A healthy body starts with healthy feet. After getting those ten thousand steps with your feet squashed up in heels or closed shoes all day, your heels and tootsies really need a break. That’s where we come in. We’re here to remind you how important foot care is.
Our feet bear the brunt of our daily activities and are often overlooked when it comes to self-care. However, taking care of our feet is essential in preventing infections, managing foot conditions, maintaining foot health, and preventing foot pain. Who wouldn’t want their feet to be in tip-top shape?
Here are some tips to promote good foot health:
How to maintain healthy feet…
Healthy feet are the foundation of a healthy and active lifestyle. They allow us to walk, run, dance, and stand for hours on end. Healthy feet also play a crucial role in preventing falls and injuries, especially in older adults. In short, investing in good foot care is an investment in our overall well-being, allowing us to lead an active and fulfilling life free from foot-related issues.
Here are a few simple tips to make sure you’re putting your feet first:
- Try to avoid shoes that are too tight. Correct sizing can make a huge difference.
- Inspect your feet and pay attention to changes in colour, texture or appearance.
- Cut your toenails correctly. They should be straight, not cutting into corners.
- Don’t share shoes with anyone.
- Don’t share pedicure utensils with your pals.
- Don’t hide discoloured nails with polish. Let them breathe and treat the underlying issue.
- Don’t shave calluses.
- Don’t perform “DIY surgery” on an ingrown nail.
- Treat yourself to a proper pedicure now and then.
- Give yourself regular foot massages, or book a reflexology session.
- Roll a tennis ball under your feet regularly.
- Soothe irritation with a vinegar foot soak.
- Dry your feet properly!
- Keep your feet hydrated to avoid cracking.
- Don’t ignore foot pain – see a physician if needed.
- Address fungal infections with haste.
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