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Great Feet for Life: Footcare and Footwear for Healthy Aging Paperback – February 16, 2007

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Studies show that 80% of people over 50 have at least one medical condition of the feet. Think of all the common activities that would be uncomfortable for someone with persistent foot pain: golfing, watching parades (or any other event that require standing for a long time), sightseeing while on vacation---even walking around the grocery store once a week could be uncomfortable. Limited mobility due to foot pain can also lead to other problems, including weight gain and increased social isolation.

Fortunately, proper footcare in midlife and beyond can help you maintain or regain your active and independent lifestyle. This book will help you find the perfect shoes for your feet or lifestyle, determine which insoles and orthotics are right for you (and which ones to AVOID at all costs), understand when foot surgery may be called for, and perform home exercises that can prevent or relieve foot pain. The book also contains a helpful appendix of foot care products and resources---helping you sort through all those confusing choices at your local shoestore and drug store.

About the Author

Paul Langer is a podiatric medicine specialist and an associate clinical professor in the field. He is an experienced marathon runner and Ironman triathlete, aspiring to live long enough to be the oldest man to run a marathon.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fairview Press (February 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577491599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577491590
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the proper care, our feet are designed to last a lifetime of daily service, enduring a cumulative impact of tens of billions of pounds and carrying us more than 100,000 miles during our lives. "Great Feet For Life: Footcare And Footwear For Healthy Aging" by podiatry expert Paul Langer (Clinical Faculty Member, University of Minnesota Medical School) provides simple, effective instructions for self-care on every aspect including nail care, calluses and corns, shoe selection, skin care, arthritis, heel pain, hammertoes and bunions, shoe selection, shoe comfort, insoles and orthotics, footcare products, as well as common foot conditions and injuries. All throughout this superbly organized and presented footcare manual, the emphasis is on staying active, maintaining good balance, and preventing falls. "Great Feet For Life" is especially recommended to the attention of the non-specialist general reader with footcare concerns or questions, and would make an invaluable addition to both personal and community library Health & Medicine instructional reference collections.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By walking on February 1, 2010
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One review panned this book and on that I almost did not buy it. Glad I did not listen. Well rounded book with lots of information-helpful information on problems, buying shoes, even trimming toenails. If you are getting older or having some issues and want to learn more about this important part of your body, this is definitely the book you want.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Teese on February 27, 2014
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This is a very useful book for the person who had no foot problems until early old age. It does give a lot of text to medical problems and especially to foot mutilations caused by a lifetime of wearing constrictive fashion shoes, but these folks are likely already to be under the ongoing care of a professional podiatrist. But for the general reader who has recently developed tender feet, it provides a bonanza of specific information on what kind of shoes to buy, and especially what kind of insoles to buy.

There are literally hundreds of products on the market, many of which can exacerbate a minor problem into something major, plus you could spend a lot of money trying out this or that insole or shoe. Dr. Langer tells us pretty well everything he knows, and everything current in the field. If you don't have a condition requiring a trip to the doctor's office, this book really fills the bill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dana Ellen on April 4, 2014
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It is a well organized and thorough book explaining all aspects of feet and footwear! Excellent! the author offers good tips and advice about shoe buying and socks. The book saved me from mKing a big mistake. I was about to buy a well cushioned sneaker as well as well cushioned (thick pads) socks from Thorlo. He explains very clearly why excessive cushioning is not good for our feet. We think extra cushioning would be extra protective but he explains why that makes us more unstable. I am glad I read that before investing in a bunch of thick padded socks.
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