When it comes to your feet, how much care and love would you give them? 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 can limit our ability to walk or even wear shoes. What was once a natural, everyday activity we don’t put any thought in and where we take for granted, now gets more challenging.
There are many things that can put our toes at risk for injury. The most common culprits are flat sandals, high-heels, wearing shoes that are too large or too little, not properly washing the feet, not wearing socks white athletic shoes, not controlling underlying health issues that contribute to foot problems such as diabetes rather than maintaining one’s toenails properly trimmed.
However, what if you’ve got an injured or infected foot? How can you prevent such distress to your feet from happening again?
Here are some easy, simple activities you can do to help keep your feet in tip-top shape. After all, happy feet imply 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 might not technically count as exercise, you are putting in effort. Stretching your foot is a great way to strengthen the muscles, tendons and joins on your feet that can cause possibly painful discomfort. Those with plantar fasciitis, for example, can greatly benefit from short, daily stretching of their feet.
2. Shoe inserts and orthotics are amazing for making shoes comfortable by shaping them to the individual shape and contours of your feet. Orthotics and inserts can alleviate pressure, reduce rubbing and provide the unique, specialized support your feet will need to be pain-free. There are a number of kinds and quality of orthotics on the market, so it’s important to consult with your podiatrist about which ones will be best for your individual foot pain or illness.
3. Do not Go Barefoot. While it seems to be popular both for fashionable style reasons and for perceived foot, joint and leg health reasons, to go barefoot or wear flat shoes which mimic being barefoot, it is a good idea to avoid the urge to go barefoot. While it may seem natural, going barefoot increases your odds of getting warts on your feet in addition to tendonitis. When you go barefoot, you also risk injury to the bottom of your feet. Whether you’re walking on some cool grass 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 chance of getting burns and frostbite to the bottom of your feet as well, such as when you walk on a cool street or driveway in summer or briefly step outside to find the newspaper on a cold, snowy, winter day.
4. Wear Proper Footwear. High-heels in addition to flat shoes such as flip-flops and sandals can cause strain on your feet in addition to give your feet blisters and warts. These types of footwear also may lead to joint, tendon and muscle pain in your legs, hip and back also.
5. Wear Shoes That Fit. Wearing shoes that are too large can cause blisters. Shoes that are too small can result in ingrown toenails and crunched feet. While it may not seem practical to be constantly buying shoes, it is well worth the investment. After all your feet are important and so is their care.
As you may not see the difference your feet make in everyday life, their care and wellness are important. If you’ve got chronic foot ailments or pain, talk with your podiatrist to get recommendations on effective therapy. Medical Marijuana Doctors Orlando can answer your questions should they arise.