Be Sweet to Your Feet
Your feet work hard to get you where you need to be. But years of wear and tear can be rough on them. So can disease, bad circulation, poorly trimmed toenails, and wearing shoes that don’t fit.
So be kind to your feet. Exercise, especially walking, is a great way to increase blood flow, which helps your feet stay healthy. Try simple foot exercises, such as sitting and rotating your ankles one way, then the other.
Foot problems are sometimes the first sign of more serious medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and nerve or circulatory disorders. Check your feet often, looking for cuts, blisters, or ingrown toenails. Talk with a doctor if you notice numbness or severe pain in your feet.
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