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National Foot Health Awareness Month

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, 20 percent of the American population suffer from at least one foot problem annually. This month, we want to remind you to take some time and focus on your foot and ankle health and understand how it affects your overall health.


Our feet and ankles serve as the foundation of our whole bodies. On average, our feet will carry us 115,000 miles in a lifetime. An injury or any pain in these areas can lead to an injury or pain in the knees, hips, back, and more.


To maintain an active and healthy life, foot and ankle health should be a top priority. Here are a few ways to keep your feet and ankles happy and healthy.


1. Check on your feet:

After a long day at work or walking around one of the many festivals this season, inspect your feet in the mirror. Look for any dry areas, cracking, cuts, or anything that looks out of the ordinary.


2. Stretch:

Avoid injuries and strengthen your muscles by stretching your feet, ankles, and legs daily and especially before exercising.


3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle:

There are 26 bones and 33 joints in each of our feet that keep us on the move. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can alleviate any extra pressure your feet may feel.


4. Wear shoes in public places:

Not wearing shoes in public places can lead to cuts that can get infected, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, or warts.


5. Wear the right shoes:

Our feet change over time and shoes wear out over time. Replace your exercise shoes every 6 months or 500 miles to avoid foot and ankle pain caused by worn-out shoes.


6. Take your nail polish off:

It seems weird, but keeping nail polish on your toenails 24/7 can lead to fungus buildup and weaken your nails. It is advised to keep your nails unpainted for a week every three weeks they are painted.


7. Get help if you need it:

The podiatrists of Gulf South Foot and Ankle are eager to help you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle through foot health. If you suffer an injury to your feet or ankles, seek medical attention. The faster you can get treated, the better.


Our feet are a cornerstone of our health. An injury or pain can lead to additional serious pain in other parts of our body. Come see us at Gulf South Foot and Ankle for any pain or discomfort you may feel. We literally get you back on your feet!


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