Do you think you know everything there is to know when it comes to your feet? Take this quiz from Dr. Oz to test your smarts about your feet for better foot health.
In the May/June issue of Dr. Oz—The Good life, Oz contributing writer Ted Spiker offers a quick quiz on Oz-approved advice about what you need to know about your feet to ensure good foot health. A summary of a few of the questions, their answers and some health tips are provided at the end of the article so that your can test your smarts about your feet.
Question #1: Which shoes are worse for your feet?
a) High heels
b) Flip flops
Question #2: What’s the best water temp for soaking tired feet?
d) Alternating cold and warm
Question #3: Which common chronic disease can docs detect via your feet?
a) High blood pressure
Question #4: The most common reason your heels hurt is:
a) Trouble in the tissue that supports your arch
b) Plantar warts
d) Legos camouflaged by the carpet
Question #5: To prevent stinky feet, you should use:
d) Cake batter
Answer #1: B. Flip flops are the worst for your feet because they offer no support for your heel and arch, which can lead to heel pain, Achilles tendon pain and other health problems. Skimpy flats are almost as bad as well. The best footwear for good health are shoes with heels that have a thicker body than stilettos and are two and a half inches or less in height.
If you wear flip flop occasionally, here are some warnings and advice on wearing flip flopssafely this summer.
Answer #2: D. Swelling in the feet is best relieved by alternating several times between cold and warm water 15 minutes with each temperature. The alternating temperatures constrict and dilate the blood vessels that helps reduce swelling.
For an added measure of effectiveness, add Epsom salts to the water. Not only are Epsom salts good for helping you get into tight shoes from swollen feet, but they can also be used as a quicktrick to get you into your skinny jeans.
Answer #3: C. The health disease to watch for here is diabetes. According to writer Ted Spiker’s Oz-approved advice if you cannot feel the spot on the bottom of your foot where your doctor is pressing; or, you feel a tingling there—it could be a sign of diabetes due to nerve damage that tends to occur in the feet first.
In fact, experiencing cold feet or hands could be a sign of other serious medical conditions that Dr. Oz has warned viewers about in past episodes.
Answer #4: A. One of the most common sources of heel pain is a condition called “plantar fasciitis,’ which is an inflammation of a thick band of connective tissue that starts in your heel and supports your arch. One remedy for treating the pain is to roll a frozen water bottle with the arch of your foot to ease the inflammation and reduce swelling. Good foot support is important for treating and preventing this condition.
Although heel pain is common when it comes to general foot complaints, what is even more common is this one primary cause of bunions that few people are aware of.
Answer #5: B. Tannic acid from tea closes sweaty pores, dries the feet, and reduces odor. Dr. Oz recommends soaking your stinky feet in strong, tepid black tea for 30 minutes a day.
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For more foot quiz questions and advice, check out the May/June issue of Dr. Oz—The Good Lifeand discover his beginner’s guide to feel-great foot rubs.
Reference: Dr. Oz—The Good Life