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Maintaining independence: Don't overlook foot and ankle health

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To stay moving you need to get moving. Follow these top five strategies to be more active.

You might not give much thought to the health of your feet and ankles, but it's crucial to your mobility and independence. "Most people ignore problems with their feet until they can't walk anymore," says Dr. Holly Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon and instructor at Harvard Medical School.

If you can't walk, you may not be able to enjoy your favorite activities, let alone perform the routine activities of daily living such as standing up to cook a meal or walking to a bathroom. Immobility will also prevent you from exercising. Exercise is essential for a long list of health benefits like maintaining thinking skills, lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes, controlling blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, maintaining healthy bones, and preventing osteoporosis.

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