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Feets Don't Fail Me Now!

By Bob on December 22, 2010 6:57 AM

My feet are in training. In just a few days, they'll have to bring their "A" game into play, since Charlotte will have me hitting the after-Christmas sales all the way from Southlake Town Center to Northpark. For those of you who say, "Bob, pay the extra $$ and just valet park," I remind you that 1) We're in a recession; and 2) Even if you valet park at the Galleria Dahling...you still have to walk a mile to get where you want to go.

With that in mind, I've been paying special attention to the commercials for Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit™ Orthotic Centers. It's a nifty new concept that can reduce the wear and tear on your toes by helping you choose the orthotic insert that's best for you. Since "Comfort" is my new mantra, I asked the folks at Dr. Scholl's to give Boomers some tips on how we can keep on our feet through the holidays and beyond. Dr. Leslie Campbell was happy to help.

 

Get Rid of Tired, Achy Feet! by Dr. Leslie Campbell

Feet are the foundation of the body, so it's important to ensure you're taking the right steps to keep them comfortable. Day-to-day tasks such as running errands around town constantly put pressure on your feet, causing them to be tired and achy.  Here are some simple tips to help you put your best foot forward:

 

Measure Up

As we age, our feet may change size, often increasing in width and or length. That's why it's important to have your foot measured each time you purchase a pair of shoes. Remember that shoe size may vary depending upon the brand, so make sure that when selecting a style that you try on both shoes. Wiggling your toes freely is a sign that there is ample room in the toe box.

 

Shoe Savvy

Replace worn out shoes as soon as possible and think carefully before purchasing new ones that might look great, but provide minimal support and comfort. When shopping for a new style try going later in the day to ensure the best possible fit (feet tend to swell at that point due to routine activities). Also, be sure to alternate your shoes on a regular basis.

 

Customized Solutions

Consider a customized solution which can make a real difference in keeping your feetDr. Scholl's - 300.jpg comfortable. Try Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit™ Orthotic Centers - the kiosks use revolutionary FootMapping® Technology to measure your arch type and areas where you put the most pressure. It then recommends the Custom Fit™ Orthotic Insert best for your feet. Check out Doctor Scholl's website to find a store near you.

 

Dr. Leslie Campbell

Leslie Campbell, DPM is currently on staff at the Presbyterian Hospitals in Plano and Allen, TX and a practicing podiatrist at the Plano Physician's Group in Plano. Board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, she is one of the country's leading experts in podiatric biomechanics, with a special interest in pediatric biomechanics. With close to 20 years of experience, Dr. Campbell is an authority on a variety of foot-related topics pertaining to men, women, and children, including podiatric surgery, orthotics, proper footwear selection, and numerous podiatric complications and treatments.

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If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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