Whether you're pounding the pavement or pursuing Pac-Man, summer can be rough on your poor, beat feet. Each day, the average person takes about 9,000 steps, and with each one, a gravity-induced pressure of three to four times the body's weight bears down on each foot. If you weigh 150 pounds, that adds up to more than half a ton of pressure during a day.
Don't be callous about treating your feet. Care for your hot dogs with these foot notes from the Maryland and D.C. Podiatry Associations:
* Video Foot: Standing in one place for hours with very little movement can cause pain in the feet, legs and lower back. Combat the problem by walking around slowly to relax muscles and encourage blood flow. Other aids: exercise, shoes with thick crepe or rubber soles, support hose.
* Excessive Sweating: Major causes include physical activity, tight shoes or stockings, allergy, tension or muscle strain. Wear sandals or roomy shoes made of porous material and socks made from natural fibers such as cotton or wool. Bathe feet once or twice daily, pat skin dry, massage with rubbing alcohol and apply foot powder or spray with astringent action, but not talc, which can cake and cause further irritation. Some "sweaters" find relief by applying underarm antiperspirant to their soles.
* Barefoot Running: Wear shoes for jogging on the sand. Long barefoot runs can strain the achilles tendon.