Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet
Our feet really are one of the most important parts of our body. We constantly use them every day we are alive. They determine where we can go, how quickly we can get there and are among the most important factors of having a good quality of life. Most people would be surprised to know that our feet make up one-quarter of all the bones in our body. Here are some simple steps you can take to taking better care of your feet.
Shoe selection is key
Many people do not know this, but all the shoe brands that are out there tend to cater to a specific type of foot. Nike tends to cater to feet that have a natural arch, while Brooks or Asics tend to cater to a more flat foot in their design. Doing the right amount of research is key when getting a good pair of shoes for yourself. Getting the wrong type of shoes for your feet can lead to chronic pain and even injuries that could require surgery.
It is recommended that you visit a running specialty store when selecting a good pair of shoes as they have the equipment and technology to analyze what kind of shoe that is needed that will make your foot perform its best.
Hygiene is Important
You should always strive to keep your feet clean and sanitary. Throughout the day, our feet constantly come into contact with dirt, dust, sweat, and more. It’s important you always make sure to keep your feet clean when practicing good hygiene.
Always be sure to keep toenails trimmed to an appropriate length. Toenails that are not kept trimmed will trap all kinds of dirt and bacteria that can lead to fungal infections and more.
If you are active, do it responsibly
If you are getting to a spot in your exercise routine where you are starting to put more demand on your feet, you need to do so in a responsible and reasonable way. If we start to overload our feet than what they are used to, we are opening ourselves up to unwanted pain and potential injury.
Injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis are just some injuries that can occur by putting overloading strain on your feet.
Always wear sunscreen
A shocking number of people never really think to apply sunscreen to their feet if they are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time. Your feet are just as exposed as other parts of your body, so always be sure to apply generous amounts of sunscreen on top and between the toes of your feet. You drastically lower your chances of being diagnosed with skin cancer if you just take this simple step before enjoying the rest of your day.
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The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational, medical material.