Your feet are undeniably your simplest and safest mode of transportation. They provide you with support and freedom; so, provide them with the gift of health! Here, we’ll look at how you might keep yours in tip-top condition. But first, let’s think about why we might do so.
Why is it important to keep your feet healthy?
Failing to look after your feet properly can lead to a range of problems. Some of them are unsightly and slightly embarrassing. Corns, bunions, calluses, and ingrown toenails might make you turn away in horror. But perhaps more importantly, they’ll impair your ability to walk. Given that walking is among the best forms of exercise that you can do, we’ve all got considerable incentive to keep our feet in good condition. That means finding shoes that fit and are comfortable, and adopting the right foot-care practices.
Keeping Your Feet Healthy
Making sure that your feet stay dry is essential. The harmful microbes that might spread across your foot will do so much more easily if your foot is soaking wet. It’s for this reason that the right footwear is critical if you’re spending time walking outdoors, or if you’re working in an outdoor environment.
Inspecting your feet regularly will help you to identify problems before they have a chance to fester. Any unusual redness or swelling might be a sign of something more serious on the way. Often, you can deal with serious problems before they have a chance to develop. Moisturising can make a difference in parts of the skin that are prone to drying out. Note that the body can’t just absorb water directly into the cells – you’ll need to use a moisturizer, and ideally one that’s specialized with feet in mind. There are hundreds of products of this sort available; with a little bit of trial and error, you can pick out one that’s right for you.
Especially dry or hard skin might be attacked with a pumice stone or a foot file. It’s important to take off a little bit of skin at a time, daily. If you’re overzealous then you risk breaking through the skin and heightening your risk of infection. Make sure that the stone is wet before you get started. You can pick up pumice stones online, but ideally, you’ll want to be sure of what you’re getting by heading into a real-life store.
In some cases, foot problems can be muscular. These can be remedied by stretching and exercise. Increase the number of paces you’re walking each day, but do so gradually. You can also work in a routine of stretching and massage for your feet, too. If you can’t find a helpful volunteer to do this for you, then you might do it yourself – or pay a professional.