Dr Oz: Simple Ways To Avoid Foot Pain
Your feet have one of the highest concentrations of nerve endings of any part of your body, which means foot pain is an all-too-common problem. Thankfully, Dr Oz brought an expert, Dr Scott Forman, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and joint issues. Dr Forman actually prefers that patients with foot pain avoid surgery, because he’ll often tell them they can either modify their shoes or someone like him can modify their foot with surgery. It’s a lot easier to modify your shoes!
Dr Forman came to the show with five tips to help you find the perfect shoe to alleviate foot pain. First, don’t automatically run for orthotics. Orthotics have to actually fit your foot inside a shoe, and usually there’s no room. Your foot should naturally be able to accommodate for a high or low arch. If you still would prefer orthotics, Dr Forman suggested the simple over-the-counter types that are cheap and can slide into your shoe.
Dr Oz: Five Tips For Smarter Shoe Shopping
There’s actually an old saying that if the shoe fits, it’s probably ugly. Try bringing a ruler to the store with you when you go shoe shopping. There’s a good chance you know how long your foot is, based on your shoe size. But do you know the width? Measure the widest part of your foot while standing and take that measurement with you to the shoe store. If a pair of shoes you’re considering wearing can accommodate that measurement, you’re good to go!
Third, you’ll want to focus on the heel. Wearing a slight heel can actually take pressure off your heel as well as your Achilles tendon, making it more comfortable. Just a 1-2 inch heel may be just right for your foot. You’ll want to skip shoes that need to break in, so don’t think that if you wear it for a little bit first, it will start feeling better. Dr Forman suggested you try on at least five pairs of shoes, that way you know exactly what’s out there in terms of comfort.
Dr Oz: Do You Have Eczema?
Could you have eczema and not even know it? More than 30 million people have it, and too many don’t know that the condition is behind their red, flaky, and itchy skin. October is eczema month, so Dr Elizabeth Tanzi, a dermatologist, joined Dr Oz to discuss the condition.
There’s a difference between dry skin and eczema. Dry skin appears powdery or slightly flaky and feels tight, whereas atopic eczema looks like swelling, oozing, and crusting on the skin. Often, heat, sweat, chemicals, and certain clothing can cause flare-ups and is most commonly found behind the knees, on the elbows, and on the ace. Irritant eczema shows up as redness, itching, and burning, and happens when the skin comes into direct contact with an irritant.
If you have eczema, you can use a product like Eucerin Eczema Relief Creme, but speak with your doctor first.