With every step, your feet take a pounding equivalent to up to 2.5 times your body weight. After decades of wear and tear, it’s no wonder foot woes start to crop up in your 50s. “Age plus weight plus inappropriate footwear plus genetics equals foot trouble,” says Eric Stamps, dean of the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University.
For most foot ailments, starting with an over-the-counter fix is usually OK, Stamps says. (See a foot doctor if pain is severe or things don’t get better in a week, or if the ailment interferes with your daily activities.)
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