Sole Survivor Quiz

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About This Quiz

Not only do we walk and run all over town, we do so in shoes that are often ill-fitting and downright unhealthy. Make no mistake -- your feet won't suffer in silence for long! Take our quiz to find out if you know how to keep your tootsies happy and healthy.

What percentage of pregnant women endure foot problems, often due to inappropriate footwear?

A 2010 study by The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in the United Kingdom found that 70 percent of preggo women experience foot-related ailments like arch and heel pain and swollen ankles or feet.

Which of the following groups of footwear should be excommunicated from your daily wardrobe?

Shoes that lack adequate support to the ankles and arches, such a flip-flops and flats, can cause significant strains to the ankles or ligaments. What's more, high heels can actually cause problems to the back and legs. It's fine to wear these types of shoes every now and then, but don't slip them on every day!

What's the best way to prevent infection if you have a case of athlete's foot?

Believe it or not, the best way to combat this annoying fungal infection is to wash your feet with soap and water. Dry between your toes carefully and change your shoes, socks and hosiery regularly -- moisture buildup is a breeding ground for athlete's foot.

What risk factors increase your likelihood for developing bunions?

Since bunions are big toe joints that have become misaligned, it's necessary to limit your risk for developing them by wearing properly fitted shoes. Be especially cautious if members of your family have experienced this painful problem.

How should your toenails be trimmed to prevent ingrown nails?

Nobody enjoys ingrown nails, which are identified by the painful way the ends or corners become burrowed into the toe. Sufferers must keep a vigilant eye on the problem to quickly spot infection before it gets out of hand. Stop an ingrown nail before it starts by clipping toenails straight across to a length just longer than the end of the toe.

For those of you who simply can't do without high heels, how can you make them more foot-friendly?

A wider, shorter heel coupled with a high-heel cushion can take significant pressure off your tootsies.

What's a simple, yet very effective, way to avoid foot ailments?

In general, it's best to avoid going barefoot because it increases your likelihood of strain and infection. Alternating your shoes every day will help you minimize repeated pressure or pain unwittingly caused by a particular pair. Plus, it helps your shoes dry out more completely.

What time of day should you purchase new shoes?

Our feet swell throughout the day, so hit the shoe store after work to achieve the most accurate, forgiving fit.

True or False: It's OK for shoes to be a little snug when you purchase them. They'll stretch out after you've worn them a few times.

Mama was right about a lot of things, but this isn't one of them. Shoes don't stretch out, at least not to the point of giving you a better fit down the road. Never purchase a pair that's too small -- you'll be opening yourself to a host of foot-related problems.

Who benefits from using arch supports?

Before you treat your foot pain with arch supports, meet with a podiatrist or specialty shoe salesperson to determine your individual needs. You might require insoles, heel cushions or other features, instead.

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