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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Feet = Fewer Falls


Did you know that one in three Americans will take a spill every year...and the risk increases with age.  Fortunately, most falls only cause minor if any injuries, but those who do suffer broken bones and such stand to lose mobility and independence.


Healthy feet help prevent those falls.  Foot muscle tissue tends to get thinner as we age, our blood circulation begins to decrease, our nerves become less sensitive and the cushioning tissues on our soles become less springy.  Those weakened muscles can cause curled toes.  We tend to get bunions and flat feet.  And, toss in diabetes, which damages the nerves in the feet and the risks go up.

So listen when the podiatrist our your helpful spouse suggest you wear "comfortable" shoes...you know, the ones that we used to snicker at...those clodhoppers that make your feet happy?  They help you keep your balance and steady your walk, as well as help with the aching tootsies.

Buying the right footwear is the single most important thing we can do to protect our foot health.  Get the correct size.  Enlist the help of your podiatrist or a trained staff person at your local sporting goods stores.

Tiptoe through the tulips in something comfy!  Save the feet! 

Do you wear trendy, pointy-toed shoes, or are you coming to terms with "comfortable" shoes?


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    1. Me, too...tennies are my favorite!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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  2. What a great and helpful post! I prefer comfy shoes- but sometimes the best comfy shoes are a bit too expensive for my budget. Still- I try to find the best comfy shoes I can afford. :)

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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    1. I need the wider toe area nowadays, but I agree, some are too pricey!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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  3. I once had issues with my feet because of standing for long hours. I was introduced to comfy shoes & what a difference it made. I love trendy shoes too, but always carry a pair of comfy shoes along "just in case". I never go shopping in uncomfortable shoes. Your blog is very helpful.
    Marje

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    1. Marje - I was on my feet a lot, too, when I was working. I am sure that didn't help my tootsies much. Thanks for commenting.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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  4. I usually wear comfy shoes especially when walking for any length of time. I see so many walking in the malls with the little flipflops that have no sole or any support and I wonder how bad their feet hurt at the end of the day! Maybe they have better feet than I do. :D

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  5. WEll, my nickname is GRACE because I am always stumbling or tripping over something- I DO wear comfortable shoes though-xo Diana

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  6. I wear TRENDY but comfortable shoes. I HATE sneakers. I only wear a small heel. In winter it is stretchy boots and summer is thong flip flops. XO, Pinky

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    1. Pinky - I like trendy and comfy! You are set! Thanks for stopping by!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  7. I am a practical show wearer. Flip flops in the summer and boots in the winter. I, of course, do wear the occasional heel, but only for an evening.

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  8. I never wear heels anymore. Specially made New Balance..so my orthodics fit. Can we say broken foot and broken toe within thirteen months. Enough already!
    I am a believer. xo Ginger

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  9. I wear comfortable shoes because I have a heel spur and ankle pain. I'd probably fall down and break my neck in a pair of heels.

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    1. Patricia - Thanks for stopping by! I know what you mean! I'd rather be flat on the ground and steady on my feet!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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