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May is Foot Awareness Month

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The human foot is a biological masterpiece. The strong, flexible, and functional design of feet enables them to support and balance our bodies.  In fact, the average person walks the equivalent of five times around the Earth in a lifetime!

Nevertheless, most people give very little thought to their feet until problems occur. They may be meticulous about regular check-ups for their eyes and teeth, but seldom their feet.

The Oakville Hospital Footcare and Orthotic Centre, wants to remind Oakville residents to think about the importance of their FEET during the month of May, which is National Foot Health Awareness Month

Taking care of your feet is always important.  Basic hygiene and nail cutting may be all that is needed to keep your feet in good health, but when healthy feet start experiencing problems it is best to seek professional help.

Problems can be inherited, develop from illness or be caused from the pressures of ill-fitting footwear.  Chiropodists are trained in all aspects of care for the feet and lower limbs, and play a critical role in keeping people on their feet, so they can continue to be healthy, active and productive.  Patients with diabetes, arthritis and circulatory problems should consult a Chiropodist on a regular basis.

For National Foot Health Awareness Month, the Oakville Hospital Footcare and Orthotic Centre would like to help those less fortunate by donating gently used shoes to the Salvation Army.  We will be accepting donations from the community of gently used footwear and slippers in our clinic at 461 North Service Road West, Unit 27 B, until June 24th, 2015.  Your donations are greatly appreciated and for a great cause.  For more information please contact the clinic at (905) 338-4669.