A new study from Spain evaluated volunteers with an average age of 75. They showed that elderly people who wore the ill-fitting shoes have a lower quality of life in areas related to pain, foot function, general health, and physical activity. This study demonstrates the importance of wearing supportive shoes that fit properly.
Can walking or running increase the risk of the skin cancer melanoma on your feet?
A recent study out of Japan suggests that repetitive mechanical stress and pressure on our feet might increase the risk of melanoma. They found a higher number of cases of melanoma in areas of more pressure such as the heel and the ball of the foot and a lower number of cases in areas of less pressure such as the arch. This was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.
This is a good reminder to inspect your feet during routine skin cancer exams.
If you get blisters while running, there is a simple solution that might help. Researchers have shown that applying paper tape to blister-prone areas of the foot reduces the occurrence of blister formation. Their findings were recently published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. Read more here.