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How To Keep Your Feet Healthy
All kinds of feet
Take Good Care of your Feet
When our newborn came into life, the first thing we did was count the baby's fingers and toes. The cutest thing I have ever see a baby do is discover its own feet. Baby feet are so cute and precious, especially when the baby discovers that the feet are attached to their legs and they can do so many things with their feet. Once the baby learns to stand and cruise, there is no stopping.
Feet are so varied in size and shapes. I would like for one day be a footwear vendor, and measure for all the different sizes there exists. But not all feet fit into the same shoe the same way. It is extremely important to take care of your feet. Even the people I know that cannot walk at all need to have their feet tended to.
Our diets have a lot to do with the condition of our feet. If we overeat it adds on to the weight that our feet have to carry. A balanced nutritional plan is a good way of preventing what happens to our feet. Circulation is effected by our overall health, and the blood flowing down into our feet can be effected by whatever health conditions we may develop.
CONDITIONS OF YOUR FEET
Due to long hours on the job, continuous ambulation, wearing shoes that continually cause friction or pressure to our feet, we may develop dermal changes in the prominences of our toes and feet. Thickness of the skin shows up as corns on our toes, and calluses on the bottom of our feet. If only we could have retained the sweet soft baby skin we were born with. If we rubbed diaper ointment into our feet like mamas did to bottoms of infants, the skin integrity in our feet would improve.
Good skin care to the feet just like to the other parts of the body really does improve overall health. The Market has so many products targeted to the care of the feet. All of that can lead to an expensive load in your linen closets. I save money by using gentle soaps, and baby oil gel and occasionally, A&D ointment or Cocoa butter. The best time to apply these products to the feet is right after the bath, while the skin is warm and moist .
A good foot massage that is not vigorous is best done by another. (I find that this can bring you closer to your significant other!)
Ever wonder what is a hammertoe? If shoes are wornout and children continue to wear what they are growing out of, the toes may start to curl under. The contour of the second toe may overlap the great toe. Improper fitting shoes can cause a change to our feet's shape. The bony prominence that sticks out of the joint of the great toe on each foot can cause a problem. It happens if shoes are not fitted properly. It can be caused by overworn high heels. Due to the pressure on the ball of the foot, the great toe is out of its natural contour, excess cartilage forms and can cause the toe joint to be out of alignment and it develops a new protrusion. Some people experience so much discomfort to the bunion area that they have the surgical intervention called a bunionectomy.
. My Aunt told me she always wore high heels because she had high arches. High arches are, in some, hereditary. In others, it is caused by other conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, injury to the ankles or back. The pain that unfortunately I see some women is caused by compression of the nerve in the foot called "tarsal tunnel syndrome."
Most Doctors of Podiatry prescribe Orthotics, which are inserts that are designed to the shape of the foot. Diagnostically, the condition can be confirmed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
The opposite condition to high arches is called Flat Feet. Many conditions can cause the arch of the foot to fall, including prolong friction from shoes, including high heels. The treatment for this condition may be orthotics (shoe inserts) and pain relief.
OH THOSE BEAUTIFUL SHOES
The shoe industry is always a booming business. Some people I know have an obsession for shoes. Shoes make or break the style of fashion. It makes no difference in gender. People love their shoes.
Choosing a shoe store depends on what price you want to pay. Shoe stores like Pay Less or Shoe Warehouses will offer the bargain and a large variety, but you have to ask yourself if you really want to sacrifice comfort for a better price. Smaller shoe stores like Van, Dyke and Bacon will take the time to measure the foot and counsel on more proper fit, yet you will probably pay more for this personalized fitting.
In shoeing your babies, it is best to check with a pediatrician in order to determine what age should they be wearing shoes. If a child is born with hip or spinal problems, then the physician, primarily one in orthopedics should recommend the age of when a hard walking shoe is best for the baby.
The first poem I ever wrote, in the first grade, was about my favorite shoes.
I love my Red Shoes.
Not green shoes
Not blue shoes
But Red Shoes
I love my Red Shoes.
(This poem written by this hub writer, Christina M. Castro at the age of 6, in 1966.)
CHOOSING SHOES IS A Personal Decision
I realize that the choice of shoes that someone buys is personal. Like picking out a wardrobe. Like choosing a meal. Like planning an evening alone. No one can change their mind about shoes. The only advice that I could ever give in regard to what is worn on the feet is to recommend what is comfortable to be in for a long period of time.
High fashion footwear is a Big Business, and it is probably the most important part of a person's wardrobe. Those who are interested in the moneymaking end of this high fashion statement, although, have no intention of warning of potential injury it can cause to the feet that you were born with.
The worst thing I ever saw in the media were toddlers modeling baby shoes that looked like adult pumps. I'm sure this was just a fad. I'm glad I have never seen high heels on the babies in our church fellowship.
Take good care of your feet. Pay attention when the sensations in your feet change and if you are wearing out those shoes. There are actually shoe repairmen still out there. And don't forget to take those shoes and stockings off once in a while. Being bare foot is good for circulation and it is good to cool the feet off.
There are many more conditions of the feet I did not discuss, and so, it is always good to consult your physician if anything that happens to your feet. The feet are at the lowest point of your body and it takes a lot of wear and tear by the weight we carry, so maintaining a nutritional lifestyle will influence the health of what keeps you standing.
Copyright @ 2010 CMCastro
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