Thursday, March 10, 2005

CPMA - April is Foot Health Awareness Month

“When my feet hurt I can’t think,” Abraham Lincoln

FEET take an awful pounding. They support our bodies and balance us – and the average person walks the equivalent of five times round the Earth in a lifetime.

Yet most people give very little thought to their feet until problems occur. They may be meticulous about regular check-ups for their eyes and teeth, but not their feet.

The California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) wants Californians to think about the importance of their FEET during National Foot Health Awareness Month.

Taking care of your feet is always important, particularly as they spend much of
their time encased in hot shoes and walking on hard surfaces. Basic hygiene and nail cutting may be all that is needed to keep your feet in good health, but when apparently healthy feet start experiencing problems it is best to seek professional help.

Problems can be inherited, develop from illness or be caused from the pressures of ill-fitting shoes or boots. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are trained in all aspects of care for the feet and lower limbs, and play a critical role in keeping people on their feet, healthy, active and productive.

The California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) notes that it is extremely important for those with diabetes, arthritis and circulatory problems to see a podiatrist at least once a year.

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