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The OPMA invests annually in a Public Education and Awareness Campaign to increase public knowledge about the importance of good foot health and to share information on common foot condition and ailments.  May is Foot Health Month and October 8 is World Podiatry Day. The OPMA engages in digital media and partners with others committed to health care advocacy. We also prepare and distribute PSAs -- Public Service Announcements -- and support the World Federation of Podiatrists in a special focus on FOOT HEALTH worldwide.


Hydrate Your Feet 

Foot Health Month is time to keep your feet hydrated. Proper foot care should include a regime of moisturising. Ideally, you should moisturise after a shower. When the feet are still damp, using a moisturising cream will help lock in both the moisturising agents and residual water. You should also take off your shoes and socks as soon as you get home, especially after a run. Doing so will allow your feet to cool down. Keeping your running shoes on will result in your feet sweating, which will result in further dehydration.

Walk 500 Miles

Foot Health Month is a good time to wonder how often you should replace your running shoes. The typical athletic shoe is only built to last 350 to 500 miles. While walkers are not pounding their shoes as hard as runners, you are unlikely to still get good support and cushioning past 500 miles. If you are walking 30 minutes a day, or an average of 3 to 4 hours a week, you would need to replace your shoes every six months. If you are walking 60 minutes a day or an average of 7 hours a week, replace your shoes every three months.

Precautious Pedicures

Foot Health Monet is a good time to think about how you ‘treat’ your feet.

Here are some foot health Do's and Don’ts for your next pedicure.

  • DO: Bring your own instruments.
  • DON’T: Get your calluses shaved.
  • DO: Time your pedicure during less-busy periods.
  • DON’T: Soak in the whirlpool.
  • DON’T: Shave your legs before going for a pedicure.
  • DO: Give your toenails a breather.
  • DON’T: Cut your cuticles.
  • DO: Be ultra-cautious if you are diabetic.



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