National Geographic : 1943 Oct
When civilianfeet go on a wartime schedule BECAUSE OF GAS RATIONING, Americans are learning how to walk all over again. In addition, thousands are working long hours at jobs where they stand or walk, or operate a machine with their feet. All this makes it advis able to know more about your feet, their health and care. Like any complicated machine, the feet can get out of order. Poor habits of walking or stand ing, or the wearing of improperly fitted shoes, if long continued, can force the feet out of shape. Habitual toeing out, for example, either in standing or walking, is a common cause of weak or flat feet. Even perfectly healthy feet may rebel against unaccustomed hours of extra duty. Corns, calluses, bunions, and hammertoes are indications that something is wrong. Perhaps it is the shoes you are wearing. Such danger signs indicate the need of a podiatrist-chiropodist or an orthopedic doctor. If your feet protest at the end of the day, per haps your shoes are improperly fitted, or unsuited to your work. Your posture may be at fault, or your feet may not be getting enough rest. You may have sinking of the arches, so that your feet require more support than is given by ordinary shoes. New shoes should be comfortable when you first put them on. "Breaking in" shoes really means "breaking in" your feet! When you buy shoes, try on both shoes and test the fit both standing and walking. Select shoes for the job they are to do! High, narrow heels are un suitable for long hours of standing or walking. They may upset the body balance and cause strain in muscles of the feet, legs, and back. Good foot health is important not only to foot comfort, but to the health of the entire body. It is difficult to get all the exercise you need when your feet are not in good condition. If the lack of exercise results in increased weight, the strain on the feet may become still greater. The wisest course is to do everything to pre vent foot trouble from developing. Actually, your foot health can be better than ever under wartime's extra demands, if you ob serve the rules of foot hygiene and wear properly fitted shoes. On request, Metropolitan will send you a folder about foot care, 103-N, entitled, "Light On Your Feet." COPYRIGHT 1943-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) ) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N. Y.