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How To Keep Your Feet Healthy

Updated on December 9, 2014

All kinds of feet

Everybody loves baby's feet.
Everybody loves baby's feet.
Daughter's baby feet.
Daughter's baby feet. | Source
Baby finds her feet.
Baby finds her feet.
High Heels for babies? Heelarious for toddlers Photo:from Heelarious
High Heels for babies? Heelarious for toddlers Photo:from Heelarious
Oh how we love beautiful shoes.
Oh how we love beautiful shoes.
But the shoes don't love us. Ouch!
But the shoes don't love us. Ouch!
 Some have high arches.
Some have high arches.
Some get calluses.
Some get calluses.
 Everyone should get a foot massage.
Everyone should get a foot massage.
The Doctor may give you orthotics for your shoes.
The Doctor may give you orthotics for your shoes.
Even Jesus washed his disciples feet.
Even Jesus washed his disciples 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.

Red Shoes-.

I love my Red Shoes.

Not green shoes

Not blue shoes

But Red Shoes

I love my Red Shoes.

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.

PAMPER YOURSELF

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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      Alex 

      4 years ago

      Great article. I have had problems with plantar fasciitis. I found that wearing better shoes with in built arch support really helped me. I highly recommend Bared Footwear. They sell shoes designed by a podiatrist that don't look daggy like most comfort shoes. A god send. www.bared.com.au

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      justmesuzanne 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Great advice! We certainly do take our feet for granted until we suddenly realize how much we need them! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      awesome.. lol.. I love it.. I hate shoes.. I go barefooted all the time.. if it is cold I wear socks.. some say its because I am southern.. lo but who knows.. I hate shoes..lol

      many blessings

      Debbie

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      Zia Uddin 

      5 years ago from Birmingham

      Great hub on feet and very educational too. Voted up.

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I love walking around barefooted. But to run in, proper shoes are a must. Thanks for a great hub on how to care for our feet. I never thought much about diet having anything to do with it. Thanks for the reminder it does. Without our feet, I don't want to even imagine. Foot washings are a special treat. Time for another one, thanks.

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      Christina M. Castro 

      6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Hi Comfort B., Thank you for reading my hub about healthy feet. It is important to change your shoes so not to strain the muscles. I always see the ladies at church change into their stilettos or pumps when they arrive, and then back into their slippers/flipflops/sandals when they leave. I started doing the same thing when I was wearing heels too!

      I will keep checking your profile of hubs,too, so I can be inspired! Take care!

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      Christina M. Castro 

      6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Thanks for commenting, lafamilia, You are a new reader to my hubs, so Welcome! I hope you read more of mine. I will check you out too. Getting to the topic of feet. It was made known to me that bare feet have an awesome effect on the hips and spine. When my son was an infant, he was referred to an orthopedic doctor for possible dislocated hips. The position of his legs was like an upside down "U". The physician recommended that he go barefoot and No baby walker. We let him crawl around and did not put hard baby shoes on him, and when he learned to pull up and walk, his hips and the position of his legs went back into normal.

      I don't know if going barefoot really renders weight loss, but I know it does strengthen the arch of the foot.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      lafamillia 

      6 years ago from Soutcentral Europe

      I've heard that walking in "healthy" shoes , or without shoes, can benefit to our general health! Is that true ? For example, if we walk around more without anything (even without socks) on our feet - we can lose weight???! (because of fact that humans nature is to walk without anything on their feet) :S Silly, but true...

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      Comfort Babatola 

      6 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      It took me a while to find your hub as I searched through the archive, but I'm glad I did.

      Great hub!

      It's true that many have traded comfort for fashion, but when it comes to shoes, comfort tops it all for me. And if I ever have to get a shoe (that's not comfortable) for some special occasion, I'll be taking my flip flips with me.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      SJKSJK 

      7 years ago from delray beach, florida

      Healthy feet are quite important, I agree. We tend to take these things for granted until we have a problem. Take care of them and they will last.

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      Aficionada 

      8 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Very interesting! Great pics, especially the babies and the pretty shoes. Oooh! I love to look, even if I can't wear some of them now.

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      kaltopsyd 

      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      No, I prefer flats for babies. The heels are cute... but not for babies.

      However, one of my godsisters (she's 3) can't walk in flats. She trips all over the place. But when she wears her sandals with the little heels, she walks perfectly. It's so stranger.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I suffer with bunions, due to performing on stage (singer) in high heels most of my life. I encourage fellow hubbers to read your hub. Good information for preventive care. Thanks Vote up!

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      CMCastro 

      8 years ago

      Hey Kaltopsyd, would you have let your little godsister wear those high heel pumps for babies? Truly for the "Little

      Miss Diva", do you think?

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      kaltopsyd 

      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      I just have to say... I love watching babies play with their feet. It's so cute. The first part brought back memories of when my godsister was a baby. She's 4 now though. :(

      Good Hub.

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