Your feet are responsible for getting you around. But did you know that not caring for your feet can not only make it harder to be mobile but it can be dangerous for certain health issues? Yes! So my question to you is, Do you take care of your feet? In this contributed post we are going to talk about three different ways you can keep your feet in good health. Your feet will thank you for it!
When it comes to maintaining the health of our body, our feet tend to be relatively neglected. Very few of us tend to pay them attention at all. Perhaps this is because they’re generally hidden away in socks and shoes. However, it’s important that we give our feet just as much care and attention as any other body part. Believe it or not, they are extremely complex!
Each foot is made up of a whole system of bones, ligaments, and muscles and each component plays an invaluable role in the way that we stand and walk (and can consequently have a massive impact on our ability to move about and get things done). It’s not until you’ve experienced forced time off your feet for recuperation and recovery that you really start to appreciate how significant a part they play in your everyday life. So, here are a few things that you can do to keep your feet in good health!
Visit a Podiatrist
A podiatrist is a healthcare professional who specializes in foot problems. They have plenty of knowledge on issues such as toenail problems, corns, calluses, bunions, verrucas, athlete’s foot, dry and cracked heels, flat feet, heel pain, and sports injuries. When you visit, they will carry out a full examination.
This will involve a diagnosis of any issues at hand, followed by advice regarding treatment and how to prevent any worsening of the condition or the return of the condition in the future. If you visit complaining of bunions, for example, they will point you in the right direction for a bunion operation. So, if you’re experiencing any issues at all – from weakness to injury, deformity, or disease – check in!
Have Regular Pedicures
Generally speaking, people tend to have pedicures to make their feet look good. The process removes any dry skin, removes overgrown cuticles, and trims shapes, and polishes the toenails, leaving feet looking clean, smooth, soft, and presentable. But did you know that pedicures come hand in hand with brilliant health benefits for your feet too?
The removal of dead skin reduces your risks of developing bacteria that can make your feet smell, buffing keeps calluses at bay, trimming nails reduces your chances of developing ingrown toenails, and skin is often moisturized at the end. The foot massage that is often incorporated into the pedicure also boosts circulation in your feet. So, try to book in at your local salon at least once a month for the full works!
Air Your Feet
Some of us have our feet tucked away in socks of some sort twenty-four seven. But try to air your feet on a daily basis, taking socks off before you go to sleep at night at least. This allows air to circulate around your feet, reducing sweating and overheating.
As you can see, taking proper care of your feet is a relatively simple process, so there’s no reason to neglect them for a single day longer! By following the steps above, you will be able to keep them in great condition.
Did you know that doctors can use your feet to help diagnose certain health issues like diabetes and thyroid problems? Yes, it is true! When you are diabetic, your feet are affected and therefore you have to take great measures to take care of your feet.
Being that your feet help you get around it is important that you help them stay healthy. If you don’t, you will have pain in your feet and toes, and this pain, when left undealt with, can cause weight gain and make it hard to move.
You ever notice the commercials for Dr. Scholls? They show people with back pain but they fix it by taking care of what? Their feet! Wearing uncomfortable shoes can cause back pain and even people like me who are flat footed have trouble choosing comfortable shoes and are more prone to back pain.
Because your feet are literally on the ground and always in contact with dirt and dust you have to make sure that you keep them clean. If you get a cut you have to care for it immediately because your feet are more likely to get infected. That is another reason why regular pedicures are necessary to make sure you eliminate as much bacteria from your feet as possible.
You ever notice how your feet are the first things to get cold and keeping them warm helps you sleep better at night? Proper care of your feet can not only help get you around but it can help you sleep, ease your back pain, and keep you from getting chronic diseases.
So take extra care of your feet and make sure you wear proper shoes. Your feet are literally the foundation of your body and they will take care of you if you take care of them.
What other tips can you think of to help keep your feet in good health? I would love to hear your tips below!