Keeping Your Feet Happy and Healthy

Our feet drag us through thousands of steps daily. Yet we cram them into pointy pumps, pound them on the sidewalk, and frequently tend to them last in regards to self-care. Even if you’re known among your friends as having dainty Cinderella feet, or the tall woman who jokingly refers to her toes as skis, foot health is crucial. Find out more about the appropriate bottoms, hygiene, and other lifestyle options to give your feet the support they have been giving you.

10 simple ways to treat your feet right and pain-free:

1. Do not wear too-tight shoes.

2. Do not share shoes.

3. Do not share pedicure utensils with your pals.

4. Do not conceal discolored nails with polish. Let them breathe and treat the underlying matter.

5. Do not shave calluses.

6. Do not perform “DIY operation” on an ingrown nail.

7. Do try the Legs-Up-the-Wall yoga pose after a long day or a tough workout.

8. Do give yourself a foot massage or reserve a reflexology session.

9. Do roll a tennis ball below your feet.

10. Do soothe irritation with a vinegar foot soak.

If you are wondering if socks in bed is fine, as a hygiene item or for general foot health, here is the answer to your burning question: Yes, it is OK to wear socks to bed! However, keep in mind that cold tootsies might be an indicator of an inherent condition.

Perfect shoe fit

  •    The ball of your foot should fit comfortably in the widest aspect of the shoe.
  •    You need to have sufficient depth so that your feet do not rub the tops.
  •    Stand up with the shoes on and ensure you’ve got a half inch (about the width of your finger) between your longest toe and the front part of the shoe.
  •    Walk around in the shoes and be sure that you don’t experience any slipping or rubbing. If you are wondering about current footwear trends, fabric kickers, such as cotton slip-ons or canvas sneakers, are fine. Just do not wear them for jogging, hiking, or actions that require foot protection.
  • In terms of the minimalist running shoe trend, you don’t want to switch too quickly. These shoes are supposed to mimic barefoot running by inviting a forefoot strike (the front part of the foot hitting the floor first) instead of the heel strike that built-up or cushioned shoes promote. A recent research indicates this foot attack change can make some runners more effective, but transitioning too quickly from conventional to minimalist shoes could lead to calf or shin pain.

Things to do

  •    Do not ditch your regular shoes.
  •    Go for a couple of short runs per week in minimalist shoes and find out how you adapt.
  •    Boost your use of minimalist sneakers with time.
  •    Wear your heels like they are worth millions — sparingly

 

The “good shoes” checklist:

  • Replace your running shoes every 300 miles.
  • Nice shoes or boots can normally be fixed, but watch for cracking on the top part, softening in the bottoms, and harm to toe boxes.
  • Check heels for the exact concerns, in addition to for vulnerable nails, a sign you will need a new heel lift.
  • Check sandals for broken or loose straps.
  • Fix, recycle, or throw out when appropriate.

 

Maintaining foot hygiene

Bear in mind, treating the symptom is not going to fix the underlying cause. Rough and thickened skin round the foot comes as a consequence of poor shoe fit. In regards to callus removal, keep it simple and avoid gadgets. For extreme cases, visit the podiatrist or use podiatry instruments.

What about the unavoidable blisters?

If you are a runner, a gym rat, or you want to purchase new shoes (who does not?) you are probably no stranger to the blister. To stop ingrown toenails, cut nails straight across with pedicure instruments. However, don’t round the edges. For those who get a painful ingrown nail, then do not perform “DIY operation” on it — leave this to the professionals.

How can you get rid of foot odor?

Bathing daily and taking the time to wash the skin between your feet afterwards will help stop odor, and fungal and bacterial infections like athlete’s foot.