Marla Ahlgrimm: Put Your Best Foot Forward

Marla AhlgrimmFeet are at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to women’s health concerns, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The retired women’s healthcare expert insists, however, that our feet are remarkable feats of biological engineering and deserve as much respect, attention, and care as the rest of our bodies.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, the feet actually account for around 25% of our body’s bone structure. Each foot is comprised of 26 bones, 33 joints, and a vast network of muscles and tendons. Our feet aren’t just a free form of transportation, either. In addition to movement, feet act as shock absorbers and stabilizers for the rest of the body. They endure an enormous amount of pressure each day and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Marla Ahlgrimm offers these tips on foot care:

  • Feet should be washed and dried before putting on shoes or socks. This prevents an excess of moisture, which can lead to bacteria and issues such as athlete’s foot.
  • Use a daily moisturizing cream if your feet are prone to drying and cracking. Avoid lotion in between the toes since it won’t dry properly.
  • Toenails should be cut straight across to avoid ingrowth.
  • Rotate your shoes often. Marla Ahlgrimm says it’s best to change shoes every day. Giving your shoes at least 24 hours to dry out between wear helps reduce the risk of foot odor and bacterial problems.
  • Wear well-fitting, high-quality shoes. A one dollar pair of flip-flops is not going to provide ample support for the complex mechanisms we call feet. Women shoes are designed to look fashionable and flattering, but often sacrifice practicality and comfort.
  • Understand the link between your feet and other health problems. Marla Ahlgrimm says this is especially important for diabetics, who may be at a greater risk of a condition called neuropathy. People with neuropathy lose the sensation in their feet, meaning they are less likely to notice when they have been injured or are experiencing circulatory issues.
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