How Important It Is To Keep Good Care Of Your Feet

April is a foot health awareness month. The feet are vital as they help you move from one place to another. According to a recent study, 80% of Americans have experienced foot problems at some point. Having a foot problem may it be pain or general discomfort does have an impact on the quality of your life. The feet account for 25% of the total bones in the body. Therefore, itโ€™s critical to take good care of your feet. 

Read on to gain an understanding of the strategies you can use to take care of your feet. 

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  1. Wear The Right Shoes

Footwear is important as it helps you move around comfortably. You might be an active person who likes to jog or participate in sports. Wearing the right kind of shoes is important as you will prevent foot injury. 

Medical professionals like nurses or doctors spend most of the day on their feet. Thatโ€™s why you need comfortable and light footwear to prevent injury. The professionals at state that sanitization of your feet is also critical. Having a sanitized shoe will protect your feet from disease-causing pathogens. 

Some effects of wearing the wrong footwear include bruises, swelling, and general discomfort. 

  1. Healthy Feet Enhance Your Quality Of Life

Your quality of life is greatly hampered if you canโ€™t freely move from one place to another. You need to perform such activities as walking, visiting friends and family, playing, and a whole lot more. If you donโ€™t take good care of your feet, these activities will become strenuous or outright impossible. If your feet hurt, you might be forced to change your gait. When you do so, your balance is affected and you are more likely to fall. 

  1. You Need Your Feet To Be Productive At Work

As earlier stated, you go to work using your feet. Even if you donโ€™t spend the whole day on your feet, you still need to get up at some point. Health experts advise you to walk around at least once an hour if you work long hours while sitting. Doing so will avoid back and shoulder pains. 

You will need to take care of your feet otherwise performing these simple exercises will be a nerve-wracking chore. If your feet are not in tiptop shape, your productivity at work will suffer. 

  1. Taking Good Care Of Your Feet Will Prevent A Myriad Of Feet Problems

The wrong footwear is largely to blame for the feet problem most people experience. Some footwear cause pinching and rubbing which causes corns, bunions, and calluses. Other common feet problems and ailments include:

  • Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail can cause problems if you arenโ€™t careful. If you have an ingrown toenail, carefully trim it instead of trying to pull it off. It’s critical to contact a doctor if the ingrown toenail is infected or appears red.

  • Heel Spurs

Heel spurs occur when there’s too much pressure on your feet. The best way to avoid pressure is by wearing comfortable shoes, avoid standing for too long (if you can), and check your weight. If you are overweight, the feet bear the brunt of the bodyโ€™s weight. 

  • Hammertoes

Hammertoes develop when the toes donโ€™t have enough room to grow. When you develop a hammertoe, it becomes more difficult for you to maintain balance. Avoid hammertoes by wearing shoes that have adequate space for your toes. 

  1. Keep Your Feet Clean And Dry

Good general hygiene is vital. The same also holds for your feet. When you take a shower, ensure you thoroughly clean your feet. Cleaning your feet well is important since it will prevent fungal infections. Remember to thoroughly dry your feet as well. Wet feet are a great breeding ground for fungal infections. Ensure you also wear clean and dry socks. Observing proper foot hygiene is important as it will protect you from developing foot infections. 

  1. Examine Your Feet Regularly

Do you ever take time to examine your feet? You should do so as often as possible. Examining your feet regularly will help you notice any anomalies. When you see scaling or peeling especially between your toes and around your soles, that could be an indication of an athleteโ€™s foot.  

You should also take note of any swelling, constant pain, scratches, or blisters. All these could be tell-tale signs of a more serious problem. Itโ€™s advisable to seek medical help if any of these signs get worse. 

Taking good care of your feet is critical. Your feet determine the quality of your life. If your feet hurt, you will have difficulties moving around. Wearing the right shoes, examining your feet regularly, engaging in sports, are some of the steps you can take to take care of your feet.  

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