National Geographic : 1937 Dec
Abuse?-MMuse?-Disuse? A FOOT sometimes seems to break down all at once. The pain may be sudden but the break down almost always is gradual. Foot troubles, like ailments in other parts of the body, can usually be traced back to their sources. If you have pain in your foot, you need the advice of your doctor or an orthopedist, who specializes in preventing and correcting foot and other de formities. He will endeavor to determine whether your foot has been subjected to abuse, misuse or disuse and will prescribe the best treatment for its present condition. Abuse of the feet is largely a matter of ill-fitting shoes-too short, too narrow, too pointed, too high-heeled, too thin-soled, or with soles that are not flat but have a rocker-bottom appearance. A too-short stocking may also be responsible for foot trouble. Misuse commonly means walking, standing or run ning with the toes pointed out instead of straight ahead. It also means throwing the weight of the body on the inside of the foot. Disuse is insufficient exercise, causing the feet to rrW i. i-e Ilm *n grow weak. When the feet are not properly exer cised, the muscles supporting the arches often become weakened until the bony framework sags and the feet are nearly flat. It is almost impossible to maintain good posture if one has deformed or weakened feet. Bad posture usually forces the vital organs of the body out of proper position and may lead to poor general health. If you are having difficulty with your feet, con sult your doctor who will advise about treatment, or may recommend seeing an orthopedic specialist. You may need a different type of shoe, or special foot and leg exercises, or some particular kind of arch support. The joys of outdoor life, the pleasures of sight seeing, the benefits of walking, and the enjoyment of athletic sports are only for those who have sturdy, dependable feet. The Metropolitan booklet "Standing Up to Life" presents useful foot exercises and contains valu able information on the care of the feet and on how to select shoes that fit. A postcard will bring you a free copy. Address Booklet Dept. 1237-N . METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, Chairman of the Board LEROY A. LINCOLN, President ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. Copyright, 1937, by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."