Foot problems may develop because of age-related skin and nail problems, circulation issues, other underlying health conditions or poor foot hygiene. It is easy for a foot problem to creep up silently until it becomes a bigger issue, so it is important not to neglect your feet.
- Keep them clean and dry – clean tootsies will likely have less issues, especially when it comes to skin infections, however, it is important to dry them well because damp feet encourage fungi and bacteria to flourish and can lead to issues like athlete’s foot.
- Give your arches the support they need – It is of utmost importance to buy quality footwear that has good arch support so your arch doesn’t start to fall. If you have fallen arches or foot issues, you should visit a podiatrist to get fitted for custom orthotics, wear them all the time. Avoid high heels.
- Choose the right shoes – Typical flipflops are extremely bad for your feet as they offer absolutely no arch support (Birkenstock’s are much better). They may also expose your feet to sharp objects or harmful bacteria. Try to limit your flipflops to the beach or public showers where they may protect your feet from infections like athlete’s foot or plantar warts.
- Watch out for fungus – Pay attention to your toenails so you can catch any fungus or abnormalities that develop. Trim your toenails regularly, but be careful not to cut into the sides of the nail or cut too far down as this can cause an ingrown nail, a very painful foot condition.
- Rid yourself of callouses – callouses can creep up on you, and they may be hard to treat once they are very thick. It is a good idea to take care of callouses a couple times a week to stay on top of them.
- Pamper your feet – give yourself a nice foot rub with some moisturizer after a shower or bath. This will not only help keep your skin hydrated and healthy, but will also help lower your stress level and make you feel good. Be careful not to apply moisturizer between your toes as that can encourage growth of bacteria.
- Keep moving – To avoid circulation problems or venous issues, be sure to get enough exercise. If you can’t get much exercise, at least be sure to move your feet regularly, stretch them out and move your feet around a few times daily to keep the blood flowing well.
- Be on the lookout for trouble – Perform a regular foot check to catch any issues that may be developing such as bunions, sores, slow-healing wounds, cracks, swelling, redness or blisters as they could be signs of a bigger issue.
- Seek medical care when in doubt – If you notice something new or problematic with your feet, don’t wait, or you may have a more serious and potentially mobility-impairing condition on your hands.
That concludes our foot care tips, thanks for visiting EMC