Foot Health Awareness Month
75,000 miles. That's the amount many Americans trek by foot by the time they're 50, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Proper foot care goes a long way no matter if you're an athlete or outdoor enthusiast, or walk short daily distances, or in heels around the office.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recommends the following 5 steps:
1. Wash your feet on a daily basis and keep them dry to fend off athlete's foot.
2. Ensure a good fit. Shop for shoes in the afternoon or evening as feet tend to swell during the day, APMA notes. You should also monitor for the typical wear and tear of shoes in the sole.
3. Pick appropriate athletic shoes and replace them as needed. Match types of athletic shoes depending on the sport to minimize sport-specific strains. If you're playing basketball, you'll want shoes that maximize ankle sport. If you're going for a run, you'll want shoes that absorb shocks to give you adequate support.
4. Treat foot health problems as they arise. Common issues such as athlete's foot can be treated at home. If a problem persists, it's best to see a podiatrist. You can find a local podiatrist through FSAstore.com Services. Podiatrist visits are considered an FSA-eligible expense.
5. Safely enjoy a pedicure. APMA warns against allowing nail salons to use a "foot razor" on dead skin as that could result in too much skin removal and possible infections.
Check out FSA eligible products from FSAstore.com to help with foot care! Examples of FSA eligible items include shoe inserts, elastics and braces, gel arch supports, and blister treatment.