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Foot Pain Can Warn of Major Problem

Contrary to what many of us think, our feet shouldn't hurt. If they do, they're probably trying to tell us something. Perry Julien, a Georgia podiatrist who specializes in sports-related injuries, says foot pain can sometimes even warn us of a more major problem. For instance, prolonged toe pain can indicate a circulation problem, and significant ankle swelling can signal congestive heart problems, he says.

Bunions, hammertoes and arch problems can lead to arthritis, and favoring one foot more than the other causes stress on the joints that can lead to hip, knee and back problems. Basic foot care includes washing your feet and using lotions and ointments to soothe and moisturize. If you have been on them all day, give them a break and prop them up.

Source: The Detroit News [8/19/06]

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