When you haven’t, you are not alone. We often don’t think about our feet until something happens to them. When we get even a blister, it may limit our ability to walk or even wear shoes. What was once a natural, everyday action we do not put any thought in and in which we take for granted, today gets more challenging.
There are several things that may put our toes at risk for harm. The most common culprits are flat sandals, high-heels, wearing shoes that are too large or too small, not washing the feet, not wearing socks white athletic shoes, not controlling underlying health issues that contribute to foot problems such as diabetes and not keeping one’s toenails properly trimmed.
However, what if you have an injured or infected foot? How do you prevent such discomfort to your feet from happening again?
Here are some simple, simple activities you can do to help keep your feet in tip-top shape. After all, happy feet mean a happy you:
1. Stretching. The act of walking, sitting, standing, going up and down stairs and such can be viewed as some sort of physical activity. While they may not technically count as exercise, you’re putting in effort. Stretching your foot is a great way to strengthen the muscles, tendons and joins on your feet that may cause potentially painful discomfort. People who have plantar fasciitis, for example, can greatly benefit from brief, daily stretching of the feet.
2. Wear Inserts or Orthotics. Shoe inserts and orthotics are amazing for making shoes comfortable by shaping them to the individual shape and contours of your own feet. Orthotics and inserts can relieve pressure, reduce rubbing and give the unique, specialized support your feet will need to be pain-free. There are a number of kinds and quality of orthotics out there, so it is important to consult with your podiatrist about which ones will be best for your individual foot pain or illness.
3. Don’t Go Barefoot. While it appears to be popular both for fashionable style reasons and for perceived foot, joint and leg health reasons, to go barefoot or wear flat shoes that mimic being barefoot, it’s a good idea to avoid the temptation to go barefoot. While it may look natural, going barefoot increases your odds of getting warts on your feet as well as tendonitis. When you go barefoot, you also risk injury to the bottom of your toes. Whether you’re walking on some cool bud or in the driveway, sharp objects such as rocks and pieces of glass may cut the bottom of your toes. Being barefoot can also raise your risk of getting burns and frostbite to the bottom of your feet also, such as when you briefly walk on a cool street or driveway in summer or briefly step outside to get the newspaper on a cold, snowy, winter day.
4. Wear Proper Footwear. High-heels as well as flat shoes such as flip-flops and sandals can cause strain on your feet as well as give your feet blisters and warts. These types of footwear also can result in joint, Orlando FL Medical Marijuana Doctor, tendon and muscle pain in your legs, hip and spine as well.
5. Wearing shoes that are too large can cause blisters. Shoes that are too small can result in ingrown toenails and crunched toes. While it might not seem sensible to be constantly buying shoes, it is well worth the investment. After all your toes are important and so is their care.
While you might not see the difference your feet make in everyday life, their maintenance and wellness are important. If you’ve got chronic foot ailments or pain, talk to your podiatrist to receive recommendations on effective therapy.