April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and Dr. Robin Gooden of Back in Balance Wellness Center has a few tips for improving the health of your feet.

While many people tend to take their feet for granted, it's important to take care of these important and complex body parts that serve as the base for the entire body. Statistics show that about 70 percent of adults have some sort of foot problem including those many cause discomfort or pain in the leg, hips, back, arm or shoulders.

Part of ensuring good foot health is choosing the correct shoe, but what's inside that shoe is equally important. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Use custom arch supports: A flexible orthotic is preferable to a rigid support, which doesn't allow the foot's complex network of joints and bones to property align.

Avoid extended use of high heels: Because the foot is put in an unnatural position, high heels can cause stress on calf muscles as well the feet, knees, hips and back.

For more information on foot health, Dr. Gooden is hosting a free seminar titled "Pain Relief is Only Two Feet Away" from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on April 29 at the Back in Balance Wellness Center at 16 Penn Plaza, Suite 22 in Bangor. Participants will receive a complementary body assessment using 3D BodyView by Foot Levelers.

R.S.V.P at 947-8077 or at info@backinbalancechiro.com.