Tips for Healthier Feet

Studies show that visiting your podiatrist and having proper foot hygiene is essential because spending more time on your feet lowers mortality rate.

You may not think it, but the health of your feet is an essential component of leading an overall healthy lifestyle. After all, we generally spend a large chunk of our day standing, walking, or running, with some professions requiring people to be on their feet for 10+ hours at a time. As we’ve come to know, not spending enough time on your feet can be even more detrimental—a study released in 2010 by the American Cancer Society showed that above-average couch time was associated with a 17% higher mortality rate in men and a 34% higher mortality rate in women over a 14-year period. Staying on your feet certainly is not a cancer cure, but it is probably a prevention.

For most people, simply choosing properly fitting shoes with ample cushioning will be enough. However, some individuals whose professions require them to be on their feet for extended periods of time, or those who have preexisting foot issues may need specialized footwear.
For most people, simply choosing properly fitting shoes with ample cushioning will be enough. However, some individuals whose professions require them to be on their feet for extended periods of time, or those who have preexisting foot issues may need specialized footwear.

The importance of having strong, healthy feet is an undeniable medical fact, but how exactly do you go about maintaining healthier feet? Below are 4 tips for doing so:

1. Practice Proper Foot Hygiene and Care
The first step to maintaining good foot health is making sure that your feet receive proper daily care. That means keeping them hydrated with lotion during the day to avoid fissures and cracking, applying sunscreen when your feet are exposed to direct sunlight, properly cutting your toenails (straight across) to avoid ingrown toenails, and making sure your feet are completely dry after taking a shower, going swimming, etc.

2. Invest in the Right Shoes
Just as no two body types are alike, no two pairs of feet are the same. With that in mind, it’s important to invest an appropriate amount of time—and money—into finding the right size, style, and brand of shoes that will be the most beneficial to the health of your feet. For most people, simply choosing properly fitting shoes with ample cushioning will be enough. However, some individuals whose professions require them to be on their feet for extended periods of time, or those who have preexisting foot issues may need specialized footwear.

Manufacturers like Orthofeet Dr. Comfort Shoes, and Aestrex are in business to provide extra wide, deep, and therapeutic shoes for people who need a bit more out of their daily footwear.




3. Change it Up
It’s no secret that your feet sweat—a lot. All of the sweat builds up as the day progresses, collecting in your socks and shoes. Not only do things get a bit smelly, but that moisture can also lead to some nasty infections and foot fungus if your shoes do not have ample time to dry after a full day’s use. Make sure that you change your socks every day, and avoid wearing the same pair of shoes several days in a row if possible.

4. Visit a Podiatrist
If you are having foot pain or just general issues with your feet, it’s important to consult a podiatrist before things escalate further. Since finding the right podiatrist may be little bit more difficult considering you don’t normally consult with one on a regular basis, the American Podiatric Medical Association provides an online database of qualified podiatrists throughout the country to help in your search.

 

 

Tips for Daily Foot Care

To promote healthy feet by preventing foot problems, exercise by walking, wear comfortable shoes that fit and wash your feet regularly.

Your posture affects everything from your digestion to breathing to mood, and good posture starts from the ground up.  Healthy feet promote a healthy body through good posture and circulation. Let’s take a look at some ways you can take care of your feet every day.

Treat your feet with care and they will repay you with good support. Treat your feet with care and they will repay you with good support.
Treat your feet with care and they will repay you with good support.
Treat your feet with care and they will repay you with good support.

1. Wear comfortable shoes that fit.

Most foot problems stem from uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes. Shoes that are too tight constrain your feet, leading to corns, ingrown nails, hammer toe, and general pain throughout the day. They also cut off blood flow, making feet feel cold or numb. On the other hand, shoes that fit too big will cause blisters and calluses. Choose Sperry’s,  Dr. Comfort shoes, or another shoe store that is in business to find the right shoe for a perfect fit for your foot.

But even shoes that fit won’t necessarily be food for your feet. For example, wearing high heels every day will cause damage to the bones in your feet and force undue strain on your ankles, knees, and hips, especially if you’re doing a lot of standing all day. While that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear heels, limit how often you wear them. Opt for sneakers or, for fancier occasions, comfortable flats.

Try to find breathable shoes to reduce the sweat—and the stink.




2. Walk it off.

Walking puts stress on your feet, so you should stay off your feet as much as possible, right? Not exactly. Your feet have muscles—who’d have thought?—and like all the other muscles in your body, they need exercise to stay strong and supportive. Walking is the best way to get your feet the exercise they need. Taking a walk every day keeps your muscles firm and toned and ensures that your tendons and ligaments stay limber, preventing fallen arches and other foot problems in the future.

If your walks are accompanied by sore feet or legs, look for insoles that provide proper arch support or try walking on dirt, grass, or a soft track that provides a little more cushioning than a stretch of concrete.

3. Scrub Up

Even the most hygienic people have trouble washing their feet. But cleaning your feet is important to their overall health.

Your feet have to deal with a lot throughout the day. Along with the regular bumps and bruises that come with walking, they have to stay trapped inside a pair of shoes. And that means sweat. All that moisture is uncomfortable and stinky for you, but for bacteria, it’s a wonderful place to play and cavort. Refraining from a regular foot washing allows all that bacteria and fungi to grow and accumulate, which adds to the odor and leads to fungal infection to fungal infection, skin problems, and a whole host of other issues.

So scrub up, especially between the toes, and make sure you dry your feet properly after your shower. Treat your feet with care and they will repay you with good support. Your feet are a more important medical aspect of you than what you may think.

 

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