A research indicates three-quarters of adults reported having foot problems in the last five years. The great news is that taking good care of your feet can certainly avoid many of these problems.
Our feet can also be a critical area to look after besides our face, hands and body. The feet area is easily prone to cuts, dehydration, line, rough surface, corns, skin cracks and joint pain.Investment on some time and thought into caring for your feet now can prevent them causing you pain later.
- Don’t go to bed without washing your feet. If you leave dirt on the skin’s surface, it can become irritated and infected. Wash your feet every evening with soap and water.
- Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them and apply a special moisturising foot cream (not body lotion).
- Gently remove hard skin and callouses with a pumice stone or foot file on a regular basis.
- Always trim your toenails straight across, never at an angle or down the edges. This can cause ingrown toenails.
- Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Feet swell as the day goes on and if shoes fit in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest, you can be assured they will be always be comfortable.
- If you have to wear heels at work, wear comfortable shoes to and from the office and only wear your smart shoes in the office. Also, try to vary the heel height, between low, medium and high.
- Be shoe savvy. Wear high heels and pointed shoes for special occasions only, and always wear the right shoes for the job (so no sandals for mountain climbing).
- Change your socks daily.
- Wear flip-flops to avoid catching athlete’s foot and verrucas when you use public areas such as gym showers, swimming pools or hotel bathrooms.
- Don't wear flip-flops all the time in hot weather. They don't provide support for your feet and can give you arch and heel pain if you wear them all the time.
People Who Aged 60 and over
For those over 60, foot care becomes even more important. Age takes it toll: the skin thins, the joints begin to stiffen and the feet become more vulnerable to the cold.
Not only that, but as podiatrist Emma Supple says: "Physically, it gets more difficult for us to get to our feet, and failing eyesight doesn’t help."
Emma says: "Go to see a professional for a foot MOT every six months and never put up with foot pain as if it is normal. Your feet shouldn’t hurt."
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