It is time to show your feet some love.
Do you be up all day on your feet? If so, chances are they could hurt from time to time. While most people pay attention to other parts such as hair and skin, feet does not give the proper attention. With some 26 bones and a complex framework of muscles, tendons and ligaments, your feet absorb the impact of your full body weight with every step, keeping you balanced and upright in the process. So it is vital that you take care of them. Here are 3 ways how to do so.
Wear shoes that are comfortable
Ladies, if you wear high heels more than house slippers, you are begging to visit a foot specialist one day. The type of shoes you wear plays a major role in how your feet feel. Wearing uncomfortable shoes is detrimental to foot health. Shoes that fit too tightly can cause ingrown toenails, corns, hammer toe, and common foot pain. Oppositely, shoes that are too big prevent your heels from being stable in which causes issues such as calluses, blisters, and sore heals.
There is nothing wrong with wearing high heels every once in a while; however, strive to wear flat-sole shoes on a regular basis. Most athletic shoes are good shoes to wear daily due to being made of natural material (cotton and leather) that supports foot health.
Bonus Fact: Did you know that your shoe size MIGHT increase as you get older? A lot of people are unaware of that fact. So your shoe size back in 2004 may be different right now. So be sure you discover what shoe size you currently are.
You thought walking hinders foot health? Guess again. Walking actually strengthens the foot muscles. Think about this. You can lift weight for practically every other muscle group except your feet. Walking is the best way to make the muscles in your feet stronger. Unlike jogging and running (in which are good exercises if done in moderation), walking provides minimal stress on each foot.
The walking distance does not have to be long either. Walking at least 1 mile per day will do wonders for your feet. Also, if you walk a lot on pavement, try walking more on softer surfaces such as grass, dirt or a soft cinder track.
Wash your feet daily
Admit it! You did not even bother washing your feet after taking a shower today. You are not alone because people don’t. Even the cleanest person in the world had a day didn’t properly wash their feet. While it can be annoying, it is vital to clean and scrub your feet on a daily basis.
Still would rather watch paint dry than wash your feet? Well think about this. Your feet are in socks and shoes all day. The moisture and sweat produced while wearing socks and shoes is a fertile ground for bacteria (and fungi) to grow. After you take your shoes and socks off, you walk around bare-footed on a surface crawling with more bacteria. Now you see my point? So please go your wash your feet today; especially between the toes.
Follow those 3 tips and your feet will thank you.