Healthy feet make for a happier you. Take a moment to think about how much your feet do for you every day. From walking around the house as you get ready each morning to chasing around a toddler or going on an evening jog, they carry you everywhere you go.
After thinking about how often we use our them compared to other body parts, how much attention and care do we really give them?
How often do you wash your feet, check for abnormalities, or do routine care?
These tips will help you achieve optimal health for your feet so you can keep relying on them day to day.
Keep them clean and keep them dry.
Hygiene is a great start to maintaining healthy feet. When you bathe, be sure to thoroughly scrub your feet, and then dry them well afterwards before placing any socks or shoes on. Fungus loves moisture so don’t give it the opportunity to grow on your feet. Dry in between each toe to prevent any fungal growth on your feet.
Trim your toenails correctly.
Ingrown toenails typically start with nails that were trimmed way to short. To prevent this, cut your toenails straight across and avoid round the corners too drastically. If you do get an ingrown toenail, try lifting it gently and placing a cotton swab underneath it to separate it from the toe. If there is any sign of infection, it would be a good idea to ask your doctor about it.
Examine your feet regularly.
You should examine your feet at least once a week, and more often if you are experiencing any kind of pain in your foot. Check for any peeling or scaling of the skin, which could indicate athlete’s foot. And also be sure to check for any discoloration or peeling of the toenails which can be a sign of a fungus.
Check the shape of your feet as well. Other abnormalities such as plantar fasciitis and hammertoes can cause larger problems down the road if not treated early on. Teton Foot and Ankle Center has some great tips for how to treat these.
If you suspect anything out of the ordinary, give your doctor a call for the best-recommended treatment.
Protect them in public.
Other people’s spread bacteria. You don’t know what kind of condition and bacteria are lingering on the feet of others, so make sure yours are protected. In public showers, like at the gym or the pool, wear shower shoes to protect against fungi.
Also, just make sure you are wearing the proper shoe for the environment you are in. If you’re going to be walking around a lot, wear a more supportive shoe.
Moisturize and pamper them.
With all of the they do every day, they deserve a lotion massage. Keep the skin soft and smooth with a rejuvenating body lotion and massage them to work out any sore muscles they may have acquired from carrying you around all day. You’ll be glad that you did.
Keep them healthy so you can keep on keeping on in this never-ending journey of life.