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Ask Dr. Mary: Happy Feet

A talk titled "Happy Feet" is presented by Dr. Mary Maryland at the Oak Park Arms retirement community.Mary Maryland, PhD, RN, presents a talk titled, “Happy Feet,” at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Dr. Mary, as she’s affectionately called, will present tips on maintaining healthy feet.

The human foot is a marvel of biomechanical engineering, and the average person will walk the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime. Feet deserve careful attention.

Ten tips to maintain healthy feet, according to Medicalnewstoday.com:

1. Inspect feet regularly and pay attention to changes in color, texture or appearance.

2. Maintain good foot hygiene including washing and drying between the toes.

3. Hydrate the skin. It is helpful to replace the moisture content by using lotions or creams on a regular basis.

4. Buy proper-size shoes. Purchase new shoes late in the day, when feet tend to be at their largest. Always buy the shoes that feel the best.

5. Don’t ignore foot pain. Symptoms that increase or do not resolve within a reasonable period of time need to be evaluated by your podiatric physician.

6. Cut toenails straight across. Never cut into the corner this could cause an ingrown toenail. Gently file away sharp corners or rough edges with an emery board.

7. Walking is a great way to keep weight under control and is an excellent conditioner for the feet. Be sure to wear appropriate athletic shoes when exercising.

8. Alternate shoes each day. Since the feet have sweat glands, shoes will absorb moisture, so it is important to allow shoes to dry out completely.

9. Avoid walking barefoot to help protect feet from injury and infection.

10. Put sunblock on feet while wearing sandals during the day to avoid sunburn.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.

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