Since different stresses to your feet affect your feet differently, wearing shoes appropriate for that activity can help prevent foot and ankle injuries. For example, it wouldn’t be advisable to wear running shoes to play basketball in as running shoes are not made to control side to side forces. Obviously wearing flats, high heels or flip flops would be inappropriate when hiking on uneven terrain. Try to develop a habit of always checking your feet. If you see any areas of irritation or if you see nails that look unusual, you should see the doctor for evaluation. If you have diabetes, it is especially important to check your feet regularly. In fact, we recommend you have someone else help you check your feet because you may not be able to see or more importantly feel problems that are developing. Early detection and treatment pay avoid potentially serious complications later.