so many problems with my feet, nails and related to support of my feet ark. Even far away from my active sport years, I still feel old injuries during some weather conditions.
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June 10th, 2012 | 8:12 AM

Carl, I’m lucky not to have that many issues with weather, but here and there my knees will start fussing at me something terrible.

June 10th, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Of the many reasons why I moved to warm country. The other thing that also disappeared is my Spring allergy, I guess different plants here. I also think that about 30% of back disorders are also because wrong selection of shoes.

June 11th, 2012 | 6:51 AM
Simon:

During my teenage moments I had an allergy on my right foot. At first, I thought it was just only a regular allergy that most people can have but as time goes by I started to notice that the small allergy was beginning to grow rapidly. All of the toes on my right foot had been eaten up by thing called “ringworm” and I almost lost them all.
But thanks to the Doc who cured it:)
It all started when I rarely cut the nails on my feet and wearing a tight shoes.
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June 15th, 2012 | 1:26 PM

Wow Simon, I’ve heard of ringworm but you’re the first one I’ve known to fess up to it. But you prove that good foot care is definitely essential; thanks for sharing.

June 15th, 2012 | 5:09 PM

These are very helpful information. 🙂 I always buy shoes that are 1/2 bigger than my shoe size just in case I want to wear thick socks. I’m also more comfortable if it’s bigger.
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June 10th, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Good deal Sara; makes a lot of sense.

June 10th, 2012 | 3:27 PM

Also, in buying shoes, you should buy it in the afternoon because your feet have already “stretched” to its maximum size.

June 12th, 2012 | 3:02 AM

Okay, that’s a new one on me. lol

June 12th, 2012 | 3:07 PM
Simon:

My sister used to tell me that. I find it really helpful because I moment when I went to the store early in the morning and bought a shoes that is so fit to me and later in the afternoon I found out that I could no longer use the shoes and I thought that my feet grew bigger…lol

June 16th, 2012 | 4:22 AM

Nice post which Usually it’s the outer toe where, if you’re going to start developing any issues, you’ll feel it. Even your big toe in some shoe sizes won’t be happy unless you give it more space. Thanks a lot for posting.
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November 14th, 2012 | 8:34 AM

No problem Sandy; you never know what I’ll talk about here.

November 14th, 2012 | 11:45 PM