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feature hemera/Thinkstock medical Flip-Flops, Flats and Heels: Are Your Shoes Hurting You? By Medical Editor Nick Yphantides, MD, MPH As you start to read this article, I'd like you to imagine a beautiful house sitting on top of a hill. The hill happens to be in a region with lots of bad weather; as time passes, rain, snow and wind erode the ground surrounding the beautiful house. Eventually, its foundation develops cracks and slowly shifts. The shifting foundation causes problems with the house's structure, including cracks in the walls, slanting floors and other issues—major and minor. 6 HEALTHY & ACTIVE 2014 Why am I writing about—and are you now thinking about—a structurally compromised house? Because your two feet are very much like the foundation of that house. Those feet support your body much of the time, and foot problems can affect the structure of the entire body. For that reason, you need to take care of your feet, and also pay attention to them, since they can supply clues as to how things are going with the rest of your body.

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