After a lifetime of wear and tear, ill-fitting shoes and overall neglect, it's no wonder your feet are hurting.

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The Institute for Preventive Foot Health estimates that by age 50, the average person has walked 75,000 miles. And very few of those miles were strolls in soft, grassy meadows. For the most part, your feet have been pounding the pavement and hard floors, and these unnatural surfaces have taken their toll by breaking down the protective fat pads on the toes, heel and ball of the foot.

On the institute's website,, there are several resources to get your feet back on track. Using the foot pain self-assessment tool, you can narrow the possible causes of your problems. And the foot-care essentials page teaches you how to avoid future problems by practicing preventive maintenance today.