Feet are one of those body parts you never really think of until something goes wrong, but there's a good chance you should take better care of your feet than you do. Foot pain is extremely common, with about 75 percent of Americans experiencing foot pain at some point in their life. Fortunately, these problems are avoidable. Here are some simple, yet important, tips to help you better take care of those important twinkle toes.

Wearing the wrong type of shoe is a common and avoidable source of foot pain. Shoes that are too small or that pinch your toes in awkward ways can cause lasting foot problems. According The Fix, a good rule of thumb when shoe shopping is to look for a shoe that has a toe wide enough to allow your toes to spread out naturally. It is also helpful to opt for shoes that have a minimal heel to help preserve the natural alignment of the body.

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On that note, high heels are some of the worst shoes you can opt for and are linked to a number of foot conditions such as hammertoes, pain in the ball of the foot, and corns, which are painful keratin buildups on the balls of the feet.

However, if your shoes are comfortable and the correct size and you’re still experiencing foot pain, doing foot exercises and stretches may help. Rolling a small ball, such as a tennis ball, underneath your toes is a great way to massage the entire foot and work out kinks that may have formed as a result of walking too far in fashionable yet painful shoes. In addition, using your hands to stretch your toes for a few seconds at a time can also give some relief.


Source: Fix.com Blog

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