Our feet are perhaps the most important physical component of our bodies, as they help us walk with the help of our legs. Thanks to this, most people should start taking better care of their feet. As the average person is known to walk the ‘equivalent of twice around the world throughout their life,’ the feet, like the rest of the body, needs proper care to ensure that it keeps, well, working.
The foot, on its own, contains 26 bones and 33 joints; the height and arch of the foot also varies between different people. When the arches of our feet start deviating from their normal position, we might start experiencing minor or major problems with our feet.
Caring for your feet
The best way to start caring for the feet is introducing foot hygiene to our daily routine. The feet, as mentioned, act as ‘the foundation of our mobility’ as humans. Due to this, we need to care for them if there are problems and make sure that they remain clean and healthy in appearance.
Here are some tips to help you add foot hygiene to your daily life.
- Thoroughly wash and dry your feet. It’s best to use mild soap to wash the outside of the feet and between your toes. Also, completely dry your feet between the toes, as the moisture can cause the feet to develop a rash or other skin irritations.
- Wear properly fitting socks and shoes. Wearing properly fitting shoes and socks can help protect the feet against injuries and irritation to the skin and soft tissue of the feet.
- Keep your shoes and socks clean. Clean socks prevent feet from developing rashes and other skin problems, as dirty socks can still harbor sweat and other irritants. Keeping your shoes clean on the inside and outside also prevents harmful bacteria and fungi from traveling on your socks and potentially getting on your feet.
- Avoid going barefoot, especially in public areas. Many public areas harbor bacteria, fungi and other harmful irritants that can negatively impact the health of your feet.
- Rotate your shoe selection. It’s actually suggested to avoid wearing the same pair of shoes for more than two days in a row. You should allow your shoes to air dry before they are worn again, which can help get rid of the excessive moisture within them.
- Inspect your feet on a regular basis. A regular inspection of your feet can help you see when there are changes in color, appearance or the texture of the skin of your feet. If you do see any changes, it’s suggested to see a podiatrist about treatment options.
- Don’t ignore foot pain. Pain within the feet is a likely indicator of structural issues and other issues within the feet. Any symptoms that actually increase or don’t go away after a certain amount of time need to be addressed by your podiatrist.
- Hydrate your feet. If you wear a lot of open toed shoes, sometimes sunlight and weather conditions can use a lot of moisture to leave the skin. Always use lotion and creams on your feet on a daily basis, which can help keep moisture from leaving your feet.
- Be careful when cutting your toenails. The toenails, when cut awkwardly, can potentially grow and cause ingrown toenails. Toenails should always be cut straight across and not in corners. The corners of your toenails should be filed down using an emery board.
- Don’t forget to exercise. Exercising can help keep your feet well conditioned, in addition to keeping your weight under control. Always wear appropriate shoes when exercising, such as athletic sneakers.
Your feet are an incredibly important part of your body, so you shouldn’t neglect its care. If you need insurance to see a Podiatrist, get an online quote here. By adding a daily foot care regime to your lifestyle, you’re essentially making sure that your feet are always healthy.