Treating Your Feet Right – Foot Care Tips for Healthy Feet
Your feet take the entire weight of your body, every day, so foot problems and ailments can quickly lead to more complex and uncomfortable foot, knee, hip and back pain...
It is very easy to take your feet for granted. They are simply there, carrying the weight of various daily challenges, being pushed into uncomfortable shoes or smothered in sweaty, tight socks. While dealing with a whole host of other activities, our feet take a huge amount of impact on an average day of walking, alone.
During an average day, we will take around 8,000 steps! This means a large volume of cumulative weight to be carried every single day through your feet and a heightened possibility of foot pain if they are not taken care of effectively.
Why is Foot Care Important?
Whether purely cosmetic reasons (especially with the summer flip-flops just about to make another appearance), or the prevention of tired and sore feet, it is always important to keep your feet and toenails in tip-top condition. The feet are generally the last thing you think about when it comes to your health and beauty regimes, however, they're too important to overlook.
With around 26 bones and a complex framework of muscles, tendons, ligaments, your feet absorb the impact of your full body weight on a day-to-day basis. Not only that, they are the reason you are kept balanced and up-right in the process.
There is a huge variety of problems that can occur in your feet:
- Foot Odour
- Cracked Skin / Dry Heels
- Corns / Verrucas / Warts
- Ingrown / Infected Toenails
- Fungal Infections
- General Aches and Pains...
To name just a few – some of these problems can lead to further ailments in the body, leading to discomfort and reduced mobility. Therefore Foot Care in highly important in the prevention of similar problems.
5 Tips For Healthy Feet
1. Visit a Professional Chiropodist
If you are suffering with any type of foot issue, The Foot Care Group provide practiced, professional foot care solutions and treatment for a range of common foot problems. Our comfortable and welcoming Podiatry Clinics in Redditch, Droitwich and Evesham are designed to ensure you leave with the confidence and comfort you need for any foot pain or ailment.
2. Wash Your Feet Often
Ensure that you keep your feet clean and fresh, by washing them every day in warm, soapy water. But, remember to not soak your feet – this can destroy your skin's natural oils, rather than improving their health.
3. Dry Your Feet Well
After washing your feet, make sure you dry them well – particularly in between the toes, as this is an area that is often missed. If you do not dry your feet properly, this can lead to fungal infections such as athlete's foot.
4. Moisturise Regularly
Ensure that you apply cream and moisturising lotion to the skin and nail margins, as part of your daily routine. Just remember not to let the area between your toes become over moisturised, as this can cause fungal problems.
5. Wear The Right Footwear
If you wear proper footwear, designed to keep your feet clean, dry and comfortable, your feet will stay healthier. Keep them cool in the summer with sandals and shoes that allow your feet to breath; keep them warm in the winter, with waterproof shoes and socks, to prevent problems such as frostbite.
Your feet should not hurt on a daily basis; if you are experiencing pain in the feet, there may be an underlying problem due to injury, footwear or insufficient foot health care. For further information, please contact a member of our team today, based in Redditch, Droitwich and Evesham, where we can identify the best possible solution or treatment for you.