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Taking Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime

9. Keep the Blood Flowing to Your Feet

Put your feet up when you are sitting.

Wiggle your toes for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day. Move your ankles up and down and in and out to improve blood flow in your feet and legs.

Don't cross your legs for long periods of time.

Don't wear tight socks, elastic or rubber bands, or garters around your legs.

Don't smoke. Smoking reduces blood flow to your feet. Ask your doctor or nurse to help you stop smoking.

If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, work with your health care team to lower it.

10. Be More Active

Ask your doctor to help you plan an activity program that is right for you.

Walking, dancing, swimming, and bicycling are good forms of exercise that are easy on the feet.

Avoid activities that are hard on the feet, such as running and jumping.

Always include a short warm-up and cool-down period.

Wear athletic shoes that fit well and that provide good support.

Make sure to call your doctor right away if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after one day.

11. Be Sure to Ask Your Doctor to:

Check the sense of feeling and pulses in your feet at least once a year.

Tell you if you are likely to have serious foot problems. If you have serious foot problems, your feet should be checked at every visit to your doctor.

Show you how to care for your feet.

Refer you to a foot care doctor if needed.

Decide if special shoes would help your feet stay healthy.

12. Get Started Now

Begin taking good care of your feet today.

Set a time every day to check your feet.

Note the date of your next visit to the doctor.

Cut out the foot care tip sheet in this booklet and put it on your bathroom or bedroom wall or night stand as a reminder.

Complete the "To Do" list at the back of this booklet. Get started now.

Set a date for buying the things you need to take care of your feet: nail clippers, pumice stone, emery board, skin lotion, talcum powder, mirror, socks, athletic shoes, and slippers.

Most important, stick with your foot care program.... and give yourself a special treat such as a new pair of soft cotton socks. You deserve it!

Make sure to call your doctor right away if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after one day.

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