Your feet are probably the last part of your body you think about until they start hurting. The problems that can afflict your feet are numerous. Foot odor, cracked skin, fallen arches, corns, ingrown toenails, fungal infections and even damaged bones can cause discomfort and reduced mobility.
The best way to keep your feet healthy is a simple regimen of daily care that will help keep the skin, bones and muscles of your feet functioning properly.
Here are five foot care steps you can use every day.
Wear Comfortable Shoes:
- Wearing the wrong shoes can affect many aspects of foot health.
- First, your shoes must fit. Shoes that fit too tightly can cause hammer toe, corns, ingrown toenails and general foot pain.
- Some shoes are bad for your feet even if they fit properly. Wearing high heels frequently can cause damage to the bones of the foot.
- You should also look for the right materials. Natural materials like leather and cotton will keep your feet cooler and release moisture; athletic shoes with special materials or mesh work even better.
Take a Walk:
- The muscles in your feet are just like any other muscles; they need exercise to stay strong. You can’t really lift weights with your foot muscles, so the best way to exercise them is to just take a walk.
- If walking causes sore legs or feet, there are a couple of extra steps you can take to improve the problem.
- Try walking on grass, dirt or a soft cinder track for added cushioning of course; make sure you wear those breathable, well-fitted shoes when you walk.
Wash Your Feet Every Day:
- Even the most conscientious and clean person among us skips washing his or her feet in the shower every now and then. It can be a pain. It’s really important to the health of your feet, though.
- You don’t need a special foot wash to clean your feet. Just make sure you give them a thorough soaping, especially between your toes.
- The wear and tear endured by your feet each day can result in areas of dry, cracked or scaly skin. If you live in a warm, sunny climate and wear sandals frequently, this problem may be significantly worse.
- The cure is simple. Rub a lotion containing cocoa butter (a natural emollient) into the skin of your feet every day.
- However, if you have serious scaling or dry skin issues on your feet, you may want to try an overnight moisturizing routine.