You need your feet to support you for long periods of time each and every day, and to help them in their arduous task it’s important you take good care of them.
Your feet need to carry you around, supporting your weight during numerous activities from walking to playing volley ball. With the amount of stress we put our feet under; it’s no wonder that foot problems are not uncommon. Furthermore, problems with your feet can develop and lead to issues with your knees, hips and back too. So it’s vital to care for your feet on a daily basis, to prevent concerns arising and to spot any problems quickly so they can be treated in their early stages.
Wash your feet
You should try to wash your feet every night before going to bed, to remove any dirt on the skin that may become infected.
Dry your feet
Every time you wash your feet, shower or bath, make sure you thoroughly dry the skin afterwards, especially in between your toes.
You should apply a good foot moisturiser after washing and drying your feet, although not in between your toes as the skin can become soft and promote the growth of bacteria and fungi in this area. Moisturising will help to keep your feet supple and prevent dry skin.
Answer pains and itches
If you experience pain in your feet, it’s sensible to see a chiropodist to find out what the problem is before it has a chance to develop into something more serious. The same applies with itchy feet as this is often a sign of a fungal infection which needs treatment.
Wear clean socks
Don’t be tempted to pop on yesterday’s socks, and be sure to wear a fresh pair every day.
Flip flops in public
When you use public swimming pools, gyms or visit spas and hotels, wear flip flops to reduce the likelihood of catching athlete’s foot.
When you trim your nails, make sure you cut straight across and not down the edges – you can smooth the edges using an emery board. If you cut too short, deep or at an angle, you can cause an ingrown toenail to develop.
Walk in heels less
It may be that you need to wear heels in your office, but try to walk to and from work in comfortable shoes. And to wear comfortable shoes whenever possible outside of work too.
Match the shoe to the occasion
Granted, tall, pretty shoes are fabulous for parties but this doesn’t mean you should do the weekly shop in them or wear them to the park. Make sure you wear the right shoe for the occasion, especially when your feet need extra support – when walking the dog, climbing a mountain and going for a run, for example, activities that all require specialist footwear to prevent causing damage to your feet.
Shoe shop later in the day
When you next go shopping for a new pair of shoes, wait until after lunch. Your feet swell as the day goes on, so if shoes fit in the afternoon then you can be sure they’ll be comfortable to wear at all times.
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