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My doctor tells me that orthopedic shoes could make a big difference to my painful feet. Are they really worth the extra expense?

Being able to walk without pain or discomfort is vital, because if you become inactive due to foot pain, you can exacerbate other health problems. The chance of having foot pain increases with age because the fat padding the sole of the foot wears down, reducing the cushion that protects the foot. Age-related diseases such as arthritis can complicate matters, as can diabetes and heart disease, both of which can impede blood flow to the feet. Corns and bunions also can be problematic.

Well-designed, properly fitted orthopedic shoes can make a big difference to foot comfort, transferring pressure from painful areas and supporting any foot deformities. If you have Medicare, ask your doctor if you qualify for coverage for therapeutic shoes; those with diabetes or other conditions that affect foot health often do.

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Title Annotation:ASK DR. ETINGIN
Publication:Women's Health Advisor
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2009
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