5 Foot Care Tips That Work For Your Feet
Nobody wants to be slowed down by foot pain. The good news is you have the power to alleviate and even prevent much of this discomfort.
Follow these 5 simple steps to better foot health:
1. Keep them clean and dry.
This may sound obvious, but a clean foot is a healthy foot. Many people simply rinse their feet off in the bath or shower, but it's important to wash your feet regularly using an antibacterial or anti-fungal soap. To avoid creating a "fungus-friendly" environment, dry your feet well, especially between your toes. Keep your foot-care tools like sponges and pumice stones clean and dry as well to avoid a breeding ground for bacteria. Wash your hands whenever you touch your feet or use foot care products, and make sure to wear clean, dry socks and shoes.
2. Cut your toe-nails straight across.
For optimal nail health, avoid cutting your toe-nails into a curved shape. Always cut them straight across using a large toenail clipper and don't cut your nails too short.Using the proper technique will help you avoid ingrown nails and infections.
The best time to cut your nails is immediately after a bath or shower when your nails are softer. If you have diabetes or are prone to ingrown nails, visit a professional to take care of this task for you.
3. Wear the right shoes.
Buy footwear that will best support your feet during the activities you do on a daily basis. We live in a fashion-first world, but fashion shouldn't come at the expense of foot pain or injuries. There are fashionable footwear options that provide good support. Much foot pain and many injuries are caused by shoes that either don't fit properly or force feet into unnatural shapes. Always wear shoes that fit properly and are activity appropriate.
4. Inspect your feet regularly.
Make a point of checking for any abnormalities or changes to your skin and nails. The earlier you address these problems, the better the treatment results. If you experience any discomfort,
schedule an appointment with your podiatrist
to check the alignment of your feet.
5. Look in the mirror.
We look in the mirror several times a day, but rarely at our feet. Observe how your standing. Are your feet flat? Do you pronate, or turn in? Do you have bunions or heel, hip, knee or back pain? These are symptoms of misalignment of the foot. 50% of foot problems are due to misalignment. Today, there are new trea
tment options available.
you pronate, or turn in? Do you have bunions or heel, hip, knee or back pain? These are symptoms of misalignment of the foot. 50% of foot problems are due to misalignment. Today, there are new treatment options available.