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Keeping your feet healthy is only part of preventing foot problems; it is also essential that you wear well-fitting shoes.

So whether walking, dancing or pounding the pavements is your choice of exercise, The Society of Chiropodist and Podiatrists offers the following advice to help keep feet fighting fit.

Feet have a rough time of it; they carry us the equivalent of five times around the earth in an average lifetime, yet we give them less attention than they deserve and we rarely wear the best shoes for our feet.

In an average lifetime, we walk about 100,000 miles, which is tough on our feet. Yet our bodies were designed for moving - not standing still, so walking is good exercise for our feet.

Walking helps the muscles and ligaments in our feet to work more efficiently, and helps keep them supple and flexible. So even if you have to sit around a lot in your job, or at home, try to get up and walk briskly for at least 30 mins every day.

Feet are adaptable and can withstand a lot of pressure before they rebel. If you walk a lot, it's important to wear the right footwear thatwon't damage your feet.

HCPC Registered chiropodists/podiatrists will be able to give advice on suitable footwear. They will be able to suggest suitable 'warm up' exercises to ease you gently into your chosen sport, and help prevent injury.

Correct Shoes

Footwear at work

Shoes for Sporting Activities

Society Leaflets   

Footwear leaflet - A guide to choosing the best shoes for your feet [pdf / 719KB] This guide shows you what to look for when buying shoes, the best types of shoes for particular occasions and also a word about keeping your feet healthy throughout your lifetime

Working feet - A practice guide to looking after your feet at work [pdf / 1014KB] The 'Working feet' booklet features foot health advice on caring for working feet including how to look out for telltale signs of problems, when to seek the help of a podiatrist and choosing the best safety shoes.