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FAQ: Foot Comfort, Foot Pain, And Foot Health

Healthy feet are happy feet, as we all know, and it’s up to you to keep your feet healthy. Wearing good shoes and finding the right orthotic insoles are key step in decreasing foot pain and discomfort. Beyond that, here are answers to frequently asked questions regarding foot pain and insoles.

Question: I love hiking, but every time I hike lately my feet get really sore afterwards. Is there anything to do to help this?
Answer: It could be your shoes you are wearing. If they are more than 6 months old, it might be time to get a new pair. Modern hiking and running shoes loose their cushioning long before they look old and worn out on the outside. If it isn’t your shoes, try sticking to hiking paths that are less rocky. Stepping on lots of loose, small rocks can cause pain to the balls of the feet. Also, it’s important to wear good socks. If you skip the socks, you will end up with blisters. You can also buy arch supports if your arches ache after a walk or a hike.

Question: I have corns on the balls of my feet. Is there anything I can do to prevent pain and blistering and swelling around these areas?
Answer: Yes. You can put on disposable, doughnut shaped pads that stick around the corn. Put one on just before you exercise or plan to do any walking. They will help prevent further foot blistering, discomfort, pain and swelling.

Question: I have pain in my heels. Is this normal? Is there anything to do about it?
Answer: Yes, it’s common, and yes, you can remedy this ailment. More than 40 percent of the population of the US experiences pain in their heels from time to time. About 35 percent of these people say they’ve had the heel pain for more than two years. One of the best methods is to wear orthotic insoles, which provide cushioning to your heel. The heel absorbs most of the impact in day-to-day activities. Most people need orthotic insoles by their 40s or early 50s, although wearing them earlier can prevent foot problems later on. As people age, they loose padding on the bottom of your foot. This causes some of the foot pain people experience with aging.

Question: Since I have gained a little extra weight, I notice that my feet ache a lot more. What can I do about this?
Answer: Well, loosing weight does help a lot in preventing foot problems. But, in the mean time, make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes that provide good arch support. Wear orthotic inserts most of the time. If you have a lot of foot pain, even occasionally wearing a dressy shoe without an orthotic insert may set off a week of foot misery.

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