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Special section: Feet: A guided tour down the foot aisle

Special section: Feet

A guided tour down the foot aisle

For some conditions and body parts, the drugstore has little to offer. Not so for the feet. You'll almost always find several shelves of products for the pedal extremities. We asked Dr. James P. Ioli, the guest editor of this special section, to accompany us on a trip to a drugstore near our offices. Here is a list of some of the foot products we saw there, along with Dr. Ioli's comments.

Arch bandage

Might make the arch feel better and more supported, but it isn't going to change the structure or fix serious problems. As the package says, people with diabetes or poor circulation should avoid them because they could reduce blood flow through the foot.

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