55 Rampant Health Myths That Need to Die

Article by Charlotte Hilton Andersen via Reader's Digest
February 7th, 2017

Myth: If you can walk on it, it's not broken

“Just because you can move your foot, ankle, or other body part, or walk on it, after an injury does not mean that it is not broken. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles hold the bones together, and a broken bone can still move. Moving a broken bone in some cases can cause it to shift, separate or displace, necessitating correction by an orthopaedic surgeon with a cast or even surgery." —Steven Neufeld, MD, orthopaedic surgseon with The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics


Myth: Barefoot is the best way to walk

"There's a popular trend now that says not wearing shoes is good for your feet, but that is not necessarily true. Walking barefoot makes your feet susceptible to cuts, scrapes, wounds, and even fungal nail infections." —Steven Neufeld, MD, orthopaedic surgeon with The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics. (These are the subtle signs of disease that your feet can reveal.)

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