How much care are you showing your feet?
Walking and staying active this time of year is a challenge, especially with Ontario's YoYo weather! As Canadians, we know how to dress for whatever it's doing outside from hour to hour and day to day, so that we can continue to stay active and healthy.
Our feet support us and propel us forward, and we expect them to take us everywhere we want to go from the time of our very first steps. Did you know that babies feet grow very quickly, and that by the age of 1 year they have almost reached half of their adult size?! Shoes and socks that fit correctly and that are not constrictive are very important to allow these small feet to form, move and grow properly.
Women's feet will have more foot issues than men, mostly because of the large selection of shoes to choose from, especially high heels! Women are 4 times more likely to have foot problems, like bunions, hammer toes and corns. Ensure that your shoes have a large enough toe box that allows the toes to move freely without touching the sides or the tips.
Ever notice how your feet get tired and ache at the end of the day? It may be because your shoes are too snug or you are wearing the wrong thickness of sock. It is rare that the feet are the same size, typically one foot will always be bigger, so always fit your shoe to the larger foot. Spend at least 30 minutes walking around the store with the shoes on (wearing the appropriate sock for that shoe) before you take them home. You should also leave the shoe shopping to the end of the day, when your feet are at their maximum size.
Did you know that your toe nails are growing about 1mm per day, and it takes roughly 5-6 months for the entire nail to grow out?! So, if your nails are traumatized, thick and unhealthy, then those nails will take longer to recover. Having a pedicure every 5-6 weeks will help take care of the overgrowth of nail, clear away any debris from trauma and allow the nails to recover so they can ideally return to a healthy state (depending on the level of trauma and damage, this may take a while or not occur at all).
See below for more facts about feet and specials this month.