Do's and Don'ts


Many people think that it is natural for their feet to hurt. That isn't true. Any time you have foot pain that lasts longer than a week you should get the pain examined.


  • Walk. This is the best form of exercise for your feet.
  • Wear properly fitting, protective footwear even in your own home.
  • Use ice (cold) to treat an injury. This treatment produces a numbing effect and prevents swelling and pain.
  • Investigate "walking pumps". These shoes have an athletic shoe-derived construction, wider toe room, reinforced heels and are available in many fashionable styles.
  • Seek medical attention at the first sign of an injury or infection in the foot or ankle
  • Consult a podiatrist regularly. There are 300 different foot ailments, none of which should be neglected.


  • Take life lying down. Regardless of your physical condition, walking is beneficial.
  • Go barefoot. This increases the risk of injury and infection and provides no support for either the foot or ankle.
  • Use heat or hot water to treat a foot or ankle injury. Heat promotes blood flow, causing increased swelling.
  • Wear heeled shoes that exceed two inches for extended periods of time. This is an open invitation for foot problems such as metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot).
  • Wear athletic shoes for sports other than the ones for which they were intended. One style does not fit all. Also, do not wear any sports shoe beyond its useful life.


The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps each day on pavement, tiles, and other surfaces. With each step, a gravity induced pressure of about three to four times the body's weight bears down on each foot.