Feet & Foot Care

Feet & Foot Care Articles

Step lively with healthier feet

Over the years, feet can become more susceptible to problems that make walking more difficult and dangerous, such as bunions, hammertoes, claw toes, and heel pain. While some of these issues result from genetics or specific medical conditions, many are caused by poor footwear choices, inadequate foot care, and muscle imbalances. (Locked) More »

Can the right shoes relieve knee pain?

It appears that “unloading” shoes are no better at reducing pain or improving function than a good pair of walking shoes, according to a study published online July 12, 2016, by Annals of Internal Medicine.  (Locked) More »

Good old-fashioned mobility insurance: Protecting your feet and ankles

Ignoring foot or ankle problems may lead to long periods of unnecessary disability. Common problems include fallen arches, ankle sprains, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and ingrown toenails. It’s best to seek out a doctor when a problem progresses or persists for more than a few weeks. Available fixes depend on the problem and its severity. Examining the feet at least once a week can help detect a condition early, before it turns into a big problem. More »

Foot problems? Try these tips to find comfortable shoes

For people who have corns, calluses, bunions, or hammertoes, comfortable shoes are a must. Good shoe candidates include those with uppers made of soft leather or materials with some stretch. Athletic shoes and sandals with adjustable straps are also good possibilities. It’s also important to look for shoes with wide or roomy toe areas (toe boxes), and make sure the shoes are at least half an inch longer than the longest toe. A sturdy heel counter will help keep the foot in place, to cut down on friction and pain.  (Locked) More »

Sidestepping big-toe woes

Bunions and arthritis of the big toe can be prevented by wearing appropriate shoes and treated with ice, nonprescription pain relievers, and shoe inserts. (Locked) More »

Best steps to soothe heel pain

Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis often improves after a few weeks of rest, icing, anti-inflammatory pain relievers, and frequent stretching and massage. If conservative measures don’t work within three months, surgery and other treatments could be considered. These are more invasive, don’t always work, and can carry risks and out-of-pocket costs. It’s best to exhaust nonsurgical options first and give them adequate time to take effect. (Locked) More »

Staying one step ahead of toenail fungus

Toenail fungus is difficult to cure if the nail is disfigured and raised off the nail bed. Oral medications may be effective but can affect liver function. Home remedies and topical treatments can improve the appearance of nails. (Locked) More »

Where does it hurt?

The Harvard Health Decision Guides help you determine the appropriate next steps to alleviate your pain. More »