Our feet work incredibly hard yet we tend to forget to look after them properly. Usually we take 8-10,000 steps a day which in an average lifetime amounts to 115,000 miles! That fact alone should encourage us to put some time aside to ensure they get regularly and properly pampered. It will only take a few minutes a day and choosing shoes that fit properly will help to keep feet healthy and avoid painful injury or even disability.
Here are a few tips:
Don’t forget to wash your feet regularly – in between the toes too. After washing make sure you remember to dry them properly. This will help to lessen athelete’s foot, odour, fungus and bacteria.
After washing use a moisturiser to keep the skin hydrated. During dry skin months it may be worth doing this twice a day. Moisturized feet are less likely to get blisters, cracks or other foot problems. It is also important to keep your cuticles moisturized to prevent nails from growing out with ridges or split ends which can cause the nails to lift out of the nail beds.
Regularly cut toe nails. Clipping, cutting and cleaning of the toe nails prevents them from growing inward and causing infection. The elimination of dirt and bacteria from your feet will also help prevent nail diseases disorders (fungi) and foot odour. It is also important to keep toenails healthy because they protect toes from trauma.
Nail varnish. It is easy to forget about varnish once it is on but it is not good to leave it on too long as it stops the air getting to the nail and it will start to discolour. Always leave a day or so to allow the nail to recover before re-applying.
Shoes are important. It is good to alternate your everyday shoes and make sure they fit properly. For instance; too tight can worsen bunions, change the shape of your toes and can cause painful growths. To help prevent the Achilles tendon shortening it is a good idea to vary heel heights. Women in particular are prone to developing flat feet which can lead to other problems in other parts of the body so it is important minimize the amount of time you wear shoes that lack supportive arches such as flip flops or other flat shoes.
Smelly feet can be helped by soaking in a mixture of vinegar and water.
Pedicures are cosmetic treatment for the feet and toenails – a real treat not only for your feet but also for the rest of the body. A pedicure includes cleansing, nail care and a lovely foot and calve massage. Contrary to popular belief that they are designed for women only they are, in fact, equally good for men! Provided you go to a reputable salon pedicures are really beneficial. They will help to detect problems early, decrease the chance of infection, keep skin moisturised, exfoliate the skin, promote circulation and relax the body. Allowing a professional to treat your feet even if only a few times a year can really contribute to keeping healthy.
Healthy feet are vital for us to lead a happy, busy life so please don’t neglect them!