Practising Good Foot Health When Active
25 Aug 2021
How often do you pay your feet a little bit of TLC? Day in and day out, our feet are subjected to vigorous activities, which can be put through a lot. If you are doing your 10,000 steps per day, that is 5 miles you are walking, before you even think about exercise. A bit of care and attention every once in a while will help your feet remain in the best condition possible.
With 8 out of 10 Americans suffering from foot problems, what can you do to reduce the risk of your feet becoming sore or damaged?
This is a no-brainer. However, many people do not wear the right size for many reasons. A well-fitted shoe is one that;
• It fits comfortably around the widest part of your feet
• Be deep enough, so your toes do not rub the top of the shoes
• Have half an inch between your longest toe and the front of the shoe when standing
• Don’t rub or slip when walking
Our feet come in many different shapes and sizes, and our health can affect our feet even if you take good care of them; putting the right support in your shoes can help you protect your feet and improve other areas of your health. From correcting a gait by using insoles to visiting a pedorthist, your feet are assessed for good fitting shoes or modifications.
Clean and Dry Feet
Again, pretty standard. Ensure to thoroughly dry your feet, including in between the toes, to avoid conditions such as athlete’s foot or odors from the skin that hasn’t been properly dried. Cleaning your feet daily will help remove any build-up from sweat or socks and remove any odors.
If you notice your feet are excessively smelly, use vinegar when cleaning them, or soak in a mixture of water and soap each day.
Raise Your Feet
Suppose you notice your feet becoming swollen after a long day walking around or in hot weather. Make sure to raise them above your heart when you are home. Stack some pillows under your legs when watching TV or lie on the floor with your legs leaning against the wall, so you make an L shape.
Use Scrubs and Masks
Hard skin is a curse many people face on their feet. The soles of your feet are made to withstand a lot of use, and as such, protecting them by removing dead skin and using balms to soften them will inevitably make your skin smoother and keep your feet in better condition.
Use hard skin removers or pumice stones to rub away dead skin or use foot peeling to remove dead and cracked skin effectively. Use topical balms and treatment to help you heal cracked skin and reduce the likelihood of it reoccurring.
Cut Nails Straight Across
Ingrown toenails can be painful, especially if you wear socks and shoes for long days at work. Avoid this problem by making sure you cut your toenails correctly. Keep them short and neat and cut straight across, including the ends. Doing so will train your toenails to grow up correctly and not into the toe, causing you pain.