Foot health important to overall well-being

Updated: Apr. 17, 2017 at 6:31 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - April is Foot Health Awareness month, and feet can tell a lot about a person's overall health.

Dr. Joseph Menn, a podiatrist with Coastal Podiatry Associates, said spring is a good time to get feet checked out.

He added that people keep their feet covered during the winter, and as the temperatures get warmer, they are more vulnerable to sun exposure.

"We actually want them to put some sunscreen on to keep them from getting sun burned so early in the season," Menn said.

According to Menn, wearing the proper-sized shoes is also important for foot health.

"It's really important that people get their feet measured, because as we get older our feet change," he said. "People's feet get bigger as you get older, the arch flattens out a little bit, the arch stretches, the bones continue to grow just a little tiny bit."

During the spring and summer, women like to have fresh pedicures and bright-colored toes to complement their sandals and flip flops.

However, Menn warns too much toe polish could do damage.

"If they keep their nails painted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, they're getting chemical damage from the chemicals that are in the nail polish" he said.

As far as flip flops are concerned, Menn said they are technically not the best footwear, but some are better than others.

"Flip flops should look like the bottom of the foot and the contour of your arch," he said. "If you take your foot and step in the sand, you have an arch or a little contour of where that foot is. That's what a foot bed of a flip flop should look like."

For the runners out there, Menn recommends keeping their running shoes updated.

"We'll usually recommend to runners to replace their shoes about every 500 miles," he said. "Of course that depends on how much they're running. Some people are running 20 miles a week, others are walking 10 miles a week, but 500 miles is 500 miles."

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