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Foot and ankle health IQ

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Stretching your calf muscles will keep them exible, and can help prevent heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

Learn to recognize pain that strikes the toes, toenails, heels, arches,
and ankles, so you'll know what to do to protect your mobility.

Poor foot and ankle health is one of the fastest tickets to disability. But would you recognize the signs of pending problems that could rob you of your mobility and independence? "Daily foot and ankle pain is not normal, and there might be something you can do to help change it," says Dr. Holly Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon and instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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