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While not usually serious, foot-related aches and throbs can inhibit your walking routine. Tend to your bipeds with these soothing tips:

Rough patches. Minimize friction-caused calluses by wearing thick socks and using a pumice stone to shave off dead skin. Apply moisturizers like vitamin E lotion or Vaseline™ after each shower. If the areas smart or crack, use a doughnut-shaped pad of moleskin to protect from further damage and reduce twinge.

Under your skin. Avoid ingrown toenails by trimming them straight across instead of tapering at the corners and wearing shoes with plenty of toe room. If one develops, soak your foot in warm water 3-4 times a day. Keep dry and exposed when you don’t have to wear a closed-toe shoe.

Burden bearers. Sore joints and tendons can signal tendonitis or bursitis. The best remedy? RICE — rest, ice, compression, and elevation. While critical if you sprain your ankle, the RICE treatment plan works well for overuse problems, too. See a doctor if you suffer a sudden injury that results in extreme swelling, joint looseness, or pain that’s unbearable after 24 hours.

Many foot and ankle problems result from poor shoe choices. Make sure your walking shoe is designed for your foot. Consider insoles or arch supports to help pad your steps.

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